Couldn't help but notice this passage in the call for papers apparently just issued by the Section on Constitutional Law of the Association of American Law Schools:
Junior scholars, women, and faculty of color are especially invited to submit an abstract.Kudos to Chair Garrett Epps (Baltimore) for underscoring that the section's invitation extends to all. But it's a wee bit sad that this underscore remains a felt need. Hope some 'Grrls take up the offer.
The section welcomes abstracts of no more than 5 pages for scholars interested in participating on one of two panels it will sponsor at the AALS Annual Meeting to be held January 4-8, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The panels, with an excerpt from the full panel descriptions:
American Citizenship in the 21st Century
.... What does American citizenship mean today? How has its meaning changed over time? What is the future of the concept and the policy and legal apparatus that maintains it. Our first panel is open to participants who submit thought-provoking and original abstracts on any aspect of this issue, whether doctrinal, theoretical, economic, comparative, or empirical.
Article V: “To All Intents and Purposes”
... How does Article V really work? How has its practical function changed since Madison proposed the first Amendments (many of which were not adopted; the others of which became the Bill of Rights)? What light is shed on it by the fact that the Convention designed two features in the Constitution that could never be amended? What can we learn from the two periods—the aftermath of the Civil War and the Progressive Era—when political movements and popular majorities made effective use of Article V? What are the perils and promises of the Convention mechanism? What is the role of Congress in the process? How does popular constitutionalism play into the process? Is it time to use Article V to amend Article V?
Again, the Section invites abstracts on any aspect of Article V, again from a wide variety of perspectives, and including descriptive, analytical and normative work.
Deadline is June 30, 2011, for e-mailing an abstract to Section Chair Epps at email@example.com. Professor Epps no doubt also can provide the full description of each panel in order to aid preparation of abstracts.
(Hat tip here; couldn't find the call on AALS' site. Photo credit)