• Podcasts

    Date: 2016.05.14 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    The world of podcasts doesn’t yet have a series devoted to South Asian legal history. But there are plenty that come at the field from various directions.

    Fropodcastm the legal history side:


    From South Asian studies:

    And then from History:


  • South Asia Legal Studies Preconference Call

    Date: 2016.04.11 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Coming to Madison for the 45th Annual Conference on South Asia in October? Why not come a day early and attend the 2016 South Asia Legal Studies Preconference on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the University of Wisconsin Law School? The deadline for panel submissions is fast approaching: April 15, 2016.

    Here is the Call for Panel Proposals:

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  • ASLH Student Research Colloquium

    Date: 2016.04.04 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Over the past few years, the American Society for Legal History has hosted an exciting one-day event for graduate students working on the legal history of any part of the world. *This includes South Asia!* This year, the Student Research Colloquium will take place on Oct.26-27, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. It will immediately precede the annual meeting of the ASLH. The deadline for SRC applications is July 15, 2016. Don’t miss it!

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  • Joint CRN Annual Lunch @ LSA

    Date: 2016.03.17 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    fleurComing to the Law and Society Association meeting in New Orleans in early June? Join us for the Joint Annual Collaborative Research Network Lunch for CRN 15: British Colonial Legalities & CRN 22: South Asia!

    When: Friday, June 3, 2016 @ 12pm-2pm

    Where: 5Fifty5 in the New Orleans Marriott (LSA conference hotel), 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, ph. (504) 581-1000

    Logistics: No need to RSVP. The CRNs are unfunded efforts, so attendees will be asked to cover their own lunch bills. Cash appreciated.

    Contacts: Mitra Sharafi (mitra.sharafi@wisc.edu ) • Rohit De (rohit.de@yale.edu) • Pooja Parmar (parmar@uvic.ca )

  • Introducing the World Legal History Blog

    Date: 2016.03.01 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    The World History Blog has now been launched by Nurfadzilah Yahaya! It is sponsored by H-Law and the American Society for Legal History. The blog offers exciting new opportunities for legal historians to write guest blogposts. Two possibilities so far proposed by Fadzilah’s posts:

    • a blogpost on a particular primary source drawn from your own historical research;
    • a blogpost on the challenges of researching and writing about historical cases of family law involving living descendants.

    The World History Blog is an especially great place where regional specialists can share their knowledge and expertise with those focusing on other parts of the world.

    Thank you, Fadzilah and H-Law, for starting a conversation about legal history across the globe.

  • Rare Books at the University of Minnesota

    Date: 2016.01.29 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    The University of Minnesota Law Library historically (image courtesy of the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center)

    Legal historians of South Asia should put Minneapolis on their list of research hotspots! The Law Library of the University of Minnesota has an astonishing collection of colonial-era law books from India. Among US-based collections, it is up there with the Harvard and Columbia law libraries. I first discovered some of the collection’s gems back in 2010, when I used the colonial law journals to create reference lists  for this website. This past fall, I had the chance to visit again, and to learn more from Library Manager Claire M. Stuckey and Rare Books Curator Ryan Greenwood. Ms. Stuckey has been organizing and cataloging the collection in preparation for the move (for some titles) to Rare Books.

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  • Foundation sacrifice

    Date: 2015.12.12 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    I recently came across references to a practice known as “foundation sacrifice.” In many societies historically, a person would be built into a bridge, buried underneath a new road, or sealed into the foundation of an important building. Human sacrifice created a “ghostly guardian” for the structure or placated a nearby deity angered by the construction–like a river spirit in the case of a bridge. There are Old Testament references, Bulgarian folk songs, and Fijian accounts of these practices. In Hampi (South India), one pre-modern ruler was said to have buried his pregnant daughter beneath a wall to prevent it from falling down, as it had done more than once before. Read the rest of this entry »

  • What’s happening in South Asian legal studies?

    Date: 2015.11.13 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Annual Reviews Want to get the big picture in South Asian legal studies? Three new articles may be of interest. If what you need is an encyclopedia-style overview of South Asian legal history, look no further than Rohit De’s “South Asian Legal Traditions” in the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. If you are looking for a survey of the field of South Asian legal history, there is my literature review in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science on the topic. (The journal is by subscription, but see my link to the full article on my Publications tab.) And if you’ve been waiting all this time for an overview of Law-and-Society studies of India, you can now find what you need in Jayanth K. Krishnan and Patrick W. Thomas’ literature review also in the Annual Review vol.11 (2015).

  • Preconference Roundup

    Date: 2015.10.29 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    The 9th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop took place on October 22, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin Law School. It gave us all plenty to think about. We grappled with these issues, among others:

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  • Siddique wins AIPS Book Prize

    Date: 2015.10.20 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Congratulations to Osama Siddique, whose book on law in Pakistan has won the American Institute for Pakistan Studies’ annual book award! Read all about it here. His prize will be announced at the AIPS reception in Madison on Sat.24, 2015 at the 44th Annual Conference on South Asia.

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