CFP: [General] 2008 Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference

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Keith Bybee
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Call for Participation : 11th Annual 2008 ASLCH Conference

(March 28-29th, 2008, hosted by San Francisco State University and the University of California
at Berkeley)

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 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 place
in culture.

We will be accepting papers, panel proposals and volunteers for chairs and discussants from July
1st 2007 until October 15th 2007.
PLEASE NOTE: To submit proposals, as well as to obtain information on conference
accommodations, please visit the "ASLCH Annual Conference Information" page on the ASLCH
webpage at

The theme for the 11th annual meeting will be Imagining Justice and Injustice. Justice, or some
imagining of justice, is always present to, but never fully realized in, law. It is, in one sense,
constitutive of the legal imagination, if not our imagining of law. Injustice, or the spectre of
injustice, is the dangerous underside of law and moves interdisciplinary legal scholars to critique.
In choosing Imagining Justice and Injustice as the theme for this meeting we want to encourage
exploration of these two contestable propositions. We want to encourage scholars from across
the full range of disciplines in law, culture, and the humanities to think through the complex
relations of law, justice, and imagination.

In addition to papers and panels exploring this theme we welcome submissions on any law,
culture, and humanities subject. Examples of the panels offered at previous meetings include:

History, Memory and Law; Reading Race; 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 invite scholars with interests across the range of areas in Law, Culture and the Humanities to
organize panels, performance pieces, screenings, or to submit proposals for individual paper

We URGE those interested in attending to consider submitting complete panels, and we hope to
encourage a variety of formats such as roundtables, sessions in which commentators respond to
a single paper or issue or sessions in which the chair presents the papers and their authors
respond. We invite proposals for sessions 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).

Ideally, traditional panels should include NO MORE THAN 3 papers. All panel proposals should
indicate the name of the chair. In some cases having a separate discussant may be desirable. All
panels should be planned in such a way that 30 minutes of the one hour and 45 minutes
generally allotted for sessions is reserved for discussion/comments by the audience.

We also welcome volunteers for chairs and discussants from people who are not submitting
proposals, as well as from those who wish to present a paper. If you would like to serve as a
chair and/or discussant, please indicate the areas or subjects of your interest/expertise.

Participants will be notified of their acceptance by December 31st 2007. We cannot promise that
we will be able to accommodate all proposals.

2007-2008 Program Committee
Laura Dickinson, Law, University of Connecticut
Reginald Oh, Law, Cleveland Marshall College of Law
Ravit Reichman, English, Brown University
Austin Sarat, Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and Political Science, Amherst College
(Program Committee Chair)

Austin Sarat

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