Monday, March 2, 2015

African Legal History at ASLH 2015

[We're moving this post up, as the deadline is less than a month away.]

The American Society for Legal History (ASLH) invites paper submissions for its third pre-conference workshop, which will be held immediately preceding the ASLH annual meeting in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 29, 2015.  The ASLH Workshop is intended to promote scholarship in areas of legal history that have been underrepresented at ASLH meetings and in the Law and History Review.  The 2015 workshop topic is African Legal History, defined as including North Africa and without any temporal restriction.  The workshop is being sponsored by the ASLH in order to promote innovative approaches to the study of African legal history and to create a community of legal historians who research African legal issues.

The Workshop will bring together authors and noted scholars in the field in order to work collaboratively toward refining scholarly writing.  In order to keep the workshop size small, only three papers will be selected from among responses to this general call.  Each selected paper will be assigned one commentator who will prepare substantive feedback about the structure, organization, methodology, and theoretical approaches of the paper.  All papers will be pre-circulated to participants and to commentators in advance of the workshop and must be read prior to the workshop meeting.  Authors will not present their papers at the workshop.  Instead, each commentator will be given half an hour to discuss his/her assigned paper, followed by half an hour of general discussion in the larger group.  In this way, each individual author will receive feedback from all the participants of the workshop.  ASLH will provide limited funding for travel expenses for authors of selected papers.  (Participation in the ASLH Legal History Workshop does not preclude individuals from presenting at the ASLH annual meeting.)

We invite submissions that engage any aspect of African legal history from scholars at any point in their academic careers.  Interested authors should submit their work-in-progress papers to on or before April 1, 2015.  Papers should include complete contact information, word count, and an abstract (identifying the specific geographical and temporal scope of the article); papers should not exceed 15,000 words (including footnotes).  Submissions must not have already appeared in print or have been accepted for publication.  Authors of selected papers will be notified on or before June 15, 2015.  Please direct questions to the ASLH Workshop Coordinator: Lena Salaymeh, at

By participating in the workshop, authors agree to revise their papers thoroughly and to submit them for publication consideration with Law & History Review on or before February 1, 2016.  (Submissions to Law & History Review should be not more than 12,000 words, including footnotes.)  Authors participating in the Workshop consent to publishing in Law & History Review, if their article is accepted.