August 23, 2017

Natasha Wheatley

Natasha Wheatley is an historian of modern European and international history, with a specialization in nineteenth- and twentieth-century legal and intellectual history. Her research explores the conceptual history of rights, sovereignty and legal personality, as well as the politics and practices of legal knowledge. She is especially interested in the mythic and affective dimensions of law, as well as in time and temporality. Her current book project, The Temporal Life of States: Sovereignty, Legal Knowledge, and the Archive of Empire traces the entanglement of constitutional and international law in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the afterlives of imperial law in the interwar international order. In recovering the Austro-Hungarian jurisprudence on state survival within empire, it draws Central European history into the global frame of new scholarship on legal pluralism, empire and quasi-sovereignty. At the same time, it tracks the transfer of rights between old world orders and new, thereby recasting our understanding of the settlement of 1919. Central Europe emerges as a foundational space for those interested in the broader twentieth-century history of the birth and death of states in international law. She is also at work on a second project on the intellectual history of interwar international law that focuses on questions of legal subjectivity and personhood. Earlier research on the League of Nations' mandate system has appeared in Past and Present and elsewhere.