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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Historiography/Ideology/Law II

clough center for the study of constitutional democracy


Sponsored by the Boston College Law School & The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College

September 21-22, 2018

Barat House
Boston College Law School
885 Centre St.
Newton Center, MA 02459



Friday, September 21, 2018


8:15-9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15 a.m.

Welcome: Dean Vincent Rougeau

Introductory Remarks: Justin Desautels-Stein & Sam Moyn

  Devin Pendas (Boston College), Religion in the Historiography of Human Rights: Universal Categories and the Return of te Repressed
9:15-10:45 a.m.
Panel I: Method Madness I

Bernie Meyler, Stanford University

Aesthetic Historiography

Simon Stern, University of Toronto

The Roots of Legal Thought: Notes Toward a Methodology

Elizabeth Anker, Cornell University

Paradox and the Limits of Legal Historiography

Justin Desautels-Stein, University of Colorado

Ideology in Context

10:45-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00-12:30 p.m.
Panel II: Method Madness II

Natasha Wheatley, Princeton University

Law and the Time of Angels: International Law’s Method Wars and the Temporal Properties of Normativity

Nahed Samour, University of Berlin

The Dark Entanglement: Islamic International Law and Legal Historiography

Ntina Tzouvala, University of Melbourne

Provincializing Europe-not Capital-in the History of International Law

Rohit De, Yale University

The Jurisprudence of Decolonization: Transregional Legal Geographies and Rebellious Lawyering in Asia and Africa 

12:30-1:30 p.m.
1:30-2:45 p.m. Panel III: Left Legal History 

Anthony Farley, Albany

A General Theory of Law and Marxism, or, History as Race Consciousness

Dan Farbman, Boston College

Romance and Demons, or, Emerson over Marx

Rob Hunter, Independent Scholar

Critical Legal Encounters with Marxism

Akbar Rasulov, University of Glasgow

Taking Hohfeld Seriously: Marxist Legal Historiography Post-CLS


2:45-3:00 p.m.
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion I: What is Left?
  Karl Klare, Umut Ozsu, Duncan Kennedy
6:00 p.m. Reception



Saturday, September 22, 2018


8:00-9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30 a.m.
Panel IV: American Histories

Dan Edelstein, Stanford University

Revolutionary Rights

Maeve Glass, Columbia University

America’s Unwritten Constitutional History

Amy Cohen, Ohio State University

Moral Neoliberalism and the Rise of American Restorative Justice

Ben Levin, University of Colorado

Critical Criminal Legal Histories (Or Their Absence)

10:30-10:45 p.m.
10:45-12:15 p.m. Panel V:  Meta-Histories

Hauke Brunkhorst, University of Flensburg

Media-Facilitated Legal Evolution: A Structure for Long-Term Evolutionary History?

Paulo Barrozo, Boston College

History of Law in the Evolution of Law

John Henry Schlegel, Buffalo

Perhaps the Third Turtle Down

Chuck Colman, University of Hawaii

The Elephant in the Room

12:15-1:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m.-2:45p.m. Roundtable Discussion II: Critical Historicism Today
  Nathaniel Berman, Laura Weinrib, Judith Surkis, Anna di Robilant


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