2010: 8th International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time

Crime and punishments painting



Dr. Albrecht Classen
University Distinguished Professor

What constituted crime in the Middle Ages and early modern time (ca. 800 to ca. 1800 C.E.)? How did people regard and treat criminals? What kind of punishments were meted out? How did society survive in a world of criminal activities? Who were the criminals, and who were their victims? This symposium will examine the history of mentality concerning these two aspects and investigate practical and theoretical characteristics. This will be a symposium in the true sense of the word, with no more than ca. 25 papers altogether, participants coming from many different disciplines (history of law, art history, literary history, social history, etc.).

8th Int Symposium poster

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31, 2010, but feel free to send an inquiry even after that date, to aclassen@u.arizona.edu

Location of Symposium: Conference Room of Special Collections, University of Arizona Library

Selected papers will be accepted for publication in a planned volume. Each contributor to the volume will receive a free copy.

Anyone interested in joining the symposium as part of the audience, please contact the organizer. Student participation will be most welcome.

Languages accepted at the symposium: English, French, German, and Spanish. Non-English papers must be accompanied by a good English summary available as a hand-out. Abstracts of all papers will be posted well ahead of the symposium.

Hotel Accommodations: I have made a special arrangement with Riverpark Inn (formerly Pueblo Inn),  $69/night (plus tax [12%] plus $1 per night – prices might still change for 2010, but this is a very good deal!). Within the USA, call: 1-800 551-1466, refer to “Dept. of German Studies/Crime and Punishment,” or to my name.  Local number: 520 239-2300. Transportation to and from the symposium (at the University of Arizona Library, Special Collections), will be provided.  For international guests, please fax your reservations to: 011- 520-239-2329

For a downtown map, click on map

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Transportation from the airport: There are three options:

1. Bus no. 6 to downtown ($1.25), Ronstadt Bus Depot, from there you walk west on Congress to Granada, turn left (south) to the I-10, through the tunnel, and the hotel is right there. Or you can call the hotel at 239-2300. Alternatively, you can walk down Congress to the I-10, pass under it, then turn left and walk along Frontage Road to the Hotel (max. 15 minutes).

For bus no. 6 (really easy and very cheap), see their schedule: https://www.suntran.com/pdf/routes/Rt_6_Win_07.pdf). Once you have reached Ronstadt downtown (end station), follow these instructions:

Free Green line (shuttle bus) starts just north of  Ronstadt Transit Station (A) and goes to stop #3 (Greyhound bus depot) on Central Avenue, just east of the I-10 elevated freeway.  Walk south to Clark St.then west underneath I-10 to the Riverpark Inn. Subject to change
Green line runs 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Green line leaves Ronstadt at :10, :30, :50 minutes after the hour (i.e. 9:10, 9:30, 9:50 a.m.)
Map route:

2. Take the airport shuttle (one way: ca. $23; round trip: ca. $44), Stagecoach (https://www.azstagecoach.com). Subject to change
Reservation Information 520-889-1000 • reservations@azstagecoach.com.

3.regular taxi (ca. $25-$35. one way).

All prices subject to change.

I would like to acknowledge help and support from various sides, at most difficult financial times, to make this symposium possible. I am particularly grateful to UAMARRC (University of Arizona Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Committee), GEMS (Group for Early Modern Studies at the University of Arizona), ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Tempe, AZ), and the University of Arizona Library, Special Collections.