We are excited to announce the theme of the 2021 Annual Meeting that will take place in Chicago from May 27-30! Please keep an eye out for the official Call for Papers later this fall
The 2021 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting will be held, we hope, in Chicago, a city that embodies inequality and violence but also has a long history of reform and re-imagination. In this setting, we invite scholars in the law and society tradition to submit panels and papers that speak to the themes of law and justice in crises and disasters, but also in healing and reparations, in building sustainable systems, in reshaping social practices and imaginaries, and in creating new possibilities. A conference focused on crisis foregrounds the present, but it also looks to the past and to the future with the themes of healing and re-imagining. As scholars, we have a special role in re-imagining law and legal institutions to make our societies and institutions more resilient and just. We can also contribute to a multi-faceted understanding of healing, which opens new and different entry points to old problems. These themes cut across disciplines and invite creative thinking beyond law and beyond social science, to encompass the humanities, the arts, medicine, and the natural sciences.