Call for papers: Max Planck Law – Forum Latin American Workshop MPIeR

November 19, 2019

Due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) health issue, the Max Planck Law - Latin America Forum scheduled for Bogotá and Buenos Aires will be postponed until the beginning of the next year (2021).


The 'Forum Latin America' is part of the Max Planck Law network, which brings together the 11 institutes of the Max Planck Society dedicated to research in different areas of law. The objective of the Forum Latin America is to highlight the research of these institutes and to generate opportunities for academic exchange between Germany and Latin America.

Over the past 10 years, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR) has been developing lines of research on the various forms of production and transformation of normative knowledge that converged in the context of the Iberian worlds. This includes textual forms of production, translation and circulation of normative knowledge, the presence of pragmatic knowledge used in secular and religious fields, a wide range of normative forms of production (including both moral theology and legal doctrine) as well as implicit knowledge, traditions, belief systems, conventions and local customs. In this sense, legal knowledge is considered a form of normative knowledge that exists within a complex constellation of normativities. These lines of research traverse the different collective projects carried out by the MPIeR: Glocalising Normativities: A Global Legal History, Salamanca School, and Historical Dictionary of Canon Law in Latin America and the Philippines, among others.


The main objective of the workshop is to offer participants an academically engaging space of encounter and discussion on the history of law as a history of these normative constellations. We seek to foster personal and institutional contacts among the academic community and to foster scientific collaboration among participants.

The call is open to all researchers who are developing related work in these fields from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives, such as history (sociocultural, church, intellectual, crime, etc.), ethnohistory, the history of law, theology, historical anthropology or legal sociology. Particularly interesting will be research that demonstrates a broad and well-documented view of the object of study and that sheds light on the rich and complex relationships between different geographical areas, cultures, legal schools and historiographic traditions.

Applications must be submitted by 2 February 2020 to Agustín Casagrande

For more information about the event in Bogotá, please contact Pilar Mejía:

For more information about the event in Buenos Aires, contact Manuel Bastias Saavedra

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