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CFP: Osgoode Hall Graduate Student Conference 2016 – “Choose Your Own Adventure”

Calling all grad students out of your carrels….the academic and social event of the year is here!

Osgoode’s annual Graduate Student Conference will take place on February 18-19th, 2016, at Osgoode Hall, York University (Keele) campus.

The conference this year takes on the broad theme of  “Exploring Law and Change through Interdisciplinary Research, New Legal Realism and Other Perspectives – Choose Your Own Adventure”.This is a fantastic opportunity for graduate students and others to share and sharpen scholarship, develop professional skills, and engage with scholars, lawyers, artists and activists from across the world.  An exciting new development this year is the addition of workshops specifically dedicated to honing research, writing and job skills. There are also some great social events in the works. 

The deadline for proposals (250 word abstract) is December 4, 2015. We would love to see a hearty helping of burgeoning feminist scholarship in the mix! Please note that you do not need to submit a paper in order to participate in the conference. See the full text of the call below for details.

Exploring Law and Change through Interdisciplinary Research, New Legal Realism and Other Perspectives

Choose Your Own Adventure

The theme for the 2016 Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Student Conference is “Exploring Law and Change through Interdisciplinary Research, New Legal Realism and Other Perspectives – Choose Your Own Adventure”. Where law engages with social issues and interactions, many legal scholars have begun to apply knowledge from outside the disciplinary boundaries of law. From this interdisciplinary perspective, our conference will consider the myriad ways in which law facilitates, obstructs, and reacts to change. We also welcome general submissions from those whose work falls outside this theme.

Past Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Student Conferences have featured PhD and LLM students from all over the world, featuring scholars from every continent. Over the years, several hundreds of early-career scholars have shared their work, built strong networks, and engaged with new perspectives at our event. This year, in addition to our panels, the conference will host a series of workshops dedicated to helping attendees hone not only their research and writing, but also other job skills like community engagement, the use of interdisciplinary methods, and so forth. We are dedicated to growing and improving this annual event—one of the premiere graduate law student conferences in Canada.

The conference will be held at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, where we look forward to welcoming fellow graduate students and junior scholars, as well as members of the legal and social justice communities from February 18th to 19th, 2016.

Why should you apply? Conference presentations are one of the most important parts of your academic CV, and graduate student conferences offer an unparalleled environment within which to debate and share your viewpoint, and convince the academic community about the great value of your research. At this conference, you will be provided with fresh perspectives on your own research, and afforded the opportunity to engage with your peers in helping them to sharpen their work as well. Beyond the clear academic benefits and importance to your job prospects, the Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Student Conference is a place to meet colleagues from across Canada, and become a part of a global network established by the largest graduate law student body in the country. And, if that’s not enough for you, the social events will be one of the highlights of the our year.

We invite proposals for papers, presentations, panels, workshops and other interventions (including art-based and performance contributions) from Master’s and Doctoral students, lawyers, educators, artists, and activists. Submissions may also be works in progress or finalized pieces, intended for or drawn from, thesis or dissertation proposals or chapters, major research papers, course papers, post-doctoral projects, and so on. To apply, please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words in length and include (i) your name, (ii) title of the paper, (iii) your organization or institution (if any), and (iv) a list of up to five keywords to glsa@osgoode.yorku.ca. The deadline for submission is 4 December 2015 and successful applicants will be notified by early January. Information about the conference site, accommodations, and conference fees will be provided with your notice of acceptance.

If you are successful, your presentation outline (a minimum of 500 words) or final paper must be submitted by 10 February 2016.

We are looking forward to a great conference this year, with several social events, excellent panels, workshops from senior scholars, and more. Mark your calendar and we will see you there!

Very much looking forward to this!