Our AGM will be held on June 7, noon (Toronto time). The meeting will be on Zoom : https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/j/96808669836. For anyone interested in joining the Board, we are actively seeking a Treasurer and new members-at-large. I would also welcome a replacement as President. Please forward your name, if interested, to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are inviting all members to participate in the upcoming Annual General Meeting on June 7th, noon (12 pm est). The zoom link is as following
Changing landscapes of immigration detention
Location: Faculty of Law, University of A Coruña (Spain)
Dates: September 1-2, 2022
Call for papers
Coordinators: Ana Ballesteros Pena (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)
and Cristina Fernández Bessa (University of A Coruña, Spain)
Scientific committee: Iker Barbero (University of the Basque Country, Spain), Ulla Berg (Rutgers University, USA), Carolina Sánchez Boe (Aarhus University, Denmark), José A. Brandariz (University of A Coruña, Spain), Giulia Fabini (University of Bolonia, Italy), Elisa García-España (University of Malaga, Spain), Kelly Hannah-Moffat (University of Toronto, Canada), Witold Klaus (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland), Audrey Macklin (University of Toronto, Canada), Raquel Matos (Catolica University of Portugal, Portugal), Romina Ramos (Arturo Prat University, Chile), Sarah Turnbull (University of Waterloo, Canada) and Joao Velloso (University of Ottawa, Canada).
Immigration detention regimes have been characterized for their great degree of flexibility and expandability. We have witnessed a constant mutation of detention facilities, decision-making tools and rationales for detention, technologies, geographical locations, practices of supervision and control of detainees and ex-detainees post-detention and stakeholders involved. The gendered and racialized nature of detention has adopted multiple forms across space and time. Furthermore, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital tools are increasingly permeating the practices of border control, detention and containment of unwanted mobility. Changes and differences can be witnessed at the subnational, national and continental level, especially between Global North jurisdictions and Global South jurisdictions. In the EU, the configurations of immigration detention regimes in Southern European countries have little to do with the dynamics in the Nordic Countries or in the east of Europe. Despite the existence of this variability, scholars in the field are still in the process of capturing the particularities of different systems. This exploration will provide empirical evidence of the evolution and functioning of each model and, importantly, will also add new insights to cross-national conversations on immigration detention.
Despite some common trends that can respond to the multi-scalar nature of these detention systems as well as to the transference of political ideas connecting different jurisdictions, immigration detention does not tend to show a significant level of convergence. On the contrary, the dynamic contexts in which immigration detention takes place are traversed by supranational, national, regional and local interconnections. In addition, national systems of detention are shaped by a particular set of socioeconomic, political and legal trends historically configured and connected to countries’ post/neo/colonial histories. Furthermore, other influential forces can play a significant role in the ways in which detention regimes are set up such as immigration and refugee models and the influence of specific penal traditions on immigration detention technologies. Thus, academic debates in this field may be enriched by boosting dialogues that put together different scales, disciplines and geographical interests.
This international interdisciplinary workshop provides an opportunity to reflect, both conceptually and empirically, on the changing and mutable nature of immigration detention regimes across the globe.
We seek contributions on the following topics, amongst others:
● Immigration detention, including pre- and post-detention practices.
● Crimmigration practices involving immigration detention.
● The role of different actors in the immigration detention complex.
● The use and impact of digital technologies and AI related to border control and penality.
● Agency and resistance of different actors involved in detention, supervision, and other forms of border and migration control.
● Other exclusionary practices against migrants and asylum seekers.
● Spatial practices of detention, containment and exclusion.
● The impact of gender, race, and (post/neo)colonialism in practices of border control and immigration detention.
● Emergent places of detention and containment of migrants: informal settlements, hotspots, temporary reception centers and the like.
● Humanitarization and other legitimizing discourses of immigration containment or detention
Confirmed keynote speakers: Kelly Hannah-Moffat (University of Toronto, Canada), Sanja Milivojevic (University of Bristol, UK) and Martina Tazzioli (Goldsmith, University of London, UK).
This is an interdisciplinary event which aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines, such as criminology, sociology, social policy, law, human geography, anthropology, political science, and psychology. Early career scholars are particularly encouraged to send abstracts. Attendance is free.
Please email your proposal (250 words maximum) by 23:59pm (GMT+1) on 20th March 2022 at email@example.com.
For early career researchers (PhD students and post-doc researchers) from outside the EU and researchers from the Global South, we are pleased to offer, at least, two travel bursaries covering travel and accommodation costs. Please, send your motivated request along with your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We aim to publish the papers discussed in this international workshop as a special issue of a journal. If you are interested in putting your work forward for consideration, please indicate this in your proposal.
Information about acceptance will be sent by 2nd April 2022.
The workshop is planned to be in-person in the University of A Coruña (Spain), although provisions for online participation can be made in particular, individual circumstances. Furthermore, we will be closely monitoring COVID pandemic evolution in order to move to hybrid or on-line if the health situation recommends this.
The workshop is part of the European Commission funded project Governmigration: Governing irregular immigration through detention. Discourses and practices from an interdisciplinary approach, under the scientific program Horizon 2020 within Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. It is sponsored jointly by the ECRIM Research Group, Faculty of Law, University of A Coruña (Spain), the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto (Canada) and the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).
The next ACDS/CLSA Early Scholar Showcase and Social will be held on Zoom on December 10, 2021, at 3:00 – 4:30 PM EST. With the Omicron variant upon us, I suspect we are all in need of some joy, so the event will be holiday themed featuring a work-in-progress presentation from Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly (SJD candidate at University of Toronto) on the ‘holidayest’ topic possible: public legal expenses insurance! Feel free to dress up in your most festive attire (I—Josh Shaw—will be donning my ugliest holiday sweater and antlers). After the presentation and Q&A we will chat casually amongst ourselves about our research, the things we are reading and the trials and tribulations of graduate studies.
Join us at this casual get-together with fellow graduate students researching law and society. Be sure to re-subscribe to the ACDS/CLSA for 2022 (https://www.acds-clsa.com/store/c5/Membership_2022.html) and bring friendly colleagues (and encourage them to join!).
The event will be held by Zoom, and the details are below:
Joshua Shaw is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: CLSA Early Scholar Showcase and Social
Time: Dec 10, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 981 6519 4195
Details about the talk are below:
Name: Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly
Status of studies: SJD Candidate
Association: University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Title of work-in-progress: The Case for Public Legal Expenses Insurance
Abstract: Civil justice faces an accessibility crisis. The rising costs of legal services are prohibitive for the middle class, and legal aid schemes are unable to close the gap. With the increased caseload anticipated to result from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is time to revisit one solution which, despite its successes, remains relatively unpopular, i.e. public legal expenses insurance (“LEI”).
The literature already establishes that legal risks are insurable and that LEI can be viable, but I want to approach the question from a different angle. My argument is that a comparison between LEI and public health insurance schemes—which are more widespread and arguably better accepted—shows that there is no principled reason for insuring health risks but leaving legal risks behind.
The argument develops in three steps. First, building on my previous research comparing access to healthcare and access to justice, I will argue that health and legal risks are comparable in nature and in their potential consequences for individuals, and therefore that the rationale for providing health insurance also applies to LEI. Second, I will argue that the commitment to equality which underlies public health insurance schemes also applies in the legal sphere and, as a result, that that commitment similarly justifies the development of public LEI. Lastly, I will nuance the comparison by pointing out differences between health and legal risks, including the relational and correlative nature of the latter, and the impact of those differences on the implementation of LEI.
Joshua Shaw and Alexandra Bahary
ACDS/CLSA Graduate Student Reps
2022 Global Meeting on Law & Society Conference Theme: Rage, Reckoning and Remedy/ Cette année, le thème du colloque mondial de la Law & Society Association est : « Rage, réconciliation et réparations ».
In these times, a shifting world is upon us—one that demands a close examination of equality, freedom, and humanity. At the center of that critical examination are issues of race, colonialism, and the legacies of slavery. As communities demand an end to racial inequality, the urgency to grapple with the pains and realities of the past comes front and center.
While the history of slavery has been robustly centered in the United States, in reality, these global enterprises flourished the world over, creating human subjects and chattel of men, women, and children, in North America, South America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, Australasia and other lands. Portuguese ships alone carried millions of Africans into slavery over a period of four centuries from the mid-15th century.
Even after slavery’s formal abolition, colonization became a rebranded form of human subjugation and subordination, seen vividly through the lenses of Europe’s imperial reaches into Asia and Africa, a precursor for modern forms of slavery and the predatory ways in which modern societies exploit the non-human environment. The violence and exploitation that resulted remains a point of social, legal, cultural and even ecological trauma today.
At the 2022 Global Law and Society meeting in Portugal, we will place these urgent issues at the forefront of our engagement, drawing upon law, history, art, sociology, psychology, politics and culture to give serious attention to the past, while drawing lessons and hope for the future.
Plenary sessions will take up these concerns and center important research and conversations about dismantling and reimagining social, legal, and political structures that perpetuate and instantiate racism and inequality in society. That is, even though slavery and colonialism are tragic common bonds and legacies in the modern world, this meeting will unpack how to move forward to forge more equitable societies.
A key part of our meeting, then, will involve critically examining the success and failures of prior efforts and strategies and remedies for reckoning with colonialism and slavery’s fraught pasts. We welcome scholars from throughout the world to substantively engage on these issues and envision a future that takes seriously the challenges of the past and present.
The 2022 Program Committee invites individual and fully-formed panel submissions for what will be an exciting and challenging meeting. As always, the Program Committee welcomes any scholar studying sociolegal questions to submit a paper proposal. While the pandemic situation remains challenging, we are currently planning for the conference itself to be largely in person, with a limited hybrid component. Any individual panel will be either entirely in person or entirely virtual. We may be able to expand the time slots for panels so as to enhance participation by international scholars unable to travel to Lisbon. For now, however, we request only the substantive proposals. The Program Committee also welcomes the submission of complete panels of four to five papers in languages other than English. Submissions of individual paper proposals will be accepted in English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please include a brief English abstract with all proposals not submitted in English.
Alors que de profonds bouleversements s’opèrent, cette métamorphose exige un examen circonspect de l’égalité, de la liberté et de l’humanité. Au cœur de cet examen critique se trouvent des questions concernant la race, le colonialisme et les reliquats encore bien présents de l’esclavage. Tandis que des communautés exigent la fin des inégalités raciales, l’urgence d’agir sur les douleurs et les réalités du passé prend toute la place.
L’histoire de l’esclavage relate souvent ce qui s’est passé principalement aux États-Unis. Pourtant, en réalité, ce sont des entreprises florissantes du monde entier qui ont transformé des êtres humains — hommes, femmes et enfants — en de simples objets que ce soit en Amérique du Nord, en Amérique du Sud, dans les Caraïbes, dans les Îles du pacifique, en Australasie, pour ne nommer que ces régions du monde. À eux seuls, les bateaux portugais ont transporté des millions d’Africains en esclavage pendant quatre siècles dès la deuxième moitié du 15e siècle.
Même après l’abolition formelle de l’esclavage, une nouvelle forme de subjugation et de subordination humaine se poursuit sous la forme de la colonisation au service des visées de l’Europe impériale. Cette subjugation, qui atteint l’Asie et l’Afrique, est un précurseur des formes modernes d’esclavage et de prédation au moyen desquelles les sociétés continuent d’exploiter l’environnement non humain. La violence et l’exploitation qui en résultent ont engendré un traumatisme dont les répercussions continuent de se faire sentir encore aujourd’hui sur les plans social, juridique, culturel et même écologique.
Lors du prochain colloque mondial de la LSA au Portugal, ces questions urgentes, qui sont au cœur de notre engagement, seront mises de l’avant de sorte que des discussions importantes puisant dans le droit, l’histoire, les arts, la sociologie, la psychologie, la politique et la culture leur donneront l’attention qu’elles méritent. En se penchant ainsi sur le passé, nous espérons pouvoir tirer des leçons et de l’espoir pour l’avenir.
Les séances plénières, qui traiteront de ces préoccupations, favoriseront les travaux et les échanges sur d’éventuels moyens de démanteler les structures sociales, juridiques et politiques qui perpétuent le racisme et les inégalités dans la société en vue d’en imaginer de nouvelles qui soient exemptes de tels préjugés. En dépit du tragique héritage de l’esclavage et du colonialisme dans le monde moderne, le colloque tentera d’élaborer des moyens de forger des sociétés plus justes.
Une partie importante du colloque consistera en un examen critique des succès et des échecs en ce qui a trait aux efforts déployés pour se réconcilier avec le lourd passé du colonialisme et de l’esclavage. Les chercheurs des quatre coins du monde sont invités à se pencher sur ces questions et à envisager un avenir qui prend au sérieux les défis du passé et du présent.
Le comité de programmes invite les soumissions individuelles ou de comités pour ce qui s’annonce être un colloque des plus intéressants. Comme toujours, les chercheurs étudiant des questions d’ordre sociologique peuvent présenter des projets de recherche. Alors que la pandémie continue de poser son lot de défis, nous organisons l’événement principalement en présentiel avec une composante hybride limitée. Tout panel sera présenté entièrement en personne ou entièrement en virtuel. Nous serons peut-être en mesure d’élargir les périodes allouées aux panels afin d’accroître la participation de chercheurs internationaux qui ne sont pas en mesure de se rendre à Lisbonne. Pour le moment, toutefois, nous n’acceptons que les propositions substantielles. Le comité de programmes accueille également volontiers les propositions de panels de quatre ou cinq travaux dans des langues autres que l’anglais. Les soumissions individuelles seront acceptées en anglais, en portugais, en français, en allemand, en italien et en espagnol. Veuillez inclure un bref résumé en anglais de toutes les propositions dont l’original n’est pas en anglais.
The first CLSA/ACDS Sociolegal & Methodological Workshop will be held on November 26, 2021, at 12:30 PM EST to 2 PM EST (9:30 AM Vancouver, 10:30 PM Edmonton, 11:30 AM Winnipeg, 1:30 PM Halifax, 2 PM St. John's). The Workshop will be held by Zoom (Zoom invitation can be found below). All graduate students in Canada studying matters relating to law and society are invited to attend. If you share this invitation with anyone who is not a member of the CLSA/ACDS, you can encourage them to join (merely $30 as a graduate student): https://www.acds-clsa.com/membership.html
The Workshop will have the following structure:
· 40 to 45-minute talk by prof. Véronique Fortin (University of Sherbrooke)
· 40- to 45-minute Q&A with respect to Veronique's talk and our current concerns, challenges and obstacles regarding our own research.
Please RSVP at email@example.com.
Véronique Fortin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Université de Sherbrooke. She has a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. Her current research interests include the criminalization and punishment of marginalized communities, such as people experiencing homelessness, people living with mental illnesses and welfare recipients. She favours an empirical approach, most often ethnographic, for her research.
Title: Ethnography and the law: what they can bring to one another
In this theoretical and methodological workshop, I draw on concrete examples from personal experiences (and mistakes!) in my research on the judicialization of protesters and people experiencing homelessness, to explore what ethnography and law can bring to one another. After having briefly described what ethnography is in general, I will talk about the various dimensions of legal ethnographic research and what ethnography can contribute to the study of law. Conversely, I will also explore the ways that legal training can contribute to ethnographic research.
Alexandra Bahary-Dionne vous invite à une réunion Zoom planifiée.
Sujet : Ethnographical Workshop
Heure : 26 nov. 2021 12:30 PM Montréal
Participer à la réunion Zoom
ID de réunion : 931 9905 6654
Code secret : h4cKGm
Alexandra Bahary and Joshua Shaw
Grad Student Reps
Canadian Law and Society Association / Association Canadienne Droit et Société
No more business as usual. Legal thinking needs to catch up with the present crises. This workshop is dedicated to informed, cross-disciplinary thinking that sees the university as serving broader communities of thought, rights activism and critical/ creative endeavour. We would like to invite scholars, practitioners and activists to submit presentations to the Hart Workshop 2022. The presentation could fall under one of the streams outlined below, but we would also be keen to invite free-standing panels as well. If you would like to submit a proposal for a presentation, please send a brief abstract (300 word maximum). A panel proposal should cover a short rationale (400 words maximum) for the panel and abstracts of the presentations/ speakers within the panel (300 words per speaker). Presentations can be in the form of academic papers, reports from activists or other engagements with ongoing struggles. The objective of the workshop is to combine critical accounts of the crises with studies of transformation and the creative imagination of future possibilities.
You can see more details in the link below.
Faculty of Social Science and Humanities – Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC), Criminology and Social Justice
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