Call for Papers – 16th International Congress of Medieval Canon Law

16th International Congress of Medieval Canon Law
Saint Louis University
19 – 25 July 2020

The 16th International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, co-sponsored by ICMAC (Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio/International Society of Medieval Canon Law) and Saint Louis University, will take place on the university’s campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, from Sunday, July 19, through Saturday, July 25, 2020.  These quadrennial Congresses, alternating sides of the Atlantic, constitute the premier academic conference in the field of medieval canon law.  Traditionally they have drawn scholars from many countries, including not only medievalists and canonists, but also those who study related fields, such as Western jurisprudence and legal norms, Roman law, ecclesiastical and papal history, theology and biblical exegesis, manuscript studies, and the history of culture, society, and ideas.

ICMAC and the Congress organizers, Steven A. Schoenig, S.J., and Atria A. Larson, are pleased to announce the following plenary speakers for the Congress:

Professor Bruce Brasington (West Texas A&M University, USA)

Prof. Dr. Gisela Drossbach (University of Augsburg, Germany)

Professor Mia Korpiola (University of Turku, Finland)

Dr. Titus Lenherr (Diocese of Sankt Gallen, Switzerland)

Professor Rob Meens (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Professor Kenneth Pennington (The Catholic University of America, USA)

Professor Robert Somerville (Columbia University, USA)

The Academic Committee welcomes proposals on any topic touching upon medieval canon law, including, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Texts and Jurisprudence
  • The Influence of the ius commune on the Western Legal Tradition and International Law
  • Canon Law and Local Ecclesiastical History
  • Canon Law, Theology, and Pastoral Care
  • Medieval Law in Comparative Perspective

The chronological focus of the Congress is typically on c. 500 – c. 1500, but select papers or sessions may also be accepted on Early Christian Canon Law and, in light of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s burning of the Corpus iuris canonici, Canon Law and the Reformation.

The Academic Committee invites proposals for individual 20-minute papers or complete sessions of four 20-minute papers.  Papers may be delivered in the following languages:  English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.  Scholars not presenting in English are encouraged to utilize PowerPoint presentations and/or to provide written English summaries of their papers.

Regular sessions will not feature papers on text-editing projects.  Updates on critical editions or other text-editing projects will be showcased in a poster session during the Congress.  Scholars who wish to present on such projects may submit two proposals if they desire, one for the text-editing poster session and another for a regular session.

All proposals must include, for each participant, the following information:  name (with title); position and institutional affiliation; email address; postal address; language of presentation; working title of paper (or poster presentation); and a 200-250 word abstract of the paper (or poster project).  Proposals for papers, poster presentations, or sessions should be submitted through a Google Form on the Congress website (

Proposals are due on August 15, 2019.

More information about the Congress, its sessions, special instructions for the poster session, accommodations, travel, and Saint Louis University will eventually be found on the Congress website (  Questions may be directed to

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