Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities

The Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities will be held at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California March 31-April 1, 2017.

Panel and paper proposals are due Friday October 28th, 2016. 

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, law and cultural studies, law and anthropology, law and literature, law and the performing arts, and legal hermeneutics.

The aim is to 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.


Examples of sessions we anticipate people will organize include:

  • History, Memory and Law
  • Law and Literature
  • Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism
  • Speech, Silence, and the Language of Law
  • Judgment, Justice, and Law
  • Beyond Identity
  • The Idea of Practice in Legal Thought
  • Metaphor and Meaning
  • Representing Legality in Film and Mass Media
  • Anarchy, Liberty and Law
  • What is Excellence in Interpretation?
  • Ethics, Religion, and Law
  • Moral Obligation and Legal Life
  • The Post-Colonial in Literary and Legal Study
  • Processes and Possibilities in Interdisciplinary Law Teaching

Those interested in attending are advised to consider submitting complete panels, and suggesting a variety of formats – roundtables, sessions at which everyone reads the papers in advance, sessions in which commentators respond to a single paper.

Abstracts for proposed papers should be no more than 250 words.

Proposals for panels should include three papers (or, exceptionally, four papers). Panel proposals should specify a title and a chair; the panel chair may also be a panel presenter. Paper presenters may appear more than once in the conference program.


The registration form is available at this link.

A reminder that the ASLCH uses a two part registration system. First you register your paper or panel and pay a $37.74 membership fee. When/if your paper or panel is accepted, you pay the conference fee. All panelists will be notified about their acceptance as soon as possible.

Hotel Information

Information about hotels and other information specific to the 2017 conference will follow.


If you have any general questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact Karl Shoemaker ( For matters related to the program or its organization, please write to William Rose (

More information here.