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Call for Papers: CLSA Annual Meeting 2015

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Canadian Law and Society Association/Association canadienne droit et société

Congress/ Congrès 2015

Call for Proposals

University of Ottawa, Ontario

June 3-5, 2015


The Canadian Law and Society Association welcomes proposals for our annual meeting to be held at Congress 2015 in Ottawa. In keeping with this year’s thematic focus on “Capital ideas” we invite proposals for papers, panels and other presentations that engage broadly with the concept of “capital” and its intersections with law and society.


This broad theme includes but is not limited to the following areas of inquiry:

·           capital markets: governance and regulation of/by; economic austerity; colonialism and the development of new Empires; risk and the encroachment of capitalist logics in seemingly non-economic legal relations; prison industrial complex

·           emotional capital: emotional labour and law; emotional equity; role of emotion in law; victimology

·           property as an organizing principle in law: Indigenous land claims; bodies and desires; commodification

·           moral capital: moral entrepreneurship; abolitionism (slavery, sex work); as a mode of governance

·           cultural capital: cultural and social reproduction; cultural knowledge and power; information technology and hegemony; objectification and embodiment

·           human capital: labour rights; transnational mobility; exploitation; knowledge production and economies

·           capital punishment: racial, gender and social bias; “humane” executions; wrongful convictions; cruel and unusual punishment


Proposals by may include but are not limited to:

-          Individual papers

-          Complete panels

-          Roundtables

-          Research workshops

-          Author meets readers sessions


All submissions must include: (1) a proposal of between 150-200 words for individual papers, (2) 2-4 keywords (3) a maximum 50-75 word bio that highlights institutional or community affiliation, research interests, current projects and/or publications. Proposals from graduate students are strongly encouraged.

If you are a graduate student who would like more information on the Graduate Student Workshop (date to be determined) please contact

For panel and roundtable proposals please include a 150-word description addressing the objectives of the entire panel and a 150-word abstract for each presenter/participant as well as each participant's 50-75 word bio.


Please e-mail submissions and contact details to Lara Karaian at  by December 5, 2014.  


We also invite expressions of interest for chairing panels.