Monday, August 22, 2016

Call for Proposals: Law and Society Association 2017 Annual Meeting

The Law and Society Association has issued a Call for Proposals for its 2017 annual meeting (June 20-23 in Mexico City):
Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World

Our International meeting in 2017, jointly sponsored by the Law and Society Association, the Research Committee on the Sociology of Law, and with the participation of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the Japanese Association of the Sociology of Law, and the Canadian Law and Society Association, and other groups, will take place in a great metropolis, Mexico City. This is our first meeting ever in Latin America, home of a rapidly growing, and impressive, law and society community. Mexico City itself has had a turbulent history. It was the capital of an empire, then of a colony, and then of an independent republic. Its legal system has changed dramatically with each turn of the wheel. It has a unique and rich tradition; a vibrant culture; but it also has faced issues of race, gender, and class; issues of human rights; issues of economic growth that are far more universal.

Walls and bridges: exclusion and inclusion. Everybody recognizes these two contradictory themes; they have a big role today in national politics, and national law; in international politics, and international law. A famous old statement had it that all politics is local; but today, all politics is, in some sense, global. If country A wants to close its borders, and close back in on itself, it is because it is reacting to turmoil outside its boundaries. Today, no wall can ever be high enough to shut out the forces that are shaping life in the 21st century, for better or for worse.

We think our field can help us understand that world, what makes it tick, where it has been, and where it is going. Our theme focusses on walls, borders, and bridges. But of course, we welcome all studies of law and society; empirical studies, no matter how small, no matter how local, can be tiles that fit into a larger mosaic; and many of these studies will be relevant to our theme, even when this relevance is a bit hard to see.. . . .
The Law and Society Association's Law & History CRN sends the following additional message:
The Law & History CRN (CRN 44) offers to help organize legal history panels for the annual meeting. If you have a paper you'd like to present, send your abstracts to us (email addresses below) by Oct. 10, which should give us enough time to organize papers into panels by the deadline.  

And if you are putting together a panel yourself, and would like us to sponsor it, please let us know, and feel free to note it as such in the LSA submission process.
We look forward to hearing from you; please let us know if you have any questions.

Sincerely, 

Joanna Grisinger
Associate Professor of Instruction
Center for Legal Studies, Northwestern University

Kimberly Welch
Assistant Professor  
Department of History, Vanderbilt University  

Logan Sawyer
Associate Professor
University of Georgia Law School

Kathryn Schumaker
Assistant Professor
Department of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma

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