Spitz Prize

September 28, 2007
Columbia University, New York, NY

Co-sponsored by
The Heyman Center for the Humanities, The Center for Law and Philosophy, and The Columbia University Seminar on Political and Social Thought


The 2007 Annual Meeting of the CSPT will celebrate and reconsider The Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law. Published fifty years ago by John Pocock, one of the principal founders of the CSPT, The Ancient Constitution launched the late twentieth century revolution in the study of the history of political thought that gave rise to what is widely labeled the "Cambridge School."

This conference will bring together a highly distinguished collection of historians, legal thinkers, and political theorists to engage in a concentrated discussion of the intellectual vistas opened up--as well as of those which might have been supplanted or occluded--by this work and a few companion works of the same period.

We hope this event will be of interest to scholars of history and theory from the U.S. west coast to the east, as well as points between, and Professor Pocock himself has made plans to attend. All members of CSPT and other interested parties are welcome to attend; there is no fee for attendance, though we do very much encourage all those who are not yet members of CSPT to join. We hope to see you there!

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**All talks to take place in the Heyman Center Common Room, Second Floor, East Campus, Columbia University

8:45 Coffee

9:15-9:30 Opening Remarks

9:30-11:30 Session I - Moderator: Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University


"John Pocock and the Legal Tradition"
Donald Kelley, Rutgers University

"Alive and Kicking: The Ancient Constitution and Feudal Law at 50"
Janelle Greenberg, University of Pittsburgh

"Beyond the Shadow of 1688: Lawyers' Histories in the 18th Century"
David Lieberman, University of California, Berkeley

Respondent:David Armitage, Harvard University

11:30-1:15 Lunch break

1:15-3:00 Session II - Moderator: Jennifer Pitts, University of Chicago


"The Plotter's Principle: Robert Ferguson and Ancient Constitutionalism in Late Stuart England."
Melinda Zook, Purdue University

"Hobbes and the Ancient Constitution (Again)"
Richard Tuck, Harvard University

Respondent:Mark Bevir, University of California, Berkeley

3:15-5:00 Session III - Moderator: David Johnston, Columbia University


"Ancient Constitutions and the Indian Law"
Robert Travers, Cornell University

"Some Methodological and Comparative Observations"
Sudipta Kaviraj, Columbia University

Respondent:Kirstie McClure, University of California, Los Angeles

Reception - 5:00-6:30

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