Saturday, January 17, 2009

ASLH conference open thread

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2009 American Society for Legal History conference is coming up on February 6. For this meeting, most panelists get on the program through full panel proposals, rather than individual paper submissions (although individual papers are welcome, and sometimes are successful).
A reader asked how legal historians get in touch with each other to find others to form a panel with. Probably the most common way, other than word of mouth, is through H-Law, the legal history listserv. The sign-up page is here.
Not all legal historians are H-Law subscribers, however. To provide another venue, I thought it might be helpful to use the comment section for this post. If you are looking for co-panelists, you can post your paper description and contact information in a comment. I recommend that you do not post a phone number, and that you spell out the "@" in your e-mail address. (i.e. jane.doe "at" Comments are moderated (to avoid spam), so there may be a delay before your comment is posted, especially when I am on the road January 20-23.
I hope this is helpful. Best of luck!

Update: I have temporarily changed the blog settings so that anyone can post a comment without registering with Google or Open ID, just to make it easier to connect with co-panelists. If this results in too much spam or other difficulties, I'll need to change it back. Comments are still moderated.

One more suggestion: I suspect that those seeking co-panelists are more likely to get responses if you identify yourselves. That also gets the word out about you and your interesting work! I will allow all serious submissions in the comments, however.