IILAH Reading Group

The IILAH Reading Group will recommence for Semester 1, 2019 on Wednesday 6 March from 1:00 pm – 2.00 pm (meeting fortnightly).

Our theme this semester is Interdisciplinarity in Law and the Humanities. All students, faculty and visitors are welcome to join. Readings will be posted below in advance.

'Ramblas No 2' by Oswaldo Guayasamin (1989)

Semester 1, 2019

Histories of Interdisciplinarity in Law and the Humanities

This semester’s reading group examines different histories of interdisciplinarity in the humanities and social sciences, written from different positions in the Global South and North. In reading these histories, the reading group aims to address the question of what is distinctive, and critical, about studying law from within “the humanities”.

  • Wednesday 06 March 2019

    • Law and the Social Sciences into the 20th Century (in the USA)

      Christopher Tomlins, “Framing the Field of Law’s Interdisciplinary Encounters: A Historical Narrative”, Law and Society Review, vol 34, no 4 (2000): 911-967 [56pp]

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Tomlins reading
  • Tuesday 19 March 2019

    • Law and the Humanities into the 21st Century (mostly in the USA)

      Austin Sarat, Matthew Anderson and Cathrine O Frank, “Introduction: On the Origins and Prospects of the Humanistic Study of Law”, in Sarat, Anderson and Frank (eds), Law and the Humanities: An Introduction (CUP, 2010): 1-18 [18pp]

      Catherine L Fisk and Robert W Gordon, “Foreword: ‘Law As...’ Theory and Method in Legal History”, UC Irvine Law Review, vol 1, no 3 (2011): 519-527 [8pp]

      Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, “Introduction: The And of Law and Theory”, Routledge Handbook of Law and Theory (Routledge, 2018): 1-6 [6pp]

      Room 722, Level 7

    • Download Sarat, Anderson & Frank reading
      Download Fisk & Gordon reading
      Download Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos reading
  • Wednesday 03 April 2019

    • The End of Interdisciplinarity? (still in the USA)

      Julie Stone Peters, “Law, Literature, and the Vanishing Real: On the Future of an Interdisciplinary Illusion”, PMLA, vol 120, no 2 (2005): 442-451 [10pp]

      Bernadette Meyler, “Law, Literature, and History: The Love Triangle”, UC Irvine Law Review, vol 5 (2015): 365-390 [26pp]

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Peters reading
      Download Meyler reading
  • Wednesday 17 April 2019

    • Opening up the Histories (from the USA to the UK and Germany)

      Greta Olson, “De-Americanizing Law and Literature Narratives: Opening Up the Story”, Law and Literature, vol 22, no 2 (2010): 338-364 [24pp]

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Olson reading
  • Wednesday 01 May 2019

    • Research Notes with Vanessa Ogle

      In this session, Vanessa Ogle (author of The Global Transformation of Time) will speak informally about her research methods and practices, including the archival work for her latest project on ‘archipelago capitalism’. Numbers are limited, and preference will be given to PhD students, early career researchers, and regular attenders at the Reading Group. To express interest in attending, please email IILAH Director, Sundhya Pahuja, with Ogle in the subject line:

      In preparation, please read Vanessa Ogle, “Archipelago Capitalism: Tax Havens, Offshore Money, and the State, 1950s-1970s,” American Historical Review 122, no. 5 (December 2017):  1431-1458.

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Ogle reading
  • Wednesday 15 May 2019

    • Decolonial Law and Literature (in Colonial Peru)

      Rolena Adorno, “Introduction” and “Chronicles of Conquest”, in Guaman Poma: Writing and Resistance in Colonial Peru (University of Texas Press, 1986): 1-35 [35pp]

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Adorno reading
  • Wednesday 29 May 2019

    • Anticolonial Law and Literature (in the Black Atlantic)

      Anne W Gulick, “Introduction” and “Declaring Negritude: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Aimé Césaire’s Cahier”, in Literature, Law, and Rhetorical Performance in the Anticolonial Atlantic (Ohio State University Press, 2016): 1-12 and 77-120 [55pp]

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Gulick reading
  • Wednesday 12 June 2019

    • Working through the Field (Internationally)

      Peter D Rush and Maria Elander, “Working through the Cinematography of International Criminal Justice: Procedures of Law and Images of Atrocity”, London Review of International Law, vol 6, no 1 (2018): 17-43 [26pp]

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Rush & Elander reading
  • Wednesday 26 June 2019

    • A Humanities of Resistance (in the Global North?)

      Costas Douzinas, “A Humanities of Resistance: Fragments for a Legal History of Humanity”, in Sarat et al (eds), Law and the Humanities: An Introduction (CUP, 2010): 49-72 [23pp]

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Douzinas reading

Participating in the IILAH Reading Groups

If you would like to introduce a reading to the group, please contact IILAH Director, Professor Sundhya Pahuja at s.pahuja@unimelb.edu.au

If you would like to come, please do RSVP to connor.foley@unimelb.edu.au.

Past Reading Groups

2018 The Office of the International Lawyer and the Plurality of International Law
2017 International Law and Race


International Law and Language