The studies aiming to investigate the feud in the interrelationships between customary law and legal process, especially for the period after the assertion of state powers which, in the wake of new instances and social pressures, imposed intensively inquisitorial procedures that made the self-management of conflicts between different social classes far more difficult – The Feud and procedural narratives An analysis of the new inquisitorial proceedings with the identification of the speeches that were formulated by experts of law and of their use.
This will permit us to understand the narrative forms that aim at facilitating their use and application.
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– The protagonists of the feud The analysis of the victim and the accused in the trial.
These are protagonists, who could be considered “new”, which the new trial rituals emphasized through the alleged crimes suffered by the victims, or committed by the indicted.
Legal anthropology, which largely developed in France (Rouland 1994), and the history of law, which has a rich tradition in Italy (Padoa Schioppa 1997 Bellomo 1995) are two examples where the English translation has had considerable influence.
c) The interrelations between discourses, practices and representations (Rouland 1994) or, in other words between theory, practice and narratives (Munslow 2000), which reflect the interpretative debate among historians and anthropologists, has mainly focused on the first and third points, while the study of practices has been somewhat neglected, especially judicial practices, which include the feud.
The conference intends to define firstly a general objective and then some more specific goals.
The scientific purposes lie primarily in the deconstruction and the subsequent reassessment of a historical process that the documentary sources show on the narrative level in a distinctly negative and misleading way.