CRN 3 Events at the 2019 LSA Meeting

Please join the CRN on Ethnography, Law and Society for an exciting series of sessions at the 2019 LSA annual meeting. They include:

Friday, May 31st
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM Dignity in Turbulent Times: Disputed Questions of Law, Justice, and Rights

12:45 PM – 2:30 PM Community, Family, and Law(s) in the Global South and its Diasporas and Activist Ethnography: Possibilities, Dilemmas, and Praxis

6:45 PM – 8:00 PM CRN 3 Business Meeting – Hyatt Grand Teton Room

The business meeting features a discussion with Professor Marie-Andree Jacob (University of Leeds) on Academic Hoaxes, Frauds, and Grievance, chaired by Renee Shelby (Georgia Institute of Technology). After the meeting, we are hosting a social at Union Pub until 10:30 PM. Please join us!

Saturday, June 1st
8:00 AM – 9:45 AM Dignity and Resistance: Activist and Engaged Perspectives

11:50 AM – 12:35 PM Navigating Conflict: How Youth Handle Trouble in a High-Poverty School

2:45 PM – 4:30 PM Ethnographies of Law I: Activism, Struggle, Inequality and Crisis

4:45 PM – 6:30 PM What’s Law Got to Do With It?

Sunday, June 2nd
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM Ethnographies of Law II: Spaces of Legal and Bureaucratic Regulation


Deadline to Register for LSA – Feb 8th

Don’t forget to register for the 2019 Law and Society Association’s annual meeting, the final deadline of which is February, 8th (this Friday) at 11:59pm EST.

ALL participants must register, using this link, in order to remain on the program. According to the LSA website: REGISTRATION FOR MEETING PRESENTERS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 8th 11:59 EST. THERE ARE NO FURTHER EXTENSIONS, NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are unable to attend, a 50% refund can be granted until April 1st.

Nominations for 2019 LSA Awards

The deadline for the Law and Society Association’s 2019 awards is approaching! Consider nominating a colleague or student for one of the awards:

The deadline is February 1, 2019. The link for submissions is available through the LSA website.

2019 Law and Society Assocation Call for Abstracts – DEADLINE EXTENDED

washingtondc2019logoThe next annual meeting of the Law and Society Association (LSA) is set to take place in Washington, DC on May 30 – June 2, 2019. The theme is Dignity.

The deadline for proposal submission has been extended to November 14, 2018. Registration will begin in January 2019. The full call for participation is available on the LSA website. To ensure your panel is affiliated with the CRN on Ethnography, Law and Society, please indicate CRN 3 when completing the submission process.

As a participant, you are limited to “one participation as a Paper Presenter, Roundtable Participant, Author, or Salon Presenter” but can serve as a Chair and/or Discussant for unlimited panels. For this reason, if you plan to attend the meeting as a paper presenter, we may ask you to volunteer to serve as a Panel Organizer or Discussant if you have interests that overlap with another session.

For participants who need help placing their paper on a panel, stay tuned! The CRN will announce a separate process soon.

If you have any questions, please contact the Ethnography, Law & Society Co-Chairs, Allison Fish and Kate Henne.

15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry: Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Resistance

Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
15-18 May 2018

The 2019 congress is committed to a politics of active and passive resistance, to non-violence, to bearing witness to injustice, to refusing to take no as an answer, refusing to be silenced, refusing to accept assaults on critical, interpretive inquiry, refusing to abandon the goal of social justice for all. It is committed to confronting structures of repression which keep people in marginalized states by repressing critical consciousness. The truth cannot be repressed. Justice will prevail. We call for a politics of hope, acts of activism, discourses of resistance which imagine the impossible.

We are global citizens trapped in a world we did not create, nor want any part of. Our public institutions are under assault. Academics and pacifists critical of the public order are branded as traitors. The 2019 Congress offers scholars the opportunity to foreground, interrogate, imagine and engage new ways of a politics of resistance and critical qualitative inquiry in these troubling times. Sessions will take up such topics as: research as resistance, redefinitions of the public university, neoliberal accountabil­ity metrics, attacks on freedom of speech, threats to shared governance, the politics of advocacy, value-free inquiry, partisanship, the politics of evidence, public policy dis­course, indigenous research ethics, decolonizing inquiry.

Scholars come to the Congress to resist, to celebrate community, to experiment with traditional and new methodologies, with new technologies of representation. Together we seek to develop guidelines and exemplars concerning advocacy, inquiry and social justice concerns. We share a commitment to change the world, to engage in ethical work that makes a positive difference. As critical scholars our task is to bring the past and the future into the present, allowing us to engage realistic utopian pedagogies of hope.

Scholars from around the world have accepted the challenge to gather together in common purpose to collectively imagine creative and critical responses to a global community in crisis. The Fifteenth International Congress offers us an opportunity to experiment, take risks, explore new presentational forms, share experiences, problems and hopes concerning the conduct of critical qualitative inquiry in this time of global uncertainty.

More information available on the ICQI website.

Submission Deadline: December 1 2018

JOB: Urban Ethnography at Concordia University

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University would like to invite applications for a tenure-track position in the area of Urban Ethnography. The position requires a strong research dossier in this area and the ability to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In an effort to build the department’s profile in experimental methodologies, we seek a researcher with a strong background in ethnographic methods, and an interest in interdisciplinary innovation. While this position is open to all geographical areas, we are particularly interested in the study of cities in Asia, the Middle-East or the Global South. Knowledge of the French language is an asset. A PhD in Anthropology or a related discipline will be required at the time of appointment.

Ours is a dual department encompassing research and teaching in both Sociology and Anthropology at all levels of the university curriculum. It builds on a rich and creative tradition to address pressing contemporary social problems in a variety of cultural contexts relating to the personal, the local, and the global. The diverse variety of student and faculty interests and backgrounds makes working in our department a unique and rewarding experience.

Applications must consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to the departmental contact.

Dr. Danielle Gauvreau, Chair & Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3G 1M8

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2019. All applications should reach the department no later than Friday, November 2, 2018. All inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Danielle Gauvreau (

Employment equityConcordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements: 

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

CRN 3 Call for Abstracts on Dignity in Turbulent Times

The CRN on Ethnography, Law and Society (CRN 3) is sponsoring a special panel track that aligns with the theme of the Law and Society Association (LSA) meeting. 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

Ethnographic studies of law and society have become integral to understanding diverse lived realities. This track of CRN-sponsored panels seeks to bring together research that explores how people understand and maintain dignity in a changing world. Considering the challenges of these turbulent political times, our aim is to explore and better understand what, as well as how, dignity comes to mean in everyday life and the various ways people engage with, use, or circumvent law to maintain their dignity. Papers may consider, for example, how individual participants or groups negotiate or resist law through mundane activities, how they create alternative support networks or communities as regulatory regimes change, or how they work toward more formal modes of organizing. Papers might also investigate the complexity and contradictions that arise in ethnographic research on questions of dignity and legality. Regardless of specific focus, we welcome papers that ethnographically explore different meanings and tensions that emerge around dignity against the backdrop of social and political shifts.

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. The LSA website provides abstract guidelines. We will contact you regarding paper placement prior to the LSA submission deadline of November 7.