CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

'Beyond Reasonable Doubt': Conversations in Law, Literature and Philosophy from the Reformation to the Present Day

Source of Information: H-IDEAS, 2006-10-10
Date of Event: 2007-09-07 to 09
Location of event: Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2007-02-01

'Beyond Reasonable Doubt': Conversations in Law, Literature and
from the Reformation to the Present Day 7th - 9th September 2007
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK Convenors: Yota Batsaki, Subha
Jan-Melissa Schramm

This conference aims to bring scholars of literature, law and 
into interdisciplinary conversation. In the course of the last three
decades, legal practitioners, literary critics, jurists and 
have found in this dialogue an enriched vocabulary for the exploration of
their own particular interests. Ambitious and visionary research has been
undertaken which has advanced our understanding of topics as disparate as
the history of the novel, censorship, blasphemy, plagiarism, hermeneutic
theory, and the rhetorical manipulation of narrative within the courtroom.

We are inviting papers on any aspect of the intersection of these
discourses, including papers that might address some of the following

- evidence, interpretation, judgment
- the role of doubt and scepticism in critical enquiry
- casuistry, rhetoric, persuasion, ethics
- legal and poetic fictions
- equity
- the role of narrative jurisprudence
- testimony, confession, autobiography
- contract, agency and intentionality
- methodological issues: the value of interdisciplinarity
- censorship, blasphemy, plagiarism and intellectual property
- gender, sexuality, law and ethics
- human, divine and natural law

Recent events in European political and public life have given these
sub-themes an enhanced profile which demands further interdisciplinary
investigation. 'Beyond Reasonable Doubt' seeks to bring together
representatives and practitioners from each of the three disciplines to
probe and interrogate such questions as the relationship of text, image
and action, and the epistemological and ontological foundations of
knowledge and judgment.

Plenary speakers currently include John Bender, Peter Brooks, Leo
Kathy Eden, Lorna Hutson, Ian Ward and Luke Wilson.

Call for Papers: Abstracts of no more than 500 words are invited, to be
submitted no later than 1 February 2007. Please email abstracts to one of
the following: Yota Batsaki: Subha Mukherji: Jan-Melissa Schramm: