CFP: LSA 2014 Minneapolis: Law & Inequality (Feminist Legal Theory CRN)

vintage look poster for minneapolis, minnesotaIt is already (?!) time to get ready for next years mammoth (american) Law and Society meeting – 2014 is in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Prince’s hometown! One of the most literate cities in the United States. More theatre seats per capita than any US city other than New York.  Some pretty amazing bookstores (this one, this one owned by Louise Erdich).  There are lakes in the city.  With food that looks amazing.  Not that you needed a reason, just some things the internet coughed up about Minneapolis.

The theme is Law & Inequalties – see below for the general call.  The feminist legal theory CRN (collaborative research network – see this post from 2012 “What’s a CRN?“) is one way to make LSA more human sized.  The FLT CRN will organize a series of linked panels – information about that below – thanks to Columbia JSD candidate Sarah Swan for sending it along.


May 29 – June 1, 2014
Minneapolis Hilton Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Law and Inequalities: Global and Local

Recent decades have seen the persistence and growth of powerful inequalities within and between groups and within and among nations. The 2014 program theme returns to a question central to the Association’s founding:  the role of law and legal institutions in sustaining, creating, interrogating, and ameliorating inequalities. The 2014 Program invites participants to explore and consider three questions:

  • How can Law and Society scholarship contribute to unearthing and understanding inequalities?
  • How can Law and Society scholarship contribute to the critical interrogation of discourses of equality and inequality and help to reveal what is at stake in these concepts?
  • What impact can we expect these scholarly contributions to have on the persistence of these inequalities and on public discourse about them?

See more on the theme

Click here for Law and Society Association website


Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network

at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

Call for Papers – September 18 Deadline

Mary Tyler Moore opening credits (because it happens in Minneapolis) Minneapolis, May 29 – June 1, 2014


Dear friends and colleagues,


We write to invite you to participate in panels sponsored by the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at the Law and Society Annual Meeting in 2014.


Information about the Law and Society meeting (including registration and hotel information) is at:


Within Law & Society, the Feminist Legal Theory CRN seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. There is no pre-set theme to which papers must conform. We would be especially happy to see proposals that fit in with the LSA conference theme, which is the role of law and legal institutions in sustaining, creating, interrogating, and ameliorating inequalities.  We welcome proposals that would permit us to collaborate with other CRNs, such as the Critical Research on Race and the Law CRN or the Gender, Sexuality and the Law CRN. Also, because the LSA meeting attracts scholars from other disciplines, we welcome multidisciplinary proposals.


Our goal is to stimulate focused discussion of papers on which scholars are currently working. Thus, while proposals may reference work that is well on the way to publication, we are particularly eager to solicit proposals for works-in-progress that are at an earlier stage and will benefit from the discussion that the panels will provide.


Our panels will use the LSA format, which requires four papers, but we will continue our custom of assigning a commentator for each individual paper. A committee of the CRN will assign individual papers to panels based on subject and will ask CRN members to volunteer to serve as chairs of each panel. The chair will develop a 100-250 word description for the session and submit the session proposal to LSA before the upcoming deadline on October 15, so that each panelist can submit his or her proposal, using the panel number assigned. Chairs will also be responsible for recruiting commentators but may wait to do so until panels have been scheduled later this winter.


If you would like to present a paper as part of a CRN panel, please submit a 400-500 word abstract, with your name and a title, on the Feminist Legal Theory CRN TWEN page (details provided below).If you would like to serve as a chair or a commentator for one of our panels, or if you are already planning a LSA session with four panelists (and papers) that you would like to see included in the Feminist Legal Theory CRN, please let Rachel Rebouche know ( In addition to these panels, we may try to use some of the other formats that the LSA provides: the “author meets readers” format, salon, or the roundtable discussion.  If you have an idea that you think would work well in one of these formats, please let us know.

TWEN is an online resource administered by Westlaw. If you have access to Westlaw but haven’t yet registered for the TWEN page, signing up is easy:


If you have Westlaw OnePass as a faculty member, follow this link:, then click on the link to the Feminist Legal Theory CRN TWEN page.


Or, sign onto Westlaw, hit the tab on the top for “TWEN,” then click “Add Course,” and choose the “Feminist Legal Theory” CRN from the drop-down list of National TWEN Courses.


Once you arrive at the Feminist Legal Theory CRN TWEN page, look to the left hand margin and click on “Law & Society 2014 – Abstracts.”  If you do not have a Westlaw password, please email Seema Mohapatra at and ask to be enrolled directly.


Please submit all proposals for paper presentations by Wednesday, September 18, 2013. This will permit us to organize panels and submit them prior to the LSA’s deadline on October 15. If we cannot accept all proposals for the CRN, we will notify you by early October so that you can submit an independent proposal to LSA.


We hope you’ll join us in Minneapolis to discuss the scholarship in which we are all engaged and connect with others doing work on feminism and gender.




LSA Planning Committee


Francine Banner

Arianne Renan Barzila

Beth Burkstrand-Reid

Jessica Clarke

Alesha Durfee

Marie Failinger

Elizabeth Kukura

Kara Loewentheil

Seema Mohapatra

Dara Purvis

Rachel Rebouche

Sarah Swan


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