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Call for Papers: Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) Conference
October 15, 2018
Call for Papers:
“Law as Resistance”
Open panel(s) for the 14th Annual Conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO)
Turin, 31 January–2 February 2019
CfP for a panel for the 14th Annual Conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) on “Law as Resistance” (Turin, 31 January–2 February 2019) organized by Roberta Aluffi (University of Turin, [email protected]), Gianluca Parolin (Aga Khan University, [email protected]) and Serena Tolino (University of Hamburg, [email protected]).
In line with the general theme of the 2019 Conference (Paths of Resistance in the Middle East and North Africa), the panel organisers wish to solicit papers engaging with issues of law as resistance in the region.
Law generally plays the role of the villain in most stories of resistance. We believe that there is more to be said. At least, there are instances of law as resistance (beyond and away from Fitzpatrick 2008).
We invite submissions engaging with any of these angles:
(Imperial fiqh) Is there space to argue that imperial jurists devised fiqh as a stronghold able to resist pressures from political authorities and their laws?
(Legal History) What evidence can we conjure to support the counter-intuitive statement that during colonial times law was also used to resist the coloniser?
(Law&Colonialism) Some have started to deconstruct the calls for sharia in contemporary contexts as direct challenges to current illiberal regimes. A form of ‘protected’ resistance?
(Law&Lit) If literature is an avenue to explore forms of resistance of and to the law, how can we read for example the account of Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm or the citizen-detective in ‘detective’ stories?
(Law&Language) The language of the ‘modern’, positive law has largely become the hegemonic language of law triumphant. Where can one find counter-hegemonic challenges to this state of affairs?
(Law&Gender): How law has been used as an instrument of resistance to challenge patriarchal norms and/or hegemonic forms of masculinity and femininity?
(Law&Feminism): What is the relation between feminist demands for legal reforms and the law? What are the conditions that allow for some of these demands to make their way into the law? And what are the conditions that hinder that?
Please send your proposal (in Italian, English, or French, max. 500 words) by 15 October 2018 to: [email protected].