Political Idiots: On the Strange Affinity Between Philology and Law, with Jesús Velasco

Date Range
Wed October 11th 2023, 4:30 - 6:00pm
Event Sponsor
Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Building 260, Pigott Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 260, Stanford, CA 94305
Rm 252

Join us for a talk by Jesús Velasco.

Hosted by the DLCL with co-sponsorship from the Stanford Law School.


Contemporary constitutional originalism is closely linked to philological methods and principles. But how? Can we historicize this connection between the production of Law and the development of Philology as a central discipline? Velasco will think about that with the Middle Ages, exploring some genealogical trends of the affinity between philology and law.

Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco is the Augustus R. Street Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Comparative Literature at Yale University, and the Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

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