CRN 3 organizes a range of activities, including panels, workshops, and meetings at conferences. The CRN aims to connect scholars with common interests in ethnography, law and society by hosting a listserv for members, by providing regular updates regarding opportunities for research and collaboration, and by developing a repository for teaching and professional development resources.

We are organizing a program for the next Law and Society Association (LSA) meeting and welcome submissions of panels or individual papers. If you plan to attend the 2019 LSA meeting in Washington, DC, and you need help placing your paper on a panel, please consider submitting an abstract for inclusion on panels organized around the following theme, Dignity in Turbulent Times.

In addition to the conference theme track, we hope to feature one or more panels on Engaged and Activist Ethnographies in Law and Society. We are leaving this call open in terms of topic and focus, as are the primary goal of this panel (or panels) is to raise the visibility of these forms of ethnographic work.If you are interested in submitting a paper on questions of dignity or on engaged or activist ethnography, send your name, affiliation, and an abstract of 100 to 250 words, including both primary and secondary keywords, via email to Amelia Radke no later than October 28. Below is more information about the theme of the annual meeting. The LSA website provides abstract guidelines. We will contact you regarding paper placement prior to the LSA submission deadline of November 7. 

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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:

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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.

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.