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  • 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.

  • Oct.22 South Asia Legal Studies workshop

    Date: 2015.10.03 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    The 9th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop is just a few weeks away! Join us on Thursday, 22 October 2015 at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin for our annual one-day event. The UW Law School’s full address is 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI, 53706-1399. The workshop will run 10am-6pm in Lubar Common (room 7200).

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  • Cornelia Sorabji Scholarship in Law

    Date: 2015.09.03 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Cornelia Sorabji seated portraitSomerville College and Oxford’s Faculty of Law have launched a campaign to create a scholarship for an Indian trainee lawyer to study law at Oxford. The scholarship, which will require a £1.2 million endowment, will be named after Cornelia Sorabji, “the first woman to read law at Oxford, the first Indian national to study at a British university and the first woman to practice law in both Britain and India.” See this Oxford Law newsletter (p.75) for more. Sorabji’s path to the practice of law was by no means easy. She was blocked from practicing in British India at every point until she came up with the ingenious idea of making herself legal adviser to women living in purdah. In key ways, she was also opposed to the Indian independence and women’s movements.

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  • New dissertation prize on Pakistan

    Date: 2015.09.01 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Did you complete a doctoral dissertation on Pakistan over the past year? You should consider submitting it for the new S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize on Pakistan. Deadline: Dec.1, 2015.

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  • Sea of files

    Date: 2015.08.14 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    File Room Dayanita Singh (cover)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.

    Welcome to our world!

  • IAS Fellowship opportunity

    Date: 2015.08.09 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    IAS Soc Sci SchoolThe 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.

  • New Books in South Asian Studies

    Date: 2015.08.06 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Screenshot 2015-08-06 15.30.55Do 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.”

  • Medico-legal tales from the Raj

    Date: 2015.07.13 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Snake from Thanatophidia

    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.

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