Colonies and Postcolonies of Law Conference
COLONIES AND POSTCOLONIES OF LAW History Department, Princeton University Friday, March 18th 2011 The conference addresses the centrality of law in the construction of colonial rule. We aim to examine how colonial law emerged as colonialists interacted with diverse populations in the colonies. The study of the relationship between law and colonialism has taken two broad trajectories. On one hand, scholars have highlighted how law provided the instruments for the creation of the colonial state, allowing it to exercise a vast amount of power in restructuring the colony. Conversely, law opened up avenues of resistance for colonized populations. This conference aims to go beyond this dichotomy by focusing on law as a site of constant negotiation which produced new forms of bureaucracy and documentation practices. As colonial legal systems cast long shadows and formed the bedrock of the national legal systems today, this conference will also examine how these colonial legal regimes influence postcolonial nations. The last few years has seen a growth of interest in colonial legal history to which this conference hopes to contribute by bringing junior scholars together in conversation. 2. Prof Lauren Benton from NYU will be delivering the keynote lecture at 12:45 titled: "Justice by Despots: Patterns of Imperial Legal Politics"
Location: Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
Date/Time: 2011-03-18 at 12:30 pm - 2011-03-18 at 6:00 pm
Organized by Rohit De and Nurfadzilah Yahaya, Princeton History Graduate StudentsCategory: Conferences