Governing the Hearth: Law and Family in the Nineteenth Century (INCS, March 25-27, 2010)

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Melissa Ganz

CFP: Governing the Hearth: Law and Family in the Nineteenth Century
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference: Family/Resemblance
University of Texas at Austin
March 25-27, 2010

This panel seeks to examine the value and limits of legal control of familial relations in the nineteenth century. How did jurists, legislators, social thinkers, artists, and imaginative writers envision the relationship between law and the family? In what ways did legal governance help, hinder, and/or complicate familial life? Papers might examine legal rules concerning marriage, divorce, custody, adoption, property, sex, and domestic violence, or they might explore the narratives embedded in sensational trials and public proceedings concerning intimate relations. Alternatively, panelists might consider the ways in which novelists, poets, and visual artists of the period draw upon and/or critique the law, or they might reflect upon the relationship between law and affective life. Multiple disciplinary perspectives are welcome, as are papers examining intersections of law and family on both sides of the Atlantic and around the globe.

Please send abstracts of 500 words to Melissa Ganz ( by November 15, 2009. Inquiries welcome.

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