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Workshop: Law and Empire in the Sino-Asian Context

November 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Co-hosted by International Society for Legal History , American Society for Legal History, The International Society for Chinese Law and History, and the Harvard Law School Program in East Asian Legal Studies

Graduate Student Panel

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Chair: Tahirih Lee (FSU)

Yue Jiang (Stanford)    Commentator: Michael Szonyi (Harvard)
Gender, Property, and Lineage in Mid-Qing: Property Disputes Between Women and Lineages

Rui Hua (Harvard)       Commentator: Sakura Christmas (Bowdoin)
Imperial Wars in A Magistrate’s Court: Translingual Legal Literacy and the Everyday Politics of Territorial Land Laws in Manchuria, 1900-1931

Xinyu Huang (Yale)     Commentator: Thomas Buoye (Tulsa)
The Censorial Impeachments under Qianlong and Jiaqing Reign (1736-1820)

Jingjian Wu (Yale)       Commentator: William Alford (Harvard)
W.A.P. Martin, Naturalism and The Translation of International Law in Late Qing China

Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:00 PM

Legal and Intellectual Constructs of Empire
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Chair: Phillip Thai (Northeastern)
Commentator: Fei-Hsien Wang (Indiana)

Colin Jones (Columbia)
Living Law, Legal Consciousness, and the Afterlives of Empire: The Origins and Legacy of the North China Rural Customs Survey (1941-1944)

Tristan Brown (MIT)
Breaking the Land, Breaking the Law: Fengshui and the End of Imperial China

Peter Thilly (Univ. of Mississippi)
Consular Jurisdiction and the Pioneers of Flexible Citizenship

Coffee Break
3:30 – 4:00 PM

Laying Down and Crossing Borders
4:00 – 6:00 PM

Chair: Pär Cassel (Michigan)
Commentator: Taisu Zhang (Yale)

Geng Tian (Peking Univ.)
The Boundary Works in the Qing’s Legal Analogies between “Violent” Social Groups, 1750-1850

Yonglin Jiang (Bryn Mawr)
The Contested Order: Central-Local Legal Dynamics on the Borderlands of the Ming Empire

Jenny Huangfu (Skidmore)
The Last Refuge of the Scoundrel: Transnational Fugitives and the Spaces of Law in Late Qing China, 1860s-1900s

Larissa Pitts (Quinnipiac)
The Abortive Forest Law of 1914: Russian Timber Merchants, Chinese ‘Traitors,’ and the Collapse of Modern Chinese Environmental Law


November 21, 2019
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Austin Hall Room 308
1515 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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East Asian Legal Studies

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