The Assoc. for the study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities issues a call for papers for its 23rd Annual Conference on March 7-8, 2020 in North Haven, CT. Deadline for proposals is Nov. 1, 2019.
As always, we welcome well-constructed proposals on any topic related to law and legal studies. In addition, our theme this year is: Projections: Imagining Legal Futurity. We now seemingly inhabit a moment of multiple thresholds and must engage a future that urgently demands our attention. Climate change, challenges to democratic governance, new modes of communication, mass migration, quickening temporalities, the very boundaries of the human – all of these and more constitute a new and shifting landscape of materiality, epistemology, and social relations. How do and should we imagine the place of law in such a future?
We invite proposals taking up that question from a variety of humanities-oriented perspectives. Among many other questions, one might ask: As we increasingly negotiate digitally-connected webs of relations, what relevance does the concept of rights retain? How is authority articulated and disarticulated in a lightning-paced, image-saturated world? In what ways do historical modes of thinking remain relevant to future-oriented legal argument and legitimation? How might the power and reach of law be reconfigured by seemingly unprecedented challenges to human flourishing such as climate change and artificial intelligence? How do speculative fiction and imaginative culture, post-apocalyptic or otherwise, renew and/or create new principles, standards, prescriptions, and prohibitions that regulate our everyday practices? Does the future we imagine call for new ways to think about law itself?