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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference

ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF LAW, CULTURE, AND THE HUMANITIES Ninth Annual Conference March 17-18, 2006 Syracuse University, N.Y. Sponsored by: The Syracuse University College of Law; The Sawyer Law and Politics Program at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and The Syracuse University College of Arts & Sciences. 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. 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 presentations. We urge those interested in attending to consider submitting complete panels, and we hope to encourage a variety of formats-for example, roundtables or sessions in which commentators respond to a single paper or issue. 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).

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. We will be accepting papers, panel proposals and volunteers for chairs and discussants from July 1st 2005 until October 15th 2005. All submissions must be made through the ASLCH website (  Participants will be notified of their acceptance by December 31st 2005. We cannot promise that we will be able to accommodate all proposals.

ASLCH Organizing Committee: Susan Sage Heinzelman, English/Women and Gender Studies, University of Texas; (President); Paul Schiff Berman, Law, University of Connecticut (Secretary); Naomi Mezey, Law, Georgetown University (Treasurer); Anita Allen-Castelitto, Law, University of Pennsylvania; Jennifer Culbert, Political Science, Johns Hopkins University; Nan Goodman, English, Colorado (Boulder); Nasser Hussain, Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College; Pnina Lahav, Law, Boston University; James Martel, Political Science, San Francisco State; Harriet Murav, Russian, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana; Austin Sarat, Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College (Editor, Law, Culture and Humanities); Adam Thurschwell, Law, Cleveland State; James Boyd White, Law and English, University of Michigan.  [bm]

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