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extraordinary remedies

  I’m currently remediating my book manuscript Extraordinary Remedies: The Court of Chancery and Equitable Justice in Chicago as a graphic history. As I more deeply engage with digital media, I am decidedly less interested in publishing a traditional monograph.…

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legal pluralism

 History/Legal Studies 510: Legal Pluralism This course explores the global diversity of legal cultures, beginning in ancient China and ending with 21st-century migrations. Moving beyond models of state and non-state legal systems, we will consider the multiplicity of superimposed and…

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map your world

  Martinez Zea, Map of Wireless Networks, Favela da Serra, Brazil Sociolegal scholars could learn much from cartography, suggests Boaventura de Sousa Santos. The relationship between law and social reality resembles that between maps and spatial reality. Indeed laws are maps:…

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something to send home

  As an interdisciplinary historian studying lawmakers and cultural brokers, I have a special affection for this lavishly illustrated nine-volume codex of eighteenth-century Peru, sent home to the King of Spain by Baltasar Jamie Martínez Compañón, aka the Bishop of…

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home movies

  I recently met husband-and-wife filmmakers Penny Lane and Brian Frye at a law and humanities workshop, who told me of their upcoming release Our Nixon. The film includes hours of digitized Super 8 home movies created by Nixon aides H.R.…

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the creative process

  As a dissertator, I swung between heady visions of the powerhouse monograph I was bequeathing to mankind and stark realizations that I’d written yet another embarrassingly bad chapter draft. As I slid towards the bottom of the curve one…

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walking the words

  Anna Deavere Smith performs oral histories in bare feet so that she can walk in the words of her subjects. An award-winning actress, playwright, teacher, and author, she is also pushing history/legal history into new domains. Deavere Smith explores…

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