History | Colloquium in Latin American History
H665 | 2794 | Diaz

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Even though Latin American countries have historically been very
legalistic in nature and most of the pre-twentieth-century archival
documents are of a legal nature, it has not been until very recently
that the study of law, justice, and related issues such as litigation
and crime has taken root among Latin American scholars.  New
perspectives on the study of law is promising as the field has become
increasingly multidisciplinary and as it focuses on deconstructing
the social and cultural logic behind the enactment of laws  and
practices of the tribunals at different times and places.  In this
particular endeavor, the field is increasingly concerned with
understanding how law produces and reformulates systems of identity,
practices and meanings.  This course aims at providing students with
the tools to: 1) examine major trends and topics in the
historiography and the evolution of the field; 2) become acquainted
with the multiple ways in which the study of law intersects with the
studies of identity, meaning, hegemony, gender, and citizenship,
among others; 3) evaluate the methodological and theoretical
approaches in the historiography, and; 4) familiarize themselves with
legal primary sources produced in civil law countries.
Students in this course will be required to prepare an interpretative
paper on a related subject or a research proposal on a project that
they can actually execute during the fall semester of 2002, as there
will be a continuing seminar on the same subject.  Students also will
be required to lead class discussions and submit a number of short
papers throughout the semester.