Thursday, May 17, 2018

CFP: Grad Student & Early-Career Scholar Panel, Medieval Legal History Workshop, ASLH 2018

[We have the following CFP.]

The American Society for Legal History invites paper submissions from graduate students and early-career scholars for a panel at a pre-conference workshop, which will take place immediately preceding the annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The topic of the workshop is Medieval Legal History, with medieval broadly defined as between late antiquity and early modernity. Applications for the panel at due June 15th.

The Medieval Legal History Workshop aims to present the work of a number of scholars of medieval law and society who are new to the ASLH’s annual meeting. In this way, we hope to promote scholarship in this area of legal history and to encourage medieval historians to attend the Society's meeting. The graduate student and early-career scholar panel will be composed of four speakers, who will present short papers of 10-12 minutes, followed by a robust discussion period afterward. Besides this panel, the event will also be composed of two longer-form talks with commentators, and a pre-circulated-paper workshop of three papers with two commentators.

As such, we encourage applications from PhD students, postdocs and VAPs who work on or with law in the late antique and medieval periods in its political, social, and cultural aspects and who have not traditionally attended the society’s meetings. We notably encourage applications from any legal tradition of the period, including (among others) Byzantine, Canon, Chinese, Islamic, or Jewish law. The goal of the panel is to provide graduate students and early-career scholars the opportunity to participate in the ASLH community in a more intimate setting, present their own work, and make meaningful contact with other presenters, attendant faculty, and other participants.

Applications to the workshop should include a current curriculum vitae, a title and abstract for the proposed talk. Applicants whose proposals are accepted will receive some support toward conference hotel and travel.

Queries and applications should be sent by email to Ada Kuskowski ( by June 15th, with the subject line “ASLH 2018 Graduate Student and Early-Career Scholar Panel.”