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Jurisdictional Accumulation: An Early Modern History of Law, Empires, and Capital

When: Monday, March 22, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Online,

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The ‘power and capital stream’ of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) is launching the ‘Law and Marxism Series’, a new forum featuring the work of the many exciting scholars researching and writing within the Marxist tradition from around the world. We begin the new series with a discussion of recently published books within this tradition, in conversation with the authors and other scholars from across the humanities and social sciences.

Jurisdictional Accumulation: An Early Modern History of Law, Empires, and Capital

Author: Dr Maia Pal (Oxford Brookes University)

Discussants: Professor Claire Cutler (University of Victoria) and Professor Benno Teschke (University of Sussex)

Maia Pal’s book is concerned with various diplomatic and colonial agents which enabled the transports and transplants of sovereign authority. Through historical analyses of ambassadors and consuls in the Mediterranean based on primary and secondary material, and on the empires' Atlantic imperial expansions and conquests, the book makes a major analytical contribution to historical sociology. As an interdisciplinary exercise in conceptual innovation based on a Political Marxist framework and its concept of social property relations, the book goes beyond common binaries in both conventional and critical histories. The new concept of jurisdictional accumulation brings ambassadors, consuls, merchants, and lawyers out of the shadows of empire and onto the main stage of the construction of modern international relations and international law

**Please note this is an online event and all registrants will be sent joining details on the day of the event.