Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Mezey Dissertation Prize: The Deadline Approaches

The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities invites submissions for its 2010 Julien Mezey Dissertation Award. This annual prize is awarded to the dissertation that most promises to enrich and advance interdisciplinary scholarship at the intersection of law, culture and the humanities. The award will be presented at the Association's annual meeting in Providence, RI, March 19-20, hosted by Brown University.

The Association seeks the submission of outstanding work from a wide variety of perspectives, including but not limited to law and cultural studies, legal hermeneutics and rhetoric, law and literature, law and psychoanalysis, law and visual studies, legal history, and legal theory and jurisprudence. Scholars completing humanities-oriented dissertations in SJD and related programs, as well as those earning PhDs, are encouraged to submit their work. Applicants eligible for the 2010 award must have defended their dissertations successfully between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009. Each submission must be accompanied by a letter of support from a faculty member.

Deadline for nominations for the 2010 award: November 1, 2009. On or before that date, each member of the committee must receive by email the following:

1) a letter of nomination that details the genesis, goal, and contribution of the dissertation;
2) a letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the work;
3) an abstract, outline, and a selected chapter of the dissertation;
4) contact information for the nominee.

All materials should be sent to each of the following:
Professor Eugene Garver, egarver@csbsju.edu
Professor Serena Mayeri, smayeri@law.upenn.edu
Professor Robert L. Tsai, rtsai@wcl.american.edu

Award finalists will be notified by December 1. At that point, they should be prepared to send an electronic version of the entire dissertation to each of the committee members. The winner will be determined by early February and invited to the March meeting of the ASLCH. ASLCH will pay travel and lodging costs.

Questions should be addressed to Eugene Garver, egarver@csbsju.edu