Thursday, January 4, 2018


[And, while we're at it, why don't we post the call for papers for the Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society's next meeting.]

Exclusion, Confinement, Dispossession: Uneven Citizenship and Spaces of Sovereignty.  University of Wollongong, 10-12 December 2018

In 2018 the conference will be held adjacent to the Conference of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ), which will run from 12-15 December, also in Wollongong. Our conferences will feature a joint keynote address from Professor Renisa Mawani, University of British Columbia, with further keynotes and plenary speakers TBA.

In the context of the humanitarian crisis on Manus Island, recent developments around marriage equality, Brexit, renewed US immigration restrictions, and the assertion of Indigenous sovereignty embodied in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, we invite submissions that reflect on the variety of ways that legal regimes have historically produced exclusion, confinement and dispossession. We particularly encourage papers that explore citizenship and sovereignty – and the changing legal contexts that have shaped these concepts over time.

Paper proposals might consider the following themes: indigenous sovereignty and treaties; marriage, intimacy and intimate lives; citizenship and the production of difference; biopolitics; Slavery and Trafficking; Borders/Border crossings/Colonial (im)mobilities; and imprisonment/confinement/carceral spaces

We are calling for proposals of both individual papers (20mins) and panels of either 3 or 4 speakers. Individual paper proposal should include an abstract of not more than 300 words and a 100-word biographical statement for each speaker. For panels, please also include a title and brief rationale for panels as a whole. Please send proposals to by 20 July 2018.

Conference Convenors:  Jane Carey, Julia Martinez and Sharon Crozier-de Rosa.  Hosted by the Colonial and Settler Studies Centre, University of Wollongong