Expressions of interest in joining a law and history panel at the AHA conference July 2017

There is an opportunity to showcase the wonderful interdisciplinary work many of our members do at the Australian Historical Association conference which is to be held in Newcastle 3-7 July 2017.  The conference theme is Entangled Histories and we are keen to have some legal history-specific panels.  As the conference call for papers’ deadline is looming please send an abstract of your  proposed paper to or to by 30 March 2017.

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New work on the history of slavery

This new work may be of interest to members.

Granville Sharp’s Cases on Slavery

Andrew Lyall

The purpose of Granville Sharpe’s Cases on Slavery is twofold: first, to publish previously unpublished legal materials principally in three important cases in the 18th century on the issue of slavery in England, and specifically the status of black people who were slaves in the American colonies or the West Indies and who were taken to England by their masters. The unpublished materials are mostly verbatim transcripts made by shorthand writers commissioned by Granville Sharp, one of the first Englishmen to take up the cause of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery itself. Other related unpublished material is also made available for the first time, including an opinion of an attorney general and some minor cases from the library of York Minster.

Dr Andrew Lyall is a retired member of staff in Law at University College Dublin.

Hart Publishing are currently offering a discount to members here

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CFP: Annual Forum of the Association of Young Legal Historians

We note a CFP for the XXIIIrd Annual Forum of the Association of Young Legal Historians, to be held in Naples, 30 May-1 June 2017.  The theme is “History of Law and Other Humanities: Views of the Legal Culture across the Time”. The Forum will be devoted to the Relations between Law and Humanities, ‘in order to propose new instruments of research’. More information is here, and the CFP closes 15 March.  Its somewhat short notice, but it is in Naples! Hat Tip: Legal History Blog.

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Prizes, prizes….

For those so minded, a reminder…

Nominations for the History Council of NSW awards and prizes close Friday 31 March 2017Full details.

Nominations for the 2017 Maritime History Prizes offered by the Australian Association for Maritime History and the Australian National Maritime Museum close on Friday 28 April 2017. Full details.

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Research Assistant position, Melbourne Law School

This may be of interest to some of our post-grad members:

Applicants with a background in historical research are sought to work on a legal-historical project based at Melbourne Law School. Professor Ian Ramsay and Associate Professor Paul Ali are currently recruiting a Research Assistant to work with them on a study of bankruptcy laws in nineteenth century Australia. This study forms part of a three year ARC-funded investigation of Australia’s personal insolvency regime. More information is available.

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Fellowship Opportunity – Stanford Centre for law and history

We note the following opportunity for early career scholars. The Centre for Law and History at Stanford is calling for applications for a 2 year Fellowship. Further details are available via Stanford.

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PhD studentship opportunity at La Trobe

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship attached to the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, ‘Breaking down tradition: women in male-dominated work, 1840-2000’ (DP 160102764). Through examining the origins and circulation of ideas about women’s and men’s paid work in both Britain and Australia, the research will enhance current understandings of the enduring nature of workplace inequality. The successful candidate will work with the Chief Investigators on the project, Professor Diane Kirkby and Dr Emma Robertson, and be attached to the Archaeology and History Program of La Trobe University.

Applicants are encouraged to explore the contested and changing nature of workplace ‘tradition’ in any period of the 19th and 20th centuries with a focus on aspects of law in Britain or Australia. How did certain jobs become ‘traditional’ for men and ‘non-traditional’ for women? Proposals are particularly welcomed in the field of Indigenous women’s labour history. The studentship is funded by La Trobe at the initial rate of $26,288 p.a.

History at LTU has a reputation for research excellence sustained since its inception in 1969, with particular strengths in gender and labour history. Our vibrant research community has recently undergone a period of renewal and exciting growth. We currently host three ARC DPs, four Future Fellowships and three Linkage Grants. The successful applicant may choose to be based at either the Bundoora (Melbourne) or Bendigo campus of La Trobe.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please contact Prof Diane Kirkby in the first instance:; tel. 03 9479 2379. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2017.

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