Saturday, August 31, 2019

Weekend Roundup

  • A belated welcome to the blogosphere to Hist@FedGov Blog, the “Official blog for news and views about History@FedGov and federal history” of the Society for History in the Federal Government
  • Keep an eye out for the Offices of the Southern Jurist-Diplomat, a project of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School. Recent events include the inaugural Saba Mahmood Memorial Lecture, "On the Ruins of History and the Obstinacy of Struggles" by Samera Esmeir, UC Berkeley on Aug.21, 2019; and a conference "for contemporary jurists on how to foster meetings between peoples and their laws which accord the other, and their law, dignity" through long "Southern histories" of such encounters (Aug.21-23, 2019).
  • The inaugural "State of the Field Lectures" at the University of Pennsylvania's South Asia Center (Oct.12, 2019) will be by two legal historians: Julia Stephens, Rutgers, "Haunted Archives: Tracing Diasporic Deaths across Britain's Indian Ocean Empire" and Kalyani Ramnath, Harvard, "Legal Histories and Affective Geographies: Reimagining the Bay of Bengal."
  • If school's starting, announcements of Constitution Day events can't be far behind.  Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, in Andalusia, Alabama, will host a free, public symposium starting at 10 AM on September 17. Among the presenters is Lawrence Cappello, assistant professor of US constitutional history at the University of Alabama and the author of None of Your Damn Business: Privacy in the United States from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age, which is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.   More.
  • Your Abstract Is More Important Than You Think, writes former LHB Guest Blogger Christopher Schmidt, as well as other tips for publishing in Law and Social Inquiry, the journal of the American Bar Foundation, which Professor Schmidt edits.
  • Politico reports on a FOIA lawsuit seeking the disclosure of the opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel of the US Department of Justice issued over 25 years ago.  A notice of the lawsuit, Francis v. DOJ, by Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute is here.
  • A livestream of an interview of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Library of Congress's National Book Festival is scheduled to take place here from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. today.  More.
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.