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July 17, 2012

Southeast Asian Cultural History through Law

Call for Papers
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference
March 21–24, 2013
San Diego, California

All-call for panel participants for an Association for Asian Studies Southeast Asia Council-sponsored panel on Southeast Asian cultural history through law.

Scholars of Southeast Asia have been fortunate to benefit from the groundwork laid by legal historians of the region who have analyzed and made available Southeast Asian legal codes and texts. Much of this history, however, has been written from the vantage point of proscriptive law. By contrast, members of this panel offer new cultural and social histories that spring from court cases and other socially embedded legal documents. Their work focuses the social, cultural and political milieu within which law was manipulated, imposed upon, and implemented by individuals from all walks of life.

Through legal sources, panelists offer a window onto vibrant, albeit partial, narratives of conflict and resolution in a variety of Southeast Asian locales. The panelists also investigate the limitations on their historical narratives based on legal documents. If you are interested in joining this panel, please send a one page abstract to Tamara Loos, TL14@cornell.edu by July 25, 2012. We encourage scholars working on any time period and place in Southeast Asia.

Posted by katemw at July 17, 2012 03:02 PM

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