2014 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals

The 2014 meeting of the American Society for Legal History (ASLH) will take place in Denver, Colorado, November 6-8, 2014. The ASLH invites proposals on any facet or period of legal history, anywhere in the world. We also encourage thematic proposals that range across traditional chronological or geographical fields. In selecting presenters, the Program Committee will give preference to those who did not present at last year’s meeting.

Travel grants will be available for presenters in need. These resources will nevertheless be limited, and special priority will be given to presenters traveling from abroad, graduate students, post-docs, and independent scholars.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for both full panels and individual papers, though please note that individual papers are less likely to be accepted. The Program Committee encourages the submission of a variety of different types of panel proposals, including: traditional 3-paper panels (with a separate chair-commentator); incomplete panels lacking either one paper or a chair-commentator (whether 2-paper panels with a chair-commentator, or 3-paper panels without a chair-commentator), which the Committee will try to complete; author-meets-reader panels; and roundtable discussions.

All panel proposals should include the following:

  • A single page listing the panel title, the titles of each paper, complete contact information for each presenter (including chair-commentator), and any special scheduling requests. (Note that we may not be able to accommodate all scheduling requests.)
  • a 300-word description of the panel
  • a c.v. for each presenter
  • for paper-based panels only: a 300-word abstract of each paper

Individual paper proposals should include:

  • a c.v. for each presenter (including complete contact information)
  • a 300-word abstract of the paper

Please note that AV equipment/PowerPoint capabilities will be unavailable at the Denver 2014 conference.

The deadline for submitting proposals is March 1, 2014. Proposals should be sent as email attachments to proposals@aslh.net.  Substantive questions should be directed to Joanna Grisinger (joanna.grisinger@northwestern.edu) or Mitra Sharafi (sharafi@wisc.edu).

Those unable to send proposals as email attachments may mail hard copies to:

2014 ASLH Program Committee

c/o Mitra Sharafi, UW Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI, 53706-1399, USA

 

Student Research Colloquium (to be held Nov. 5-6)

In 2014, the ASLH will host its inaugural Student Research Colloquium (SRC) in conjunction with its annual meeting.  The SRC will offer a small group of graduate and law students an opportunity to work intensively on their in-progress dissertations and law review articles with distinguished ASLH-affiliated scholars.  The Colloquium will take place at the ASLH conference site in Denver on Wednesday, November 5, and Thursday, November 6.  In keeping with the goals of the SRC, the Colloquium is limited to eight students.  The target audience for the SRC includes early post-coursework graduate students and law students interested in legal history.  Each participating student will pre-circulate a paper of no more than fifteen pages, double-spaced, to the entire group.  These papers will provide the foundation for discussion at the colloquium.  Participants will receive stipends that will partially defray the travel, hotel, and registration costs of attending the annual meeting.  A student can be on the annual program and participate in the SRC in the same year.  Students working in all chronological/geographical fields of history are encouraged to apply.

To apply to the ASLH’s Student Research Colloquium, please submit:

  • a cover letter
  • a CV
  • a letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor/advisor
  • a two-page, single-spaced “research statement” describing an in-progress research project (e.g., a dissertation or a substantial law review article)

The application deadline is July 1, 2014.  Organizers will notify all applicants of their decisions by August 15, 2014.

Please direct questions and applications to John Wertheimer (jowertheimer@davidson.edu).
Preconference on Emerging Fields (to be held Thursday, Nov. 6)

A workshop on an emerging field of legal history will be held on Thursday, November 6th, before the start of the annual meeting. Information about the topic and the application process will be circulated in January.