Crossing boundaries. Legal History between Methodological Approaches and new Challenges and Identities
Colloquium Methods for Legal History
- Date: Sep 8, 2020
- Time: 14:00 - 16:00
- Speaker: Luigi Lacchè (University of Macerata / LUISS ‘G. Carli’ Rome)
- Location: Online. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In this presentation, I will reflect on the ‘state of the art’ in legal history regarding several emerging methodological issues and challenges. The aim here is simply to connect some specific and personal experiences in the field of legal history with various trends in the current international debate. Over the last few decades, legal history has changed certain traditional ‘orientations’ and is currently undergoing a complex transition. How are we to deal with new proposals and visions within the discipline, and how should we manage the strategic relationship between tradition and innovation? What should our response to new concepts be, and perhaps most importantly, how can we share the contents and approaches of legal history with other disciplines?
Of course, I do not claim to offer definite answers to these difficult questions. Instead, I merely aim to put various questions on the table and frame them in a productive manner. Along the way, I will also point out some interesting areas of confrontation and dialogue. The need for legal history to ‘open itself up' to other disciplines and epistemological dimensions should be recognised. The notion of crossing boundaries can also entail a methodological approach – in fact, a never-ending journey – based more on ‘contamination’ and ‘exchange’ than on a 'claim to purity'. The contemporary identity of legal history is the result of a process of transformation, and we should no doubt concede that, as legal histories – in the plural – have proliferated, ‘legal history’ has, by the same token, lost some of its compactness. Our task then, and certainly a challenging one, is to find a fruitful balance between this space of ‘common identity’ and this concern to ‘cross boundaries’.
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