Beyond the Pale: Legal Histories on the Edges of Empires
Maynooth University, 29 June-1 July 2022
Empires. Plural. Across time and across the globe, interconnected, mutually constitutive. We invite papers which consider the interconnections and the legal relations between empires. The conference will particularly focus on the role played by law (broadly defined) in facilitating, constituting, and enabling these connections; on the people of law who moved between these places; and the institutions which bound them together. How might we map Empires through these connections? How do we now conceptualise such movement, and are there new ways in which we could envisage legal interchange across time and place? Of particular interest are the connections between places with very different legal systems and traditions. How can we better bring together the efforts of historians working in different legal traditions? In this third Legal Histories of Empires conference we hope to more deeply uncover the legal threads that bound different empires, places, laws and legal traditions across the globe.
Keynote Panel: Jane Ohlmeyer, Richard J Ross, Philip Stern: ‘Anglicisation of and through law in British America, Ireland, and India, c.1550-1800’
Abstracts to [email protected] or the relevant stream by 31 October 2021. Acceptances will be sent in late November 2021.
The organisers are not able to provide funding for travel. However, the Max Planck Institute has generously offered scholarships for scholars from the Global South. The information on these is on the website (lhbe.org) and applicants should follow the instructions on that site.
Format: Face to Face with provision for virtual presentations and attendance. Please indicate on your abstract whether your participation is contingent on the availability of online participation.
Individual papers: If you are submitting an individual paper, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.
Panels (of no more than 4 speakers: a chair and/or commentator can be included): If you are submitting a panel, please submit:
1) A panel abstract of no more than 250 words; and
2) Individual paper abstracts of no more than 200 words.
Personal information: For each participant (presenter, chair, or commentator), please submit:
1) Biographical details of no more than 200 words; and
2) Where you will be in July 2022 if you are not physically in Ireland, and what timezone that place is in.
Only one proposal can be submitted per person. For streams please send to the relevant panel organiser (below). For general proposals please send to the main conference email address. No multiple submissions will be accepted.
In addition to papers and panels addressing the theme generally, the following streams will be offered. Individual paper proposals and panel proposals in the same format as above should be sent to the organisers of the relevant stream.
Intellectual Property in Empire: Prof Isabella Alexander: [email protected]
The Maritime World in Legal History: Prof Diane Kirkby: [email protected]
Indigeneity, Law and Empires: Prof Pooja Parmar: [email protected]
Legal Transfer in the Common Law World: Prof Stefan Vogenauer and Dr Donal Coffey: [email protected]