Friday, December 2, 2011

CFP: Law and Legal Cultures in Germany

[Via H-Law, we have the following Call for Papers.]

An interdisciplinary series of panels for the Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (October 4 - October 7, 2012, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Organizers: Sace Elder, Eastern Illinois University, and Timothy Guinnane, Yale University

For the 2012 German Studies Association annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 4-7, 2012, we will be convening a series of panels on the law in all aspects of society, culture, and the economy. We envisage a broad set of topics, from the development of specific legal practices and cultures in Germany to the function of law in wider cultural fields. From the philosophy of law to the legal cultures and literatures that extend from medieval to modern periods, these panels are intended to foster an extended conversation on the law across humanities and social science disciplines.

We encourage submissions from scholars on all aspects of the law (criminal, civil, international) in Germany and are especially interested in both methodological and temporal breadth. Topics might include

-the development of the Rechtsstaat
-legal cultures and the adjudication of criminal and civil law
-the development of business law and legal integration in the nineteenth century
-the culture of the courtroom and the legal profession
-popular perceptions of the law and legal norms
-the law and the regulation of violence
-sex and sexuality in law and legal culture
-property law and economic development
-liberal legal philosophy and the development of civil and criminal law
-law and authority in Germany’s twentieth-century dictatorships
-the emergence and enforcement of human rights law in national and international contexts
-law and immigration

We encourage submission of individual papers; while the GSA prefers complete panels, we hope to combine papers sent to us into complete panels and send them along to the GSA organizers. Complete panels are, of course, also welcome.

The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2011, and should be in the form of an abstract for proposed paper and/or entire panel (150-200 words). Papers in German or English are welcome.

 Please submit abstracts and direct inquiries to the organizers at