UCLA School of Law, Columbia Law School, University of Southern California Center for Law, History & Culture, and
Georgetown University Law Center invite submissions for the fourth annual meeting of the Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop to be held at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. on June 12 & 13, 2005.
The Workshop's objectives are three-fold. First, the primary aim is to encourage and support young scholars doing critical, interdisciplinary work in law, culture and the humanities. In this respect, the Workshop serves as a forum in which young scholars can develop and refine their work in conversation with more senior scholars. Second, our objective is to create an ongoing set of conversations among a diverse group of junior and senior scholars about the nature of and challenges inherent in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. For example, our hope is to use the discussion of works-in-progress by newer scholars to think critically about the current and future goals of interdisciplinarity: Is it the juxtaposition of different disciplinary concerns and approaches; is it a more radical and precarious rejection of disciplinary rules and conventions; or is it something else altogether? Third, the Workshop seeks to provide and promote an environment for building intellectual community among junior and senior scholars across disciplines.
The paper competition is open to untenured professors, advanced graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in law and the humanities; in addition to drawing from numerous humanistic fields, the Workshop welcomes critical, qualitative work in the social sciences. Between five and ten papers will be chosen, based on anonymous evaluation by an interdisciplinary selection committee, for presentation at the June Workshop. At the Workshop, two senior scholars will comment on each paper. Commentators and other Workshop participants will be asked to focus specifically on the strengths and weaknesses of the selected scholarly projects, with respect to subject and methodology. Moreover, the selected papers will then serve as the basis for a larger conversation among all the participants about the evolving standards by which we judge excellence and creativity in interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as about the nature of interdisciplinarity itself.
Papers should be works-in-progress between 30 and 50 double-spaced pages in length (including footnotes/endnotes). A paper that has been submitted for publication is eligible as long as it will not be in galley proofs or in print at the time of the Workshop. The selected papers will appear in a special issue of the Legal Scholarship Network; there is no other publication commitment. The Workshop will pay the travel expenses of authors whose papers are selected for presentation.
Katherine Franke & Elizabeth Povinelli, Columbia University Center for the Study of Law & Culture
Ariela Gross, Nomi Stolzenberg & Hilary Schor, USC Center for Law, History & Culture
Naomi Mezey, Georgetown University Law Center
Clyde Spillenger, UCLA School of Law.
REFEREES & COMMENTATORS have included:
Heidi Li Feldman
Judith Jackson Fossett
David Theo Goldberg
Sarah Barringer Gordon
Robert W. Gordon
Sally Engle Merry
Julie Stone Peters
Margaret Jane Radin
Submissions will be accepted until January 10, 2005, and should be sent (preferably by e-mail, address given below) to:
Center for the Study of Law and Culture
Columbia Law School
435 W. 116th Street
New York, N.Y. 10027
Please be sure to include your contact information. The full text of the Call for Papers is available at the web address given below. For more information:
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