MSS Collaborative Seminar

22-11-2019 from 06:30 to 11:00
Ghent, Plateau Building, ground floor, 'Simon Stevin' Room (Plateaustraat 22)
Els De Paermentier, Dirk Heirbaut, Falco Van der Schueren
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Final 2019 collaborative seminar on medieval documentary and juridical sources

Recording voluntary jurisdiction in the late Middle Ages. Notaries and other legal actors

posterjurisdiction.pngOn Friday 22nd of November, 2019, the Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies organises an interdisciplinary Collaborative Seminar on voluntary jurisdiction in the late Middle Ages.

The seminar brings together experts from Ghent University (History Department and Legal History) as well as other Belgian and international experts. 

The aim is to facilitate discussion in the research field of medieval documentary - and especially legislative - sources and set up new collaborations.

Central to the programme is a keynote lecture by Prof. Dr. Mathias Schmoeckel (Universität Bonn), Sarton Medalist 2019, on “Documentality, the success of documentary evidence

Organizers: Falco Van der Schueren (Alumnus Ghent University), Els De Paermentier (History Department, HPIMS), Dirk Heirbaut (Legal History, HPIMS).




08.30 – 08.50: Walk-in and coffee
08.50 – 09.00: Introduction and welcome by Els De Paermentier

09.00 – 10.30: Session 1 – Notaries and their competitors

  •  09.00 – 09.30: Mathias Schmoeckel (Universität Bonn), “Documentality, the success of documentary evidence


  •  09.30 – 09.50: Falco Van der Schueren (Ghent University), “Shared interest or mutual competition? The organization of voluntary jurisdiction in the Southern Low Countries during the late Middle Ages"

09.50 – 10.30: Feedback and discussion. Referees: Mathias Schmoeckel, Hendrik Callewier, Michel Oosterbosch

10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break

10.45 – 12.15: Session 2 – Notarial acts and archives: digital techniques for analysis and preservation

11.05 – 11.45: Feedback and discussion. Referees: Valeria Van Camp, Sally Chambers (tbc), Els De Paermentier

  • 11.45 – 12.15: Hendrik Callewier (Rijksarchief Brugge, KULeuven-Campus Kortrijk), “Presentation of the Notarius project” (Belgian State Archives)


12.15 – 12.30: Dirk Heirbaut (Ghent University), Conclusion and perspectives

12.30 – 13.00: Lunch

For more information please contact Falco Van der Schueren

You can find the poster of the seminar here.