LSA 2014 Annual Meeting: LSA Announcement

We are pleased to invite you to participate in our 2014 Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Party!

May 29 - June 1, 2014
Minneapolis Hilton Hotel
Minneapolis Minnesota U.S.A.

Law and Inequalities: Global and Local

Recent decades have seen the persistence and growth of powerful inequalities within and between groups and within and among nations. The 2014 program theme returns to a question central to the Association’s founding:  the role of law and legal institutions in sustaining, creating, interrogating, and ameliorating inequalities. The 2014 Program invites participants to explore and consider three questions: 
  • How can Law and Society scholarship contribute to unearthing and understanding inequalities?
  • How can Law and Society scholarship contribute to the critical interrogation of discourses of equality and inequality and help to reveal what is at stake in these concepts?
  • What impact can we expect these scholarly contributions to have on the persistence of these inequalities and on public discourse about them?
This year’s Program Committee is Co-Chaired by Penelope Andrews, Albany Law School, and Rebecca Sandefur, University of Illinois. We invite the submission of Individual Papers and/or Session proposals. Papers and panels need not be centered on the conference theme. Proposals on any law and society topic are welcome.
You will find the Call at www.lawandsociety.org/minneapolis2014/Minneapolis2014.html. We are using a new submission system and it is very important that you follow the submission instructions in the Call. In the Call you will find more information about the theme, submission instructions, and more. We will be adding more meeting information as time progresses.

The deadline for proposal submission is October 15, 2013. Registration will begin in early 2014.

If you have questions, please contact us at lsa@lawandsociety.org. We hope you will join in what promises to be a full and exciting program in Minneapolis!
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Thinking Through Law South Asian Histories and the Legal Archive

Thinking Through Law
South Asian Histories and the Legal Archive

Organized by

Jawaharlal Nehru University
Delhi University
Princeton University
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
With support from Indian Council of Historical Research

April 25-27, 2013

Day ONE: April 25, 2013
Introductory Remarks: 9.00 am – 9.15 am
Mahesh Rangarajan, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
Janaki Nair, Jawaharlal Nehru University

SESSION I: 9. 15 am -11.15 am
Which Custom, Whose Custom?
Chair and Discussant:  Gyan Prakash, Department of History, Princeton University

Aparna Balachandran, Department of History, University of Delhi
The Many Pasts of Mamul: Custom and the City in Early -Colonial Madras
Rashmi Pant, Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
Litigants’ Tales: Garhwal 1894-1954
Tea 11.15 -11.30

SESSION II: 11.30 am – 1.30 pm
Defining the Permissible
Chair and Discussant: Nandini Chatterjee, Plymouth University, UK
Kumkum Roy, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Rules and Identities: A Comparison of the Vinaya Pitaka and the Manusmrti
Nandita Sahai, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
“To Mount or not to Mount?”: Custom, Contestation, and Law-making in Early-Modern Rajasthan
Lunch: 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

SESSION III: 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Writing, Record and Legal Truths
Chair and Discussant: Shahid Amin, Department of History, University of Delhi
Tea: 3. 30 pm – 3.45 pm
Srimoyee Ghosh, Doctoral Candidate, Centre for Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Paper, Truth, Taxes: A Discursive History of the Early Years of Stamp Paper in India
Santosh Abraham, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras
Formal Writing, Questionnaires, Petitions and Recording: Colonial Governance and Law in Early British Malabar, 1792-1810

Archana Parashar, Macquarie University, Australia
Truth of Law: Construction of Legal Discourse

DAY TWO: APRIL 26, 2013
SESSION IV: 9 am -11am
Chair and Discussant: Aparna Vaidik, Georgetown University, US
Elizabeth Kolsky, Department of History, Villanova University, US
Law and Violence on the North-West Frontier of British India
Bhavani Raman, Department of History, Princeton University
Extraordinary Law at the Colonial Frontier: Notes from the East India Company Archive
Tea: 11am -11.15 am

Session V: 11.15 am – 1.15 pm
Mobilizing the Empire: law, Labour anD the Military
Chair and Discussant: Mahesh Rangarajan, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
Neeladri Bhattacharya, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Violence and the Languages of law
Radhika Singha, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
A 'Tribunal Peculiar to the Indian Army': The Great War, the Summary Court-martial and Flogging under the Indian Army Act, 1911-1921
Lunch: 1.15 pm-2.15 pm

SESSION VI: 2.15 pm – 5.30 pm
Law, Sovereignty and the practices of Governance
Chair and Discussant: Rajat Datta, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Tea: 3.15 pm – 3.30 pm
Farhat Hasan, Department of History, University of Delhi
The Language and Instrumentalities of Law in Mughal India
Philip Stern, Department of History, Duke University.
Legal Geography and English Sovereignty:  Bombay in the later Seventeenth Century

Rajarshi Ghose, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata
The Social Logic of Taqlid: Debates on Islamic Legal Practice in Northern India and Bengal circa 1837-1889

SESSION VII: 9 am – 11 am
Law and the Politics of Women’s Rights
Chair and Discussant: Mary John, Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi
Eleanor Newbigin, Department of History, SOAS
The Political Economy of Women’s Rights in Late-Colonial India
Rohit De, Department of History, Princeton University, and Post Doctoral Fellow, Cambridge University.
‘Can the Subaltern Sue?’: Sex, Work and Freedom under the Indian Constitution (1950-1965)
Tea: 11 am – 11.15 am

SESSION VIII: 11.15 – 1.15
Chair and Discussant: Kamala Sankaran, Department of Law, Delhi University

The Worker and the Legal Regime
Rachel Sturman, Department of History, Bowdoin College.
Indenture and the History of International Rights Regimes

Prabhu Mohapatra, Department of History, University of Delhi
A Moving Target: Workers in the Mirror of Law
Lunch: 1.15 pm – 2.15 pm

SESSION IX:  2.15 pm - 4.30 pm
The Religious and the legal
Chair and Discussant:  Prathama Banerjee, Centre for Studies in Developing Society
G Arunima, Women’s Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Customary Confusions: Law and Practice in Colonial India
Tea 3.15 pm- 3.30 pm
Janaki Nair, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
The Moral Authority of the Matha and the Possibility of Justice

Session X: 4.30 pm – 5.15 pm
Concluding Comments
Gyan Prakash, Radhika Singha, Neeladri Bhattacharya







21 and 22 February 2013

Venue: Conference Room, Top Floor, 
Centre for the Study of Law and Governance
RSVP: dir.cslg@gmail.com


Day One
Thursday, 21 February, 2013
9:30-10:00: Tea
Welcome Remarks: Professor Niraja G. Jayal, Chairperson, CSLG
Inaugural speech by Professor S.K. Sopory, Vice Chancellor, JNU

Session 1: Law by Other Means
Chair: Nandini Sundar
Werner Gephart, Law as Culture
Upendra Baxi, Law and Civilization
Franson Manjali, Events of Justice Or, Otherwise than the Being of Law

12:30-1:30 Lunch

Session 2: Law as politics, images of resistance
Chair: Niraja Gopal Jayal
Sitaram Kakarala, Between the Normative and the Performative: A View on the Transformative Politics of Law
Philip Oldenburg, National Leaders of India in Calendar Art, 1969/2013
G. Arunima, The Shock of Encounter: Photojournalistic Practice and its Aftermath

3:45-4:00: Tea
Session 3: Law as rape culture, politics of protesting rape
Chair: Pratiksha Baxi
Nivedita Menon, Gender Neutrality in Rape Laws
Mrinal Satish, Tough on (sexual) crime? Amending the Rape Law
Deepak Mehta, The Crowd, the Cops, and the Camera: Three Days in the City
Arudra Burra, The Significance of Consent

Day Two
Friday, 22 February 2013
9:30-10:00: Tea
Session 4: Images of Law and Justice
Chair: Deepak Mehta
Mani Shekhar Singh, Iconography of Violence, Justice, and Painterly Tales
Soumyabrata Choudhury, Between law and the image: a contemporary update on the classical category of persona
Srirupa Roy, Civic Anger and Media Outrage in India: The Long 1970s and Beyond

12:00-1.00: Lunch

Session 5: Politics of Human Rights and Politics for Human Rights
Chair: C. Raj Kumar
B.S. Chimni, The Strange Case of International Human Rights Law
Babu Mathew, Labour Law and its Discontents
Kamala Sankaran, The ILO and an ever expanding world market: lessons for regulating work in India
3:00-3:15: Tea 
Session 6: Social Life of Law
Chair: Roma Chatterji
James Jaffe, The Panchayat in the British Imaginary during the Long Nineteenth Century
Vibhuti Ramachandran, “Yeh ladkiyaan statements nahin detin”: police response, judicial process and NGO intervention in G.B. Road
Shrimoyee Nandini Ghosh, Paper Truth Taxes: Stamp Paper Documents and the Life of Law
Mayur Suresh, Hope and Fear in Uncertain times: "Terrorist" lives in Delhi's Courts

Art Exhibition
UNDER THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE: The Founding Fathers Viewing the Global World

Werner Gephart


Venue: School of 
the Arts and 
Aesthetics Gallery,
Opens on 20 February 2013
@ 4 PM
20-26 February 2013, 10 am 
to 7 pm [except on Sunday]

­­­ Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU
Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Recht als Kultur", University of Bonn