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Ongoing calls are also available.

Calls for Submissions       

Call for Chapters: Popular Representations of America in Non-American Media 
Edited by: Floribert Patrick C. Endong 
Publisher: IGI Global (USA) 
September 30, 2018: Proposal Submission Deadline 


Much of what the world knows about America is constructed and spread by global American or Western media, particularly global mass cultures such as Hollywood, VOA, ABC, and CNN among others. This theory is not unconnected to American media’s ideological and cultural domination of foreign markets in Europe, Asia, South-America and Africa. As noted by Thussu (2000), prominent American media organizations such as CNN and VOA have “power to mould the international public opinion. [Their] version of world events is likely to define the worldviews of millions of viewers around the globe”.  

Meanwhile, most of these global American media – which claim to be windows into America – are arguably bias or simply selective, as they have a relatively myopic focus on their country of origin. Some of them, like Hollywood and CNN, deliberately function more like “America’s advertising department” and are thus predestined to perpetually portray America in a positive light. Others often overlook salient negative news that may, to an extent, damage the image of America. A good illustration of this truism is the fact that, issues like poverty – which affects over 15% of the American population – have rarely attracted the attention of the American media – a situation Medina (2013) decries in his online article titled “About 15% of Americans live in poverty, why is no one talking about it?”  

In view of this bias nature of both local and global American media, it appears interesting and timely to explore how non-American media cover and represent America. There is, in this regards, need to explore the extent to which non-American media organizations de-construct, endorse or “re-construct” American media’s portrayals of the U.S. and Americans as well as the dominant aspects of “Americaness” these foreign media are interested in. This book will offer broad perspectives, case studies and methods of studying how America is represented in Third World media as well as in some other non-American mass media, ranging from cinema and comics, to TV and advertising. 


This book is aimed at providing different perspectives on non-American media’s representation of the U.S.A. and Americans. These perspectives may be historical, religious, socio-cultural and political among others. The book equally seeks to explore such representations in diverse media notably cinema, television, games, magazines, comics, photojournalism, advertising and online platforms among others.  

Target Audience 

The target audience of this book will consist of students, scholars, media practitioners, policy makers, international relation experts, politicians and other professionals in representation research.  

Recommended Topics  

* American authenticity in non-American media  

* Historical perspective on foreign media’s representation of America  

* The American dream in Asian, African or Latin-American media  

* Portrayal of America by pro-Islamist and Arab media  

* Representation of America in non-American religious communication  

* America and American identities in war films  

* American politics in non-American media  

* Image of American politicians in non-American media  

* Americaness vs Europeaness in Third World media  

* American capitalism versus communism in non-American media  

* American capitalism vs African communalism in non-American media  

* American vs non-American representation of the U.S. (case studies are encouraged here) 

* Audiences perceptions of non-American media’s representation of America 

* Americans’ perception of foreign media representation of the U.S. 

* America’s influence on non-American media portrayal of the U.S. 

* Representation of America on online platforms  

Submission Procedure  

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 30, 2018, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by September 15, 2018 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by December 31, 2018, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Networked Business Models in the Circular Economy. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager. Submit your proposal online at  

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication:  

Important Dates 

September 30, 2018: Proposal Submission Deadline  

October 15, 2018: Notification of Acceptance  

November 30, 2018: Full Chapter Submission  

January 19, 2019: Review Results Returned  

March 5, 2019: Final Acceptance Notification  

March 30, 2019: Final Chapter Submission  

Editor’s Contact: 
Floribert Patrick C. Endong, Department of Theatre, Film and Carnival Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria.  

Call for Papers
New Narratives of Disability: Constructions, Clashes, and Controversies Research in Social Science and Disability, Volume 11
Editors: Sara E. Green and Donileen R. Loseke RSSD 
Series Editors: Barbara M. Altman and Sharon N. Barnartt
Statements of Interest Due: September 30, 2018 

In this call, we seek papers that use narrative analysis as a social science tool to investigate how disability is constructed within and across social structural levels from the personal to the cultural. Papers can focus on the presence of narratives of disability in culture (such as media), social institutions (such as public policy), and organizations (such as social services) as well as the consequences of these narratives.

Narratives are pervasive throughout social life. Individuals craft stories to make sense of their own experiences and to communicate these experiences to others. Social advocates tell stories to convince publics to take action. Social service providers tell stories about their clients to justify treating these clients in particular ways. Politicians and policy makers tell these stories to justify particular kinds of political platforms and policies. Social activists tell stories to instigate social change, and so on. Cultures, institutions, and organizations place constraints on the kinds of stories individuals can tell about their experiences in particular circumstances. To establish eligibility for rights and services, for example, personal narratives must conform to the gatekeeping narratives of institutions such as education, law and medicine as well as social service organizations. At the same time, personal stories that run counter to widely circulating cultural narratives can be a mode of resistance, encouraging the reframing of existing public understandings.

We seek papers from across the disciplines of the social sciences that examine the complexity of narratives of disability within and across levels of social structure. We encourage papers that examine what happens when particular narratives “migrate” from one level of social life to another. For example, papers might explore how personal narratives are used to justify social change, how narratives justifying policy are used by social service providers to make sense of their clients, or how socially circulating narratives are used to make sense of a person’s own experiences with disability. We are also interested in papers that explore conflicts or clashes among narratives at various levels. For example, we welcome papers that explore how activist narratives of the disability movement and organizational narratives of service providers may clash. Such clashes may constrain, alienate, silence, or complicate the personal stories of people with particular kinds of disability experiences.

We are also interested in papers that interrogate the gaps within, as well as intersections and conflicts among, types of scholarly narratives and activist frames. These can include: 1. The medical narrative in which disabled people are portrayed as victims of an individual tragedy that is best ameliorated through the application of professional practice; 2. The social oppression or discrimination narrative in which individuals with impairments struggle against the imposition of structural barriers and attitudinal constraints that are part and parcel of a world organized around ableism; and 3. Emerging narratives such as crip theory or critical realism that attempt to problematize and destabilize the very idea of normality or portray disability as a complex and nuanced intersection of bodily, social, and cultural disadvantages. These oppositional narrative constructions of disability tend to prevail in separate areas of scholarship such as medicine, education, the law, disability studies, and the humanities. Less well understood is how these seemingly disparate views of disability may be simultaneously enacted in the lives of individuals and the social systems with which they interact.

We also seek theoretical, methodological or empirical papers that challenge or extend existing disability narratives in complex ways. We welcome papers on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, the following:

1. the characteristics and consequences of conflict and/or consensus among cultural, institutional, organizational, and/or personal narratives of disability;

2. narratives of often ignored experiences such as chronic pain, mental illness, and contested conditions;

3. narratives related to understudied social positions such as fathers of disabled children, disabled parents, paid caregivers, disabled people with complex intersectional identities, etc.;

4. global or comparative disability narratives;

5. application of emerging theoretical narratives such as critical realism or crip theory and their relevance to the social sciences;

6. ways in which an exploration of disability narratives might extend, enhance, or challenge knowledge about personal, social, and cultural identity;

7. ways in which narrative analysis can be used as a tool to improve conventional methodologies, theories, concepts, and understandings of disability within and across the social science disciplines.


September 30, 2018 – due date for abstracts which contain expression of interest and commitment to submit a full paper [You will receive brief comments from the editors]. Send inquiries and submissions to:

January 31, 2019 – due date for completed paper [These will be sent out for peer review].

June 1, 2019 – due date for manuscripts revised based upon peer and editorial review

July 31, 2019 –Final date for completed manuscripts after secondary revision

December 2019 – anticipated publication

Research in Social Science and Disability is a peer reviewed book series edited by Barbara Altman and Sharon Barnartt and published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, UK. It is multidisciplinary and cross cultural. Submissions should be accessible both to readers from multiple social science disciplines and to readers from multiple countries.

See for author guidelines for articles in this volume series.

Call for Manuscripts
The Impact of Natural Disasters on Systemic Political and Social Inequities in the US
Lexington Books, A Division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Paul S. Adams, PhD
Geoffrey L. Wood, PhD
Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2018

The impact of natural disasters in the US on increasing political disenfranchisement and social inequality is both understudied and misunderstood. Part of the problems is the absence of a theoretical paradigm, which facilitates the development and application of ideas, theories and methods that do not fit within the confines of status attainment scholarship. Categorical inequality—a paradigm developed in 1998 by Charles Tilly— articulates the manner in which social inequality is established by unequal categories, and then replicated and reified through existing and new organizational and societal processes. Moreover, categorical inequality necessitates explicit discussions and examinations of the nature of power and how it perpetuates the existing social order. Hence, conventional political and social inequality research often ignores comparative and historical contexts as the basis for inequities. The promise of this volume is to solicit manuscripts which will examine the impact of natural disasters in the US on issues of political and social inequality.

We invite manuscripts addressing the following topics: 

  • What social or political impacts do natural disasters have on the people who live there? 
  • How can political and social theory explain natural disaster outcomes?
  • What sorts of methods should we use to discover the impact of natural disasters on communities?
  • Other Impacts of Natural Disasters: School-to-prison pipeline, increased crime, decreased neighborhood resilience, voting and political participation changes, political disenfranchisement, etc.
  • Population studies: Who stays and who goes?
  • At the crossroads of race, class, and gender: how do these matter when exploring natural disaster outcomes?
  • What are the roles of organizations, corporations, and government in managing natural disaster processes?

Chapter Parameters:

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (R&L) uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., as style and spelling guides.

Completed chapters should be 15-20 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font.

Please send brief biographical information, your proposed title, and a 500-word abstract of proposed content to by September 30, 2018. Please acknowledge in the email your willingness to adhere to the timeline below:

  • Proposal Email: September 30, 2018
  • Acceptance Notification: October 31, 2018
  • Completed Chapters Submitted: December 31, 2018
  • Peer Review Feedback: January 31, 2019
  • Revisions: February 28, 2019
  • Editorial Work: March-April 2019
  • Full Manuscript Sent to Lexington Books: May 2019

For more information click here.

Announcement of Special Issue and Call for Papers:
Lessons from Social Work’s History for a Tumultuous Era
Guest Editor: Michael Reisch, PhD, University of Maryland
Manuscript Submission Deadline: March 30, 2019

For over a century, powerful environmental forces have shaped the evolution of social policies and social work practice in the United States. Torn between its ethical imperative to pursue social justice and its desire for status enhancement, the social work profession has vacillated between advocating for social reform and seeking the support of political and economic elites that often possess conflicting values. This tension produced a hybrid view of policy and practice that emphasizes both empowerment and professional expertise.

During the past four decades, the triumph of market-oriented ideology, the dominance of anti-welfare perspectives among policymakers, and a hyper-partisan political environment have transformed even this fragile synthesis. Recent events, particularly the 2016 election, rocked the profession to its core. In its aftermath, social workers have been compelled to address many questions about their role in shaping the future of US social welfare and the social work profession.

Yet, while there are unique features of the current environment, it is not the first era in which social workers have confronted fundamental existential challenges. During the post-World War I “Red Scare,” the Great Depression, the McCarthy period, and the 1960s powerful political and economic forces and social movements at all points on the ideological spectrum questioned the basic premises of the US social welfare system and social work practice. This special issue will include papers that reflect on the lessons that today’s practitioners, scholars, and students could derive from an examination of this history. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • The impact of economic transformation on social policy and social work practice
  • The influence of social movements on the social work profession
  • The effects of cultural changes regarding the family, work, gender, and sexuality
  • The response of social workers to political extremism
  • Media portrayal of social policies and their impact on the profession’s public image
  • The relationship of organized social welfare to communities of color, immigrants, and other marginalized populations
  • The tension between social change and social control in social work history
  • The radical and conservative traditions within social work
  • The role of social workers in politics
  • Social work’s relationship to the working class and labor unions
  • The influence of professionalization on social work’s mission
  • The contributions of social work research to policy change 

Submissions may be either full-length articles that conform to the journal’s regular format and length or shorter, comparative book review essays. For examples of Social Service Review articles and review essays, please view back issues of the journal on our website

Please direct questions about the scope of this special issue to the guest editor, Michael Reisch, at 

Papers should be submitted via the SSR Editorial Manager page. Please select “Lessons from Social Work’s History Special Issue” as the article type. Submitting authors are required to include a cover letter that briefly explains how their paper contributes to the theme of the special issue. More information for authors can be found here. Papers that are selected for review will be evaluated in SSR’s normal double-blind process. 

Although the schedule, especially the publication date, for any special issue cannot be guaranteed, we plan to proceed as follows 

  • Papers will be accepted through March 30, 2019
  • Peer reviews will be concluded and initial decisions returned to all submitting authors in the summer of 2019
  • The special issue is projected to be published at the end of 2019

Please contact Nora Malone, managing editor, at   with any questions.

Calls for Papers 
Organization Science Special Issue on “Experiments in Organizational Theory” 
Special Issue Editors: Oliver Schilke, Sheen S. Levine, Olenka Kacperczyk, and Lynne G. Zucker 
Submission Window: August 1–September 15, 2019 

We aim to expand organizational theorists’ methodological repertoire with experiments, whether in the laboratory or the field, alone or in combination with other methods. Among their many benefits, experiments excel in identifying causality. They’ve been advocated since the inception of the field, and even more so in recent years. This Special Issue answers this call. 

To read the full Call for Papers, go to:

 Ongoing Calls for Submission

African Journal of History and Culture  is an open access journal that provides rapid publication (monthly) of articles in all areas of the subject.The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published approximately one month after acceptance. All articles published in AJHC will be peer-reviewed. 

The mission of Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum is to bring together research and multimedia from multiple disciplines that is oriented toward the understanding and practice of social justice, broadly defined. By offering an innovative, peer-reviewed space that is open to rigorous research from all disciplines, as well as offerings from outside of academia, we hope to push the ideals of social justice to new levels. Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum runs on a rolling submission deadline for its general issues. Please see the Call for Submissions page for details and click the Submit Article link on the left to submit manuscripts or media files.

The Journal of Applied Social Science publishes original research articles, project reports, teaching notes, and book reviews on a wide range of topics of interest to social scientists in applied, public, clinical, and practice contexts.  All submissions are processed electronically. Send your submission to our editor at 

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, a peer-reviewed volume published by Emerald Group Publishing, is inviting submissions for Volume 41 of the series. This RSMCC volume has a special focus on non-state actors and political conflicts but it will also attend to the broader themes of the series. Volume editor Julie Mazzei (Kent State University) welcomes submissions that fall within one of two areas: (1) research focused on the roles and motivations of non-state actors in conflicts or post-conflict situations in the post-Cold War era; or (2) research generally relevant to understanding the dynamics of social movements, conflicts, or change. We are particularly interested in research focusing on the motivations and interests of non-state violent actors (NSVAs) in the post-Cold War era; the role of identity and/or ideology in the conflicts or resolutions of so-called “new wars;” the impact of NSVAs in conflict and/or peace-making; and the ways in which IGOs and NGOs interact with NSVAs in conflicts or post-conflict zones. RSMCC boasts quick turn-around times, generally communicating peer review-informed decisions within 10-12 weeks. For more information, please visit the RSMCC website:

The official journal of ASA’s Section for Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will publish the highest quality, cutting-edge sociological research on race and ethnicity regardless of epistemological, methodological, or theoretical orientation. While the study of race and ethnicity has derived from a broad and deep tradition of interdisciplinarity, sociology indeed has often been at the forefront of scholarly understanding of the dynamics of race and ethnicity; yet, there exists no journal in sociology devoted to bringing together this important theoretical, empirical, and critical work. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will provide a fulcrum upon which sociologically-centered work will swing as it also seeks to provide new linkages between the discipline of sociology and other disciplines and areas where race and ethnicity are central components. The submission portal can be found at:

Taiwan International Studies Quarterly,  Published by the Taiwan International Studies Association. The journal accepts manuscripts in Chinese or English.   Manuscripts or any submission inquiry for Taiwan International Studies Quarterly should email to Executive Editor Dr. Jolan Hsieh at 

Conferences/Annual Meetings    

The Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) Annual Meeting 

November 8-11, 2018
Wayne State McGregor Memorial Conference Center
The Association for Humanist Sociology is a community of sociologists, educators, scholars, and activists who share a commitment to using sociology to promote peace, equality, and social justice. 

The Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) invites submissions for its Annual Meeting. This year’s theme set by President David G. Embrick is “Sociology for Whom? Real Conversations and Critical Engagements in Amerikkka.”  This meeting calls for us to address: 1) how to engage and commit to make all sociology public sociology; and 2) how to best address and engage in research, dialogue, and action regarding inequalities and the intersections of inequalities in our society, our institutions, and amongst ourselves.  The conference also features two mini-conferences on “Environmental Inequality” and “Immigration in the U.S.” For more information, please visit or email   Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2018.

For more information on the AHS Annual Meeting, click here.
For more information on the Immigration in the U.S. mini-conference, click here.
For more information on the Environmental Inequality mini-conference, click here.

44th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association
“Histories of Disadvantage: Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics”

November 8-11, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona

The drivers and distribution of disadvantage remain as enduring concerns for social scientists. Theunfairly disadvantaged has operated as a contested category, leading to schisms within and between groups, across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic divides, sometimes by virtue of gender, sexuality, faith,or flag. In recognition of these concerns, we seek panel proposals and papers that examine how history,politics, culture, institutions, and organizational practices shape (and are shaped by) these disadvantages. We also welcome papers that generate historically-informed theory and that thicklydescribe disadvantaged and disadvantaging life-worlds. We construe the topic of disadvantage broadly,including its causes and consequences as well as the shared understandings held by both thedisadvantaged and those facilitating such conditions.

Although the work of social science historians and historically-informed social scientists has no limits intime or period, contemporary debates remind us of past important events that have affected disadvantage around the globe, including the Taiping Rebellion, the 1871 Brazilian Law of Free Birth, the 1874 failure of the Freedmen’s Savings and Trust, the 1911 Mines and Works Act No 12 in South Africa, the 1935 Social Security Act (excluding agricultural workers and domestic servants), the 1944 GI Bill in the US, the 1945dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Supreme Court decision giving married couples (but not unmarried women) the right to use birth control (Griswold v. Connecticut),the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, and the Court’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. We areinterested in papers that explore these and other moments where disadvantages are re-set or put inmotion, altering trajectories that are demographic, political, economic, or phenomenological in nature. Asthese examples suggest, the goals of social inclusion and political incorporation have pursued, but not been limited to, material gains. We are therefore interested in work that addresses inequalities in the distribution of power, wealth, recognition and respect while attending to the historical particulars of the unexpected, the unrecognized, and the concealed.

The 2018 Program Committee seeks panel proposals that speak to the theme of “Disadvantage,” but wealso welcome, as always, individual papers and panels on all aspects of social science history and historically-informed social science. (See the list of network organizers for the range of topics regularlyengaged by conference panels.)

The 2018 conference will be held November 8-11 at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.

How do I apply for a Graduate Student Travel Grant to help pay the cost?
Also starting in December 2017, information about, and applications for, Graduate Student Travel Grantswill be available at Notification of travel awards will be timed to accompany paper acceptances.

Program Committee Co-Chairs for the 2018 Conference:
Barry Eidlin, Department of Sociology, McGill University
Damon W. Mayrl, Department of Sociology, Colby College
Linda S. Reeder, Department of History, University of Missouri

“Bridging Research, Community and Practice”

November 16, 2018 (8 AM– 5 PM)
Howard University 

Deadline for Submission: Friday, September 14, 2018 by 5:00pm (EST)

The overarching goals of this conference are to increase awareness of the stigma of HIV and other health conditions and to explore interventions to eradicate this stigma. The conference also serves to educate healthcare providers and the general public about stigma as both a human rights violation and a major barrier to prevention and treatment of illnesses. We are looking for original work that addresses HIV or other health-related stigma (such as mental illness) to be presented as a POSTER during the conference poster session. The Best Scientific Abstract Award recipient and the second-place scientific abstract will have the opportunity to provide a BRIEF PRESENTATION of their work in addition to the poster session. Monetary prizes will be given for the top three scientific abstracts. The Best Scientific Abstract Award recipient will receive a $500 prize, the second-place scientific abstract will receive a $200 prize, and the third-place scientific abstract will receive a $100 prize.

Abstract Guidelines: Submit an abstract, with a maximum of 300 words, to Victoria Hoverman at and Shirin Sultana at , by 5:00pm (EST) on Friday, September 14, 2018. Please include the full name, position/job title, affiliation and email address of each contributing author at the top of the page along with the abstract title. Author information and the abstract title are not included in the 300-word count. First author or presenter must register for the conference if the abstract is accepted. Notifications will be sent by October 15, 2018. These are poster presentations only, with the exception of the Best Scientific Abstract Award winner and the second-place scientific abstract winner, which are also brief oral presentations. The first author of the winning abstracts must attend the conference to receive the prizes (or be willing to let an attending author or other representative accept the prize). Students are welcome!

For questions about abstracts, contact Victoria Hoverman at and/or Shirin Sultana at . For general questions about the conference contact Patricia Houston at .

Please go to to register today!

15th Women's Leadership Symposium in Oxford

December 5, 6, & 7
Somerville College

You are invited to give a talk on an aspect of women's studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer or panel member. The Symposium is interdisciplinary and seeks to cover a broad reach of women's leadership issues in both the public and private sectors. The expectation is that much of the discourse will be concerned with cultural, religious, social, and economic conditions of women and the initiatives that may be most effective in the remediation of the various forms of gender discrimination.

If you would like to present a paper, you will be requested to submit a brief abstract for review by the Programme Committee. The abstract submission deadline for the March Conference is 5 March. Abstracts are reviewed on a rolling basis and notifications are sent within a week of submission. Symposia Participants may submit complete papers (six weeks after the conclusion of the meeting attended) to be peer-reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium Books or sponsored academic journals. The early registration deadline is February the 5th and the regular registration deadline is 7 March.

See our website for suggestions on topics and abstract/registration deadlines and accommodation. Follow us on Twitter @OxfordSymposia3 for updates on keynote speakers and other information.

Law and Society Association 2019 Annual Meeting
Call for Papers 

May 30-June 2, 2019
Washington, DC


The Law and Society Association is a global association and our 2019 theme can be represented in the six official languages of the United Nations:

ك رامة 

Dignity embraces justice, rights, rule of law, respect for humanity and diversity as well as a commitment to human engagement, subjects that have been central in the law and society tradition. Dignity is a core idea in many different legal traditions and is shaped by a variety of struggles. It provides a bridge across cultures intersecting with diverse values and identities. Recognizing this central idea as our theme when we meet next year in Washington D.C. – at a moment of social anxiety and global uncertainty – focuses our attention on the promise, values and unrealized potential of dignity and will highlight the role of values we examine law in society.

The 2019 Law and Society Annual Meeting will initiate our consideration of the place, role and visions of dignity through a number of mini-plenary sessions that will take up the idea in its different forms: 

(1) Dignity and Judging, which will seek to bring together constitutional and appellate judges to reflect on the role of dignity in their work; 

(2) Dignity and Austerity, which will focus on the global spread of neoliberalism through international financial institutions and their insistence on austerity in the global political economy; 

(3) Dignity and Lawyering, considering the role legal actors have played and continue to play in the emergence of a global security regime; 

(4) Dignity and the Unwritten Code of Democracy, which will consider the norms of governance looking beyond the formal bounds of public law to constitutional and administrative conventions and the assumptions they make about the place of agency and rights; 

(5) Dignity and Corruption, which will explore the relationship between regulation and the politics of administrative governance within which resources are directed for both public good and private gain; 

and finally 
(6) Dignity and Social Movements, the space in which many different communities have mobilized to protect and advance their claims to recognition and fair treatment whether from individual abuse such as gun, gender or official violence, or larger systemic threats such as climate change and economic marginalization. These themes, the subject of highlighted sessions at the meeting, invite participants in the meeting to consider the relationship of dignity to their own research.

After our last two meetings in Mexico City and Toronto, the Law and Society Association again returns to the US. We are all aware that, since the last time LSA met in the US, America now presents itself to the world as a less welcoming place, less publicly committed to universal human dignity. We know that many in the global LSA community will find a US-based meeting challenging, but we hope with the theme to signal that LSA remains committed to its core values of pluralism, toleration and respect for diverse traditions. We pledge to do what we can to make all those who want to attend feel welcome and to assist those who may have difficulty coming to the US to participate in the meeting.

The 2019 Program Committee invites individual and fully-formed panel submissions for what will be a challenging and exciting meeting. The Program Committee also welcomes the submission of complete panels of four to six papers in languages other than English. Submissions of individual paper proposals may however only be in English.

Types of Submissions

Individual Paper Submission

The Program Committee welcomes any scholar studying sociolegal activities to submit a paper proposal. Paper proposal submissions may be made by individuals looking to the Program Committee to assign their paper to a session, or as part of a pre-organized session. Paper proposals must be submitted and finalized before they can be assigned to any session.

Click here and follow the instructions for an Individual Paper Proposal.

Participant submitted session proposals tend to follow four formats:

  • Paper Sessions – These sessions are traditional scholarly Paper Sessions that are organized around a common theme. 
  • Salon (Paper) Session – A Salon is a small format of a traditional scholarly Paper Session. They are more informal presentation settings in which participants with a small interested audience are seated at round tables in a ballroom. Salons permit focused, engaged and intimate conversation about scholars’ work. 
  • Roundtable Session – A Roundtable is a discussion-centered session that is organized around a common theme and does not have papers presented. Roundtables are the most flexible format offered at the meeting. Participants might organize debates, visual and musical performances, workshops, films, and other innovative formats. 
  • Author Meets Reader Session (AMR) – An Author-Meets-Reader (AMR) is a session in which discussion is focused on one or two recently published scholarly books. The session must include the author/s of the book, a minimum of four and a maximum of six designated “readers” who provide comments, and a session chair (who may be one of the readers). AMR panels are limited to books published in the year prior to the LSA Annual Meeting. For the 2019 Meeting, the books must have a publication date in 2018.

    In keeping with the nature of law and society scholarship and the 2019 conference theme, the Program Committee encourages AMR submissions that cross disciplinary, national and other boundaries. We especially encourage proposals that take advantage of the likely large number of attendees from outside the U.S. by including readers from multiple nations, where appropriate.

Click here and follow the instructions to submit a Session.

Sessions Organized by the Program Committee 

Professional Development Sessions - Panels address career development and enhance opportunities within the field of Socio-Legal Studies.

Plenary Sessions - The Program Committee develop these sessions based on the meeting theme.

Public Outreach Sessions - These sessions address communicating with non-scholarly audiences, such as policy makers or the general public.


August 23rd Call Released
September 6th Submissions OPEN!
November 7th Submission DEADLINE for individual papers, and pre-organized sessions
Early December Acceptance Letters Sent
Mid December/Early January Registration OPEN 
January 18th Deadline for ALL scheduling requests (medical and religious reasons only)
March 15th Deadline for panel changes
April  FINAL Program Released
April 12th Disability Accommodation Request Deadline / AV Special Request Deadline
May 30-June 2 2019 Annual Meeting on Law and Society in Washington, DC

You can find information about the Call and about our 2019 conference here:

The link to submit papers is here: