Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Totalitarianism, Law and the Idea of Europe

[We have the following call for papers.]

Totalitarianism, Law and the Idea of Europe. 15-17 May, 2014, University of Helsinki, Finland

Deadline: February 15, 2014.

The purpose of the project Reinventing the Foundations of European Legal Culture 1934-1964 is to trace the genealogy of the idea of a common European legal past, its creation, influence and implications of the theory as an ideological project. 

As the project's first major event, we are organizing a workshop in Helsinki on the history of totalitarianism, nationalism and legal tradition(s). We therefore invite papers that explore the complex relationship between history and law from a variety of perspectives to advance our understanding of how legal traditions are created. Confirmed keynote speakers are Wolfgang Ernst (Zürich), Peter Fritzsche (Illinois), Nancy Partner (McGill), and Bo Stråth (Helsinki).  

Potential themes include but are not limited to:
- Totalitarian ideologies and individual identities
- History and narratives
- Nationalism and law
- The discovery of Europe as a theme
- Continuity and discontinuity of the European (legal) tradition

The conference is organized by the FoundLaw project, funded by the European Research Council.

Please submit your abstract (300 words) as a [word/pdf] file to Heta Björklund at

Please include your name, academic affiliation and address in your email.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 15, 2014. We will inform of the selections by the end of February.

There is no registration fee. The organizers are unfortunately unable to aid in the travel arrangements or accommodation of participants.