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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Montreal group to explore the legal in the historical and vice versa

Colour me jealous. First time I wished I lived in Montreal.

A legal history reading group is to be hosted by McGill's Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas beginning January 17:  LEGAL HISTORY: EXPLORING THE LEGAL IN THE HISTORICAL & THE HISTORICAL IN THE LEGAL.

According to my source, Charles Hoffman, Richard H. Tomlinson Doctoral Fellow
McGill University Institute of Comparative Law (whom I thank for the info):

Over the course of seven sessions, this reading group will explore how historians and legal scholars specifically, and other scholars generally, approach legal history. The goal is to provide a forum in which scholars from a variety of disciplines can come together to discuss legal historical issues and questions. In particular, this reading group will serve as a venue for those interested in legal history to learn from one another and discuss their common research interests. We will begin by asking what “legal history” is, and then explore how legal scholars utilize history and how historians utilize the law. For most sessions, we will read and contrast an article written by a Professor of History with an article written by a Professor of Law on a related topic. Topics will include the study of legal cases, legal biographies, labour conflict, urban pigkeeping, “monstrous births”, and the use of fiction in legal history.
PLACE: 3610 McTavish St., Room 21-6
TIME:  2:00-4:00pm
DATES: 17 January, 31 January, 14 February, 28 February, 13 March, 27 March, 3 April
For more information, visit  (which provides a pdf seting out the themes and readings, with pictures no less!) or email .

It would be wonderful if one or more of the participants could report on one or more of these sessions for this blog. No need for live-blogging; after the fact reflections would be great. Send them along at I will post them verbatim or edited, your choice!

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