The French Atlantic has not yet received the sustained attention given to the
British and Spanish Atlantic, particularly where the topic of law is concerned.
This conference will explore the legal dimension (broadly conceived) of the
French Atlantic empire in the early modern period. The variegated and rapidly
evolving juridical order of ancien régime France was deeply implicated in the
expansion of overseas commerce, the founding of colonies, and the creation of
Participants may explore topics such as: legal discourse and imperial
ideologies; the establishment of colonial jurisdictions in Canada, Louisiana,
and the French West Indies; the regulation of slavery; indigenous peoples and
the law; the emergence of colonial land tenures; and the legal framework for
trade and business enterprise. The organizers wish particularly to encourage
comparative approaches that consider more than one French colony and that
examine contrasts and convergences with the British, Spanish and Portuguese
empires. In according due attention to the distinctive features of French law
and the French New World empire, we hope to enrich understandings of Atlantic
Speakers and paper titles to be announced.
This program is free and open to the public,
but registration in advance is required. Register online here.
Faculty and graduate students of Center for
Renaissance Studies consortium
institutions may be eligible to apply
for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry
Library. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact
your Representative Council member in advance for details.