Foreword: 'Law As...' II, History as Interface for the Interdisciplinary Study of LawUC Irvine Law Review
AbstractThis issue of the UC Irvine Law Review contains sixteen articles based on papers originally presented at the second "Law As ... " symposium, held March 9-11, 2012, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Those works join eighteen articles published by the UC Irvine Law Review in September 2011, following the inaugural "Law As ... " symposium held in April 2010. Together, the two collections (and those to come) comprise a body of research that I believe represents the beginnings of a distinct trajectory in interdisciplinary legal scholarship. This trajectory deploys history as an interpretive practice-that is, as a theory, a methodology, and even a philosophy-by which to engage in research on law. Simultaneously it proposes history as a substantive arena in which other interpretive research practices-those of anthropology, literature, political economy, political science, political theory, rhetoric, and sociology-can engage with law. The result is a capacious interdisciplinary jurisprudence inflected by history rather than by the positivism of the social sciences, which holds out the possibility, a century after their divorce, of reuniting metaphysics with materiality.
Citation InformationChristopher L. Tomlins, Foreword: 'Law As...' II, History as Interface for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law, 4 UC Irvine L. Rev. 1 (2014)