Law and Legality in Modern Eastern Europe

Friday, October 4, 2019, 12:00 amSaturday, October 5, 2019, 12:00 am
211 Dickinson Hall


Event Description


Friday, October 4, 2019
1:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Organized by:

Iryna Vushko (Princeton University)
Emily Greble (Vanderbilt University)

Sponsored by:

The Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies


Friday, October 4, 2019

1:15 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Politics of Punishment in the Habsburg and Russian Empires

  • Chair: Emily Greble
  • Alison Frank (Harvard University), “The Emperor and the Executioner: Justice, Mercy, and Capital Punishment in the Habsburg Monarchy”
  • Iryna Vushko (Princeton University), “Imperial Golgotha: Spielberg Prison in the Habsburg Empire”
  • Daniel Beer (Royal Holloway), “Rituals of Civil Death: Sovereignty and Subversion in the Reign of Alexander II”
  • Commentator: Ekaterina Pravilova (Princeton University)

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Overlapping and Contested Sovereignties

  • Chair: Iryna Vushko
  • Natasha Wheatley (Princeton University), “Sovereignty as a Knowledge Problem”
  • Aimee Genell (Western Georgia University), “From the Legalist Empire to the Sovereign State”
  • Emily Greble (Vanderbilt University), “Debating Concepts of Sovereignty: Muslims in Post-Ottoman Europe”
  • Dominique Reill (University of Miami), “Eeeny, Meeny, Miny, Law: Law-Making and Self-Determination in Absence of a State”
  • Commentator: Lauren Benton (Vanderbilt University)

6:30 p.m. Dinner

Saturday, October 5, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. International Law and Regional Implications

  • Chair: Emily Greble
  • Peter Holquist (University of Pennsylvania), “Testing the New ‘Laws of War’: Imperial Russia and the 1877-78 Russo-Turkish War”
  • Jared Manasek (Pace University), “Occupation, Sovereignty, and the Presumption of Legality: the “Forgotten” Ottoman Exclave of Ada Kale in the Danube International Waterway”
  • Kent Schull (State University of New York, Binghamton), “Repatriating POWs in Post-Great War Eastern Europe: Negotiating Citizenship & Belonging in the Wake of Dismantled Empires, New Nation States & Imperial Ambitions”
  • Commentator: Eric Weitz (The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY)

10:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. Coffee Break

11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. The Transformation of the East European Legal Order in the Twentieth Century

  • Chair: Iryna Vushko
  • Gábor Egry (Institute of Political History, Budapest), “The Law of the State, the State of the Nation: the Idea of the Nation and the Transformation of Legal Categories in Interwar Eastern Europe”
  • Melissa Feinberg (Rutgers University), “The Dilemmas of De-Austrianization: Family and Marriage Law in the First Czechoslovak Republic”
  • Rebecca Reich (Cambridge University), “Journalism and Judgment in the Post-Stalin Period”
  • Commentator: Benjamin Nathans (University of Pennsylvania)

1 p.m. Concluding Lunch

Scholarly Series
Davis Center Conference