“The Limits of Revolution”

For those in the Boston area on Feb. 27, here’s a nice image of a panel I will be doing at Brandeis that afternoon/evening on “The Limits of Revolution” with Chris Brown, Suzanne Desan, and myself.  The panel is part of the Brandeis Sawyer Seminar Rethinking the Age of Revolution (directed by Jane Kamensky and Sue Lanser with their fabulous postdoc fellow Julia Gaffield):


“The Other Revolution: Haiti, 1789-1804” (version 2.0!)

I am thrilled and delighted that my old friends at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island (a favorite research location) have remounted a new version of the 2004 exhibition that I curated in connection with the JCB’s bicentennial conference on the Haitian Revolution.  The exhibition is open now through the end of April 2014 and is accompanied by a wonderful digital version that you can access here.  The new version of the exhibition is part of a collaboration between the JCB and the New York Historical Society.  If you have not yet seen the scintillating essays in the NYHS’s Revolution! volume that came out a few years ago (edited by Rabinowitz, Dubois, and Bender), by all means hasten to read them.  Thanks so much to Susan Danforth, the JCB’s George S. Parker Curator of Maps and Prints, for all she did to make this new edition of the exhibition possible, and to Leslie Tobias Olsen for work on the website version. Looking forward to marking the occasion with a lecture on Haiti at the JCB on March 8 and, even before then, at a Feb. 21 panel that is part of the “Curators on International Slavery” series at Brown on Feb. 20-21, 2014.

Law and Humanities Workshop CFP

From Nomi Stolzenberg et al.:

“The University of Southern California Center for Law, History & Culture, UCLA School of Law, Columbia Law School, and Georgetown University Law School invite submissions for the tenth meeting of the Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop to be held at USC School of Law in Los Angeles, CA on June 8 & 9, 2014.

The paper competition is open to untenured professors, advanced graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars in law and the humanities; in addition to drawing from numerous humanistic fields, we welcome critical, qualitative work in the social sciences. Based on anonymous evaluation by an interdisciplinary selection committee, between five and ten papers will be chosen for presentation at the June Workshop. At the Workshop, two senior scholars will comment on each paper. Commentators and other Workshop participants will be asked to focus specifically on the strengths and weaknesses of the selected scholarly projects, with respect to subject and methodology. The selected papers will then serve as the basis for a larger conversation among all the participants about the evolving standards by which we judge excellence and creativity in interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as about the nature of interdisciplinarity itself.

Papers should be works-in-progress between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length (including footnotes/endnotes), and must include an abstract of no more than 200 words. A dissertation chapter may be submitted, but we strongly suggest that it be edited so that it stands alone as a piece of work with its own integrity. A paper that has been submitted for publication is eligible so long as it will not be in galley proofs or in print at the time of the Workshop. The selected papers will appear in a special issue of the Legal Scholarship Network; there is no other publication commitment. The Workshop will pay the travel and hotel expenses of authors whose papers are selected for presentation.

Submissions (in Word, no pdf files) will be accepted until January 6, 2014, and should be sent by e-mail to: Center for the Study of Law and Culture, culture@law.columbia.edu.Please be sure to include your name, institutional affiliation (if any), telephone and e-mail contact information.
For more information contact Cindy Gao, 212.854.0167 or culture@law.columbia.edu, and to see past winners go to:http://www.law.columbia.edu/center_program/law_culture/lh_workshop.

Anne Dailey
Katherine Franke
Ariela Gross
Naomi Mezey
Paul Saint-Amour
Hilary Schor
Clyde Spillenger
Nomi Stolzenberg

Upcoming conferences

2013-2014 promises a number of exciting new conferences and lectures on the legal history of the Atlantic revolutionary era.  Coming up very soon (Sept. 12-14, 2013) is this conference in Paris, “Colloque Rev-Loi : La loi en Révolution 1789-1795. Fonder l’ordre et établir la norme,” at the Archives nationales and the Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).  You can find a PDF of the program here.

At various points throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, Brandeis University will host public sessions of a Sawyer Seminar entitled “Rethinking The Age of Revolution: Rights, Representation, and the Global Imaginary.”  This seminar is directed by Sue Lanser and Jane Kamensky.

In February 2014, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host a panel discussion on “Law and the American Revolution.”

Looking to the recent past, the legal history of the French Caribbean colonies has been the focus of a number of  conferences, including a wonderful event (in which I was privileged to participate) on “The Haitian Declaration of Independence in an Atlantic Context,” organized by Julia Gaffield and Andrew O’Shaughnessy, held this past March at Monticello.  And a few years ago, the Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution française held a conference on law and the colonies in the French and Haitian revolutionary era, the program for which is here.

As I hear of more such events, I will post to the “Conferences and Lectures” page of this website, above.