Sara Ross

Call for Papers – Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop at Stanford University

Every year a collaborative effort between the Columbia Law School, the University of Southern California Center for Law, History & Culture, UCLA School of Law, Georgetown University Law School, Stanford Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania, results in the annual Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop. This upcoming year the workshop will be held at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California between June 4th and 5th, 2018. Participation in the workshop is determined by competition, and is “open to untenured professors, advanced graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars in law and the humanities.” Those accepted will have their papers appear in a special issue of the Legal Scholarship Network.

According to the call for papers:

Papers must be works-in-progress that do not exceed 15,000 words in length (including footnotes/endnotes); most papers selected for inclusion in recent years have been at least 10,000 words long. An abstract of no more than 200 words must also be included with the paper submission. A dissertation chapter may be submitted, but we strongly suggest that it be edited so that it stands alone as a piece of work with its own integrity. A paper that has been submitted for publication is eligible for selection so long as it will not be in galley proofs or in print at the time of the Workshop; it is important that authors still be in a position at the time of the Workshop to consider comments they receive there and incorporate them as they think appropriate in their revisions. 

The deadline for submissions is January 5, 2018 – to apply, send your papers via email to , including your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information in the body of the email. If accepted, you will receive reimbursement for your domestic travel (or international travel up to $1000) and hotel accommodation for your attendance.

Sara Ross

Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games, Cultural Events, and Marketplace come to York University

With its opening ceremonies set for this evening at Aviva Tennis Stadium, all week York University will host athletic events for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games, featuring youth athletes from across North America. In addition to these, Indigenous Games is hosting nightly cultural events, featuring indigenous artists and musicians and 8pm and 9pm each evening with the following schedule:

A competing schedule of cultural events is also taking place on the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton each night. On the York campus you will also find the Indigenous Marketplace, which features Indigenous artisans, food vendors, and organizations from across the region. And, of course, the campus will feature athletic competitions during the day for young indigenous athletes from across the continent.

An important theme of this year’s competitions is “Team 88”, referring to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #88, which reads

We call upon all levels of government to take action to
ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and
growth, and continued support for the North American
Indigenous Games, including funding to host the games
and for provincial and territorial team preparation and

Athletic and cultural events are free to the public, though tickets must be purchased for this evening’s opening ceremonies. For more information, please visit the Games’ official website:


Sara Ross

Call for Papers: Law and Culture Conference

The 2017 edition of the Law and Culture Conference will be held at the The Centre for Law and Culture of St. Mary’s University in London, UK from September 7th to the 8th. Submissions are due by May 14th, 2017, and should be sent to Professor Thomas Giddens at: . As an individual author, you can submit a 250 word abstract and 50 word biography, and if you are organizing a panel, submissions should include a 150 word abstract for the panel itself, alongside 250 word abstracts for each of the intended papers. This year’s major theme is Anarchy, and the conference description includes the following:

What does it mean to break the world? What is legitimate resistance to state power? When does authority spill over into repression? What happens when a sovereign loses control? What is an anarchic act? Is anarchic thought possible? What is anarchy’s relationship to chaos and disorder? What is its relationship to order and regulation? How are such concepts represented—if they can be—in legal, social, political, moral, and critical philosophies?

Can anarchy be a duty?

You can read the full call for papers here: .

Sara Ross

Law.Arts.Culture Lecture on “Law and the Visual”

On April 5, 2017 Law.Arts.Culture will host the lecture, “Law and the Visual: Teaching Critical and Generative Visual Attitudes to Undergraduate Jurisprudence Students”. This lecture will be provided by Professor Maksymillian Del Mar, based upon a recent course on Jurisprudence at Queen Mary University of London. According to the event information:

The course explored ‘Law and the Visual’, and its aim was to introduce students to and encourage them to develop critical and generative attitudes to the role and value of the visual in law. His lectures examined 1) the graphic / linguistic distinction; 2) confronting pictorial realism; and 3) schematic knowledge practices. His tutorials considered examples of the visual in law in a variety of contexts, including 1) by judges and advocates in courtrooms (e.g. visual evidence; comic briefs); 2) by students (e.g. visual legal mnemonics) and citizens (e.g. comic contracting); and 3) by scholars (e.g. critical witnessing in comic journalism, in particular through the work of Joe Sacco). In this presentation he will share his experience of teaching the course, including student reactions.

The lecture will take place between 2:30pm and 4pm in room 2027 of Osgoode Hall Law School. To attend, simply click on the following link and RSVP: .


Sara Ross

Call for Papers: Critical Legal Conference

‘Catastrophe’ by Lala Gallardo

The 2017 edition of the Critical Legal Conference has issued its Call for Papers; this year the theme of the conference will be CATASTROPHE. Held at the Warwick Law School and Social Theory Centre at the University of Warwick between the 1st and 3rd of September, critical scholars from across the world will gather here to discuss their latest work on the subject matter. According to the conference:

Ten years ago, the so-called ‘Invisible Committee’ urged that ‘It is useless to wait…. To go on waiting is madness. The catastrophe is not coming, it is here. We are already situated within the collapse of a civilization. It is within this reality that we must choose sides.’ Over a decade before, Leonard Cohen had written; ‘This is the darkness, this is the flood. The catastrophe has already happened and the question we now face is what is the appropriate behaviour.’

Twenty-four research streams have been announced alongside the general stream. To apply, simply send your 200 word abstract by May 31st, 2017 to the appropriate stream organizer. The link to each of the streams (click on the one of interest to see descriptive text and the submission email) is here:

Sara Ross

Lecture: Novelis Nullius: Legal Norms and the (dis)appearance of Indigenous Peoples in Canadian Fiction

Signa Daum Shanks and Kate Sutherland are presenting the lecture Novelis Nullius: Legal Norms and the (dis)appearance of Indigenous Peoples in Canadian Fiction on February 13, 2017, between 12:30pm and 2:00pm in Osgoode Hall Law School’s Room 2027. According to the event description:

Fiction writers both invent new visions of society, but they also often depict trends that they already observe. In Canada, a series of novels acted as a tool for writers’ interests in either or both purposes. McClelland and Stewart’s “New Canadian Library Series” introduced both new re-printed titles to an audience that also wanted some reflections from the academy about those works’ impact. With either an “introduction” or “afterword”, the NCL novels invited more readers to learn more about Canada and literature by having a lower cost and some guidance not typical of other publishing houses or editions.

By focusing on the NCL titles about Canada’s West, and critiquing how those works and their accompanying scholarly essay represented the historic trends experienced by Indigenous peoples, we investigate how the learning of law giving a more accurate portrait of how these works did, or failed to, illustrate Indigenous peoples accurately. While proponents of the “law and literature” subfield often purport that reading literature can tell us more about the law, we want to discuss how appreciating legal norms can help better evaluate the accuracy and impact of fiction. Thinking about a community’s laws can also refine what we think about the responsibility of all writers – regardless of whether they write a fictional work or a non-fictional presentation.

Make sure to RSVP to confirm your attendance at:


Sara Ross

Art News: Canadian Art on Toronto Art Gallery Shuttered by Police

Blank Canvas Gallery

Canadian Art has published an article by Leah Sandals on an incident that occurred at Toronto community art space and art gallery Blank Canvas this past New Years Eve. The gallery was hosting a New Years Eve party offering alcohol without a Special Occasion Permit, under the supervision of co-owner John Samuels and Andrew Davy. During the evening, the Toronto Police entered the establishment in order to place Samuels under arrest, firing a taser at him in the process. Following the incident, the gallery was shuttered, and its locks changed. The article quotes several figures in the Toronto art scene who describe how the incident may have been racially charged. An excerpt from the article reads as follows:

“To me, this speaks to a much larger issue, which is the way that racism and the Toronto Police Service has been playing out over the last 30 years,” says artist, activist and researcher Syrus Marcus Ware, who is also a member of Black Lives Matter Toronto. “But this is also a story about the way the contemporary art scene does or doesn’t interact with issues of anti-blackness.”

You can read the full article here:

Sara Ross

Law.Arts.Culture event – Tell: making poetry from law

Tell - Sutherland poster

On January 16, 2017 Law.Arts.Culture is holding the event “Tell: making poetry from law”. It will feature Soraya Peerbaye and Sheila Batacharya in conversation with Kate Sutherland, between 10:30am and 12:30pm at Osgoode Hall Law School in Room 4034. The event description includes the following:

In writing the award winning Tell: Poems for a Girlhood, poet Soraya Peerbaye was deeply influenced by legal materials from the trial of the murderers of Reena Virk and the scholarship of Dr. Sheila Batacharya on reading the case through the lenses of race, crime and law. Join us to hear Soraya Peerbaye and Sheila Batacharya in discussion with Osgoode Professor Kate Sutherland about the story of Reena Virk, the process by which legal materials can be turned into poetry, and the power and potential of this kind of work.

To attend ensure you rsvp at the following link:


Sara Ross

2016 Clawbies Nomination

This year’s Clawbies nominations are in the process of being made, and I would like to nominate the blog Jurisculture: Exploring Law, Culture and Media, run by Dr. Alexandra R. Harrington and Dr. Amar Khoday of Robson Hall. Postings include “explores the ways that law is constructed and represented through various cultural forms including film, television, literature, music and news media outlets.” I find it an invaluable resource here in Canada, and you can read more on their blog here.

Sara Ross

Call for Conference Papers: Canadian Law and Society’s Mid-Winter Meeting & Symposium


The Mid-Winter Meeting of the Canadian Law and Society Association has been announced, and the deadline for the submission of your conference papers is December 20th, 2016. This year the meeting and conference will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, at the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law over January 20-21st, 2017. According to the Association:

The theme for this year is Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon (the Wolastoqey word for Changing Minds, Living the Truth) as part of our continuing engagement and response to the challenges put forward in the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Calls to Actions. The keynote address, “Sāsipihkeȳihtamowin: Restorying the Indigenous Feminine in an Age of Reconciliation,” will be delivered by Dr. Margaret Kress-White (Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, UNB).

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and submitted to Nicole O’Byrne at . For further information you can check the CLSA website here.