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Call for Applications: Conference on New Directions in Law and Society

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Friday, October 7, 2022 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 7:00pm


UMass Amherst

The Center for Justice, Law, and Societies, with support from the Law and Science Program of the National Science Foundation, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is delighted to put forward this Call for Applications for the 2022 Conference on New Directions in Law and Society (October 7-8, 2022), to take place at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. We have designed this conference to bring together faculty and graduate students from the diverse community of law and society scholars. We hope to provide a collaborative setting in which to deepen law and society as a field, introduce scholars to the field, and foster ongoing dialogue for future events.

We invite graduate student applicants with a project to workshop (Oct. 7), and paper panel (Oct. 8) applicants who will have a full draft to share by the time of the meeting. We hope that the time for each project or paper will be fruitful for developing towards publication. Graduate students will workshop projects with more senior faculty on the morning of Oct. 7, with professionalization panels on funding and publishing in the afternoon. Paper panels on Oct. 8 will be designed to encourage topical synergies across methodologies, with discussants and panelists sharing insights to help develop the work. On both days, all participants are welcome to join plenary sessions with distinguished law and society scholars from the region.

Applications should be submitted by May 15 using the following submission form, where applicants of all career stages will have the opportunity to indicate interest in presenting research, serving as a panel chair, panel discussant, or faculty mentor for the graduate student workshop. We will announce workshop participants, paper presenters, and funding by June 15.

Questions should be directed to conference co-organizers Jamie Rowen ( and Paul Collins (

Contact's name: 

Jamie Rowen

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United States
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