Appel à contribution – Building the Medieval Diocese. Strategies, agents and instruments

Universidad de Burgos (Spain)
22th – 24th September 2021

The Gregorian Reform led to a reframing of the role of bishops and diocesan institutions that cemented their power and ultimately permitted the construction of the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe. To mark the 800th anniversary of the Cathedral of Burgos, we propose to explore the dynamics, strategies, institutions and personnel behind the construction of the medieval diocese leading to the building of the temples we admire today. Our focus will be on the period 1150-1250, culminating as it does in the construction of the Cathedral of Burgos, but we welcome papers on other parts of Europe and set in other medieval periods that explore the following themes related to the emergence of the mature medieval diocese:

  • Territorial consolidation: diocesan borders, inter-diocesan hierarchies and conflicts.
  • Structural consolidation: network of parishes, fiscality, ecclesiastical offices and benefices.
  • Institutional consolidation: cathedral chapters, use of archdeaconries, archpriesthoods and secular abbeys.
  • Intra-diocesan conflict: monasteries, collegial churches etc.
  • The agents: bishops, chapter, clergy (bishop-chapter conflict, patronage and client networks, diocesan reforms, education, cultural production).

Submissions: proposals no longer than 300 words for individual papers should be submitted to

Languages: Spanish, English             Registration Fee: 50 euros

Key Dates 2021:

  • Deadline for submissions, March 1st
  • Confirmation of acceptance, April 15th
  • Registration opens, May 1st
  • Registration ends, July 30th

Venue: Facultad de Humanidades, Universidad de Burgos

Convenors: Susana Guijarro (Univ. Cantabria) & David Peterson (Univ. Burgos)

Conference secretaries: Leticia Agúndez (Univ. Cantabria) & Iván García Izquierdo (Univ. Burgos)

Further information:

Organised by: Área de Historia Medieval de la Universidad de Burgos & Área de Historia Medieval de la Universidad de Cantabria, Proyecto Burgensis (PID2019-108273CB-100).

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