Organized for the 2013 Meeting of the American Society for Legal History, this multi-session workshop will look forward to the year 2014 as the shared bicentennial of the Congress of Vienna 1814/1815 and the centennial of the beginning of the First World War (1914). In global perspective, it will examine the geopolitical and geo-economic consequences of the collapse of the First French Empire on, for example, jurisprudence, theories and practices of supranational cooperation, international law, commerce and trade during times of war, rules of warfare, nation-state constitutionalism, human rights and rights to resistance and the construction and operation of supranational legal fictions more generally to include “race,” gender, class, the corporation and/or the “State.” The workshop also investigates how the long legal memory of Congress of Vienna has been awakened, re-imagined and invoked in times of conflict and conflict resolution, with particular attention to the impact of enactments and ruptures of international law. Themes for papers or panels may include, but are not limited to the ways in which 1914 shattered vestiges of the legally inscribed geopolitical, domestic and/or social hierarchies that followed the agreements of the Congress of Vienna in 1814/1815. In no small measure, centennial memory of the Napoleonic years and the post-conflict resolutions was forestalled and delayed by the outbreak of the First World War. As a result, it occurred during the tumultuous interwar years and papers might address the ways in which the delayed flowering of historical memory contributed to the development of legal propaganda and hyper-legalism in the interwar years between 1919-1938. How were the appropriation of Napoleonic systems and/or the arrangements of Vienna by fascist regimes used to justify the unjustifiable, to shape the legal inscription of geopolitical arrangements and/or pseudo-international law? How did the opposing historical narratives of Hannah Arendt and others ultimately shape post-War arrangements, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the United Nations, etc.? How, for example, did Henry Kissinger’s historical understanding of the Napoleonic Wars and the ‘congresses’ that began even before the formal end of conflict, as expressed in his A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1815-1822 (1954) shape U.S. foreign policy, especially with regard to Germany, Japan, the Soviet Union and China, as well as international legal relations, diplomacy and the global order through the Nixon administration into our own time?
Proposals are invited for individual papers of twenty minutes or panels of three papers offering new research and perspectives addressing the long legal memory of the Napoleonic experience and the Congress of Vienna covering themes, including but not limited to, domestic and international legal transformation, supranational organization, colonial law; foreign relations; alteration of social, economic and political ideologies; and the lasting impact of the Congress of Vienna in the world at large. Papers and panels that take a critical legal studies approach are especially welcome. Panel proposal should include 300-word abstracts and CVs for three papers, a title and 300-word panel explanation. Scholars interest to offer individual papers are asked to please provide a 300-word abstract and current CV. Scholars interested in serving as chairs or commentators are welcome to write. Submission must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later 10 February 2013.
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