The Legal History Workshop brings together students and faculty to discuss works-in-progress by scholars from within and outside Columbia University. For more information on the workshop or to be put on the mailing list, please contact Prof. Sarah Seo or Prof. Amy Chazkel. See below for the schedule of workshops and other legal history-related events on campus. All times are Eastern (New York) Time.
workshop location will be circulated closer to event date
September 21st from 4:20pm - 6:00pm Workshop with Gary Gerstle (University of Cambridge, History). "The Rise of the Neoliberal Order" Co-sponsored with the Law & Econ Workshop and the Center of Political Economy. Location: Case Lounge (Room 701), Jerome Greene Hall, 435 W. 116th Street NY NY.
September 28th from 4:20pm - 6:00pm Workshop with Craig Green (Temple, Law & History). "A Constitutional History of Territory, Statehood, and Nation-Building." Comment by Gillian Metzger (Columbia, Law). Location: JGH 807, Jerome Greene Hall, 435 W. 116th Street NY NY.
October 19th from 4:20pm - 6:00pm Workshop with Jose E. Argueta Funes (Columbia, Law & History). "The Common Law Goes to Hawai’i: Customary Order, Legislation, and the Meaning of Property Reform" Comment by Shyam Balganesh (Columbia, Law). Location: JGH 807 Jerome Greene Hall, 435 W. 116th Street NY NY.
November 15th from 4:20pm - 6:00pm Workshop with Helen Kinsella. (Minnesota, Political Science and Law). "No Comfort in the Historical Context”: US-Native Wars and Unlawful Combatancy." Commentor TBD. Location: Case Lounge (Room 701), Jerome Greene Hall, 435 W. 116th Street NY NY.
Feburary 8th from 4:20pm - 6:00pm Workshop with Jungwon Kim (Columbia, Legal History). "Who Triggered My Death: Suicide and Punishment in Early Modern Korea" Comment by Pablo Piccato (Columbia, History).
March 22nd from 4:20pm -6:00pm Workshop with Kunal Parker. (U Miami, History). "The Turn to Process: Legal, Political, and Economic Thought in America, 1870-1970" Commentor Alma Steingart (Columbia, History)
April 12th from 4:20pm - 6:00pm Workshop with Maria Adele Carrai (NYU, History). "The Human Frontier: The Chinese Overseas and the Making of Modern China" Commentator: Madeleine Zelin (Columbia, History).
Links to online events will be circulated by email.
October 28 at 6:00pm • Workshop with Sam Fury Childs Daly (Duke, African and African American Studies). "Of Oracles and Autocrats: Customary Law and Militarism in Nigeria." Comment by Katherine Franke (Columbia, Law). Via Zoom.
December 2 at 6:15pm • Workshop with Emily Rose (Harvard, History): "'No Jew Shall Have a Freehold': The Enduring Impact of Medieval contra judaeos Legislation." Comment by James Stafford (Columbia, History). Via Google Meet.
February 3 at 4:20pm - 5:45pm • Workshop with Ariela Gross (USC, Law & History) "The Constitution Is Also a Monument: Slavery, Memory, and American Politics." Comment by Natasha Lightfoot (Columbia, History). Via Zoom.
March 3 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm • Workshop with Rebecca J. Scott (U. Michigan, History & Law): "María Coleta and the Capuchin Friar: Slavery, Salvation, and the Adjudication of Status" (co-authored by Rebecca J. Scott and Carlos Venegas Fornias). Comment by Maeve Glass (Columbia, Law). Via Zoom.
April 14 at 2:00 - 4:00pm • A seminar on "Law and the Imagination in Medieval Wales" with Robin Stacey (U. Washington, History) at the Heyman Center, Commons Room. Please email [email protected] for materials. Sponsored by Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Department of History, and the Department of English and Comparative Literature.
May 4 at 2:30 - 4:00pm • "Public Rights: The History of An Idea." Panel with Rebecca J. Scott (U. Michigan, History & Law) and Jamal Greene (Columbia, Law). Location: Case Lounge (Room 701), Jerome Greene Hall, 435 W. 116th Street NY NY.
October 8 at 6:30-7:30pm EST • "Becoming Free, Becoming Black: A Talk by Ariela Gross with Kellen Heniford," sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.
October 28 at 6:30pm EST • Brittany Farr (Penn, Law): "Breach by Violence: Sharecropping Contracts in the Post-Slavery South."
November 18 at 6:30pm EST • Nurfadzilah Yahaya (National University of Singapore, History): "Shifting Sands: British Imperial Politics of Land Reclamation in the Mid-Twentieth Century." Comment by Nick Smith (Barnard, Urban Studies/Architecture).
December 9 at 6:30pm EST • Stephanie Jones-Rogers (Berkeley, History): "'She had... a Womb Subjected to Bondage': The Afro-Atlantic Origins of British Colonial Descent Law." Comment by Stephanie McCurry (Columbia, History).
January 27 at 6:30pm EST • Anna di Robilant (Boston, Law): Selections from The Making of Modern Property: Reinventing Roman Law in Nineteenth Century Europe and Its Periphery (Cambridge University Press, 2021).
February 24 at 6:30pm EST • Thomas McSweeney (William & Mary, Law): "Writing the Common Law in Latin." Comment by Adam Kosto (Columbia, History).
October 30: Sam Erman (USC, Law), selections from Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution and Empire. Commentator Mae Ngai (Columbia, History).
January 29: Jane Manners (Columbia, Law) and Lev Menand (Columbia, Law), “Removal Permissions: Inefficiency, Neglect of Duty, Malfeasance, and the Limits of Agency Independence.”
February 26: Smita Ghosh (Georgetown, Law), “Locking up and Locking Out.” Commentator Christina D. Ponsa-Kraus (Columbia, Law).
November 14: Andrew Kent (Fordham, Law) and Jed Shugerman (Fordham, Law), “‘Faithful Execution’ and Article II.” Commentator Gillian Metzger (Columbia, Law).
February 13: Rande Kostal (Western, Law), selections from Laying Down the Law: American Legal Revolutions in Occupied Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.
March 27: Jennifer Morgan (NYU, History), selections from Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship, and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic. Commentator Maeve Glass (Columbia, Law).
April 24: Vera Candiani (Princeton, History), prospectus for Peasants and Commons in the Americas: A History of Erasure.
Commentator Claire Debuquois (Columbia, Law).
October 4: Maeve Glass (Columbia, Law), “A Constitution of Commerce.” Commentator Ted Fertik (Yale, History).
November 1: Stephen Robertson (Director of the Roy Rosenzweig for History and New Media, George Mason University, “Law & (Dis)order in Harlem: A Spatial Legal History of the 1935 Riot.”
November 15: Judith Surkis (Rutgers, History), selections from Sex, Law, and Sovereignty in French Algeria, 1830-1930. Commentator Emmanuelle Saada.
September 14: Amy Dru Stanley (Chicago, History), “The Sovereign Market and Sex Difference: Human Rights in America.”
October 20: Stephanie McCurry (Columbia, History), “Enemy Women and the Laws of War in the American Civil War.”
March 1: Kunal Parker (Miami, Law), “The Transformation of the Common Law: Modernism, History, and Legal Thought in Early to Mid-Twentieth Century America.”
March 22: Daniel Asen (Rutgers, History), “Professional Politics of a Crime Scene: Law, Science, and Expert Evidence in 1920s China.”
April 19: Ada Kuskowski (Penn, History), “The Time of Custom: On Temporality and Customary Law in the Middle Ages.”
November 16: Sam Erman (US, Law), selections from Puerto Rico and the Constitution: Struggles Around Status and Governance in the New Empire, 1891–1925.
December 2: Aziz Rana (Cornell, Law), selections from The Rise of the Constitution. Commentator: Jeremy Kessler
March 24: William Forbath (U.T. Austin, Law), “The Jewish Constitutional Moment.”