06 February 2012

NOTICE: Law and the French Atlantic Symposium

2012-13 Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History  

Friday, October 5, 2012 

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Law and the French Atlantic 

 Organized by Allan Greer, McGill University, and Richard J. Ross, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

HomeThe 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 imperial administrations.

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 history generally.

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.

Learn more about the Center for Renaissance Studies Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History.

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