As noted in last week's Write On! post, plans are in the making for the next annual meeting of the Law and Society Association, to be held June 5 to 8, 2011, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (hat tip) Indeed, it will be an International Conference on Law and Society: joint annual meetings not only of the U.S.-based Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on Sociology of Law (International Sociological Association), co-sponsored by the Canadian Law and Society Association, the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law, and Britain's Socio-Legal Studies Association.
Regarding this year's theme, Sociolegal Conversations across a Sea of Islands, organizers write:
Building on a phrase coined by noted Polynesian scholar Epeli Hau‘ofa, our conference theme alludes both to the location of our meeting in Hawai‘i with its complex cultural and legal terrain and contemporary struggles over sovereignty and indigenous rights; and to the uniqueness of this opportunity for scholars from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America, and other world regions to engage in conversation. So we seek papers, panels, and roundtables aimed at stimulating conversations that will build bridges across the seas of law and society and at the same time redirect their currents; about issues and ideas that are at once locally grounded and globally relevant; that seek to make the familiar strange and the strange familiar; that cross national, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.
The deadline to submit proposals, for individual papers or full panel sessions, is December 6, 2011. Details on possible topics, as well as instructions regarding the rather involved submissions protocol, here.