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25 January 2020

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: XI JORNADAS DE HISTORIA MODERNA Y CONTEMPORÁNEA “Gobierno y representación en la Edad Moderna y Contemporánea”

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

XI JORNADAS DE HISTORIA MODERNA Y CONTEMPORÁNEA Gobierno y representación en la Edad Moderna y Contemporánea”

Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
Deadline 30 DE ABRIL DE 2020

Gobierno y representación en la Edad Moderna y Contemporánea” es el tema principal con el que se presenta esta convocatoria, teniendo en cuenta que en el año 2020 se cumple el segundo centenario de la revolución liberal que abrió el ciclo de las que se produjeran en Europa y el mundo occidental a lo largo del siglo XIX: la protagonizada por Rafael de Riego. Las Revoluciones Liberales cambiaron el concepto de representación que había sido hasta entonces estamental como estipulaba la tradición en el Antiguo Régimen a través de las asambleas, o personal por medio de la agregación en las cortes monárquicas. En el siglo XIX encontramos un nuevo actor, el pueblo, que gobierna a través de sus representantes. La Revolución de 1820 puede ser vista como un verdadero parteaguas en la historia de la modernidad, si se considera que desde entonces dejó de ser posible volver a las fórmulas tradicionales de política y representación en España e Hispanoamérica. En resumidas, se trata de un hito ilustrativo de los profundos procesos iniciados a comienzos del siglo XIX, los cuales crearon las condiciones que dieron origen al mundo contemporáneo, sin romper totalmente con la tradición política de la modernidad. De este modo, se aúnan estudios de historia moderna que explican los contextos de donde partieron los impulsos de las Revoluciones del siglo XIX, como de historia contemporánea, que no sólo observan las consecuencias sino que a la vez analizan ese nuevo mundo que lentamente empezó a crearse durante ese período de cambio.

Coordinadores generales: Dra. Ana Mónica González Fasani (UNS) – Dr. Guillermo Nieva Ocampo (UNSa./CONICET) – Dra. Carolina Biernat (UNQ/CONICET).

Organizan: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Cátedra Historia de América II, Cátedra Historia Moderna y Cátedra Historia Contemporánea (Departamento de Humanidades – Universidad Nacional del Sur); Proyecto de investigación “Agentes de gobierno en el mundo hispano. Microanálisis del poder monárquico (ss. XV-XVIII)”, del Consejo de Investigación de la Universidad Nacional de Salta; Instituto Universitario “La Corte en Europa” de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Carrera de Licenciatura en Historia de la Universidad Nacional de QuilmesCentro de Estudios Sociales de América Latina (Facultad de Ciencias Humanas – Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires/Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas).

Información de interés

Fecha de celebración: 26 al 28 de agosto de 2020
Lugar de celebración: Universidad Nacional del Sur.
Presentación de ponencias: Los resúmenes deberán enviarse a los coordinadores de Mesa y a la coordinación de las Jornadas al correo jhmcuns2020@gmail.com, hasta el 30 de abril de 2020. Los mismos podrán ser elaborados por hasta dos autores y no deberán superar las 250 palabras. El formato solicitado es el siguiente:
  1. Título de la ponencia.
  2. Nombre y apellido de los autores.
  3. Pertenencia institucional de los autores.
  4. Correo electrónico de contacto.
  5. Texto del resumen, letra Times New Roman 12, justificado.
MesasTemáticas y más información


Source: http://iulce.es/call-proposals-xi-jornadas-historia-moderna-contemporanea/

24 January 2020

JOB OFFER : PROFESSOR (OR ASSISTANT PROFESSOR) IN MODERN HISTORY (UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA).


Source : Université de Genève

The University of Geneva is hiring a Professor or Assistant Professor. 

Deadline for applications is on 30 March 2020.

The Professor will join the department of history. A Phd of letters (or an equivalent title) is required.


Job offer, contact and application details (in French) :

https://jobs.unige.ch/www/wd_portal.show_job?p_web_site_id=1&p_web_page_id=45381

BOOK: Maria VON LOEWENICH, Amt Und Prestige Die Kammerrichter in Der Ständischen Gesellschaft (1711–1806) (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlag, 2019). ISBN 978-3-412-22121-8, EUR 50.00



Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage has published a new book on the Kammerrichter (1711-1806).

ABOUT THE BOOK

Die Studie widmet sich anhand des Amts des Kammerrichters exemplarisch dem Gegensatz zwischen der sich ausdifferenzierenden Reichsgerichtsbarkeit und den Funktionsprinzipien der ständischen Gesellschaft, die in ihrer Widersprüchlichkeit die strukturelle Beschaffenheit des Alten Reichs spiegeln. Die Kammerrichter standen als Oberhaupt des Reichskammergerichts einer Institution vor, mit deren Einrichtung die oberste Rechtsprechung im Alten Reich an Autonomie gewann. Zugleich blieben sie selbst den gesellschaftlichen Regeln und Bedingungen ihrer Zeit verpflichtet und nutzten die Ressourcen ihres Amts im Interesse ihrer Familien und sozialen Netzwerke.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maria von Loewenich ist wissenschaftliche Archivarin beim Bundesarchiv und wurde mit vorliegender Studie an der Universität Münster promoviert.

The table of contents can be found here

More info here

CONFERENCE: Jornadas Internacionales de Jóvenes Investigadores en Historia del Derecho

A imagem pode conter: atividades ao ar livre

The Jornadas Internacionales de Jóvenes Investigadores en Historia del Derecho has announced the date and place of its 12th conference: 7, 8 and 9 October in Tucumán.
The Jornádas is a traditional event especially designed for post-graduate and early carrear students, and takes place in Argentina.
More information will come soon.

23 January 2020

BOOK : Samy A. AYOUB, Law, Empire, and the Sultan, (Oxford, 2020) ISBN: 9780190092924, £75.00

                                     (Source : Oxford University Press)
 

Law, Empire, and the Sultan Ottoman Imperial Authority and Late Hanafi Jurisprudence

ABOUT THE BOOK:  

-Reconsiders fundamental premises about Ottoman sultanic authority.
-Gives a new perspective on the later development of the Hanafi school of Islamic law in the Ottoman Empire.
-Explains how legal revisions by Muslim jurists of the period were not temporary strategies but rather involved the use of built-in mechanisms to reinterpret Islamic law and keep it relevant to the changing social, political, and economic circumstances of the Ottoman Empire.
-Provides detailed analysis and fresh insights on a wide range of legal issues through careful reading of understudied sources, uncirculated manuscripts, and extensive references to authoritative Hanafi texts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

-Samy Ayoub specializes in Islamic law, modern Middle East law, and law and religion in contemporary Muslim societies. He focuses on issues concerning the interaction between religion and law, and the role of religion in contemporary legal and socio-political systems within a global comparative perspective.




BOOK: Jose BELLIDO, ed., Landmark Cases in Intellectual Property Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2020). ISBN 9781509935109, £34.99


(Source: Hart Publishing)

Hart Publishing is publishing a new book on landmark cases in English intellectual property law.

ABOUT THE BOOK

This volume explores the nature of intellectual property law by looking at particular disputes. All the cases gathered here aim to show the versatile and unstable character of a discipline still searching for landmarks. Each contribution offers an opportunity to raise questions about the narratives that have shaped the discipline throughout its short but profound history. The volume begins by revisiting patent litigation to consider the impact of the Statute of Monopolies (1624). It continues looking at different controversies to describe how the existence of an author's right in literary property was a plausible basis for legal argument, even though no statute expressly mentioned authors' rights before the Statute of Anne (1710). The collection also explores different moments of historical significance for intellectual property law: the first trade mark injunctions; the difficulties the law faced when protecting maps; and the origins of originality in copyright law. Similarly, it considers the different ways of interpreting patent claims in the late nineteenth and twentieth century; the impact of seminal cases on passing off and the law of confidentiality; and more generally, the construction of intellectual property law and its branches in their interaction with new technologies and marketing developments. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of intellectual property law.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jose Bellido is Senior Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School, University of Kent.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Mansell v Bunger (1626)
Sean Bottomley
2. Stationers v Seymour (1677)
H Tomás Gómez-Arostegui
3. Sayer v Moore (1785)
Isabella Alexander
4. Day v Day, Day and Martin (1816)
Lionel Bently
5. Nobel's Explosives Company, Limited, v Anderson (1894)
Seymour Mauskopf
6. Walter v Lane (1900)
Barbara Lauriat
7. Spalding v Gamage (1915)
Hazel Carty
8. King Features Syndicate, Inc and Betts v O & M Kleeman Ltd (1940)
Jose Bellido
9. Slee & Harris's Application (1966)
Brad Sherman
10. Coco v AN Clark (Engineers) Ltd (1969)
Tanya Aplin
11. Biogen v Medeva (1996)
Luke McDonagh
12. R v Johnstone (2003)
Elena Cooper
13. Lego Juris A/S v OHIM (2010)
Alain Pottage

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22 January 2020

BOOK: Alexander KAYE, The Invention of Jewish Theocracy The Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020). ISBN 9780190922740, $40.00


(Source: OUP)

Oxford University Press is publishing a new book on the tension between secular politics and religious fundamentalism in Israeli legal history.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The tension between secular politics and religious fundamentalism is a problem shared by many modern states. This is certainly true of the State of Israel, where the religious-secular schism provokes conflict at every level of politics and society. Driving this schism is the idea of the halakhic state, the demand by many religious Jews that Israel should be governed by the law of the Torah as interpreted by Orthodox rabbis. Understanding this idea is a priority for scholars of Israel and for anyone with an interest in its future. The Invention of Jewish Theocracy is the first book in any language to trace the origins of the idea, to track its development, and to explain its crucial importance in Israel's past and present. The book also shows how the history of this idea engages with burning contemporary debates on questions of global human rights, the role of religion in Middle East conflict, and the long-term consequences of European imperialism.

The Invention of Jewish Theocracy is an intellectual history, based on newly discovered material from numerous Israeli archives, private correspondence, court records, and lesser-known published works. It explains why the idea of the halakhic state emerged when it did, what happened after it initially failed to take hold, and how it has regained popularity in recent decades, provoking cultural conflict that has severely shaken Israeli society. The book's historical analysis gives rise to two wide-reaching insights. First, it argues that religious politics in Israel can be understood only within the context of the largely secular history of European nationalism and not, as is commonly argued, as an anomalous exception to it. It shows how even religious Jews most opposed to modern political thought nevertheless absorbed the fundamental assumptions of modern European political thought and reread their own religious traditions onto that model. Second, it demonstrates that religious-secular tensions are built into the intellectual foundations of Israel rather than being the outcome of major events like the 1967 War. These insights have significant ramifications for the understanding of the modern state. In particular, the account of the blurring of the categories of "secular" and "religious" illustrated in the book are relevant to all studies of modern history and to scholars of the intersection of religion and human rights.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Assistant Professor, Department of Near East and Judaic Studies; Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Chair of Israel Studies, Brandeis University

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction. The Halakhic State
Chapter 1. The Pluralistic Roots of Religious Zionism
Chapter 2. Isaac Herzog before Palestine
Chapter 3. A Constitution for Israel According to the Torah
Chapter 4. Modernizing the Chief Rabbinate
Chapter 5. Failure and Resistance
Chapter 6. "Gentile Courts" in a Jewish State
Chapter 7. The Persistence of Jewish Theocracy
Bibliography

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BOOK: Pierre-Étienne WILL, Handbooks and Anthologies for Officials in Imperial China (Leiden-New York: Brill, 2020). ISBN 978-90-04-41611-6, EUR 250.00


(Source: Brill)

Brill is publishing a new book on sources of Song, Ming, and Qing administrative Chinese law.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The 1,165 entries of Handbooks and Anthologies for Officials in Imperial China by Pierre-Étienne Will and collaborators provide a descriptive list of extant manuscript and printed works—mainly from the Song, Ming, and Qing dynasties—created with the aim to instruct officials and other administrators of imperial China about the technical and ethical aspects of government, and to provide tools and guides to help with the relevant procedures. Both generalist and specialized texts are considered. Among the latter, such disciplines as the administration of justice, famine relief, and the military receive particular attention. Each entry includes the publishing history of the work considered (including modern editions), an analysis of contents, and a biographical sketch of the author.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pierre-Étienne Will, Ph.D. (1975), EHESS, is Professor Emeritus of modern Chinese history at Collège de France. He has published extensively on the socio-economic history of late-imperial and early-Republican China, including Bureaucracy and Famine in Eighteenth- Century China (Stanford, 1990).

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ADVANCE ARTICLE: Assaf LIKHOVSKI, "A Colonial Legal Laboratory? Jurisprudential Innovation in the British Empire" (American Journal of Comparative Law)


(image: Lord Curzon; source: Wikimedia Commons)

Abstract:
In this article, I examine jurisprudence textbooks and related works written in the British Empire in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, focusing mostly on British India, but also discussing Mandatory Palestine and British-ruled Egypt. Some of the jurisprudential works from the British Empire were merely summaries of the leading English books. However, there were also more original works, characterized by several unique features. First, some of the works produced in the Empire were more influenced by Continental and American legal theories than the equivalent English textbooks (for example, by early-20th-century French and American sociological approaches to law). Second, the need to mention non-English legal systems in these works sometimes led their authors to question key English notions about the nature and development of law (critiquing, for example, Henry Maine’s description of Hindu law). Finally, some nationalist local legal scholars also created a unique genre of jurisprudential works: texts that used western jurisprudential theories to describe the main features of non-western legal systems, such as Hindu, Jewish and Islamic law. These unique aspects of colonial jurisprudential works illustrate a broader phenomenon: the fact that legal scholars in imperial peripheries were not always simply passive receivers of ideas produced at the center of empires, but in some cases created works containing interesting jurisprudential insights. The notion that the British Empire was a “legal laboratory” in which legal scholars experimented with new ideas has already been discussed in the literature, largely based on examples taken from the fields of legislation (the codification of English law in 19th-century India), or forensic science. This article explores the extent to which the British Empire was also a site of jurisprudential innovation.
Read more on SSRN.

(source: Legal History Blog)

21 January 2020

CONFERENCE: Perspectives on Privacy in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands

The Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies at the University of Copenhagen (PRIVACY) in cooperation with the Huygens Institute in Amsterdam are delighted to invite you to a symposium dedicated to the notions of privacy in the seventeenth-century Netherlands.
A team of experts will tackle the problematics of defining what is private through a range of source material – egodocuments, legislation, political treatises and religious writings. Our goal is to explore how privacy was seen through the eyes of the contemporaries during the seventeenth century on the one hand, and on the other hand, to probe various methodologies that could help in analyzing this issue.
Centre for Privacy Studies was established through a grant from the Danish National Research Foundation in 2017. The PRIVACY research team examines how no­tions of privacy shape relations between individuals and society across diverse historical contexts.
PRIVACY focuses on the period 1500–1800 that sees critical changes in individuals’ relationship to society, based on eleven site-based case studies, among them Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Versailles and Westminster. It brings together the fields of Church History, Social History, History of Architecture, Legal History and History of Ideas in order to establish a collaborative interdisciplinary scholarly environment.
The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Huygens ING) studies the history of science, Dutch history and literature. It also provides access to primary source material and text editions on which to base further analytical and interpretive research.
Huygens ING is the lead institute in CLARIAH, the Netherlands’ digital humanities infrastructure. It works with the International Institute of Social History (IISH) and the Meertens Institute in the KNAW Humanities Cluster.
To attend the seminar, please register with Ineke Huysman. The number of places is limited.
You can view and download the programme for the seminar here.

JOB OFFER: Two year fulltime scientific researcher: convicted collaborators with the enemy and the death penalty (Brussels: Royal Military School; DEADLINE 15 FEB 2020)


(Bron: KMS)

The Belgian Royal Military School and BELSPO (Belgian Scientific Policy Office) recruit a full-time researcher. Candidates will be subjected to a previous security check, conformably to state security requirements.

The position is fulltime for two years at the Royal Military School - Section Patrimonium. The researcher will not be enrolled as a military member of staff. A Dutch native speaker is preferred.


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1. Context of the job and main tasks
In the framework of a “Brain” scientific research project funded by the Belgian Federal Science Policy (BELSPO), we are looking for a Dutch native speaking researcher with a master or doctor degree in history, law or criminology (if possible a specialisation in legal history or a combination of history and law degrees) and research experience (if possible related to Belgian archives of Belgian justice or military justice or administrative punishment).
The research project is foreseen for two years and consists in the contextualisation of the cases of the execution of death penalties for convicted collaborators with the enemy at the end of W.W. II in Belgium and the analysis of the decision-making processes in that context. That contextualisation will integrate historical, legal, criminological and sociological approaches.
The project is in collaboration with the State Archives – CEGESOMA. The researcher at the Royal Military Academy will focus on the more legal aspects of the topic (analysis of the files, judicial argumentation, the pardon process etc.).
This part of the research will be performed at the Chair of Law, Royal Military Academy (RMA), directed by Prof. Stanislas Horvat.

Main tasks:
·                    Research (including analysis and inventory of files and documents) related to the above mentioned topic
·                    Publications or contribution to publications
·                    Presentations of the results at conferences and other dissemination activities
·                    Contribution to connected scientific activities of the Chair and the network project.


2. Required competences

Technical skills:
·        The applicant shall have a Master or “licence” or doctor degree in history, law or criminology (preferably a specialisation in legal history of the 20th century or a combination of law and history degrees)
·        The applicant shall have research experience, if possible related to Belgian archives of Belgian justice or military justice or administrative punishment
·        The applicant shall have knowledge of Belgian justice, military justice or administrative punishment discipline is a plus.
Specific requirement:
·          The successful candidate has to be committed to confidentiality and exclusivity;
·          Therefore, he will have to obtain the required security clearance. The candidate must consent with the background check required to obtain this clearance, which will be performed by the Belgian Defence.
Personal skills:
·        Dutch native speaking
·        Being able to integrate in a multidisciplinary team of scientists
·        Working autonomously and flexible in view of the multidisciplinary context.
Other skills:
·        The applicant shall have a good knowledge of French and English
·        A good knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint is a plus.

3. Procedure

  • Send a motivation letter, a CV and a scan of your ID card (both sides) to Professor Stanislas Horvat (Stanislas.horvat@mil.be) and to Mr Thierry Deprez (Thierry.Deprez1@rma.ac.be)
  • You will be working in a military environment. That is why everyone is expected to undergo a safety verification. Please add to your application the filled out document that is attached to the jobdescription
  • Please mention clearly in subject “BELSPO-BRAIN POSTWAREX”
  • Application deadline: 15 February 2020
  • An interview (+/- 30min) will take place at the Royal Military Academy located at the premises of the Royal Military Academy, Rue Hobbema 8, 1000 Brussels
  • The date and time of the interview will be communicated to the preselected candidates

4. Various information

Contact persons
·          Regarding the research project: Prof. S. Horvat; Royal Military Academy-SCGW; Renaissancelaan 30, 1000 Brussel ; +32 2 441 40 18, Stanislas.horvat@mil.be
·          Regarding the recruitment procedure: Mr. Thierry Deprez; +32 2 441 39 12; Thierry.deprez1@mil.be
Miscellaneous matters:
·        Recruitment date: if possible April 1st, 2020
·        Status: Full-time employment based on a two-year contract with the Royal Military Academy – Patrimony (you are not employed by the Belgian State)
·        Wage scale: A11 (Master) or A22 (Doctor). Scientific seniority will be limited to maximum 5 years.
·        Extra-legal benefits:
·        Possibility to obtain a bonus for bilingualism (Dutch/French);
·        holiday allocation,
·        end-of-year allocation,
·        hospitalization insurance,
·        free public transportation (home-work commute),
·        Free access to sports facilities.
·        Free access to theon-campus restaurant and cafeteria with discount on the daily menu
·        Security: by applying, the candidate accepts to come under a security scrutiny.
·        Workplace: Renaissancelaan 30, 1000 Brussel, and archives’ locations

(source: Standen&Landen)

SUMMER SCHOOL: Law and Humanities Summer School 2020 (Luzern, 15-19 June 2020) (DEADLINE: 1 March 2020)




We learned of the annual summer school in law and humanities, which is organized in Luzern this year.

The 2020 Summer School will focus on the entanglements of law, art and politics. From statues of the Roman Emperors to Picasso’s Guernica, some of the world’s most celebrated works of art have been explicitly political. But in the twenty-first century everything has been disrupted – including law, including art, including politics. We live in a world obsessed by images and distrustful of politics; a world in which the public sphere is collapsing and private interests seem more powerful than ever. What, then, is the role of art in making and unmaking, representing and challenging the language of law and the power of politics? Can art disrupt the disruptors?
Starting from this contemporary perspective, the school will offer a panorama of the dynamic intercourse between law, art and politics across a variety of sites, contexts and periods. The programme will draw on the expertise of scholars working in different research fields and across multiple critical traditions to address such questions as:
  • How do aesthetics and images shape the character of law?
  • What role does art play in transmitting legal and political ideology, or in fostering critique and social change?
  • How might we understand the relations between modes of artistic cultural expression and legal identities?
  • What are the effects of art’s material manifestations on the law?
  • How does art participate in, activate, or reflect upon the imagining of legal futures?

More info can be found here

20 January 2020

CONFERENCE: Separated Beds – Interwoven Property: Divorce in Context 1600-1900 (Vienna, 15-16 May 2020) (DEADLINE: 28 February 2020)



We learned of a call for papers for a conference on separation consequences (in family law) during the period 1600-1900. Here the call: 

Location: Austria, Vienna
Venue: University of Vienna
Hosted by: OeNB research project “Separated beds - Interwoven Property: Regulation of Separation Consequences since the 16th Century”, in cooperation with the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies and the Department of History of the University of Vienna.
Date: 15.05.2020 – 16.05.2020
Deadline: 28.02.2020

Call for Papers

Until the introduction of civil marriage, marriages in all European territories could be entered into and separated only in accordance with the conditions of religions and denominations respectively. Today the divorce of civil marriage is common practice in European societies. The fact that religious marriages regulated by faith communities could be divorced is still not widely conveyed. The historical studies that appeared in recent years make it clear that religions and denominations respectively differed as to the type of divorce they allowed, what divorce grounds they recognized, and whether they gave the divorced spouses the right to remarry. Divorced Catholics were forbidden to enter into a new marriage until the death of their husband or wife. On the other hand, the matrimonial property regime was partly independent of religion or denomination, and thus also the regulation of the divorce consequences, which depended particularly on local traditions until civil codes were passed.

Depending on the historically different divorce possibilities and the density of the remaining sources, the documents produce in the context of marital conflicts and divorces open up a wide field of research: With the exception of uncontested divorces, it is possible to analyze how plaintiffs and defendants argued in court and what arguments judges recognized or rejected as divorce grounds. The certificates submitted and witnesses mentioned allow one to reconstruct the relationship networks of the wives and the husbands. Divorce settlements and civil proceedings regulating the divorce consequences indicate who received custody of children, how the property of the couple was divided and how maintenance was regulated. They provide insight into the ways the couple had made a living and how the divorced spouses intended to make a living in the future. Recent studies show that the economic position of women varied greatly depending on the prevailing matrimonial property regime and the marriage contract which was agreed upon. Especially in regions with community of goods, it was often the women who, as daughters or widows, brought a house and farm or a trade and business license into the marriage. The sources thus allow conclusions to be drawn on the property and wealth of women and show the variety of trades and occupations pursued by women before and also after marriage, which are usually beyond the reach of historians. Recent studies have also indicated that divorce -  independent of denomination or religion – was not, as was long suspected, limited to married couples of the higher social strata, but was practice in all levels of society.

The conference will examine the norms divorce-(un)willing spouses of the various denominations and religions were faced with from the end of the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. At the same time, we are interested in how these norms were negotiated in practice – before Protestant and Catholic consistories, before rabbinic or Sharia courts, and also before secular courts.

The broad range of possible links to the topic of the conference includes issues of (social) regulation in the access to marriage, transfer of goods during and after marriage, and issues of how married couples and divorced spouses made a living. Studies investigating the options for and the living conditions of divorced men and women are also welcome.

Keynote: Maria Ågren, Married Women’s Property and Work, Uppsala University

Please send your proposals for papers (approx. 1 page/300 words) together with a short academic CV by 28 February 2020 to:

Univ. Prof. Dr. Andrea Griesebner
andrea.griesebner[at]univie.ac.at
and
BA MA Isabella Planer
isabella.planer[at]univie.ac.at

We are pleased to be able to take care of the hotel and the food during the conference. We ask for your understanding that the travel expenses can be refunded only in exceptional cases.

More info here

BOOK: Alejandro DE LA FUENTE and Ariela J. GROSS, Becoming Free, Becoming Black Race, Freedom, and the Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana [Studies in Legal History] (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). ISBN 9781108480642, $ 24.95


(Source: CUP)

Cambridge University Press is publishing a new book on Race, Freedom, and the Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana.

ABOUT THE BOOK

How did Africans become 'blacks' in the Americas? Becoming Free, Becoming Black tells the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones. Their communities challenged slaveholders' efforts to make blackness synonymous with slavery. Looking closely at three slave societies - Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana - Alejandro de la Fuente and Ariela J. Gross demonstrate that the law of freedom - not slavery - established the meaning of blackness in law. Contests over freedom determined whether and how it was possible to move from slave to free status, and whether claims to citizenship would be tied to racial identity. Laws regulating the lives and institutions of free people of color created the boundaries between black and white, the rights reserved to white people, and the degradations imposed only on black people.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Alejandro de la FuenteHarvard University, Massachusetts

Alejandro de la Fuente is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Professor of African and African American Studies, and the Director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University, Massachusetts. He is the author of Diago: The Pasts of this Afro-Cuban Present (2018); Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century (2008); and A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba (2001).
Ariela J. GrossUniversity of Southern California

Ariela J. Gross is the John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History and the Co-Director of the Center for Law, History, and Culture at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She is the author of What Blood Won't Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America (2008) and Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom (2000).

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
1. 'A Negro and by consequence an alien': local regulations and the making of race, 1500s–1700s
2. The 'inconvenience” of black freedom: manumission, 1500s–1700s
3. 'The natural right of all mankind': claiming freedom in the age of revolution, 1760s–1830
4. 'Rules … for their expulsion': foreclosing freedom, 1830s–1860
5. 'Not of the same blood': policing racial boundaries, 1830s–1860
Conclusion: 'Home-born citizens: the significance of free people of color.


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BOOK: Jacco BOMHOFF, David DYZENHAUS & Thomas POOLE (eds.), The Double-Facing Constitution (Cambridge: CUP, 2020), ISBN9781108485487

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Abstract:
This collection explores some of the many ways in which constitutional orders engage with, and are shaped by, their exteriors. Constitutional and legal theory often marginalize 'foreign' elements, such as norms originating in other legal systems, the movement of individuals across borders, or the application of domestic law to foreign affairs. In The Double-Facing Constitution, these instances of boundary crossing lie at the heart of an alternative understanding of constitutions as permeable membranes, through which norms can and sometimes must travel. Constitutional orders are facing both inwards and outwards - and the outside world influences their interiors just as much as their internal orders help shape their surroundings. Different essays discuss the theoretical and historical foundations of this view (grounded in Kelsen, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and others), and its contemporary relevance for areas as diverse as migration law, the conflict of laws, and foreign relations law.
Contents:
1. Introduction Jacco Bomhoff, David Dyzenhaus and Thomas Poole Part I. Theoretical Foundations:2. The Janus-faced constitution David Dyzenhaus 3. The idea of the federative Thomas Poole 4. Hobbes's Janus-faced sovereign Theodore Christov 5. Jurisprudential reflections on cosmopolitan law Evan Fox-Decent 6. From republican self-love to cosmopolitan amour-propre: Europe's new constitutional experience Alexander Somek Part II. Border Crossings: Comity and Mobility:7. The spectre of comity Karen Knop 8. Constitutionalism and mobility: expulsion and escape among partial constitutions Jacco Bomhoff 9. The inside out constitution Audrey Macklin 10. The constitution in the shadow of the immigration state Asha Kaushal Part III. The Foreign in Foreign Relations Law:11. Double-facing administrative law: state prerogatives, cities and foreign affairs Geneviève Cartier 12. The democratic challenge to foreign relations law in transatlantic perspective Helmut Philipp Aust 13. The double-facing foreign relations function of the executive and its self-enforcing obligation to comply with international law Campbell McLachlan14. The various faces of fundamental rights Dieter Grimm 
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