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2020 Twenty-Third Annual Conference

March 7, 2020 March 8, 2020

Quinnipiac University School of Law

North Haven, Connecticut United States

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The Twenty-Third Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities was held at Quinnipiac University School of Law in North Haven, Connecticut, on March 7-8, 2020.  We held a smaller than usual conference, but one with a terrific intellectual vibe, and, as always, we found great pleasure in each other’s company.  Thanks to everyone who came, and to everyone who stayed away out of their care and concern for others.


The final program is available here.  

You can view paper abstracts here, arranged alphabetically.

Keynote:  Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, “Saving the Digital Public Sphere.”

Congratulations to our 2020 award winners:

Julien Mezey Dissertation Prize:

Emily Prifogle, (PhD, History, Princeton, J.D. Berkeley) for her dissertation, “Cars, Cows, and Criminals: The Legal Landscape of the Rural Midwest, 1920-1975.”

Elizabeth Rule, (PhD, American Studies, Brown University) for her dissertation, “Reproducing Resistance: Gendered Violence and Indigenous Nationhood.”

James Boyd White Award:

Patricia J. Williams, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, Northeastern University.

We are most grateful to Christina DeLucia and Mary Tartaglia, research librarians at Quinnipiac University School of Law, for updating our ASLCH bibliography.  The bibliography covers books and edited collections published by our 2020 members since 2011, available here.

Application Instructions

  • Applications to the workshop should consist of a current curriculum vitae (5-page maximum), an abstract of a current project not exceeding 700 words, as well as a short (5- page maximum) text relating to that project. This “text” could be a case, literary work, a time-line, a photo, a sound or video file, or some other relevant text. The text you choose should be something that helps you reflect on the subject of your work and your methods of analysis. Please use your judgment and best guess in deciding how audio, visual, or audio-visual materials “translate” into pages of text.
  • Applicants whose proposals are accepted will receive some support towards an extra night’s accommodation from ASLCH as well as some support (varying, depending on distance traveled) towards the cost of transportation to the conference site. While those who participated in a previous workshop may re-apply and participate again, should space and/or funds be limited, we will prioritize new participants.


All proposals are due by Friday November 15, 2019 by midnight Eastern Standard Time. Please include the subject line: ASLCH Grad Workshop Application. Please name your file(s) using your lastname first, e.g. “Miller_application” or “Miller_cv”. Please remind us if you applied for or participated in a previous workshop and, if so, which one(s).

Graduate Workshop

The Annual Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Graduate Student Workshop will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 (the day before the annual meeting begins). Applications are due November 15, 2019.

The workshop is designed for graduate students who are undertaking research that cuts across law, cultural studies, literature, philosophy, legal studies, anthropology, political science, and history, among others. The workshop is designed to afford graduate students the opportunity to experience the LCH community in a smaller venue with more sustained contact with one another and some faculty. The workshop also provides graduate students with an opportunity to discuss their research projects in a small group setting in anticipation of such things as job talks and publication.