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How do you convey to non-South Asianists what a High Court records room in India looks like? Photography isn’t allowed in the Bombay High Court, where I’ve done research over the past decade. And words alone never did it.
I’m thrilled to have discovered the work of photographer Dayanita Singh, and am now the proud new owner of File Room (2013).This book of images captures the full overwhelming sight of court records–forests of paper and seas of files, to use Singh’s words–that seem impossibly chaotic to the outside observer but that contain their own order to the people who work there.
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The Institute for Advanced Study (School of Social Science) in Princeton, NJ is featuring the theme of “Law and the Social Sciences” for its 2016-17 fellowships. The school takes a broad view of what constitutes social science. Having spent a year at the IAS (Historical School) a few years ago, I can recommend the experience highly. Housing is on-site, there is a very nice daily lunch with the other fellows, and you have access to the wonderful and very efficient library systems of both the IAS and Princeton University (the IAS is technically separate from Princeton). Don’t miss this amazing opportunity, South Asianists! Deadline: Nov.1, 2015.
Do you have a new book out? You should consider sending a pitch to the organizers of the podcast interview series, “New Books in South Asian Studies.” To date, the series has featured many historical works. Legal studies are of interest, too.
Equally, there are similar series like “New Books in Law” and “New Books in History.” All are part of the “New Books Network: Discussions with Authors about Their New Books.”
I’m working on a book project on medical jurisprudence (or forensic science) in colonial India. While doing this research, I’ve come across some truly bizarre phenomena. Three of the most striking are: soap corpses, giving birth after death, and the snake-and-banana trick.
But there’s a growing trend among scholars to create a trans-regional conversation that brings Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives and even Myanmar (Burma) and Tibet into the conversation.
For years, I had an easy answer. It was Mr. Justice Robert Spankie, a judge of the Allahabad High Court in the late 19th century. Of course!
But recently while reading Bhavani Raman‘s work on martial law in South India, I came across another Spankie: an Advocate General named Serjeant Spankie from the early 19th century.
It turns out there was a whole family of legal professionals by the name of Spankie.
Dylan Penningroth is working on a fascinating project in part on litigation within African-American churches from the Civil War until WWII. Jeffrey T. Perry has done similarly intriguing research on dispute resolution among 19th-c. Kentucky Baptist churches. Both projects reminded me of the Zoroastrian temple trust litigation I write about in my book. Read the rest of this entry »
Interested in the field of legal pluralism? You may want to take a 3.5-day intensive course for junior scholars, practitioners, and senior scholars new to the field in Bombay/Mumbai (9-12 Dec. 2015), immediately preceding the Commission on Legal Pluralism’s 2015 conference (14-16 Dec. 2015).
Deadline: Oct.1, 2015.
The Law and Society Association is launching another cycle of International Research Collaboratives (IRCs) for the LSA meeting in Mexico City in 2017. Unlike Collaborative Research Networks (CRNs), IRCs aim to produce a particular scholarly product (like a joint publication), and have a limited life span–usually of a couple of years. IRCs must be multi-national and multi-disciplinary in their membership. The program offers some travel funding, particularly for members coming from outside of Europe or North America. The deadline is a month away: July 17, 2015.
An important conference on the history of forensics is happening in London next month. “Locating Forensic Science and Medicine” (24-25 July 2015) will be held at University of Notre Dame Global Gateway in Trafalgar Square. The workshop is organized by Ian Burney and Neil Pemberton (CHSTM, Manchester), along with Chris Hamlin (University of Notre Dame).
Links to useful materials & catalogues:
- A2A (UK)
- Afghanistan's Constitution
- Ames Foundation PC Appeals (US)
- Anglo-American Legal Tradition
- Anglo-Indian Legal History
- Avalon Project
- BAILII databases
- Bhutan's Constitution
- British Library Integrated Catalogue
- British Library: Asia, Pacific & Africa
- Cambr. Oral History Collection
- Constituent Assembly Debates
- Cooperative Hindu Law Bibliography
- Digital Himalaya
- Digital Legal History Sources
- Digital South Asia Library
- Dissertation Reviews
- Emory Legal History
- Georgetown Guide to Legal History
- Heinonline (by subscription)
- HLS Online Legal History Sources
- India: A Legal Research Guide
- India's Constitution
- Indian Kanoon
- Indlaw (by subscription)
- Inner Temple Database (UK)
- Inst. for Adv. Legal Studies Library (UK)
- Islamic Heritage Project
- Islamic Review Archive
- JUSTIS (UK) (by subscription)
- LawNet (Sri Lanka)
- Laws of India
- Legal History on the Web
- Legal History Project
- LLMC Digital
- Making Britain
- Making of Modern Law (by subscription)
- Myanmar's Constitution (Burma)
- National Archives (UK)
- Nepal Law Commission
- Old Bailey Online (UK)
- Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (by subscription)
- Pakistan Law Site (by subscription)
- Pakistan's Constitution
- Parliamentary Papers
- Princeton Libnet Guide
- Privy Council MacQuarie (Australia)
- Privy Council Papers
- Scott MS: Indians at Inns, 1859-1927
- SOAS Library (UK)
- South Asia Archive (by subscription)
- Sri Lanka's Constitution
- Tibetan Constitution (Charter of the Tibetans-in-Exile)
- Times Dig. Archive (UK)(by subscription)
- Times of India (by subscription)
- Village Histories Project
- Wharton’s Law Lexicon (1892)
- World Legal Information Institute
Links to useful organizations, networks & opportunities:
- Am. Institute for Indian Studies
- Am. Society for Legal History
- Bombay High Court
- Calcutta High Court
- Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History
- Imperial & Global Forum
- Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School
- Jotwell: Legal History
- K.R. Cama Institute (India)
- LASSNet (India)
- Law and Other Things
- Law and Society Association (US)
- Legal Biography Project
- Legal History Blog (US)
- Madras High Court
- Melissa Crouch (on Myanmar)
- National Archives of India
- National Library of India
- NSF Law & Soc. Sciences Program
- Social Sciences Research Council
- South Asia Jurist
- Triangle Legal History seminar's Legal History on the Web
- UW Center for South Asia
- UW Global Legal Studies Center
- UW History
- UW History of Science, Medicine and Technology
- UW Institute for Legal Studies
- UW Law School
- UW Legal Studies
- UW S. Asian Legal Studies Working Group