Call for Papers: Law, Legal Language, and Ideas of Justice in Poland

On the Consequences of Socio-Political Upheaval from the 18th to the 21st Century

International Workshop, MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies, 14-16 March 2017

Deadline for Submissions: 15 December 2016

The Workshop „Law, Legal Language, and Ideas of Justice in Poland: On the Consequences of Socio-Political Upheaval from the 18th to the 21st Century” aims at a historically rooted analysis of legal culture(s) in Poland in their European and global context. This implies to examine Poland – understood as varying entities – in times of sovereign legal development, as part of other legal systems (e.g. the empires of the 19th century, the socialist world or the European Union) and in permanent communication with her neighbors. The focus is on periods of political upheaval provoking an intensified debate on the dominance of foreign law, competing ideas of law as well as on the development of sovereign law. Equal importance is attributed to social upheavals that had (and have) immediate consequences on understandings of law and justice. It is our special concern to put the analysis of the Polish development into larger contexts of research, e.g. entangled history, (Post)Imperial Studies, and Transitional Justice. In doing so we want to avoid polarization, known from Cold War research on Ostrecht (Eastern European Law), and establish a new integrative paradigm.

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