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Empire & Maritime Legal History


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia)
Oceans of Law. The Komagata Maru and Jurisdiction in the Time of Empire (Durham: Duke University Press, 2018)

Laurie Wood (Florida State University)
Archipelago of Justice. Law in France’s Early Modern Empire (New Haven: Yale University Press 2020)

Moderators: Kalyani Ramnath (Harvard), Iza Hussin (Cambridge)



Renisa Mawani has a PhD from the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. She is currently Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia and recurring Chair of the Law and Society Program. Other affiliations at UBC include: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (Wall Scholar 2015-2016); Faculty Associate Social Justice Institute, Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program, and Science and Technology Studies Program.

Laurie Wood is a historian of the early modern world. Her research focuses on Francophone history in comparative and global perspectives, with special attention to themes of legality, risk, and place. She teaches courses in Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Early Modern European, and World History. She is an Associate Professor of History at Florida State University. For the academic year 2017-18, she was a Fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University.