19 March 2010
Mapping Africa from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century: Construction, Transmission and Circulation of Cartographic Knowledge about Africa, Europe, and the Arab world (Paris – 2-3 December 2010)
Colonial mapping of Africa during 20th century has received much insightful attention but recent research invites us to overlook the western bias by considering knowledge construction in a global and interconnected perspective while re-inserting the chronology of the colonial moment in the longue durée. We will seek to develop a history of geographical and cartographic knowledge encompassing simultaneously European, Islamic and African productions and highlighting circulation of knowledge and practices between these different spaces. Rejecting the idea of westernization of the world undertaken through maps we wish to question knowledge and discourses about the representation of African spaces.
The adopted timeframe makes a voluntary break with the institutional and political eras in order to understand African cartography as a process which would neither be restricted to the ancient cartographic image of a virgin continent inhabited by lions, nor limited to the image of a vacuum that colonial cartography would eventually fill. Medieval Western scholars inherited the concept of Africa from ancient authorities who considered it as the third part of the oikoumenē, lying in dreamt and dreaded horizons. Thus, our familiar notion of the African continent proceeds from a progressive intellectual construction stemming from the Middle-Ages. However, this story shall not be reduced to a positivist construction where linear progress originating from medieval cartography would ineluctably lead to an assumingly more scientific representation of space. Although African cartography evolved through empirical discoveries as the Portuguese navigations or through epistemological breakthrough as the rediscovery of Ptolemy’s “Geography”, it was also burdened by centuries-old scholarly traditions which proved difficult to re-consider in the light of experience. At the end of the nineteenth century, growing imperial cartography emptied African territories, allowing the Europeans to divide the continent in the name of a globally homogeneous space. Indeed, we seek to reveal these different graphic representations of the African continent oscillating between discovery and oblivion and between revelation and myth.
Numerous authors, following the footsteps of J.B. Harley, analysed maps as instruments of power and stressed the symbolic dimension of mapping. Beyond this aspect, it seems epistemologically fundamental not to forget the material aspect of maps. We would like papers which will question mapping processes and which analyse techniques, knowledge and practices at the base of maps. One of the main aims of this conference will be to analyse in depth the construction and circulation of geographical knowledge between the different cultural areas. We invite paper submissions on transfers and circulation of cartographic practices and on the origin of geographical knowledge. We are interested in hearing from scholars who would study the heterogeneity of cartographic knowledge in maps originating from one or numerous cartographic traditions. We welcome papers, not only on the representation of the continent and transcontinental exchanges, but also on local or regional microhistory.
Abstracts of 300 words should be sent by 3 May 2010, in English or French, to Camille Lefebvre (CEMAf), Robin Seignobos (University of Paris I) and Vincent Hiribarren (University of Leeds), conference organizers to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cosponsored by the CEMAf (http://www.cemaf.cnrs.fr/), the National Library of France (BNF http://www.bnf.fr/), and the French committee of Cartography (http://www.lecfc.fr/).
18 March 2010
The deadline for proposals is Monday, 29 March 2010.
Note that the conference fee is €100. Transportation and accommodation are not included. More details will follow shortly.
17 March 2010
The international legal order, although pluralist in structure, is in the process of being constitutionalized. This article supports this claim in several different ways. In the Part I, I argue that most accepted understandings of “constitution” would readily apply to at least some international regimes. In Part II, I discuss different notions of “constitutional pluralism,” and demonstrate that legal pluralism is not necessarily antithetical to constitutionalism. In fact, one finds a great deal of constitutional pluralism within national legal orders in Europe. Part III puts forward an argument that the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization are constitutional jurisdictions. In the Conclusion, I respond what I take to be the most important objections to these claims.
A number of conference events in Italian language will take place in Turin during the months of March and April 2010, focused on the relations and connections between the legal language and the languages of arts such as cinema, music, literature, theatre. Each conference will feature two speakers, one legal academic and one with a different background.
All conferences will take place on Tuesdays at 18.00 hrs. The venue will be one of the main literary clubs in town, the Circolo dei Lettori (www.circololettori.it), very downtown at the Palazzo Graneri della Roccia, via Bogino no. 9.
The scheduled events will be as follows:
9 March, P.G Monateri and Carlo Galli:
Amleto, Eliot, la sovranità e la politica
23 March, Daniela Carpi and Lorenzo Fazio:
Golding, Parks, la civiltà e l'equità
30 March, Cristina Costantini e Simone Regazzoni:
Tolkien, Agamben e il paradigma della nuda vita
13 April, Chiara Battisti and Gianluca Arrighi:
Law & Order, Iconolgia della legge e del dis-ordine
27 April,Giorgio Resta e Enrico Polimanti :
Musica, Diritto e Potere
The emergence of EU Private Law as an independent legal discipline is one of the most significant developments in European legal scholarship in recent times. In this Companion, leading scholars provide a critical introduction to the subject's key areas, while offering original and thought-provoking comment on the field. In addition to several chapters on consumer law topics, the collection has individual chapters on commercial contracts, competition law, non-discrimination law, financial services and travel law. It also discusses the wider issues concerning EU Private Law, such as its historical evolution, the role of comparative law, language and terminology, as well as the implications of the Common Frame of Reference project. A useful 'scene-setting' introduction and further reading arranged thematically make this important publication the student's and scholar's first port of call when exploring the field.
For more information, see http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521516174
16 March 2010
15 March 2010
This book will be invaluable to law students and lawyers engaged in comparative or transnational work, historians, social scientists, and all those interested in the legal traditions that underpin the world's major societies. Features:
- Winner of the Grand Prize of the International Academy of Comparative Law
- Provides an overview of major legal institutions and principles in each tradition facilitating understanding of law in a broader context
- Provides a comprehensive treatment of major legal traditions of the world and incorporates a superb level of scholarship and analysis
- dopts a genuinely global perspective making it an invaluable resource for courses worldwide
- Includes extensive references and web links at the end of each chapter, to aid and encourage further research
- A seminal text from a leading teacher and researcher in the field of comparative law. Professor Glenn is a former Director of the Institute of Comparative Law, McGill University, a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, and has been a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
- Includes a thoroughly revised and restructured chapter on confucian legal traditions
- Features interesting discussion of how legal traditions relate to parallel notions of collective memory, places of memory, and deep history
- Considers developments in the legal systems of the European Union, in the context of each relevant legal tradition
to discuss the comparative legal history of the Atlantic world in the period c1492 to 1815. Each year we offer a one-day conference that brings together law professors, historians, and social scientists to explore a particular topic in comparative legal history, broadly understood.
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Additional information, incuding the schedule, is available here. Note that attendance is free, but advance registration is required.