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CFP: Conference on Law, Governance, and Time @ U of Kent (Sept 2016)

 NB: abstracts due in February 2016.

The ‘New’ Legal Temporalities?
Discipline and Resistance across Domains of Time
8-10 September, 2016 University of Kent, UK

Keynote: Carol Greenhouse (Anthropology, Princeton)

Plenary speakers: • Michelle Bastian (Philosophy, Edinburgh) • Sarah Keenan (Law, Birkbeck) • Dipika Jain (Law, Jindal Global Law School) • Justin Richland (Anthropology, Chicago)

Writer in residence: Annabel Lyon (prize-winning author of historical novels The Sweet Girl and The Golden Mean)

Law and governance are intimately entangled with time. This international conference will explore time’s fraught relationship with law, governance and ordering: the use of time in projects of discipline, the significance of time to resistance, the creation of new temporal horizons and experiences through technological innovation, as well as other themes.

The AHRC Regulating Time network invites conference papers, presentations, or art-based engagements focusing on the relationship between law, governance and time, broadly understood. We particularly encourage the participation of scholars working in disciplines other than law and governance, and legal scholars working with interdisciplinary methods or perspectives. We welcome papers on a range of topics engaging broadly with any of the following:

• What can analysing time and temporalities add to our understanding of law, regulation and governance?

• How can we understand the relationship between law, governance and time? What concepts of time help us to trace law’s temporal effects, for example? What is specific or distinct about legal approaches within interdisciplinary studies of time?

• What role and effects does time have in projects of discipline and control, on the one hand, or in resistance and protest, on the other?

In particular, in the context of what some view as an upturn in research on law and time, we invite participants to be critical about what is ‘new’ about critical legal studies of time in the present moment (acknowledging, for instance, the insights of the legal history movement and longstanding postcolonial critiques of ‘universal time’). The conference title, while registering such ‘newness’, also therefore signals our hope to subvert it.

In particular, in the context of what some view as an upturn in research on law and time, we invite participants to be critical about what is ‘new’ about critical legal studies of time in the present moment (acknowledging, for instance, the insights of the legal history movement and longstanding postcolonial critiques of ‘universal time’). The conference title, while registering such ‘newness’, also therefore signals our hope to subvert it.

We welcome individual abstracts, panel and stream proposals. Unless you specify otherwise, we will assign abstracts to panels on the basis of shared themes or topics. Papers are invited also for the following streams and panels which are being organized by members of the Regulating Time network (further details below):

• Radical Temporality: Law, Order and Resistance
• Technologies and Time: Forms of Governance
• Gendered Bodies and the Corporeality of Time
• Temporalities, Law and Security
• Temporalities of Labour: Time, Technology, History and Politics
• The Right to One’s Own Time: Law in the Making

Submitting an Abstract, Stream or Panel Proposal

Deadline for stream and panel proposals: 15 February 2016

Deadline for individual abstracts (300 words or less): 29 February 2016

Stream and panel proposals should contain: title of stream or panel; 150 word (max) summary of themes; list of confirmed participants; paper titles and abstracts all as one package.

Please submit abstracts, stream and panel proposals to the email address below, specifying whether you are submitting to the open call or to one of the prespecified streams. If you are submitting to one of the pre-specified streams then please cc the relevant stream organizer/s, otherwise your paper will not be considered for that stream.

Email address for abstracts and stream/panel proposals: regulatingtime@kent.ac.uk

*Please let us know by email to regulatingtime@kent.ac.uk by 15 February 2016 if you have any of the following requirements:
• Disability-related needs with respect to conference attendance generally
• A visa letter
• Any other specific requirements to facilitate attendance.

Organized Streams and Panels
Radical Temporality: Law, Order & Resistance. Stream. We welcome papers that investigate practices of resistance (actions, groups and movements) in society that challenge the existing order in a more or less fundamental way or to seek to create a completely new order. A central question is: under what conditions is resistance successful, meaningful and legitimate? Key words: time, critique, social theory. Convenors: Lyana Francot-Timmermans (l.m.a.francot@vu.nl) and Bart van Klink (b.van.klink@vu.nl), University of Amsterdam. • Technologies and Time: Forms of Governance. Stream. This stream will examine how demands for efficient institutional practises has increased the use of technologies and what that means for the way that legal issues are constructed and processed. The stream will also consider the effects of those issues on people who come into contact with the law. Key words: regulation, institutions, efficiency, technology. Convenor: Lucy Welsh (l.welsh@kent.ac.uk), University of Kent. • Gendered Bodies and the Corporeality of Time. Stream. This stream is focused on the how time interacts, delineates, and impacts on the body. Specifically, it seeks to explore issues around the embodiment of time and corporeal experiences of time and temporality, including issues around bio-technology and gendered bodies. Key words: gender, corporeal, embodiment, bio-politics. Convenor: Starla Hargita (chargita@alum.wellesley.edu), UTS Sydney/University of Kent. • Temporalities, Law and Security. Stream. This interdisciplinary stream invites contributors to analyse the relations between law and security through a temporal lens and is oriented around the following type of question: What does it mean to rethink the legal conflicts and problems provoked by different security practices – such as targeted killings, cybersecurity, communications surveillance, global health security, financial warfare, resilience, counter-radicalisation, critical infrastructure protection and other counter-terrorism measures – in temporal terms? Key words: security, temporality, regulation, jurisdiction, resilience, accountability. Convenors: Geoff Gordon (g.m.gordon@vu.nl), University of Amsterdam and Gavin Sullivan (g.sullivan@kent.ac.uk), University of Kent. • Temporalities of Labour: Time, Technology, History and Politics. Stream. In what ways do projects of law and governance conceptualise, shape, and understand labour time? What can we study when we analyse labour regulation – what is the significance, for example, of ‘old’ and ‘new’ technologies, bureaucratic processes, or of histories of colonial labour regulation? Key words: labour, technologies, bureaucracies, legal technicalities, colonial labour regulation. Convenor: Emily Grabham (e.grabham@kent.ac.uk), University of Kent.
The Right to One’s Own Time: Law in the Making. Panel. This panel will feature theoretically-engaged papers on rights to time as an immaterial good and on the objective-legal and subjective-legal implication of rights. I am also interested in legal-empirical papers on courts’ or legislative decisions with reference to time (eg train and flight delays, temporal implications of the due process of law, due access to medical treatment, etc. and their treatment by ECJ, ECHR etc.). Key words/phrases: Time as a scarce good; time as an emerging legal value; time as resource for quality of everyday-life; rights in their objective-legal and their subjective-legal dimension. Convenor: Ulrich Mückenberger (mueckenb@uni-bremen.de), University of Bremen.

Registration and Conference Bursaries

Registration fees for the conference will be as follows:
• £175 for institutionally supported participants
• £50 for non-institutionally supported participants, postgraduate students, artists and writers.

Details of how to register and a list of reasonably priced local accommodation will be available soon on our website.

Two bursaries will be available. These bursaries will be allocated to participants from any country:
1. Postgraduate participants who do not already have institutional support to attend the conference; and/or
2. Other scholars, artists or writers without institutional support.

In order to apply, please send the following to regulatingtime@kent.ac.uk by 15 February 2016 FAO Emily Grabham:
• One page (max) curriculum vitae including details of current employment status and postgraduate studies or other work • Abstract (see above)
• Maximum 500 word statement as to why this support would be of benefit
• One reference from, for example, a PhD supervisor
• Statement of transport and/or accommodation expenses.

For further information about the Regulating Time network, please see our blog, follow us on twitter (@regulatingtime) or join our JISC email list.

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!


Two Postdoctoral Research Positions @ Kent Law School

Attention early career scholars! Here is an exciting opportunity from Kent Law School:  2 X 2 year postdoctoral posts for independent interdisciplinary research.

The deadline for applications is November 22. 

From the job posting:

Are you an early career scholar, carrying out ground-breaking interdisciplinary research in law?Kent Law School are offering a unique opportunity for 2 Postdoctoral Researchers to join their school. These posts are open to applicants in all social sciences and humanities disciplines, whose research is relevant to work carried out at Kent Law School.
You will conduct independent, ground-breaking interdisciplinary research; publish high-quality publications in your domain of expertise; apply for external funding and participate in the academic and community life of the Law School. You will also receive support from an experienced mentor.These positions are offered on a full time basis for a fixed term period of 2 years.
To be a Postdoctoral Researcher you will need to:

  • Develop and conduct high quality independent interdisciplinary research
  • Apply for external grant funding
  • Extend, transform and apply interdisciplinary knowledge acquired from research, through activities including public engagement, internationalisation, and internal and external collaboration.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Track record of excellent, independent interdisciplinary research
  • An excellent record of publications commensurate with career
  • A well-defined and original research and personal development plan

Kent Law School

Law degrees have been taught at Kent since 1967, and over the years the Law School (KLS) has established a reputation for critical innovation in legal education and research. While our modules and programmes are fully engaged with doctrinal analysis, much of our teaching and research also seeks to address the social, historical, economic and political contexts within which law operates.

KLS has seen significant expansion in recent years. There are now around 1600 students studying on law programmes, including about 220 on 10 different LLM programmes, and up to 50 postgraduate research students. There are currently 55+ academics, including 15 professors. There are also 25 support staff within the School, as well as a Law Librarian and additional library staff devoted to law.

Further Information

Start date for applications: 23 October 2015

Closing date for applications: 22 November 2015

Interviews are to be held: 9 December 2015

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact Caren Ward on c.s.ward@kent.ac.uk.

Please note – applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a summary document. Your summary should provide clear evidence and examples demonstrating where you meet the essential criteria for the post. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

In addition, please also submit a substantive piece of writing, indicative of your research. This should normally be a journal article or book chapter, but may also be a chapter from your PhD.

See here for the original posting with links to the full job description.

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From Bleeding Hearts to…. (at York March 19 & 20 with Kamala Kempadoo and others)

Given this earlier post on recent legislative proposals, this conference organized around student work and the launch of this book seems very well timed!

From Bleeding Hearts to Critical Thinking: Exploring the Issue of Human Trafficking

March 19, 2012  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Vari Hall Rotunda
March 20, 2012  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. FSCR (Founders 305)

Stories about human trafficking, particularly ‘sex trafficking’ abound in the media. Yet what do we make of such stories and what can we do to address the issue?

This year two courses in Development Studies and Women’s Studies   – SOSC3455 “Global Human Trafficking” and WMS6211/DVST5124 “The Global Sex Trade” – taught by Professor Kamala Kempadoo of the Department of Social Science, gave undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to study such questions in depth. Some of the results of the student study and research will be presented at a conference at York University on March 19-20, 2012.

The aim of the conference is to animate critical thinking amongst the wider York U. community about human trafficking narratives and to exchange ideas about strategies for change. The conference underlines the importance of theorizing everyday social problems in order to effectively tackle such issues both politically and academically, while emphasizing the need for informed research on migration and forced labour practices.

During the conference the work of students in the two courses will be showcased as examples of how one can engage with the issue of trafficking in meaningful and critical ways. A main focus is the analysis of media representations of human trafficking, including examinations of how race, nationality, sexuality and gender are taken up in films, TV documentaries and video clips.  To publicize and kick-off the one-day conference, some of the undergraduate student research will be staged or presented in Vari Hall on Monday March 19. On Tuesday March 20, undergraduate presentations will continue, followed by paper presentations by graduate students. To complement the student analyses, internationally renowned sex worker rights’ activist and filmmaker Carol Leigh will present several of her short documentaries that explore the perceived nexus between sex work and trafficking. The conference will wrap up with the launch of the second edition of the book edited by Professor Kempadoo, Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work and Human Rights, which includes a new overview of studies on human trafficking and a reflection by policy-makers, researchers and activists on what has been accomplished since the first edition of the book. The event is being co-organized with the Centre for Feminist Research.