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Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context

CLSGC Comparative Disciplines Series: Sociology, Economics, History and Law

22 November 2018

Time: 4:00 - 7:00pm
Venue: Collette Bowe and Martin Harris Rooms, Queens' Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS

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This event is hosted by the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) and Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS)

This rescheduled event is part of the 2017-18 Lecture Series on the Methodology of Comparative Disciplines, featuring speakers across a wide range of the Humanities and Law. What is the best way for us to proceed when comparing legal systems? What is comparison about? Which comparative method(s) should be used? Comparative lawyers have, and still are, struggling with the answer to those questions.

However, there are other comparative disciplines in which comparison is at the core of the research process. How do they proceed? Which problems and obstacles did they encounter? How did they solve them, in case they succeeded in doing so? Did they develop a true method of comparison? Which criteria for comparison did they use? What could comparative lawyers learn from all this?

This series of lectures aims to make a number of those points explicit and to create an interdisciplinary forum for discussing them.The lectures are offered in four seminars. Each seminar will consist of two lectures on two different disciplines, commented on by a comparative lawyer and discussed with the audience.

This series is a sequel of the workshop organised at QMUL on 14 March 2017 in which Comparative Law, Comparative Politics and Comparative Cultural Studies were already discussed in this perspective. In the 2017-18 lectures the focus has been on (comparative) religion studies and anthropology (11 October 2017), linguistics and literature (29 November 2017), philosophy and history (17 January 2018), and sociology and economics (rescheduled for 22 November 2018). On the 22 November, there will also be a conclusion of the series.

Comparative Sociology

Comparative Economics

  • Speaker: Bob Hanké (Assistant Professor of Political Economy, European Institute, London School of Economics)
  • Comments: Professor Mathias Siems (Durham University).

Comparative History


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