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CONFERENCE: "16th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African-American History" (Memphis, 11-13 February 2015)

WHAT: the 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African-American History, Conference and Call for papers
WHERE: University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
WHEN: 11-13 February 2015
Deadline for proposals is December 1, 2014
The Graduate Association for African-American History (GAAAH) at The University of Memphis invites graduate students at all levels to submit proposals for its 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African-American History, to be held February 11-13, 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee. They welcome the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, workshops, and roundtables on all topics relating to the scholarship and teaching of the history of African Americans and blacks throughout the Diaspora. They hope to represent a broad range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.For graduate students individual paper proposals should include a 300-word abstract, including a paper title; author contact information; postal address and e-mail address; and brief curriculum vitae. The organizers of complete sessions should send, in a single submission, abstracts and cvs for each of the paper presenters; 200-word description of the session; and contact information for all participants. Please list audio-visual requirements, if any.This year’s conference will feature a keynote address from Dr. Eddie S. Glaude.  Dr. Glaude is a William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Department of Religion, and Chair, Center for African American Studies, at Princeton University.  Dr. Glaude’s books include In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America and Exodus!: Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America.The submission deadline for proposals is December 1, 2014. A committee of University of Memphis professors will consider all papers for the “Memphis State Eight Paper Prize” which is awarded to the conference’s best paper. The first place prize includes a monetary award. Second and third place papers will also receive recognition.

Participants will be notified of acceptance by December 10, 2014, and completed 10-12 page papers must be received no later than February 1, 2015.Please submit all proposals by e-mail to GAAAH President Jeffery Jones:gaaah.memphis@gmail.com or jljones@memphis.edu For questions please call Jeff Jones at (901) 678-2515 [Email:jljones@memphis.edu] or contact GAAAH faculty adviser Dr. Aram Goudsouzian at (901) 678-2516 [Email: agoudszn@memphis.edu].
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CFA: "Journal of Civil and Human Rights"

The Journal of Civil and Human Rights is seeking authors of articles and reviews to submit their work. The deadline is rolling. We put articles into the peer review process in the order they arrive.More information about the journal, including the mission statement, submission guidelines, and editorial board, is available here:http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/jchr.html.The Journal of Civil and Human Rights is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, academic journal dedicated to studying modern U.S.-based  social justice movements and freedom struggles, including transnational ones, and their antecedents, influence, and legacies. The journal features  research-based articles, interviews, editorials, and reviews of books, films, museum exhibits, and Web sites.Please direct all submission inquiries to Michael Ezra, editor, ezra@sonoma.edu
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CFP: "All True, All Fiction: Conspiracy Theories at the Contours of Legality" (Washington D.C., 6-7 March 2015)

WHAT: All True, All Fiction: Conspiracy Theories at the Contours of Legality, 18th Annual Meeting of the ASLCH, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Call for papers
WHERE: Washington, D.C.
WHEN: 6-7 March 2015
Deadline 5 october 2014
All information here
This panel aims to analyze conspiracy theories in their connection to law and their effect on people’s relationship to legality. At first glance, law and conspiracy theories seem to share similar qualities. Both are initially suspicious of the knowledge they are provided with; both employ methods of elimination; and, ultimately, both establish a certain ‘truth’ about their cases. Yet they are situated on a conflicting ground ontologically, ultimately aiming to achieve very different purposes. Furthermore, the law’s verdict is supposed to be final, but conspiracy theories change, differ, become amended, and get replaced by others as agendas shift. Unlike legal proceedings with a conclusive endpoint, the act of conspiratorial thinking thus needs to be constantly fed with new information. In this sense, with its claim on the finality of its verdict and authority to establish facts, the law is in a position to contain conspiracy theories while at the same time, inevitably, holding the potential to produce them by its very insistence on the certainty of the truth it engenders. This panel aims to reflect on this tension by analyzing the murkiness and (un)certainty that conspiracy theories generate at once as they confront the rituals of law, captured in such realms as courtrooms, legal documents, and government declarations. Yet, rather than approaching conspiracy theories as the final contenders on a hierarchical ladder of informed knowledge, a product of a “crippled epistemology” (Sunstein and Vermeule 2009), or a potential threat or risk to society, it analyzes them as a narrative genre that helps establish people’s relationship to the state and the legal field around them. It takes as its starting point anthropological analyses that have sought to interrogate the intersections of conspiratorial thinking with rumor, gossip, secrets, witchcraft, and magic as they vacillate between the contours of legality and the purported transparency of the state. Ultimately, the panel aims to reflect on conspiracy theories as a form of legal fiction.If you are interested in presenting on this panel, please submit an abstract of no more than 350 words to skaptan@rutgers.edu by October 5, 2014.
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DISCOUNT (NEW!): Springer Book Series

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SSRN ARTICLE: Bordering by Law: The Migration of Law, Crimes, Sovereignty, and the Mail" Free Download

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A new article from the Sociale & political Philosophy eJournal

"Bordering by Law: The Migration of Law, Crimes, Sovereignty, and the Mail"
J. Resnick, Bordering by Law: The Migration of Law, Crimes, Sovereignty, and the Mail, Nomos Publishing. 2015, Forthcoming
Yale Law School, Public Law Research Paper
JUDITH RESNIK, Yale University - Law School
Email: judith.resnik@yale.edu
Law is filled with segmented narratives. The literature mapping the illegalization of the migration of peoples does not reference that many borders have become readily traversable, if not invisible, through the legalization and internationalization of subsidized mail services by cooperative government efforts. And, while the politics of migration are much debated, the post is infrequently acknowledged as either a political or a legal site. I bring together these domains not to equate the migration of persons and families with the movement of objects but rather to clarify how reliant on border crossings we are. My argument is that neither law nor land is readily bordered, and that depending on borders (alien/citizen, federal/state) as justifications for legal rules deflects attention from two major shifts during the last two centuries: one imagining the globe as a “single postal territory” and the other turning migration into a crime. In pursuit of both, governments expanded their repertoires and capacities as providers of services – from forwarding mail to patrolling borders.

This century’s questions are whether political will can be marshaled to undo the criminalization of migration and the stigmatization of migrants and to sustain states as central sources of social ordering generating redistributive exchanges respectful of individual liberty and aiming to enhance equality. My aim is to invite attention to the utilities of government and to the project of shifting normalcies so as to probe whether states’ coordination to facilitate movements of persons seeking to cross boundaries could become a taken-for-granted government service, akin to state-subsidized inter-jurisdictional, cooperative postal systems – which are now at risk of becoming historic relics of bygone eras when governments were central.

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CONFERENCE: Lay Participation in Modern Law - A Comparative Historical Analysis

Helsinki, September 17th-19th, 2014Venue: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
Organisers: Profs. Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki), Georges Martyn (Ghent), Anthony Musson (Exeter), Markus Dubber (Toronto)
Funded by: Academy of Finland, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Flanders)

Thursday, 18 September
Session 1: The Roots of Modern Lay Participation, 10.00-12.00
  • University of Helsinki, Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), room P617
  • David Mirhady (Simon Fraser University): Knowing the Law and Deciding Justice:  Lay Expertise in the Democratic Athenian Courts
  • Anthony Musson (University of Exeter): The Legacy of Magna Carta: the Enigma of the Jury

Session 2: The Jury in the French Tradition and In Common Law, 13.30 – 15.30
  • Georges Martyn (Ghent University): Belgian's Obsession with Democratic Control by Jury in High Crime Procedures
  • Pedro Barbas Homem (University of Lisbon): The Jury and the Portuguese Legal Tradition
  • Simon Stern (University of Toronto): Oratory and the Jury Trial in Nineteenth-Century America

Coffee 15.30 – 16.00
Session 3: The Jury in Common Law and the Peripheries, 16:00 - 18:00
  • Niamh Howlin (University College Dublin): The Politics of Jury Trials in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
  • Kalyani Ramnath (Princeton University):  Mrs. Seneviratne’s Suicide: Lawyers, Experts and Jurors in Colonial Ceylon
  • Mia Korpiola (University of Turku): Back to the Glory Days of the Past: Reforming the Finnish Jury ca. 1850-1910

Friday, 19 September
Session 4: The Waning Jury? 10:00 – 12:00 University of Helsinki, Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), room P723
  • Kate Harrington (University of Exeter): The University as Judge and Jury: Lay Participation in Academic Inquisitions
  • Markus Dirk Dubber (University of Toronto): A Tale of Two Juries
  • Heikki Pihlajamäki (University of Helsinki): The Three Models of the Western Lay Judge: From Diversity to Common Extinction

Session 5: Concluding Discussion, 13:30 – 15:00
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OPPORTUNITY: Funded PhD in Housing and Dispute Resolution

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Housing and Dispute Resolution: Social wellbeing and bottom up forms of community engagement
Birmingham School of the Built Environment (BSBE) Full fee waiver plus a stipend of £13,863!Deadline: 24 October 2014
The housing crisis across much of Europe, and indeed other parts of the world, shows no sign of abating. The issue is particularly pressing in high-density urban settlements where the further problems of low income, immigration and lack of community engagement are often found. The solution is often deemed simply to be more housing, but this is often not achievable especially in the short term. There are further issues that are intimately linked to urban housing including anti-social behaviour and the creation of sustainable communities.  Rather then than focussing purely on material housing it is a question on focussing on tenant wellbeing through empowerment and engagement. 
This PhD will be based around an empirical study of the attitudes and perspectives of tenants in urban Birmingham. It will also seek to examine the views of key stakeholders such as housing associations, charities and legal experts. It aims to consider the question of housing from a social science perspective by considering the concept of ontological security and drawing on geographical theory in attempting to examine the sense of place.
The candidate:
Candidates should have a good first degree (2:1 or above) and ideally a Masters and experience of qualitative research would be helpful.  Candidates must be able to demonstrate good communication skills, both for undertaking the research and disseminating its results. We also expect him/her to contribute to BSBE’s overall strategy of exploring cutting edge practices and research informed teaching.
For further information and informal enquiries please contact Julian Sidoli del Ceno (Julian.sidolidelceno@bcu.ac.uk) 
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SEMINAR: "Les conflits d’intérêts «structurels»: L'organisation de la recherche scientifique" (Paris, 18 September 2014)

WHAT: Les conflits d’intérêts «structurels»: L'organisation de la recherche scientifique, seminar
WHERE: 9, Rue Maleur - Salle 409, Paris
WHEN: 18 September 2014, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
All information here
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SYMPOSIUM: Meanings of Justice in New World Empires: Settler and Indigenous Law as Counterpoints

Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History:Meanings of Justice in New World Empires: Settler and Indigenous Law as Counterpoints
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014Location: Newberry Library, ChicagoOrganized by: Brian Owensby (University of Virginia) and Richard J. Ross (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
            Understandings of justice differed among New World empires and among the settlers, imperial officials, and indigenous peoples within each one.  This conference will focus on the array of meanings of justice, their emergence and transformation, and the implications of adopting one or another definition.  Our emphasis is less on the long-studied problem of the ethics of conquest and dispossession as on the notions of justice animating workaday negotiations, lawsuits, and assertions of right.  To this end, we are interested in the following sorts of questions: What about pre-contact legality and about European debates about law impelled empires to offer indigenous people access to settlers’ courts and legal remedies?  How did indigenous notions of legality shape natives’ resort to settlers’ law?  How and why did it occur to Indians that European law offered them a tactical opportunity?  To what extent did indigenous litigants and communities see law as a moral resource?  In what ways did Indians misconstrue settler’s legality because of their own preconceptions about justice?  How did indigenous recourse to law shape colonial and imperial legal structures?  These questions invite reflection on how settler law became intelligible—tactically, technically and morally—to natives. 
From the Europeans’ point of view, settlers thought about their own legal order by reference to highly stylized depictions of natives’ law.  Sometimes indigenous legality was treated as an example of primitivism, or savagery, or the work of the devil; sometimes as an honorable system appropriate to the social situation of Indians; sometimes as a precursor to imperial law; sometimes as reminiscent of legal systems in European antiquity or in other non-Western societies; and sometimes as an early stage in the Scottish Enlightenment’s four-stage theory of socio-legal development.  How did indigenous law serve as a contrast that helped settlers legitimate, critique, and understand their own legal system?  Conversely, in what ways did the example of settler law occasion debates about the meaning of justice within native communities?  The conference will bring together law professors, historians, and social scientists to explore how settler and indigenous law acted as counterpoints within and across European New World empires.
Brian Owensby (University of Virginia History) and Richard Ross (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law and History) organized “Meanings of Justice in New World Empires: Settler and Indigenous Law as Counterpoints.”  The conference is an offering of the Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History, which gathers under the auspices of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago in order to explore a particular topic in the comparative legal history of the Atlantic world in the period c.1492-1815.  Funding has been provided by the University of Illinois College of Law. 
            Attendance at the Symposium is free and open to the public.  Participants and attendees should preregister by contacting the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library at 312.255.3514, or send an e-mail to renaissance@newberry.org. Papers will be precirculated electronically to all registrants. 

For information about the conference, please consult our website at http://www.newberry.org/symposium-comparative-early-modern-legal-historyor contact Prof. Richard Ross at Rjross@illinois.eduor at 217-244-7890. 
            Here is the program and schedule:
9:00 Welcome: Brian Owensby (University of Virginia, History) and Richard Ross (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Law and History)
9:05 to 10:40: Panel: Constructing Native Elites and Indigenous Jurisdictions (16C-17C)
Karen Graubart (Notre Dame, History): “Learning From the Qadi: The Jurisdiction of Local Rule in the Early Colonial Andes”
Alcira Dueñas (Ohio State, Newark, History): “Reclaiming the ‘República de Indios:’ Colonial Indigenous Agents in the Production and Enforcement of Law”
Bradley Dixon (University of Texas, Austin, History): “The ‘Darling Indians’: Bacon’s Rebellion and the Crisis of Virginia’s Native American Elite”
Commentator #1: Sherwin Bryant (Northwestern, History)
Commentator #2: Karen Kupperman (New York University, History)
Chair: Richard Ross (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Law and History)
10:40 to 10:55: Refreshment Break
10:55 to 12:30: Panel: Native and Settler Legal Understandings (17C-18C)
Jenny Pulsipher (BYU, History): “Defending and Defrauding the Indians:  John Wompas, Legal Pluralism, and the Sale of Indian Land”
Yanna Yannakakis (Emory, History): “‘False justice’ (‘justicia xihui’)? Colonial Law and Indian Jurisdiction in Highland Oaxaca, Mexico”
Tamar Herzog (Harvard, History): “Dialoguing with Barbarians: What Natives Said and Europeans Responded in Eighteenth-Century Portuguese-America”
Commentator #1 and Chair: Stuart Banner (UCLA, Law)
Commentator #2: Robert Morrissey (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, History)
12:30 to 1:50: Lunch: Participants and audience members are invited to try the restaurants in the neighborhood around the Newberry.
1:50 to 3:05 : Panel: Indigenous Legal Ideas in the 18C
Bianca Premo (Florida International, History): “Now and Then: Status, Custom, and Modernity in Indian Law, Spanish America. 18th Century”
Craig Yirush (UCLA, History): “‘Since We Came out of this Ground’: Treaty Negotiations and Indigenous Legal Norms in Eighteenth-Century North America”
Commentator: Daniel Richter (University of Pennsylvania, History)
Chair: Brian Owensby (University of Virginia, History)
3:05 to 3:20: Refreshment Break           3:20 to 4:55 Panel: Native Law and the Long 19C
Gregory Ablavsky (University of Pennsylvania, Law and History): “Species of Sovereignty: Native Claims-Making and the Early American State”
Lauren Benton (New York University, History): “Protection, Jurisdiction, and Interpolity Legalities in the Atlantic World”
Marcela Echeverri (Yale, History): “Liberal Experiments and Indigenous Citizenship in New Granada, 1810-1814”
Commentator #1 and Chair: Frederick Hoxie (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, History)
Commentator #2: Emilio Kourí (University of Chicago, History)

5:00 Adjourn
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CONFERENCE: American Society of Comparative Law - Younger Comparativists Committee

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The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for its fourth annual conference, to be held on April 16-17, 2015, at Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida.  The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists.
Conference Subject-Matter and Eligibility
Submissions will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law from scholars who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or in another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2015.  We will also accept submissions from graduate students enrolled in masters or doctoral programs.
Submission Instructions
To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 1, 2014, to the following address: ycc.conference.2015.abstracts@gmail.com.  Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar. Graduate students should identify themselves as such.
Scholars may make only one submission.  Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted.  For co-authored submissions, both authors must qualify as eligible younger comparativists.  The conference’s Program Committee will assign individual and co-authored submissions to thematic panels according to subject area.  Proposals for fully formed panels will also be accepted.

Authors of the submissions selected for the conference will be notified no later than December 20, 2014.   There is no cost to register for the conference but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses.  A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need.  If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.
All scholars selected for the conference, other than graduate students who wish to be considered for the Colin B. Picker graduate student prize listed below (and who thus have an earlier deadline), must submit final papers by email to ycc.conference.2015.papers@gmail.com no later than March 1, 2015.
Colin B. Picker Graduate Student Prize
The second annual Colin B. Picker prize will be awarded for the best paper submitted by a graduate student.  To be considered for the award, in addition to submitting an abstract by the above deadline, graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for the conference must also submit their papers in their final form by January 31, 2015, to ycc.conference.2015.pickerpapers@gmail.com with the following subject line:  “Submission for Graduate Student Prize.”  Papers received after January 31, 2015, will not be considered for the award. 
Phanor J. Eder J.D. Prize in Comparative Law
In conjunction with the Conference, the second annual Phanor J. Eder prize in comparative law will be awarded from among J.D. or LL.B. students who will have not yet completed their degree as of April 1, 2015. The author(s) of the winning paper will receive a modest stipend giving them partial funding to help defray the costs of attending the Conference and presenting the paper there. A separate call will be forthcoming with the details of the Phanor J. Eder competition. Final papers will be due on December 31, 2014, in order to be considered for the competition. Inquiries should be directed to Joshua Karton, Chair of the Affiliates Advisory Group of the YCC, at joshua.karton@queensu.ca.
Acknowledgements and Questions
The Younger Comparativists Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the Florida State University College of Law.  Please direct all inquiries to Professor David Landau, Chair of the Program Committee, by email at dlandau@law.fsu.edu or telephone at 850.644.6341.
The Program Committee
David Landau (Florida State) (Chair)Ozan Varol (Lewis & Clark) (Vice Chair)Mohamed Abdelaal (Berkeley)Dawood Ahmed (Max Planck Foundation)Richard Albert (Boston College) (YCC Chair)Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox (Quinnipiac)Daniel Ghezelbash (Macquarie)Claudia Haupt (Columbia)Stefanus Hendrianto (Santa Clara)John Hursh (McGill)Neha Jain (Minnesota)Rajeev Kadambi (Brown)Joshua Karton (Queen's)Alan Koh (National University of Singapore)Rana Lehr-Lehnardt (UMKC)Eugene Mazo (Wake Forest)Sally Richardson (Tulane)Ioanna Tourkochoriti (South Carolina)Vanice Valle (Estacio de Sa)
The Younger Comparativists Committee
Richard Albert (Boston College) (Chair)Wulf Kaal (University of St. Thomas)Sudha Setty (Western New England)Virginia Harper Ho (Kansas)Ozan Varol (Lewis & Clark)
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