This is a call for individual paper presentations or incubator ideas that look at taxation from a critical perspective. Critical perspectives on tax policy for this workshop will be limited to a focus on at least one of the following topics: race, ethnicity or immigration status, socio-economic status, gender or gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, family status, or disability. The conference will take place at the University of Washington Law School in Seattle, WA on September 14-15, 2012.
Critical tax scholars ask why the tax structure is the way it is and what impact tax policies, politics and rhetoric have on historically disempowered groups. Particularly in an election year, attention to the interdisciplinary ways in which social meaning is created through tax policy and inclusion of "outsider" perspectives on the study of public finance are crucial. Those examining tax policy in a critical way from a legal, social science, humanities, or comparative/international perspective are all encouraged to join the conversation. This second annual workshop will connect scholars working on problems of inequality and public finance across the academy, welcome new members into the critical perspectives community, provide collaborative support for our research, and transmit our ideas to a wider audience. Professor Dorothy Brown of Emory Law School will be the conference's keynote speaker.
Registration is free, and interdisciplinary scholars, law students and graduate students from the social sciences and humanities are especially encouraged to participate. Some meals will be provided by the University of Washington, including a Friday night keynote reception; each participant will be responsible for their own transportation costs and hotel expenses, which will be available at a lower conference rate. Abstracts no longer than 500 words including name, affiliation, and contact information should be submitted no later than June 30, 2012 via e-mail to Camille Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will be notified whether their proposal was accepted no later than July 15, 2012.
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