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What is the Church? Process Organisation Studies, Actor-Network Theory, and Excommunication for Debt

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Between 1300 and 1550, church court across Europe frequently excommunicated delinquent debtors for breach of faith. This did not reflect the preoccupations of prelates or ecclesiastical judges, but widespread, popular demand for legal-religious remedies in matters of day-to-day, relatively minor credit.

By examining the practice of excommunication for debt in light of recent theories of network and organizations, we can glimpse how pre-Reformation believers understood the Church–and the market.

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Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: Downey 113