"Something Rich and Strange": Maritime Law in World History

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Call for Papers
July 15, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Indigenous Studies, Law and Legal History, Maritime History / Studies, World History / Studies

World History Connected, an 18-year-old affiliate of the World History Association published by the University of Illinois Press (https://worldhistoryconnected.press.uillinois.edu/index.html), is seeking papers for its Forum “‘Something Rich and Strange’: Maritime Law in World History,” which will be Guest Edited by Lincoln Paine (The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World). Forums are topically-related articles devoted to innovative research and the scholarship of teaching in the interdisciplinary field of world history. Submissions for this Forum should be received by July 15, 2021, for possible publication in February 2022.

            The subject of maritime law in world history is one with enormous potential for comparative analysis across both time and space. We find matters of admiralty—concerning navigation and relations between crews, passengers, masters, and owners—in the earliest extant bodies of law, including the Code of Hammurabi and the Arthasastra, as well as in medieval Jewish, Christian, and Muslim law.

Debates over questions of maritime law—from the use of rivers and the intertidal zone to the free sea doctrine and exclusive economic zones—also have ancient roots. Of particular interest today is the renewed assertion of indigenous rights over specific bodies of water, which has enormous implications for culture, the environment, and governance.

Equally compelling, of course, are laws regarding naval warfare, privateering, and piracy.

Submissions should be sent to the Forum’s Guest Editor at Lincoln.Paine@gmail.com. All submissions must follow the style sheet on the left-hand side of the journal’s webpage at https://worldhistoryconnected.press.uillinois.edu/. Submissions should include a short biography (250 words) similar to that found at the end of published WHC articles, as well as a mailing address and phone number. Submitted articles should be more than 3,000 words, with the upper limit as appropriate (usually not more than 10,000 words).

For those not familiar with World History Connected (ISSN 1931-8642), it is an e-journal publication of the University of Illinois Press that annually reaches 1.85 million “readers” (scholars who read more than two articles) and attracts 6 million visits to its website. It publishes Forums, individual articles, book reviews, and lists of books available for review 3 times a year. The Forums for the February, June, and October 2021 issues of the journal will address Latin America in World History, Environment/Ecology, and Empire, respectively. Possible future Forums include active learning (games, simulations) and authoritarianism in global and historical perspective. Dates and editors are yet to be determined, but papers on those subjects are welcome.

The editors of World History Connected also welcome papers on any topic of interest to researchers and practitioners of world history for publication in the Individual Articles section of the journal.

Scheduling is an art rather than a science, so those wishing to submit Forums or individual articles for consideration on these or other subjects should express that interest as soon as possible.

The journal welcomes queries from anyone who would like to serve as a Guest Editor of an issue with a Forum on a topic of interest to the field. Previous Guest Editors have included presidents of the American Historical Association and the World History Association such as Patrick Manning, Laura Mitchell, and the next WHA President, Jonathan Reynolds. The journal also welcomes authors of individual articles that highlight innovative approaches to this interdisciplinary field.

Questions related to the journal should be directed to the Editor, Marc Jason Gilbert, at MGilbert@hpu.edu. Correspondence regarding book review matters should be directed to the Book Review Editor, Christine.Skwiot@mma.edu.





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