TWENTIETH Annual Conference


The Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities will be held at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California March 31-April 1, 2017.


The final program is available here. For any corrections to the program, please email William Rose at (wrose [at]

Statement on Recent Travel Ban to the united states

February 1, 2017

The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities strongly condemns the recent executive order suspending entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barring Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocking entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Moreover, we condemn the interpretation of this order that has denied green card holders and dual citizens from those countries re-entry to the United States, as well the refusal on the part of some US officials to comply with a lawful judgment temporarily staying the executive order.

Our Association is committed to critical engagement with law from a range of humanistic disciplines and to creating and sustaining an inclusive space for the free exchange of ideas and the transmission of knowledge. Moreover, many of our members are scholars studying the intersections of power, immigration, Islamophobia, and minority rights. We will continue to serve as an intellectual home for scholars in those and related fields.

To our Association’s members who are barred from the United States due to the executive order, we convey our deep regret and our solidarity. Your presence at our annual meeting will be much missed.  Conference registration fees will be refunded to those who cannot attend due to the ban or who are boycotting.

Some of our members have decided to boycott this years meeting because of the executive order. We respect this decision.  We urge all of our members to act as they judge appropriate under the circumstances in deciding whether to attend the meeting. If they wish, scholars who boycott will be able to keep their name on the program, along with an indication of their boycott, and can arrange to have statements read during their panels if they wish. The conference agenda will include a plenary session devoted to discussing the role of law and humanities in the context of increasing U.S. and international restrictions of movement and immigration. While our meeting will go forward, we want it to proceed in full recognition and respect of the boycott and of the legal, political, and social forces that allow some of us to participate in safety while others cannot.


Please contact our local arrangements chair, Bernadette Meyler (, who can work with you and the local arrangements committee to provide technological assistance to the extent we are able to facilitate remote participation. We are committed to disseminating the content of the Annual Meeting and are working on finding feasible ways to do just that. If we are able to secure the technological and logistical requirements, we will be sure to let you know how you can follow along remotely if you cannot attend or choose not to.


Please contact Professor William Rose (, chair of the program committee, who can facilitate publishing your boycott in the program. Please contact your panel members if you wish to provide a statement of your boycott.

For general questions, please contact the president of the association, Professor Karl Shoemaker (

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at two hotels near Stanford Law School, where the conference will be held.

  • The Westin Palo Alto - 675 El Camino Real Palo Alto CA 94301
  • Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel - 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto CA 94301

Rooms must be reserved by 3 March 2017 in order to benefit from the reduced room rate.

To book your room, go to this link. Please make your room reservations soon to avoid missing out on the reduced rate!


Shuttle buses will run from the conference hotels (the Sheraton and the Westin are next to each other) to Stanford Law School. The distance from the hotels to the Law School is walkable for those who choose to walk, but buses will be provided at the following times:

Friday, March 31

8:00 am: 2 buses from the Sheraton to Stanford Law School

8:30 am: 2 buses from the Sheraton to Stanford Law School

1:45 pm: 1 bus from the Sheraton to Stanford Law School

2:15 pm: 1 bus picks up at Stanford Law School to Sheraton

5:45 pm: 1 bus picks up at Stanford Law School to Sheraton

6:30 pm: 2 buses pick up at Stanford Law School to Sheraton

7:15 pm: 2 buses pick up at Stanford Law School to Sheraton

Saturday, April 1

8:00 am: 2 buses from the Sheraton to Stanford Law School

8:30 am: 2 buses from the Sheraton to Stanford Law School

1:45 pm: 1 bus from the Sheraton to Stanford Law School

2:15 pm: 1 bus from Stanford Law School to the Sheraton

5:40 pm: 2 buses from Stanford Law School to the Sheraton

6:15 pm: 2 buses from Stanford Law School to the Sheraton


The call for applications is now closed. All acceptance notifications have been sent via email.

We cannot accept any further applications to present at the conference, but all are welcome to attend the conference as participants.

If you need a letter of invitation for university or visa purposes, please contact William Rose at (wrose [at]


As stated in the call for applications, the ASLCH uses a two part registration system. First you register your paper or panel and pay a $37.74 membership fee. When/if your paper or panel is accepted, you pay the conference fee.

If your paper has been accepted, please pay the conference fee, based on the following rates, at this link:

  • Income less than $75,000: $90.24

  • Income between $75,000-99,999: $121.74

  • Income between $100,000-124,999: $174.24

  • Income $125,000 and over: $226.74

If you are a graduate student, you do not have to pay any further registration fee other than the $37.74 that you paid when submitting your proposal.


If you have any general questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact Karl Shoemaker (kbshoemaker [at] For matters related to the program or its organization, please write to William Rose (wrose [at] 

2017 Call for Applications

Examples of sessions we anticipate people will organize include:

History, Memory and Law; Law and Literature; Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism; Speech, Silence, and the Language of Law; Judgment, Justice, and Law; Beyond Identity; The Idea of Practice in Legal Thought; Metaphor and Meaning; Representing Legality in Film and Mass Media; Anarchy, Liberty and Law; What is Excellence in Interpretation?; Ethics, Religion, and Law; Moral Obligation and Legal Life; The Post-Colonial in Literary and Legal Study; Processes and Possibilities in Interdisciplinary Law Teaching.

We urge those interested in attending to consider submitting complete panels, and we hope to encourage a variety of formats-roundtables, sessions at which everyone reads the papers in advance, sessions in which commentators respond to a single paper. We invite proposals for session in which the focus is on pedagogy or methodology, for author-meets-readers sessions organized around important books in the field, or for sessions in which participants focus on performance (theatrical, filmic, musical, poetic).

Abstracts for proposed papers should be no more than 250 words. If your paper is part of a panel, indicate the title and chair of the panel during the registration process.

Panels should include three papers (or, exceptionally, four papers). Specify a title and a chair of your panel. The panel chair may also be a panel presenter. It is not necessary to write an abstract or proposal for the panel itself. All panel participants must submit their own paper proposals and register for the conference.

Paper presenters may appear more than once in the conference program.

In order to submit a paper proposal, either on its own or as part of a panel, go to this website:
Indicate ‘1’ at the line ‘Conference Registration Deposit’ and press the green button ‘Register’. On the next page, please fill in your contact information. Fill in the title and abstract of your paper in the fields on that page and, if applicable, the title and chair of the panel of which you are a part. Then, submit your payment information for the registration deposit.