Postdoc Talk Event:
16 February 2016 (7 PM)
The Railway Club
Postdoc Talk Title:
“Liberalism as Utopia: Mexico in the Age of Revolution, 1820-1846”
Legal equality is a principle that Canadians – and citizens of many other constitutional democracies – tend to take for granted. But what does it take to create a legal system that treats people as equals? This talk will describe efforts to introduce egalitarian legal institutions in Mexico after its independence from Spain and the strategies of opposition adopted by adherents of the hierarchical social relations of the old regime.
Timo Schaefer received his Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington and is now a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellow in the UBC Department of History. His dissertation, “The Social Origins of Justice: Mexico in the Age of Utopian Failure, 1821-1870,” won the 2015 Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Category Humanities and Fine Arts.