LSA 2016: Law and Ethnography CRN Call for Proposals

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AT THE DELTA: Belonging, Place and Visions of Law and Social Change

June 2 – 5, 2016

Law and Society Association 2016 Annual Meeting

New Orleans Marriott

NOTE: THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 25, 2015.

We just wanted to remind you that the deadline for 2016 LSA annual meeting submissions is October 15. If you already have a complete panel and would like to have it listed as a CRN-sponsored panel, please be sure to register your panel under CRN #3. Please also let us know about your panel so we can advertise it to our members before the meeting!

If you have an idea for a panel, a partial panel, or a paper that you would like help placing on a panel, please email the three of us, and we’ll do our best to assist you in recruiting panelists or placing a paper on a complete panel, salon session, or roundtable. We also encourage you to reach out to other members of the CRN directly, and you can do so by sending an email to our Electronic List Manager, Anna Offit (aoffit@princeton.edu).

In either case, please send the following information: (1) your paper abstract or general outline of your paper, (2) the type of panel you hope to join or to organize, and (3) a panel abstract or outline, if applicable.  Please send this information no later than October 1.  That should give everyone sufficient time to organize before the submission deadline – but, of course, the earlier you get in touch, the easier it will be for us to help connect folks!

LSA Announcement: New this year! Submit a 1000 word summary instead of a short abstract. We wanted to alert you to a change to the paper proposal process that the Program Committee is implementing. For reasons explained in the link below, we will require those proposing papers, either submitted under the rubric of a Collaborative Research Network (CRN) or as a stand-alone submission, to provide a 1,000 word summary of their proposed paper rather than the often minimal abstract that has been asked for in the past. Those proposing to organize a roundtable will be asked to provide a 500 word summary of the topic and the contributions they expect the proposed participants to make. Get more information.

Conference theme: 

An abiding theme in law and society scholarship is the relationship between law and social change.  Change can arise from many factors including the movement of people with their own traditions and beliefs, and their interaction with the forces of nature that affect the environments in which we live.

The site of the 2016 meeting, New Orleans, embodies as a place the experiences and processes of constant change that lie at the heart of law and society.  Legally, socially, politically and geographically, the city has been a site of constant change, from flowing water and shifting silt as well as from political mobilization over equality, inclusion and exclusion, the blending of different legal traditions, and the boundaries of legal responsibility. In the 19th century, Plessy v. Ferguson and other key cases that provided the legal framework for segregation originated in New Orleans. Today, in the aftermath of both Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, the city is a symbol of contested rebirth in which the diversity of its culture is confronted by forces of economic rationalization and state regulation, forces it faces not only with its legacies of discrimination but also with pride in its unique traditions and powers of assimilation and innovation.

What visions of law and social change can we appreciate, imagine, and/or sustain, in the face of such constant change? The 2016 Law and Society Meeting will initiate our consideration of these themes of place and change through four plenary sessions that will focus on: (1) Jim Crow, New and Old — race and the constitution of society; (2) Who Belongs, Who Doesn’t – law, citizenship and political economy in the 21st century; (3) Histories of Empire and Legal Pluralism – mixed legal systems around the globe; and, (4) Natural and Unnatural Disasters – human crises and law’s response.

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About Jennifer Curtis

Jennifer Curtis is an Honorary Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh: http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/social_anthropology/curtis_jennifer.

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