Law On the Edge

Call for Proposals

Downtown Vancouver, BC

Law on the Edge is jointly presented by the Canadian Law and Society Association and the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand and will be hosted on-campus at the beautiful University of British Columbia in Vancouver from 1 - 4 July 2013. Proposals for conference sessions (detailed below) must be e-mailed to by 31 December 2012.

The concept of living on the edge is not simply geo-political. While it is a politics of the edge, perpetually responding to and writing back at the centre, it is also a recognition that law itself constitutes boundaries and edges, creating sameness, difference, Others and allies. The conference planning emphasizes the following themes:

- Law in times of crisis, tragedy & uncertainty;
- Indigeneity, pluralism & difference;
- Law on the geopolitical edge;
- Connections, departures, mobilities; and
- New legal spaces on the edge.

The conference organisers have planned a mix of programming to allow participants an immersive experience with:

- considerable exposure to the best and most innovative law and society scholarship;

- a sense of the local context and relevance of law and society in situ; and

- a sustained opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with participants who have shared interests and who diverge disciplinarily, conceptually, and methodologically.

We encourage sociolegal and interdisciplinary contributions that explore law on the edge in a variety of spatio-temporal contexts, as well as other law and society scholarship. The conference program has been carefully designed to maximize opportunities for dialogue. The conference planning committee invites a variety of proposals including, but extending well beyond, traditional papers.

1. Paper and panel proposals

2. Graduate student workshop

3. Research workshops

4. Field trips

5. Chairing panels

All proposals must be e-mailed to by 31 December 2012. We will acknowledge receipt.


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