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The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

cordially invites you to a Conference
at 9.00 a.m. on Thursday-Saturday, 25-27 April, 2013 in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building on

‘Thinking through Law: South Asian histories and the legal archive’ in association with Prof. Neeladri Bhattacharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Dr. Rashmi Pant, Fellow, NMML, Prof. Janaki Nair, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Dr. Aparna Balachandran, University of Delhi, Delhi, Prof. Bhavani Raman, Princeton University, USA.
Concept note: The law in South Asian historical writing has had a specific presence, with more attention being paid to legislative processes than case law, to the effects of law rather than its performance, to legal outcomes rather than judicial reasoning, and to judicial processes rather than the new subject positions offered by the law. While reflections on law and society animate the work of sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists (as well that of feminists across these disciplines), the time is ripe for a more self- conscious reflection on the law among historians. What does a deeper engagement with historical issues bring to the study of the law? How can a critical reflection on law and legal sources illuminate, and perhaps even challenge our understanding of the

Dr. NMML. Jawaharlal Nehru University.m.m.00 a. though. .– 9. Princeton University.. Delhi ‘The many pasts of Mamul: Custom and the city in early-colonial Madras’ Dr.15 a. University of Delhi. New Delhi 9. Gyan Prakash. Aparna Balachandran. Session 1: Which custom.15 a. The proposed conference on South Asian histories and the legal archive hopes to present and engage with recent scholarship on the law in different historical periods. has recently begun to interest historians of all periods in India.11. USA. whose custom? Chair and Discussant: Speakers: Prof. with its prodigious textual traditions and productions.m. given the proliferation of the archive. Programme Schedule Thursday. Mahesh Rangarajan. a. its incitements to speak. Rashmi Pant. Introductory remarks by Prof.m. Janaki Nair. the modern period has perhaps seen the most energetic engagements. and to generate new tools of historical analysis and perspectives for future reflection. 25 April. 2013 9. Director.discipline of history? The realm of the law.15 Inaugural Session Chair and welcome address by Prof. and the range of subjectivities it generates.

30 p.30 a.Fellow.30 a. record and legal truths Prof. UK Prof. New Delhi ‘Rules and identities: A comparison of the Vinaya Pitaka and the Manusmrti’ Prof. Srimoyee Ghosh. Nandita Sahai.m. ‘Litigants’ tales: Garhwal 1894-1954’ 11. 2.30 p. Jawaharlal Nehru University. – 11. Shahid Amin.m.p. Kumkum Roy.2.m.m.30 p.45 .30 Lunch Session 3: Writing. Nandini Chatterjee. p.-3. Chair and Discussant: Speakers: Tea Break Session 2: Defining the permissible Dr.m. 11. contestation and law-making in early modern Rajasthan’ 1.15 a. truth. NMML.m.m.30 5. taxes: A discursive history of the early years of stamp paper in India’ Tea Break Chair and Discussant: Speakers: 3.m. New Delhi ‘To mount or not to mount?: Custom. Delhi Ms. Jawaharlal Nehru University. New Delhi ‘Paper. University of Delhi. – 1.30 p. Plymouth University. Jawaharlal Nehru University.m. p.m.

Madras ‘Formal writing.– 1. Bhavani Raman. 2013 9.m.11.00 a. -5. Chair and Discussant: Speakers: Session 4: The extra-ordinary and the exceptional Prof.3. Chair and Discussant: .m.m. Australia ‘Truth of law: Construction of legal discourse’ Friday.15 a.30Dr.15 p. Indian Institute of Technology. labour and the military Prof. NMML.m.15 a. Georgetown University.m p.m. Macquarie University.m. Aparna Vaidik. Archana Parashar. Tea Break 11. Director. Session 5: Mobilizing the empire: Law. USA Prof. USA ‘Law and violence on the north-west frontier of British India’ Prof. 26 April.00 a. Villanova University.00 a. Santosh Abraham. – 11. Princeton University. USA ‘Extraordinary law at the colonial frontier: Notes from the East India Company archive’ 11. questionnaires and petitions: Colonial governance and law in early-British Malabar 1792-1810’ Prof.45 p. Elizabeth Kolsky. Mahesh Rangarajan.m.

Jawaharlal Nehru University. Delhi ‘The language and instrumentalities of law in Mughal India’ Tea Break Chair and Discussant: Speakers: 3. Duke University.-5.30 Session 6: Law.15 p.m.-3. p. New Delhi Prof. USA ‘Legal geography and English sovereignty: Bombay in the later seventeenth century’ Dr.15 p.30Prof.m. 3. Rajarshi Ghose. Jawaharlal Nehru University.- 2.30 p. Centre for Studies in Social Sciences. New Delhi ‘Violence and the languages of law’ Prof. Radhika Singha.m.m.– 5.m. University of Delhi. Rajat Datta. Farhat Hasan. Philip Stern. New Delhi ‘A ‘tribunal peculiar to the Indian Army’: The Great War.30 p.m. Sovereignty and the Practices of Governance Prof. a. p.15 Lunch 2.Speakers: Prof. Jawaharlal Nehru University. Neeladri Bhattacharya.m. the summary court-martial and flogging under the Indian Army Act. Kolkata ‘The social logic of Taqlid: Debates on Islamic legal practice in northern India and Bengal circa 1837-1889’ . 1911-1921’ 1.15 p.m.

m. Bowdoin College.-1. Rachel Sturman. 2013 9. Dr.-11. work and freedom under the Indian Constitution (1950-1965)’ 11.m. Rohit De. School of Oriental and African Studies. 27 April.00 Session 7 Law and the politics of women’s rights Prof.m. USA and Post Doctoral Fellow. University of Delhi.15 a. Prabhu Mohapatra.15p. Eleanor Newbigin.m.00 a. Centre for Women's Development Studies. Mary John. Princeton University.m. Delhi ‘A moving target: Workers in the mirror of law’ 1. 11.00 a.m.-11. University of Delhi. Delhi.15 Tea Break Session 8 The worker and the legal regime Prof.Saturday.15p. a.m. Kamala Sankaran. Cambridge University ‘Can the subaltern sue?’: Sex.m. USA ‘Indenture and the history of international rights regimes’ Dr. New Delhi Dr. London ‘The political economy of women’s rights in latecolonial India’ Dr. Lunch Chair and Discussant: Speakers: Chair and Discussant: Speakers: Session 9 . a.15 a.-2.

Chair: Concluding Remarks: Session 10 Conclusion .30p.m.-3. Prof. Radhika Singha.15p. Neeladri Bhattacharya. Senior Fellow.30p.2. Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.30p.30p. New Delhi.30p. Prathama Banerjee. Prof. Princeton University.m. G. New Delhi ‘The moral authority of the Matha and the possibility of justice’ 4. Arunima. Dr. Jawaharlal Nehru University.m.-4. Those wishing to have their names added to the e-mail list may please e-mail us at: nmmldirector@gmail.m.m.15p.30p. Jawaharlal Nehru University. NMML.-5. Jawaharlal Nehru University. Chair and Discussant: Speakers: The religious and the legal Dr. Jawaharlal Nehru University. Udaya Kumar. 3. New Delhi All are welcome. Janaki Nair.-4.m.m. ‘Customary confusions: Law and practice in colonial India’ Tea Break 3. New Delhi Prof. Gyan Prakash.m. USA Prof. Delhi.