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Sara Ross

Call for Papers: international conference on “Intersections in International Cultural Heritage Law”

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Georgetown University Faculty of Law will be hosting a conference on the international cultural heritage law, in the context of a “recent spate of threats to cultural heritage, including in Syria, Iraq, Nepal, and Yemen,” that “has led to increased focus on the scope of international law governing cultural heritage protection.” The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2015, and you can send your 400-word abstract to culturalheritage@law.georgetown.edu. More information about the conference topic and other details can be found here on the American Society for International Law website.

Additionally, if selected, you will be required to submit your paper to the conference by March 1, 2016, with a target length of about 7,500 to 10,000 words. A potential publication of the papers presented at the conference will be sought by its organizers.

Sara Ross

Conference Update: Graduate Student Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities

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As we wrote on September 9th, the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities is being held in Hartford, Connecticut over April 1-2, 2016. The Association has recently released its details for its vaunted annual Graduate Student Workshop, to be held on March 31, 2016, the day before the conference. Those accepted to participate in the workshop will be provided with partial reimbursement for their travel and accommodations. Keep in mind that though the Association has not yet updated its submission page, the submission details for the workshop provided by its organizers Professors Mark Antaki (McGill) and Linda Meyer are as follows:

Graduate students who are considering coming to the ASLCH conference, April 1-2nd 2016, at the University of Connecticut Law School are invited to apply for the graduate student workshop that will occur one day earlier on March
31st (see http://law2.syr.edu/academics/centers/lch/graduate_student_workshop.html for application details)

The workshop has two primary aims: first, to afford graduate students the opportunity to experience the LCH community in a smaller venue with more sustained contact with one another and some faculty; second, to provide graduate students with an opportunity to present their own work in anticipation of such things as job talks and publication.

Applications to the workshop should include a current curriculum vitae, a 5-page maximum abstract of a current project, as well as a short (5-page maximum) “text” relating to that project. This “text” could be a case, literary work, time-line, photo, sound or video file or whatever source-“text” will help the workshop participants reflect on the subject of their work. Use your judgment and best guesses in deciding how audio, visual, or audio-visual materials “translate” into pages of text.

Applicants whose proposals are accepted will receive support towards an extra night’s accommodation by ASLCH as well as support (varying, depending on distance traveled) towards the cost of transportation to the conference site.

Send your applications to both Linda Meyer (linda.meyer46@yahoo.com) and Mark Antaki (mark.antaki@mcgill.ca). For inquiries, please write to one or both of us.

Sara Ross

Upcoming calls for papers: Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities

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University of Connecticut School of Law: location of the upcoming meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities

Each year the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities hosts its annual conference. I spoke at last year’s conference at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and can attest to the wonderful institution the association has built. In Georgetown a handful of Osgoode professors, alongside professors from all over the world met to discuss the underdeveloped field of culture and the law, for several days of excellent presentations, discussions, and all the other experiences that come with an international conference like this. The association encourages graduate student submissions for presentation, not only to its annual Graduate Student Workshop, but also to its annual Austin Sarat Award given to the best paper presented at each year’s conference—named for the legendary sociolegal scholar and founder of the association, Professor Sarat himself. This is among the best opportunities of the year for people interested in law and culture to becoming exposed to the academic community involved in this field, and to receive comment on your burgeoning, mid-career, or pinnacle research.

This year the conference will be held from April 1st to April 2nd at the University of Connecticut Law School in Hartford, CT. The registration link generally comes out around the end of September, so check back at their website at your convenience near the end of September or early October. You can also follow them on Facebook, as an excellent resource of the association’s ongoings. This year’s call for paper is posted below:

We are pleased to announce that the Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities will be held at the University of Connecticut Law School, in Hartford, CT on April 1-2nd, 2016. We invite your participation.  Please note, panel and paper proposals are due Thursday, October 15th, 2015

The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities is an organization of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary, humanistically-oriented legal scholarship. The Association brings together a wide range of people engaged in scholarship on legal history, legal theory and jurisprudence, law and cultural studies, law and anthropology, law and literature, law and the performing arts, and legal hermeneutics. We want to encourage dialogue across and among these fields about issues of interpretation, identity, and values, about authority, obligation, and justice, and about law’s role as a constituent part of cultures and communities.

If you have any general questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to ask me at jmartel@sfsu.edu. For matters related to the program or its organization, please write to Simon Stern simon.stern@utoronto.ca.  I want to thank the members of the program committee, chaired by Simon Stern for all their hard work on the Call for Papers.

This year’s conference theme is Reading Race, Writing Race and Living Race

“Within the text of the law there is an afterlife of slavery … as matters of aesthetic and legal representation … as an aesthetics of legal representation”

–Stephen Best, The Fugitive’s Properties: Law and the Poetics of Possession, 14

The question of race is central to historical and contemporary violence, to material conditions, reproduction and global politics. In the US, recent police violence against African Americans has again raised the ongoing question of the significance of lawful violence, of law’s complicity, in upholding the state. Penal law is implicated in the incarceration of African-Americans in the US, Aboriginal communities in Australia, and Indigenous peoples in Canada, demonstrating a settler-colonial preoccupation for using race and racial profiling to mask and further colonial ends. In the context of securitised responses to migration, the onshore refugee applicant speaks as an already criminalised subject, as ‘an illegal immigrant’ or as an ‘undocumented migrant’. Under the conditions of continuing colonization, statutory schemes such as Australia’s Northern Territory Intervention target Aboriginal populations and make such populations subject to state violence. These examples raise the urgent question of law’s relation to, and production of, violence through race. From transitional justice to human rights processes, race is foregrounded at scenes and struggles in which law seeks to respond to and adjudicate violence, and assert its own authority.

This conference seeks research drawn from multiple disciplines and jurisdictions that addresses the following questions: How might we think of the relations among law, culture, history, and the shaping of racial imaginaries? How is law complicit and productive of violence? How should we read the legal and cultural forms that produce the conditions of this violence? What kinds of legal, critical, and cultural practices can intervene in both this violence, and the conditions that are complicit with it? How might legal, critical, and cultural projects provide counter-narratives and counter-archives to the juridical imaginary of responsibility for historical and contemporary violence? How do historical and contemporary readings of race relate? Are anti-racist forms of law and state possible, and what would they look like? How might law be enlisted in the development of new racial formations? How should we re-think critical legal feminisms, and Marxism, through the category of race? How can we devise legal, critical and cultural forms that are attentive to race, and make visible this legal violence? What is the significance of ‘reading’ race—what is the materiality in the metaphor?

This conference seeks to develop conversations regarding the roles of representation, affect and imagination in the ongoing relationship of law to concepts of race, justice, sovereignty, captivity, history. We seek to examine legal and cultural practices of representation for their juridical, as well as cultural, effects. Questions of genre, narrative, and aesthetics are not only sites of critique, but also become potential sites of theoretical intervention, and intervention into projects of social justice.

In addition to sessions that connect to the conference theme, examples of other types of sessions we expect people to organize include:

History, Memory and Law; Law and Literature; Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism; Speech, Silence, and the Language of Law; Judgment, Justice, and Law; Beyond Identity; The Idea of Practice in Legal Thought; Metaphor and Meaning; Representing Legality in Film and Mass Media; Anarchy, Liberty and Law; What is Excellence in Interpretation?; Ethics, Religion, and Law; Moral Obligation and Legal Life; The Post-Colonial in Literary and Legal Study; Processes and Possibilities in Interdisciplinary Law Teaching.

We urge those interested in attending to consider submitting complete panels, and we hope to encourage a variety of formats-roundtables, sessions at which everyone reads the papers in advance, sessions in which commentators respond to a single paper. We invite proposals for session in which the focus is on pedagogy or methodology, for author-meets-readers sessions organized around important books in the field, or for sessions in which participants focus on performance (theatrical, filmic, musical, poetic).


Kate Sutherland

Call for Papers: Gardens of Justice

My colleague Ruth Buchanan directed me to a most interesting call for papers for a critical legal conference to be held in Stockholm in September 2012 on the theme of “Gardens of Justice.” A description and details appear below:

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Marianne Constable (Berkeley)
Angus McDonald (Staffordshire)
Panu Minkkinen (Helsinki)
Sundhya Pahuja (Melbourne)

The theme for next year’s Critical Legal Conference is “Gardens of Justice”. Although the theme may be interpreted in different ways, it suggests thinking about law and justice as a physical as well as a social environment, created for specific purposes, at a certain distance from society and yet as an integral part of it. The theme also invites you to think about justice as a concrete metaphor rather than an abstract concept. Just like any ordinary garden, legal institutions affect both people working in them and people who are just passing through their arrangements.

The theme “Gardens of Justice” further suggests a plurality of justice gardens that function together or that are at times at odds with each other. There are for instance well ordered French gardens, with meticulously trimmed plants and straight angles, but that also plays tricks on your perception. There are English gardens that simultaneously look natural – un-written – and well kept, inviting you to take a slow stroll or perhaps sit down and read a book. There are closed gardens, surrounded by fences, and with limited access for ordinary people. There are gardens organized around ruins, let’s call them Roman gardens, where you can get a sense of the historical past, but without feeling threatened by its strangeness. There are Japanese stone gardens made for meditation rather than movement. There are zoological gardens, where you can study all those animal species that do not have a proper sense of justice, no social contracts, no inequality and social injustice, and no legal systems. There is, indeed, the Jungle, a real or imaginary place outside the Gardens of Law.

The conference “Gardens of Justice” invites you to look at law and justice from a different and critical perspective:
– as a physical and spatializing structure;
– as a place where symbolic orders and disorders become visible and may be acted out;
– as therapy session;
– as social topography and/or geography;
– as gendered and gendering;
– as pluralistic and (un)fair;
– as political cartography on a global scale;
– as process and phantasy;
– as theatre and/or temple of justice;
– as social utopia and social dystopia;
– as nomos and/or physis.

We encourage you to make your own interpretations of the theme of “Gardens of Justice”. We invite individual papers and proposals for streams, roundtables and workshops. Proposals should consist of a short abstract (max 250 words). Deadline for proposal of streams, roundtables and workshops is 31 March 2012; and for individual papers 31 May 2012.

The conference venue is Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) in Stockholm. The conference is organised by Skolan för datavetenskap och kommunikation, KTH; Juridiska institutionen, Lunds universitet; and Juridiska institutionen, Göteborgs universitet.

Organising committee: Matilda Arvidsson, Leila Brännström, Merima Bruncevic, and Leif Dahlberg.

Contact: dahlberg(at)csc.kth.se

Very literal of me, I know, but how could I resist posting beauteous pictures of actual gardens as an accompaniment to the foregoing? Above is an Italian garden amidst Roman ruins, and below are the gardens of Versailles, and a Japanese garden in Osaka, all public domain images borrowed from Wikimedia Commons.