ASLH Workshop Call for Submissions: Medieval Legal History (deadline 1er avril 2014)

The American Society for Legal History (ASLH) invites paper submissions for its second
annual pre-conference workshop, which will be held immediately preceding the ASLH
annual meeting in Denver on Nov. 6, 2014.  The ASLH Workshop is intended to
promote scholarship in areas of legal history that have been traditionally 
underrepresented at ASLH meetings and in the Law and History Review.  This year?s
 workshop topic is Medieval Legal History, with medieval broadly defined as 
between late antiquity and early modernity.  We are particularly interested
in papers discussing Byzantine, Canon, Chinese, Islamic, or Jewish law, as well
as other legal traditions or systems that operated in wide-ranging parts of the
medieval world.  The workshop is being sponsored by the ASLH in order to 
promote innovative approaches to the study of medieval legal history across
 geographic boundaries and to create a community of legal historians who 
grapple with medieval legal texts and contexts.

Legal History Workshop will bring together authors and noted scholars in the
field in order to work collaboratively toward refining scholarly writing.  In
order to keep the workshop size small, only three to four papers will be 
selected from among responses to this general call.  Each selected paper will be
assigned one commentator who will prepare substantive feedback about the
structure, organization, methodology, and theoretical approaches of the paper. 
All papers will be pre-circulated to participants and to commentators in 
advance of the workshop and must be read prior to the workshop meeting. 
 Authors will not present their papers.  At the workshop, each commentator 
will be given half an hour to discuss his/her assigned paper, followed by an 
hour of general discussion in the larger group.  In this way, each individual 
author will receive feedback from all the participants of the workshop.  
ASLH will provide limited funding for travel expenses and accommodations 
for authors of selected papers.  (Participation in the ASLH Legal History
Workshop does not preclude individuals from presenting at the ASLH annual

We invite
submissions that engage any aspect of medieval legal history from scholars at
any point in their academic careers.  Interested authors should submit their 
work-in-progress papers to
on or before April 1, 2014.  Papers should include complete contact
information, word count, and an abstract (identifying the geographic and
temporal scope of the article); papers should not exceed 15,000 words
(including footnotes).  Submissions must not have already appeared in print 
or have been accepted for publication.  Authors of selected papers will be 
informed on or before June 15, 2014.  Please direct questions to the 
ASLH Workshop Coordinator: Lena Salaymeh, Robbins Postdoctoral Fellow

By participating in the workshop, authors agree to revise their papers thoroughly
and to submit them for publication consideration (i.e. blind peer review) with
Law & History Review on or before February 1, 2015.  (Submissions to Law &
History Review should be not more than 12,000 words, including footnotes.) 
 Upon peer review approval, Law & History Review will publish the papers 
either together (in an issue dedicated to medieval legal history) or 
separately.  Authors participating in the Workshop consent
to publishing in Law & History Review, even if publication delays
occur.  However, participation in the ASLH Workshop is not a guarantee of 
publication in the Law & History Review.  (Also, the ASLH Workshop
organizers and the Editor of Law & History Review cannot guarantee a
specific publication date.)

Camille Rhoné

Agrégée d'histoire, titulaire d'une thèse de doctorat en histoire de l'Islam médiéval ("Défendre le territoire en Iran nord-oriental - Khorassan et Transoxiane -, IXe-XIe siècle"), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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