CFP: Canada’s Legal Past: Future Directions in Canadian Legal History

We have the following call for papers. Note the key dates: Conference July 16-18 University of Calgary. CFP close February 1.

‘From July 16 to 18, 2017, the Faculties of Law and Arts at the University of Calgary will jointly host  “Canada’s Legal Past: Future Directions in Canadian Legal History,” and we are seeking expressions of interest and abstracts. Canadian legal history has come into its own in the last thirty-five years, as scholars have moved to examine law within the context of cultural, philosophical and larger historical frames. This conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of the last generation of work on Canada’s legal history and to assess what comes next, in terms of topics, methodologies, sources, and theories. The majority of the papers will be original papers on recent work, but we are also hoping to attract historiographical scholarship that will identify future topics and approaches. The anniversary of the country will inspire reflections on the longer story of northern North America. We are hoping participants will locate the historical project that was and is Canada within the larger context of empires – indigenous and European – and the world and to consider questions of law’s relationship to the tension between local and faraway influences; to gender, race and indigeneity; to state-building, trade and commerce; and to the circulation of ideas, legal, cultural, religious, economic and otherwise. This conference will also provide an opportunity for discussions of the teaching of legal history in different disciplinary contexts within the academy, as it is is hoped that scholars from a range of disciplinary homes and backgrounds – working in French and English – will take part.

Abstracts should be submitted by February 1 to Lyndsay Campbell (lcampbe@ucalgary.ca), but early expressions of interest would be most welcome. Please do pass this call for papers along.

Conference organizers:

  • Blake Brown, History and Atlantic Canada Studies, St. Mary’s University (blake.brown@smu.ca)
  • Lyndsay Campbell, Law and History, University of Calgary (lcampbe@ucalgary.ca)
  • Ted McCoy, Law & Society and Sociology, University of Calgary (ejmccoy@ucalgary.ca)
  • Nicole O’Byrne, Law, University of New Brunswick (nobyrne@unb.ca)
  • Adrian Smith, Law and Legal Studies, Institute of Political Economy, and Institute of African Studies, Carleton University (adrian.smith@carleton.ca)’
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law&history vol. 3

Volume 3 of the Society’s journal, law&history, will soon be available. Look for it in the next couple of weeks online and hardcopies will be posted to subscribers in early December. A reminder that it is available via Heinonline and Informit, and that you can email shaunnagh.dorsett@uts.edu.au for hardcopy subscription. As a taster, here is the table of contents and editors comments from Diane Kirkby. In addition to the articles below, there are also book reviews on a range of topics.

Table of Contents

1. Shaunnagh Dorsett: Metropolitan Theorising: Legal Frameworks, Protectorates
and Models for Māori Govenance 1837–1838

2. Renae Barker: ‘Under Most Peculiar Circumstances’: The Church Acts in the
Australian Colonies as a Study of Plural Establishment

3. Janine Pizzetti: Judging Protection: ‘The Unintentional Errors of an Unlearned Magistracy’, British Guiana and Port Phillip, 1830s–40s

4. Eugene Schofield-Georgsson: ‘Mad’ Edwin Withers and the Struggle for Fair Trial Rights in Colonial New South Wales

5. Bevan Martin: The Vice Admiralty Court of New Zealand: Imperial Neglect
and Colonial Pragmatism, 1841–1868

6. Kathy Bowery: Speaking of Us, About Us and For Us: Telling Stories About
Aboriginal Peoples From the Archive

 

Editor’s Comments

This is our third issue of law&history. The articles published here are a representation of  papers presented at the ANZLHS Law and History conference and other forums over the past couple of years. They demonstrate the importance of scholarship being done in this region of the world and the emergence of new scholars with an interest in the field. The concentration is on the colonial period of Australian and New Zealand history and its legacy into the late twentieth century.  They reflect a diversity of interests and approaches within the field and the continuing value of comparing colonial experience.

We are delighted for this issue to be publishing the inaugural Francis Forbes Society for Legal History Prize for the best paper presented by a postgraduate student or early-career researcher at the ANZLHS conference. Janine Rizzetti won this prize for her paper presented at the 2014 conference organised by the University of New England and held at Coffs Harbour. We are grateful to the Francis Forbes Society for supporting our new and emerging researchers in this valuable way.

True to our historical orientation, the articles are organised roughly chronologically, starting with the 1830s. In Shaunnagh Dorsett’s analysis of theories for the governance of New Zealand that offered the prospect of Māori involvement we see how historical research can illuminate moments of possibility for paths not taken. The next article moves us to the Australian colonies where Renae Barker shows how a moment of plural establishment of religion can reveal subsequent histories. Staying with the same time period Janine Rizzetti brings in a comparative perspective between colonies of the British Empire, that of Port Phillip and British Guiana, in her view through the lens of a single judge moving between colonies.

The decade of the 1840s was a critical one for the colony of New South Wales and the evolution of fair trial rights as Eugene Schofield-Georgeson demonstrates through the story of ‘Mad’ Edwin Withers. In his focus on New Zealand’s experience of the admiralty jurisdiction Bevan Martin takes us into a new area of colonial legal history and reminds us that identifying the absences of imperial power (the ‘neglect’ of colonial problems) is another window on to the colonial past (the pragmatism of experience). In the last article Kathy Bowery brings us forward in time to the late twentieth century with a reflection on the ethics of legal archives and their powerful impact on the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today. These articles expand our understanding of law’s history and the importance of knowledge about the colonial past.

We dedicate it to our La Trobe colleague Patrick Wolfe (1949-2016) whose untimely death removed a warm and wonderful colleague and a truly gifted scholar of settler colonialism from our midst. A review of his final book is also published here.

 

 

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Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History

The Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History is calling for applications from PhD candidates to attend their annual summer school. The theme is conflict regulation. They cover fees, accommodation and some scholarships are available for travel.

More information is available via the Max Plank Institute.

Hat Tip: Legal History Blog

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National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association postgraduate scholarships

Round two of the National Archives of Australia/AHA postgrad scholarships is closing 31 October. This award helps postgraduate scholars with the cost of digitisation of files held by the National Archives. More information is available via the National Archives.

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Legal History and Empires: Perspectives from the Colonized – Save the Date!

Following on (finally!) from the Legal Histories of the British Empire conference in Singapore  in 2012, we are pleased to announce Legal History and Empires: Perspectives from the Colonised, jointly sponsored by  the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies,  Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, 11-13 July 2018. A website and CFP will be announced in the new year. But as we know July is always busy, so here is a heads up! Save the Date!

For preliminary inquires please contact Shaunnagh Dorsett (shaunnagh.dorsett@uts.edu.au) or Asya Ostroukh (asya.ostroukh@cavehill.uwi.edu). See you there!

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law&history on HeinOnline and Informit

The society’s journal, law&history, is now available via HeinOnline and Informit. In HeinOnLine it can be found in the core Law Journals library. Australian members should note that despite its location in law the journal is also coded to history for ERA purposes. While it is easy enough to find in Hein under ‘L’, your librarian can make a direct link to it from your university library catalogue. Hard copy subscriptions can be requested to the Business Manager – Shaunnagh.Dorsett@uts.edu.au – and will cost $25 per edition. We encourage all members to submit to the journal. Watch for vol 3, coming out soon. The contents page will be available soon via the ‘Journal’ tab on the main page.

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ANZLHS Annual Prize in Legal History – deadline 30 October

A reminder that nominations are due for the annual ANZLHS Prize in Legal History. The deadline for nominations for any work in the field of legal history in relation to Australasia and which bear the date of 2015 are due to the President or the Secretary by October 30. All further information can be found in the Rules. We look forward to your nominations!

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