Thursday, March 26, 2015

Updated CFP: Globalization & the Law in Historical Perspective

[This is an updated version of a previously posted announcement for a junior scholars' conference in legal history,“Globalization & the Law in Historical Perspective," to take place June 4-5, 2015, at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University-Bloomington.  Note two additions.  First, the deadline for submission is now April 10.  Second, a keynote will be delivered by Professor Sam Moyn of the Harvard Law School.  Sounds like a great opportunity to me!]

In recent years, there has been an explosion of new scholarship on the legal history of globalization.  This rapidly growing body of literature has encompassed diverse topics, including international social movements, the transnational flow of capital, human rights, diplomacy, and border control.  However, as historians have demonstrated, globalization is not a new phenomenon.  We invite junior scholars to submit proposals that offer fresh understandings on the historical relationships between law, legal institutions, and globalization.  Our intention is to host a conference with a wide range of papers chronologically, geographically, and across disciplines.  The conference, part of a series begun in 2007, will be held at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana from June 4 – 5, 2015.

The central aim of the conference is to provide junior scholars with a forum to showcase their previously unpublished work and to connect with senior scholars in the field.  The keynote address at the conference will be delivered by Professor Sam Moyn (Harvard Law School).  The “Globalization & the Law in Historical Perspective” conference is sponsored by the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Indiana University Department of History, University of Illinois College of Law, University of Michigan Law School, University of Minnesota Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and American Society for Legal History.

Interested participants should submit a 300-word abstract and their cv to Bridget Gross (  Please place “Legal History Conference” in the subject line of your e-mail submission.  The deadline for proposals is Friday, April 10th, 2015.  Applicants will be notified by email no later than Monday, April 20th.

Accepted participants will be required to submit their final papers by May 20th, 2015.  Papers should not exceed 10,000 words, will be pre-circulated on a password protected website, and read by all conference participants.  Conference organizers will provide modest support for presenters’ travel to Bloomington, Indiana and lodging during the conference.