Conflict and Rebellion in the North Sea World: Creating, Managing and Resolving Conflict in the 12th – 13th Centuries

Call for Papers

9-10 April 2014Berserker, Lewis Chessmen, British Museum
School of Humanities (HistorySubject), University of Glasgow

We are pleased to send out the call for papers for Conflict and Rebellion in the North Sea World 2014.

From the 8th to the mid-11th century, Scandinavia, the British Isles, Ireland and the Low Countries have been considered as part of a larger North Sea World, linked by trade, culture and conquest. Such comparisons in British scholarship, however, have tended to end at the late 11th Century and the Norman Conquest of England. This conference seeks to extend beyond this traditional frontier by focussing upon the themes of conflict and rebellion in the regions of the North Sea World in the 12th and 13th centuries. The aim will be to help provide fresh perspectives on these subjects by highlighting the contrasts and similarities in conflict creation, management and resolution in different countries.

The conference is a two-day interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate and early career researchers and will be hosted by the History Subject at the University of Glasgow 9-10 April 2014.

The keynote speakers will be Professor Matthew Strickland (University of Glasgow) and Professor Sverre Bagge (University of Bergen).

We invite proposals from current postgraduate, postdoctoral and early career researchers in History, and any other relevant subject area, for papers of 20 minutes on the topic of conflict and conflict resolution in the 12th and the 13th centuries ranging geographically from Scandinavia and Iceland to the British Isles and the Low Countries. Abstracts must be 200 words maximum. The proposals must include name, institution, contact information, paper title and abstract.

Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:
• Rebellion against the crown
• Gender in conflict and rebellion
• The Church and Rebellion
• Strategies of conflict
• Conflict resolution
• Family conflicts
• Architecture of rebellion (castles and defensive structures)
• Visual and literary depictions of rebellion and rebels
• Urban rebellion

Proposals are to be sent to  by Friday 29 November 2013.

Detail from Battle of Evesham and death of Simon de Montfort from the 'Commendatio Lamentabilis in transitu Edward IV'


Organising Committee:

Hanna Kilpi and Fergus Oakes
Conflict and Rebellion 2014
9 University Gardens
University of Glasgow
G12 8QH


Registration form


Conference Timetable

Wednesday 9 April

10.00-11.00am – Registration, Tea and Coffee (served in the McKechnie room)

10.50-11.00am – Welcome note (lecture theatre/room 203)

11.00-12.30 – Keynote Address-  Chair: Dr Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow) - 'Castles, Frontiers and the Changing Pattern of Aristocratic rebellion in Eleventh-Century Normandy and England'- Professor Matthew Strickland (University of Glasgow)

12.30-13.30 – Lunch (served in the McKechnie room)

13.30-15.00 – Panel 1: ‘Communities in Conflict’ - Chair: Miles Kerr-Peterson (University of Glasgow)

  • Canons in Conflict. Examples from Medieval Denmark: Viborg and Ribe – Anna Minara Ciardi (Lund University)
  • Seditio et amicitia. Urban rebellion and conflict resolution in the first half of the twelfth century - the case of Sint-Truiden – Ewoud Waerniers (University of Ghent)
  • Seeds of Sedition: Relations between medieval townspeople and their English monastic lords – Harriet Mahood (University of Reading)

15.00-15.30 – Tea and Coffee (served in the McKechnie room)

15.30-17.00 - Panel 2: ‘Diplomacy and Tactics of Rebellion’ - Chair: Fergus Oakes (University of Glasgow)

  • Feigning Friendship: Intimacy as an Diplomatic Instrument under King Hákon IV Hákonsson – Dr Ian Peter Grohse (University of Trondheim)
  • Conflict after Rebellion, the Earldom of Ross from 1215-1266, – David Cochran-Yu, (University of Glasgow)
  • Cain and Abel in the North: Conflict between Royal Brothers in twelfth-century Norway – Edward Carlsson Browne (University of Aberdeen)

17.00 – Wine reception hosted by the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies (served in the lecture theatre/room 203)

18.30 – Conference Dinner at Bo’Vine

Thursday 10 April

10.00-10.30am – Tea and Coffee (served in the McKechnie room)

10.30-12.00 – Panel 3: ‘Borders and Charters’ - Chair: Hanna Kilpi (University of Glasgow)

  • Conflicts over land in the Okeover Cartulary – family, friends or foes? – Peter Watson (Kellogg College, University of Oxford)
  • From rebel safe haven to loyal province: A historiographical analysis of the Värmland example – Dr Peter Olausson (Karlstad Universitet)
  • Unreliable Lords and Deceitful Heirs: Reading Conflict Through Charter Diplomatics in the post-Conquest Anglo-Scottish Border Region – Dr Linsey Hunter (University of the Highlands and Islands)

12.00-13.00 – Lunch (served in the McKechnie room)

13.00-14.30 – Panel 4: ‘Resolution: Means and Methods’ - Chair: Dr Jochen Schenk (University of Glasgow)

  • “A somewhat too cruel vengeance was taken for the blood of the slain”: Royal punishment of rebels, traitors and political enemies in medieval Scotland, c.1100-c.1250 – Dr Iain A. MacInnes (University of the Highlands and Islands)
  • Compensation as conflict resolution in twelfth- and thirteenth-century law – a comparison of the English and Norwegian development – Miriam Tveit (University of Nordland) 
  • Dominican Diplomacy: Mendicant Mediators and Conflict Resolution in thirteenth-century North-Western Europe – Dr Johnny Grandjean Gøgsig Jakobsen (University of Copenhagen)

14.30-15.00 – Tea and Coffee

15.00-16.30 – Keynote Address: Chair: Professor Dauvit Broun (University of Glasgow): The Last Civil War in Norway and the Consolidation of the Monarchy - Professor Sverre Bagge (University of Bergen)

16.30 – Closing notes followed by wine reception hosted by the Scottish Centre for War Studies (served in the lecture theatre/room 203)



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