Volume 2 of law&history has now been published. The contents can be found under the journal tab on this page. The editor, Diane Kirkby, is now seeking submissions for vol 3, to publish late 2016.
The call for papers is out for the 2016 meeting of the ASLH. It is being held in Toronto this year, and hosted by friends of the ANZLHS Jim Phillips and Phillip Girard. Although we did not send an official panel last year, we did have a panel of members: Amanda Nettelbeck, Alecia Simmonds, Diane Kirkby and Shaunnagh Dorsett. It was a very good conference and Amanda, Diane and I are intending to put in another panel proposal this year. It would be good to see more ANZ representation.
The date deadline for proposals is 15 March. While you can put up individual proposals, they really prefer panels with commentator and chair. Individual proposals rarely get accepted. Please note that this is not a swop year for the ANZLHS/ASLH.
From Libby Connors.
Thanks to Wilf Prest, Matthew Stubbs and the committee at University of Adelaide for another successful conference. We enjoyed a fine series of keynote addresses by international scholars.
The society also offers special thanks to our outgoing president Shaunnagh Dorsett. Shaunnagh led the society through some really important transitions – revitalising our website, introducing an annual prize in legal history, participating in the first Australian exchange panel with the American Society for Legal History, initiating constitutional revision and most importantly overseeing our steps towards becoming an incorporated association. Thank you Shaunnagh for all the hard work of the past three years.
We also farewelled two other office bearers at this year’s AGM. Jason Taliadoros from Deakin and Stefan Petrow from University of Tasmania stepped aside as secretary and Australian treasurer respectively. Together they oversaw the introduction of electronic membership joining and renewals. We are immensely grateful for their attention to these processes for us.
So yes the society now has a new committee – a special welcome to Pamela O’Neill, Sue Milne and Eugene Schofield-Georgeson, our new secretary, Australian treasurer and vice-president respectively. We will all be working towards another successful year for the society in its 35th year of conferring. 2015
Recently two of our members, Diane Kirkby and John McLaren, were made Honorary Fellows of the American Society for Legal History. This is a significant honour. Diane is only the second Australasian recipient. Three people are honoured each year and it was fabulous to have both Diane and John recognised in the same year (the third was Dirk Hartog!). Amanda Nettlebeck, Alecia Simmonds and myself (Shaunnagh Dorsett) were incredibly fortunate to be there for the awards ceremony. The photo (courtesy of Amanda) is (from left to right): Constance Backhouse, Shaunnagh Dorsett, Diane Kirkby, John McLaren and Mike Grossberg (the outgoing president of the ASLH).
Congratulations to Libby Connors, whose book Warrior: A Legendary Leader’s Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier, took out the Premier’s Award for a Book of State Significance at the Queensland Book Awards (for a sneak preview see a review of Warrior in the upcoming vol 2 of the Society’s Journal law&history).
Noting a very interesting call for papers for “Ocean of Law: Intermixed Legal Systems across the Indian Ocean World, 1550-1950”, although its dates 7-9 December (in Leiden) are a little awkward for our stalwart members who attend the ANZLHS conference every year. abstracts due 10 June. More info here.