From the department of Historical Regimes of Normativity at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory
This year’s Summer Academy for Legal History took place in July 2022 and was oriented around the theme “Using History in Law”. The participants dealt with this topic from various perspectives and in a number of sessions throughout the two weeks.
A researcher’s experience visiting an archive in Samoa with holdings from the German colonial period.
One of the pleasures of being a legal historian concerned with topics from the Early Modern period is the possibility to get to handle and work with historical books, often originals printed in the 16th and 17th century. Too often, we tend to concentrate exclusively on the content of a book, not taking into account the wealth of information stemming from the materiality of the book: who printed it, how it was printed, and how the materials carrying all the precious content were produced. Between the 15th and 17th century, the largest part of paper for the many book prints of Venice was produced in a small valley near Lake Garda, known until this day as the Valley of Papermills, the Valle delle Cartiere.
How was archival work possible during the pandemic? To what extent are archives prepared for the digitization of their collections? These are the questions that the Working Time Project Group explores in this blog post and aims to stimulate discussions on the topic of the challenges and opportunities of digitizing sources.
Legal History Insights is a blog about legal history, created by the researchers, guests and affiliated researchers of the department of Historical Regimes of Normativity at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory.