TWENTy-THIRD Annual Conference

MARCH 7 - 8, 2020
NORTH HAVEN, Connecticut, USA

We are pleased to announce that the Twenty-Third Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities will be held at Quinnipiac University School of Law in North Haven, Connecticut, on March 7-8, 2020.


As always, we welcome well-constructed proposals on any topic related to law and legal studies. In addition, our theme this year is: Projections: Imagining Legal Futurity. We now seemingly inhabit a moment of multiple thresholds and must engage a future that urgently demands our attention. Climate change, challenges to democratic governance, new modes of communication, mass migration, quickening temporalities, the very boundaries of the human – all of these and more constitute a new and shifting landscape of materiality, epistemology, and social relations. How do and should we imagine the place of law in such a future?

We invite proposals taking up that question from a variety of humanities-oriented perspectives. Among many other questions, one might ask: As we increasingly negotiate digitally-connected webs of relations, what relevance does the concept of rights retain? How is authority articulated and disarticulated in a lightning-paced, image-saturated world? In what ways do historical modes of thinking remain relevant to future-oriented legal argument and legitimation? How might the power and reach of law be reconfigured by seemingly unprecedented challenges to human flourishing such as climate change and artificial intelligence? How do speculative fiction and imaginative culture, post-apocalyptic or otherwise, renew and/or create new principles, standards, prescriptions, and prohibitions that regulate our everyday practices? Does the future we imagine call for new ways to think about law itself?

 All proposals are due Friday, November 1, 2019, midnight Eastern Standard Time.

submission instructions

Individual proposals should include a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words. We also welcome proposals for panels, round-tables, and streams (two panels on one theme). Panels should include three papers (or, exceptionally, four papers). Please specify a title and designate a chair for 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. To indicate your pre-constituted panel, round-table, or stream, please ensure that individual registrants provide the name of the panel and the chair in their individual submissions on the registration site. All panel, round-table, or stream participants must make an individual submission on the registration site.

 All proposals must be submitted on this site.

 The fees for participation in the Conference, which include membership to the Association, are:

  •  Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars: $35

  • Income less than $75,000: $125

  • Income between $75,000-$99,999: $155

  • Income between $100,000-$124,999: $210

  • Income $125,000 and over: $260

The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities is an organization of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary, humanistically-oriented legal scholarship. The Association brings together a wide range of people engaged in scholarship on legal history, legal theory and jurisprudence, politics, cultural studies, anthropology, literature, the performing arts, media studies, and legal hermeneutics. We encourage dialogue across and among these fields about issues of interpretation, identity, and values, about authority, obligation, and justice, and about law's role as a constituent part of cultures and communities. If you have any general questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us at