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  • 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.

  • 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.

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