Thursday, February 10, 2022

Welcome (11-11:30am EST): Alison and Emily
Please make sure you have watched the introductory videos and looked over the storytelling papers in advance of our first session. We will play a game and there will be prizes!

Session 1: The Story (11:30-1pm EST)
Opening comments by Joel, Mark

What does storytelling do for historians as a methodology? How do we decide what the story is? Where do we find it? How do we piece it together? What kinds of historical questions do we want to know? How does experimenting with genre and storytelling help us get into our story in different ways?

Session 2: The Legal Project (2-4pm EST)
Opening comments by John, Daniel

How do cases involving women create, change, or challenge other forms of knowledge? How are legal projects formulated and developed through legal process? Through storytelling, can we extrapolate in new ways how women transform legal projects in the societies in which they live, whether inadvertently or advertently?

Friday, February 11, 2022

Session 3: The Evidence (10-1pm EST)
Opening comments by Robert, Nicole, Alison

The stories we’ve read are drawn from a variety of sources: testimony and confessions; interrogation; court reporting; journalism; objects in museums; the human body itself. How does the evidence affect the stories we tell and the questions we ask? Can we do more with what we have?

Session 4: Legal Knowledge (2-4pm EST)
Opening comments by Julie, Elwin, Emily

The papers we’ve read tell the stories of many different women in different historical contexts: rich and poor, urban and rural, free and unfree, activists, prostitutes, murderers, victims. How are these women legal actors or legal objects? What evidence do we have about the ways that they’re thinking about the law from the engagements and records we find belonging to other people? Can storytelling help us wrestle in new ways with questions of legal knowledge?