Preconference Roundup

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:

1. The use of social media and digital resources:

  • How should scholars make use of all of the new social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope) to both promote their research and generate new research data and ideas without losing control of their time or message? Anil Kalhan introduced is to Sree Srinivasan’s ABCs of social media.
  • For scholars with ties to certain parts of South Asia, can social media be used without taking significant political risks?
  • While there are fabulous free online resources available (Sunil Rao talked about India Kanoon and the Legal Information Institute of India website), there are also others that are only accessible by subscription (like LLMC-Digital, HeinOnline, and Manupatra). Is the digital divide only widening the gulf between scholars at well-resourced institutions and those elsewhere?
  • How should we think about the sale of legal records discarded by Indian courts on the private market? See Mitch Fraas‘  last presentation slide for examples.

2. The role of India and the US in South Asian legal studies:

  • Can we create a vision for South Asian legal studies that is not just about India? Shanthi Senthe, Maryam S. Khan, and Cynthia Farid took a crack at it.
  • How about one that does not anchor itself in US-India comparisons?
  • Is the US to India (in the tradition of India-US comparative studies coming out of American law schools) as India is to the rest of South Asia (in studies of other parts of the South Asian region)?

For more highlights from the day, here are some Twitter thoughts from the 44th Annual Conference on South Asia (#ACSAMadison). If you scroll down to Oct.22, you’ll find our Legal Studies Preconference tweets.

Here is the Call for Proposals for our *10th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop* on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The deadline for panel submissions is Friday, April 15, 2016. We hope you can join us!