Legal Histories of Empires Conference 2022 – Abstract Book

Dear Colleagues

The Abstract Book is now available. The book has two parts. Part I contains all abstracts, from all streams, including from those who submitted panels. Part II contains the panels that were submitted.

As we have noted, the program will be along soonish. But we are still delaying this a little, keeping an eye on Covid. Further information on accommodation and registration will also be posted at that time. We will be back in touch with you before finalising the program.

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Legal Histories of Empires Conference 2022 – Program Update

Dear Colleagues,

The organising committee continues to work on arrangements for the third Legal Histories of Empires Conference (Maynooth, Ireland, 29 June-1 July 2022). We are very much looking forward to it!

We just want to update everyone as to where we are.

First, we will be posting the abstract book in the next two weeks. You will be able to see details of all the papers and panels. We are releasing this, perhaps a little unusually, ahead of the conference program. This is because, given the uncertainty surrounding international travel and COVID-19, we have decided to delay putting together the schedule. We understand final decisions about travel are difficult so – rather than re-write the schedule several times – we will be waiting a little so that everyone is a little more certain about their movements. As you can imagine, putting together a program that is hybrid and crosses many time-zones will be complicated.

We will confirm with you all closer to the event what mode you will be presenting in. So please do keep an eye out for our post on this website.

This means that we will not open registration just yet either given it depends on mode of participation. But we would ask that when we do – given that it will be closer than usual to the event – that you all register as promptly as possible. We also note that there will be a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for the conference, consistent with Irish travel regulations. 

We are looking forward to seeing you all.

More soon!

Shaunnagh and Lyndsay

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Legal Histories of Empires Conference 2022: Abstracts Received

The organising committee would like to thank everyone who submitted an abstract for the 2022 Maynooth Conference. We were delighted by numbers and the quality of the abstracts.  We have now replied to everybody. 

If you did not receive an email from us concerning your abstract, please contact us at [email protected].

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Legal Histories of Empire Conference – Extension to CFP

Dear Colleagues, thank you for all the abstracts sent in!

We will be responding to these in the near future.

As a number of people have asked for an extension, we have decided to give a general two-week extension until Sunday 14 November.

We are, however, delighted with the number and quality of the abstracts already received.

General information on conference registration and accommodation coming soon!

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Reminder: Third Legal Histories of Empire Conference

A reminder that the call for papers for the Third Legal Histories of Empire Conference is currently open!  

The theme for the upcoming conference is Beyond the Pale: Legal Histories on the Edges of Empires.  The conference will be held at Maynooth University, 29 June-1 July 2022, with a range of attendance options available (in-person and virtual). 

The call for papers can be downloaded here, with a deadline of 31 October 2021.  

More information about the conference (including scholarships) can be found on the Legal Histories of Empire blog, where you can subscribe for updates.  

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Reminder: Third Legal Histories of Empire Symposium, Thursday 10 June 2021

Join us for the third Legal Histories of Empire Symposium! 

Our speakers: 

Professor Saheed Aderinto,“Let Us Be Kind to Our Dumb Friends”: The Imperial Root of Animal Cruelty Laws in Colonial Nigeria

Dr Thaïs Gendry and Dr Stacey Hynd, Punishing Female Murderers in British and French Colonial African Territories, c.1920-40s 

The symposium will take place by zoom on Thursday 10 June 2021 (or early in the morning of Friday 11 June, depending on your time zone – see below).   

Register here via Eventbrite. More information can be found here on our website at lhbe.org. 

Time zones: 

Calgary @ noon, Thursday June 10, 2021 

Raleigh, NC @ 2pm, Thursday June 10, 2021 

Buenos Aires @ 3 pm, Thursday June 10, 2021 

London @ 7 pm, Thursday June 10, 2021 

Lagos @ 7 pm, Thursday June 10, 2021 

Sydney @ 4 am, Friday June 11, 2021 

Wellington @ 6am, Friday June 11, 2021 

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Third Legal Histories of Empire Symposium with Saheed Aderinto, Thaïs Gendry and Stacey Hynd

Join us for the third Legal Histories of Empire symposium!

Our speakers:

Professor Saheed Aderinto,“Let Us Be Kind to Our Dumb Friends”: The Imperial Root of Animal Cruelty Laws in Colonial Nigeria

Animal cruelty legislations were rooted in the affirmation that the level of civilization of a people can be measured by how they treat lower creatures. It was also rooted in contradictory notions of rights and justice for all colonial subjects—humans and non-humans. In colonial courts, cases of animal cruelty expanded the domain of punishment, and gave uncommon agency to animals to receive “justice” for human contravention on their “rights.” The ideas of “rights” and “justice” for imperial animals, I argued, turned them into colonial subjects, whose lives and wellness must be protected from other colonial subjects, that is, humans.

Saheed Aderinto is Professor of African History at Western Carolina University. He has published 8 books, including Animality and Colonial Subjecthood in Africa: The Human and Nonhuman Creatures of Nigeria (Ohio University Press, forthcoming 2021).

Dr Thaïs Gendry and Dr Stacey Hynd, Punishing Female Murderers in British and French Colonial African Territories, c.1920-40s

What drove colonial societies to prosecute, sentence and sometimes execute African women? Comparing court records across British and French territories in Africa shows divergent policing choices and law enforcement strategies, all-the-while highlighting striking similarities in their combination of gender and racial bias – that declared African women doubly irresponsible of their violent acts – which translated into a generous mercy policy. Yet, in all territories, the full severity of the law was unleashed onto women when their crime was understood to hold a specifically anti-modern component in the motive or the method (ritualistic or cannibalistic crimes, crimes against Christians). This presentation will explore the pendular movement between colonials’ benevolent mercy with regards to “unimportant” domestic female criminality, and extreme exemplary punishment against women in the name of the “civilizing mission”.

Thaïs Gendry recently completed her PhD on the use of death penalty in French West Africa. She is now working on a postdoctoral project that examines the discourses and policies surrounding death penalty across the French Empire (Caribbean, Indochina, French equatorial Africa). The ambition of this research is to illuminate both the shared foundation of colonial state violence and the specificities of its use in different colonial contexts. She is currently teaching colonial and African history at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and the Universidad de Quilmes.

Stacey Hynd completed her D.Phil in Modern History as an AHRC/Beit Research Scholar at the University of Oxford in 2008, with her thesis on capital punishment in British colonial Africa. She then lectured in African and World History at the University of Cambridge, before moving to Exeter where she is Senior Lecturer in African History and co-Director of the Centre for Imperial & Global History. She has published on murder, capital punishment, criminal justice, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, and forced labour in colonial history, focusing primarily on Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. Her current research projects focus on global and African histories of child soldiering, and histories of humanitarianism in Africa.

Register here via Eventbrite and check your time zone below for the event date and time.

Zoom information will be emailed to you 48 hours before the event begins.

Timezones:

Calgary @ noon, Thursday June 10, 2021

Raleigh, NC @ 2pm, Thursday June 10, 2021

Buenos Aires @ 3 pm, Thursday June 10, 2021

London @ 7 pm, Thursday June 10, 2021

Lagos @ 7 pm, Thursday June 10, 2021

Sydney @ 4 am, Friday June 11, 2021

Wellington @ 6am, Friday June 11, 2021

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Call For Papers: Third Legal Histories of Empire Conference

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.

Streams

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]

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Legal Histories of Empires Conference 2022: Scholarships

The Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory, based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is delighted to offer a bursary scheme for scholars who wish to attend and deliver a talk at the Legal Histories of Empires conference and who are currently based in the Global South. The Institute is promoting research on, among others, legal transfers in the common law world, where the development of law on the Indian subcontinent is of particular interest, and the legal history of Ibero-America.

The Institute offers a bursary to attend the conference comprised of: flights to and from the conference, the registration fee, accommodation, a daily stipend, and the expenses associated with a visa application. Applicants must be currently based at an institution in one of the G77 Group of countries at the United Nations.

In order to apply for the scholarship, candidates will be asked to submit the following information: a statement of interest, the proposed topic to be delivered, and a short CV (no more than 3 pages). Applications should be sent to [email protected] by 31 October 2021. Acceptances will be sent around mid-December.

More information about the Legal Histories of Empires Conference 2022 can be found here, where you can also subscribe for email updates.

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Third Legal Histories of Empire Conference: Keynote panel

The organising committee is delighted to announce the keynote panel for the conference.

Title:

Anglicisation of and through law in British America, Ireland, and India, c.1550-1800

Speakers:

Jane Ohlmeyer, Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History, Trinity College Dublin

Richard J Ross, David C. Baum Professor of Law and Professor of History, University of Illinois

Philip Stern, Associate Professor of History, Duke University

More information about the upcoming conference can be found on our website, where you may also subscribe for email updates.

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