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Dear members and mailing list subscribers,

We are trialing a new mailing list, and would like to formalise our announcements into a newsletter. Please send us material that you would like to be circulated. The areas are broadly: 'upcoming events', 'new publications' and 'employment and other opportunities' - but we would welcome material of interest to sociolegal scholars that may need a new category.  In the meantime, I've taken the opportunity to remind you that the call for papers for our Annual Conference will shortly close (please see below).

It is now possible for anyone to subscribe to our mailing list, by following this link. You can also update your details by following the link below. 

We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

kind regards,
Mary Spiers Williams (for the Executive Committee)

Upcoming events

LSAANZ Annual Conference and Postgraduate Workshop: "Disruption, Temporality, Law: The Future of Law & Society Scholarship" 

Call for papers closes: June 30, 2016
Postgraduate Workshop: November 30, 2016
Conference: December 1-3, 2016
Location: Griffiths University, Brisbane

The 2016 Law & Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference will be held in Brisbane from the 30th November to 3 December.  The conference will be hosted by the Griffith University Law School & the Law Futures Centre in conjunction with the Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice. Please note that the call for papers closes soon on June 30th 2016.  

What is the future of law and society scholarship? How does law and society scholarship, which so often deals with the past, relate to possible futures? The 2016 Law & Society Association of Australia and New Zealand conference invites papers and panels that seek to critically explore law’s futures: multiple, contingent and disruptive. The present, the time of the ‘now’, is always an opening to law’s futures and the future is always an opening to radically re-think juridical foundations. But the future is also an opening to the possibility of an other law and other laws—the law not only within, but beyond the horizon of the State.

The demise of the 20th and opening of the 21st centuries has seen the ongoing dissolution of the State on the world stage—whether through process of globalisation, the rise of extreme religious movements, or the emergences of varying ungovernable spaces. Closer to home, the Australia-Asia-Pacific region has also seen the realities of law’s absence— from the Northern Territory and the exceptionalisation of Indigenous peoples to the appropriation of Buddhism in Burma and Sri Lanka for discriminatory State-building purposes, to the Kafkaesque treatment of asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. The State proliferates examples of its contempt for the principles of liberal legality and rights discourse at both the local and international level.

These absences of law, of architectures of norms for State conduct and practice, open numerous present and future possibilities. On the one hand, there is the potential for a reinvigorated international human rights discourse that opens up questions of which rights and whose rights within movements of and for deliberative democracy. On the other hand, law’s future with respect to a myriad of pressing issues (from terrorism to food security, climate change to human trafficking), may rest in other ways of thinking through law’s relation to the social—in particular, the relation to violence when that violence emanates from the State and its institutions, both public and private. Violence or disappearance need not always be explicit. Often its most pernicious consequences are, as Gayatri Spivak reminds us, the legacy of epistemological configurations that are temporal in nature—caught within ways of thinking of a particular time, or in relation to a particular thinking of time itself.

As such, we invite papers, panels or streams that consider the nature of the multiple pasts, present and futures of law and law and society scholarship in both its continuous and disruptive capacities. Such papers might consider:
- Future and past relations of law to the not-human (animal, nature, corporation, robot); - The future(s) of transitional justice;
- The rise of religious fundamentalisms in relation to the State; - Activism, disruption and changing legal futures;
- 21st century transformations of legal services and the legal profession;
- The relations of law to space, movement and temporality;
- Indigenous temporalities and legalities;
- The multiple temporalities of international humanitarian law;
- Chinese state power and the spatial reimagining of the South China Sea;
- Legal education for global and local futures;
- Temporality, disruption and climate governance;
- Any other topic that fits within the tradition and/or future of law and society scholarship.

Registration for the Postgraduate Day and the Annual Conference will open soon.

Southern Criminology Seminar

Date: 22nd of July
Location: Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

The Crime and Justice Research Centre will be hosting an upcoming seminar on ‘Southern Criminology’, with speakers Professor Kerry Carrington, Professor Russell Hogg, Dr Helen Berents and Professor John Scott.

Almost 85% of the world’s population live in what might be termed the ‘global south’, comprising three continents. A large proportion of the world’s police and around half of the world’s 10.2 million prisoners are detained in the continents of the global south, across Asia, Africa, Oceania and South America. Yet criminology has concentrated mainly on problems of crime and justice in the Global North. Where criminology has taken root in the global South it has tended to borrow and adapt assumptions from northern criminology. As a result, criminologies of the south have, until recently, accepted their subordinate role in the global organisation of knowledge. This has stunted the intellectual development and vitality of criminology, both in the South, across Asia and globally.

This seminar outlines how southern criminology aims to transform criminological agendas to make them more befitting, inclusive of and responsive to the global problems of justice and security in the 21st century.  Southern criminology seeks to internationalise and democratise criminological practice and knowledge, to liberate it from its Anglophone northern bias, to renovate its methodological approaches and to inject innovative perspectives into the study of crime and global justice from the periphery. Its purpose is not to denounce but to re-orient, not to oppose but to modify, not to displace but to augment. It is primarily concerned with the careful analysis of networks and interactions linking South and North but which have been obscured by the metropolitan hegemony over criminological thought. By undertaking a series of projects of retrieval, southern criminology seeks to globalise and democratise criminological practice and knowledge, to renovate its methodological approaches and to inject innovative perspectives into the study of crime and global justice.

To learn more and to register, please follow the link.

Critical Legal Conference 2016: "Turning Points"

Location: Kent Law School, Canterbury, England
Dates: 1st – 3rd September
Registration: register here 

The present is notoriously difficult to diagnose. Are we living at a decisive turning point for global and European history, politics and law? Are we witnesses to a new epoch? Or perhaps we just have a bad case of “presentism”? The Critical Legal Conference 2016 will open a forum for critical reflection on precarious political situations, particularly that of Europe in a global context - an apposite theme for a critical conference at the University of Kent, ‘the UK’s European University’ and a point of origin for the CLC.

Taking a global and historicised view of contemporary Europe and its intellectual and political traditions (as well as an interrogative stance on their centrality), we anticipate that this year’s CLC will enable a creative response to some of the many problems of our collective present. The difficulty in thinking the present lies partly in its immediacy, and partly in the way in which spaces for that thinking are themselves precarious, colonised, dis-placed, degraded, recast or simply made untenable. From individuals’ housing, employment and migration experiences to the broader question about the intensification or disintegration of the European political project, are life’s very objects and experiences now peculiarly shaped by precarity?

Law forms part of the architecture of precarity, shaping both its production and governance, whether through specific rules and regulations relating to welfare provision, housing law or the structuring and regulation of financial markets; or through changing images and enactments of justice, (fragmented) genealogies, and shifting understandings of modernity. One approach within the critical legal tradition has been to expose these architectures: to show how it produces inequity, to demonstrate its contingencies, to trace its genealogies, to question law’s production of a normative order of life. In this sense it might be said that the role of critique is to render law itself precarious. What is the contemporary nature, role and position of academic work generally, in relation to political life and cultural and intellectual history? Are we post-human? Post-Europe? Post-law? Post-critique? And what about the core critical legal concerns: law, justice and ethics?

True to the tradition of the CLC, we hope participants will approach these general provocations through a rich plurality of critical and radical thematics and interdisciplinary approaches.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

*Registration is now open* - Please register here for the Critical Legal Conference 2016.

The Call for Papers and Panels is NOW OPEN – please see the list of Streams here where there is also further information regarding submission. The Call for Papers and Panels closes on 1 July 2016.

We also invite participants to curate screenings, performances, happenings and other creative formats at the conference. Please contact us at with your plans – we will do our best to facilitate them (within the bounds of possibility).


International Association of Australian Studies Conference: "Re-Imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility"

Location: Maritime Museum of WA, Fremantle
Dates: 7-9 December 2016
Addressing the urgent and compelling need to re-imagine Australia as inclusive, conscious of its landscape and contexts, locale, history, myths and memory, amnesia, politics, cultures and futures,
re-imagined through story, critique, reflection, art, human rights and education,
this conference will offer the opportunity of responding to the intensification of overlapping, interpenetrating and mixing of cultures and peoples in everyday life in Australia – and how its public culture has become increasingly re-imagined through intense conversations and inter-epistemic dialogue.
Re-imagining different ways of knowing, belonging and doing.
The conference aims to showcase contemporary research and creativity in understanding Australia through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.
For the first time, the International Association of Australian Studies conference will take place in Western Australia (WA), following on the zeitgeist of Griffith Review’s ‘Looking West’ (2014), the end of the mining boom and vigorous national protests against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities based on a racial and cultural politics of ‘lifestyle’ that bear the hallmarks of European Enlightenment triumph.
WA offers a rich context to explore the creative, cultural and critical dynamics of Australian society. Its proximity to the Indian Ocean, to Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, China and Africa make WA an ideal place from which to look at Australia, as well as a place to understand how others see it.
Keynote Speakers Include:
Randa Abdel-Fattah (Macquarie)
Tony Birch (Victoria)
Anna Haebich (Curtin)
Vinay Lal (UCLA)
Suvendrini Perera (Curtin)
Ariel Heryanto (ANU)
Kim Scott (Curtin)
The conference encourages postgraduates, early career and senior scholars to present new and innovative work cognate to our theme.  We welcome the submission of abstracts from the following disciplines and fields:
African Studies
Australian Studies
Asian Studies
Creative Arts
Creative Writing
Critical Disability Studies
Critical Race and Whiteness Studies
Cultural Studies
Environmental Studies
Gender and Sexuality
Human rights
Indian Ocean Studies
Indigenous Studies
Law and Justice
Media and Film Studies
Multicultural Studies
Performance studies
Postcolonial Studies
Settler Colonial Studies
Sociology & Anthropology


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