The Griffith Law School’s Legal History Seminar Series is a gesture to the interdisciplinary turns in legal history, and a contribution to the innovation at the heart of much contemporary legal history scholarship.
The LHSS aims to showcase legal history’s international and comparative flavour; it welcomes all who are interested in legal history’s present and future significance. Its aim is to participate in reinvigorating, and enlivening, an interest in the critically reflective directions of legal history, both in Queensland and elsewhere.
The Organising Committee hopes that the LHSS will draw, as an audience, practitioners, judges, students, academics and members of the public with an interest in new directions in legal history. We will welcome your attendance.
The LHSS’s program bridges a significant time – 2011 to 2012 marks the sesquicentennial of the Queensland Supreme Court (2011), the twentieth-year anniversary of the Griffith Law School (2012), and the thirtieth Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society (2012).
The LHSS will comprise six seminars by leading legal history scholars on new directions in legal history topics, with an interdisciplinary turn. Currently the LHSS has scheduled the following topics and speakers. Our sixth topic and speaker will be confirmed in the future:
The Comparative Turn
Professor Emeritus John McLaren, University of Victoria
"Widening the Lens from Local to Comparative Colonial Legal History: The Growth of Legal Cultures in Australia and Canada"
13 December 2011
The Narrative Turn
Professor Andrew Buck, Macquarie University/University of Queensland
The Identic Turn
Ms Penny Crofts, University of Technology, Sydney
The Post-Colonial Turn
Dr Shaunnagh Dorsett, University of Melbourne
The End of Turns (or The Future of the Past or The Future’s Anterior)
Professor Jim Philips, University of Toronto