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CALL FOR PAPERS-Thriving Mothers/Depriving Mothers: Mothering and Welfare (Working Title)

Tue, 2017-04-11 18:07 -- manager
Dear fellow law and society scholars, 
I am pleased to share with you a call for papers for a new edited volume on mothering and welfare in the 21st century to be published by Demeter Press (an independent feminist press committed to publishing peer-reviewed work on mothering, reproduction, sexuality and family).  Abstracts are due July 31 and selections will be confirmed in September, with final papers due in March of 2017.  We welcome scholarly articles and essays, as well as fiction, poetry and visual art, and are concerned with broad and inclusive understandings of both “mothering” and “welfare”.  For details please see the attached call.
Dr. Lorna A. Turnbull
Faculty of Law, Robson Hall
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 2N2


Élection 2017 pour la fonction de Représentant-e des étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs de l'ACDS

Thu, 2017-04-06 15:11 -- manager

Chers étudiants aux cycles supérieurs, chères étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs de l'ACDS,

Avec l’approche du colloque annuel vient également celle de l’élection pour la fonction de Représentant-e des étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs de l’ACDS. Il s’agit d’un mandat de deux ans, se chevauchant avec celui de l’autre Représentant-e. Cette élection visa à remplacer Kerri Scheer, afin de partager ce mandat avec Sabrina Tremblay-Huet pour la prochaine année. Les tâches liées à cette fonction sont principalement de représenter les intérêts des étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs au sein des activités du conseil d’administration de l’ACDS; de communiquer des informations pertinentes aux étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs (par exemple : opportunités de financement) par courriel ou médias sociaux, ou par le bulletin de nouvelles de l’ACDS; de coordonner le financement étudiant pour les colloques de l’ACDS; et d’organiser les évènements sociaux pour les étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs dans le contexte des colloques de l’ACDS. Si vous êtes intéressé-e-s à soumettre votre candidature pour cette fonction, veuillez envoyer un courriel à Sabrina à l’adresse, incluant une courte biographie et une déclaration d’intérêt, avant le 19 mai 2017. L’élection aura lieu par l’entremise d’un vote en ligne, du 22 mai au 2 juin. Veuillez noter qu’il vous faut être membre de l’ACDS pour servir à titre de Représentant-e des étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs.


Best / Au plaisir,


Sabrina Tremblay-Huet

CLSA Graduate Student Representative

Représentante des étudiant-e-s aux cycles supérieurs de l'ACDS

CLSA Graduate Student Representative 2017 Election

Thu, 2017-04-06 15:10 -- manager

Dear CLSA grad students,


As the Annual Meeting is fast approaching, so is the election for the CLSA Graduate Student Representative position. This is a two-year mandate, overlapping with the mandate of the other Graduate Student Representative. The current election will seek to replace Kerri Scheer, in order to share this mandate with Sabrina Tremblay-Huet for the upcoming year. The tasks related to this position are mainly to represent the interests of graduate students within the activities of the CLSA board; to communicate relevant information to graduate students (e.g.: funding opportunities) by email or social media, or through the CLSA newsletter; to coordinate student funding for CLSA meetings; and to organize social graduate student events in the context of the CLSA meetings. If you interested in submitting your candidacy for this position, please email Sabrina, with a short bio and statement of interest, before May 19th, 2017. The election will be held through online voting, from May 22nd to June 2nd. Please note that you must be a CLSA member to act as Graduate Student Representative.

Contemporary Challenges in Constitutional Theory-University of Liverpool

Tue, 2017-04-04 11:31 -- manager

Please find attached call for papers for an upcoming workshop, to be held by the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, on 19th-20th June 2017.

The theme of the workshop is ’Contemporary Challenges in Constitutional Theory’. We hope to provide a valuable opportunity for those researching in constitutional theory to receive feedback on their work from an assembled panel of experts, chaired by Professor Neil Walker, Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations, University of Edinburgh. We also invite submissions from those who would not necessarily identify as ‘theorists’, but feel they might benefit from feedback on a particular theoretical element of a work in progress.

The deadline for submissions is 30th April.


Mon, 2017-03-27 15:20 -- manager


University of New Brunswick Peace and Friendship Treaty Days 2017

Colloquium – October 23-24, 2017

Fredericton Campus, University of New Brunswick

2017 is the 150th anniversary of the passage of the British North America Act (now known as the Constitution Act, 1867) which united two British colonies in the Maritimes with the colony of Canada. The dominant story of Confederation begins with a meeting of colonial delegates in Charlottetown, PEI in September of 1864, originally to discuss the union of the Maritime colonies; this meeting was followed by a conference in Quebec City in October of 1864 and a meeting of colonial delegates with British officials in London in December of 1866. In the dominant story, Canadian Confederation is the 150-year-old creation of a number of white, male delegates of the colonies and white, male British government officials.

The 150th anniversary of the legal creation of the political community we know as Canada is certainly worthy of celebration, but Canadian Confederation is neither merely 150 years old nor is it solely the creation of white colonists. The roots of Confederation rest in the nourishing soil of Indigenous political traditions of confederacies, including the Wabanaki Confederacy, and were fed by the tradition of treaty-making between Indigenous nations and the British Crown. The Peace and Friendship Treaties between the British Crown and the nations of the Wabanaki Confederacy were among the earliest of these treaties. As well, despite the efforts of federal governments since Confederation to make Indigenous peoples invisible in Canada’s political community through assimilationist policies, the resilience of Indigenous peoples has meant that Indigenous political traditions continue to influence the evolution of the Canadian political community today.

On this, the 150th anniversary of the passage of the British North America Act, the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick will hold a colloquium as part of the University of New Brunswick’s 3rd annual Peace and Friendship Treaty Days. We are seeking the submission of abstracts for papers and proposals for panels to address topics related to the role of Indigenous political traditions and treaty-making, especially among the Wabanaki nations, in providing the inspiration and foundation for the creation and evolution of the Confederation of the British North American colonies from 1867 to today.

Part of the purpose of Peace and Friendship Treaty Days is to raise awareness of the Peace and Friendship Treaties among New Brunswick political and social leaders, government officials, and New Brunswick citizens generally, as part of educating all New Brunswickers about the treaties; papers and panels should therefore be aimed at this broader audience. We also intend to publish a selection of papers based on the presentations as a follow-up to the colloquium.

Abstracts should be approximately 250 words and should be sent to by June 30, 2017.  We look forward to your submissions.

Tenure-Track Position in Law and Society with a focus on the Global South

Mon, 2017-03-06 17:32 -- manager

Tenure-Track Position in Law and Society with a focus on the Global South


The Department of History and the Department of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, seek applications for a tenure-track cross-appointment in Law and Society with a focus on the Global South.  We welcome applications from scholars with research in law and society in colonial, postcolonial, international, transnational, or comparative contexts.  Research specialties may include, but are not limited to: transitional justice, empire and the law, peace and conflict studies, legal pluralism, and law in everyday social life and informal contexts.  Applicants must have a Ph.D., or be near completion of a doctoral degree, in History, Political Science, or a relevant discipline.  The successful candidate will be housed in one of the two departments and will contribute to the interdisciplinary Minor in Law and Society.


Applications must consist of a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a writing sample, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements/interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and should be addressed to the Hiring Committee. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to:


Dr. Peter Gossage
Chair, Department of History
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
LB 1001.05
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1M8


Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2017. Completed applications are due by April 7, 2017, after which assessment will immediately begin. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Gossage or to Dr. Marlene Sokolon, Chair, Department of Political


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to employment equity.

Colloque annuel principal de l’Association canadienne droit et société, 2017

Fri, 2017-03-03 19:40 -- manager

Colloque annuel de l’Association canadienne droit et société, 2017

Sheraton Maria Isabel, Mexico, Mexique

Cette conférence sera organisée conjointement avec la Law and Society Association du 20 au 23 juin 2017. Des informations sur la conférence sont disponibles sur la page Web de la LSA (

L'assemblée générale annuelle de l’Association canadienne droit et société se tiendra dans la salle Clasico de l'hôtel Sheraton Maria Isabel l'après-midi du mercredi 21 juin, à 14 h 00. Veuillez planifiez votre participation à l'assemblée si vous assistez à la conférence.

Nous avons compilé une liste – probablement presque complète – de présentations qui seront données par les membres de l'ACDS et les chercheur-e-s canadien-ne-s, dans l'espoir que cela nous aidera à nous retrouver. Le fichier Excel est joint ci-dessous.

Veuillez vérifier les changements et les annulations sur le programme en ligne de LSA, disponible ici:

L'un de nos étudiants diplômés, Patara McKeen et ses collègues Leopoldo Cruz Balbuena et Ana Laura Chávez Tinajero ont préparé un guide fabuleux (seulment en anglais) pour être un touriste à Mexico. Il est également joint ci-dessous.





Annual meeting of the Canadian Law and Society Association, 2017

Fri, 2017-03-03 19:38 -- manager

Annual meeting of the Canadian Law and Society Association, 2017

Sheraton Maria Isabel, Mexico City

This conference will be run in conjunction with the Law and Society Association from June 20-23, 2017. Information about the conference is available on the LSA webpage (

The annual general meeting of the Canadian Law and Society Association is scheduled to be held in Mexico City in the Clasico room at the Sheraton Maria Isabel hotel in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 21, at 2 pm. Please plan to attend if you will be attending the conference. 

We have compiled a list – probably mostly complete – of papers and presentations being given by CLSA members and Canadian scholars, in the hope that it will help us find one another. The Excel file is attached below.

Please do check for changes and cancellations on the LSA’s online program, available here:

One of our graduate students, Patara McKeen, and his colleagues Leopoldo Cruz Balbuena and Ana Laura Chávez Tinajero, have prepared a fabulous guide to being a tourist in Mexico City. It too is attached below. 



prix Roderick A. Macdonald 2017 du meilleur essai étudiant des cycles supérieurs

Thu, 2017-02-23 14:19 -- manager

Au nom du comité d’attribution du prix Roderick A. Macdonald 2017 du meilleur essai étudiant des cycles supérieurs, je vous invite à faire circuler l’appel à candidatures en pièce jointe auprès des étudiants des cycles supérieurs des universités canadiennes oeuvrant sur le thème des rapports entre droit et société. L'Association canadienne droit et société / Canadian Law and Society Association (ACDS/CLSA) attribue chaque année ce prix au meilleur texte rédigé par un(e) étudiant(e) des cycles supérieurs inscrit(e) dans une université canadienne et menant des recherches sur les rapports entre droit et société. Les soumissions seront acceptées au plus tard à 17h (HNE) le 1er mai 2017. Le prix sera attribué lors de la rencontre annuelle de l'ACDS/CLSA, rencontre qui aura lieu dans le cadre de l'International Meeting on Law and Society à Mexico, en juin 2017. L’appel à candidatures spécifie les conditions d’éligibilité ainsi que la marche à suivre. 


Nos étudiant(e)s des cycles supérieurs réalisent fréquemment des textes de grande qualité sur les rapports entre droit et société, cela de points de vue disciplinaires variés; nous attendons donc leurs textes avec impatience!



Kerri Scheer - candidate au doctorat
Department of Sociology, University of Toronto
Présidente du comité, prix Roderick A. Macdonald 2017 du meilleur essai étudiant des cycles supérieurs


2017 Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize

Thu, 2017-02-23 14:18 -- manager

Greetings Colleagues:


On behalf of the 2017 Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize committee, I would invite you to circulate the attached call for submissions to graduate students working in the area of law and society at Canadian Universities. The Association Canadienne Droit et Société/Canadian Law and Society Association (ACDS/CLSA) awards this prize annually for the best paper written by a graduate student at a Canadian University on a topic concerning law and society. Submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m. EST on May, 1st, 2017, and the winner will be announced during the ACDS/CLSA Annual Meeting as part of the International Meeting on Law and Society in Mexico City in June, 2017.Please see the attached Call for Submissions for details concerning the editorial guidelines and submission process.


We know that our graduate student colleagues at Canadian Universities are routinely producing compelling work in the law and society area, across a diversity of disciplines, and we look forward to their submissions!



Kerri Scheer - PhD Candidate

Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

Chair of the 2017 Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize