[ACLA-CAAL] Call for Papers: The Role of Language and Class in Legal Identity Formations

Jessica Lopez-Espino jsl610 at nyu.edu
Thu Mar 1 12:46:31 EST 2018

Hi All,

Apologies for cross-posting, but please find our CFP for AAA 2018 below.
Looking forward to working with you.


Call for Papers: AAA Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA; November 14-18, 2018

Session Title: *The Role of Language and Class in Legal Identity Formations*

Co-organizers: Nathan Madson and Jessica López-Espino (New York University)

Please send your proposed abstract (max 250 words), along with affiliation,
current status, and contact information to Nathan Madson (nhm248 at nyu.edu)
and Jessica Lopez-Espino (jsl610 at nyu.edu) by *March 26, 2018 3PM EST**.*

Our proposed panel for the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting is focused on the role
of language and class in shaping the resistance, resilience, and adaptation
of actors within legal systems. We are particularly interested in exploring
the ways in which class and linguistic practices shape legal identities
from expatriate communities (Beaverstock 2002, 2011; Hindman 2013; Fechter
2007; Ong 2007), migrant and working-class litigants in bilingual and
heritage language settings (Coutin 2000; Ng 2009; Richland 2008), and other
transnational and multilingual actors in local and international legal
settings. Class and language use can dictate how individuals are recognized
and move through legal systems (Conley and O’Barr 1990; Merry 1990;
Phillips 1998). From a more macroscopic perspective, which classes and/or
linguistic groups enact law? How do these limited voices use law to reify,
disrupt, or reshape inequalities that result from class and language
differences? How do race and ethnicity intersect, run parallel to, or
contradict class and language use in legal settings? Finally, who are the
gatekeepers of law and how do their own classed and linguistic identities
restrict or open access to others?

We invite papers that discuss the intersection of language and class in the
experience of the law and legal institutions. This panel is open to
linguistic and sociocultural anthropologists, but will be submitted under
the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology. All papers must
address the three main foci of the panel: language, class, and law.

Interested applicants should submit a 250-word abstract and paper title to
Jessica Lopez-Espino (jsl610 at nyu.edu) and Nathan Madson
(nhm248 at nyu.edu) by *March
26, 2018 3PM EST**.*

We look forward to your submissions!


Accepted panel presenters will be required to be paid Annual Meeting
registrants (by April 16 at 3 pm EST) AND have AAA memberships active
through November 18. Anthropologists outside of the U.S. or Canada, or
non-anthropologists, may request a Membership Exemption
but meeting registration is still required. Membership exemptions must be
requested by Thursday, March 29. For financial assistance with
registration, please complete the Program Chair Waiver application
to Thursday, March 29. The completion of an application does not guarantee
a waiver will be awarded.

Jessica López-Espino
PhD Candidate- Anthropology
New York University
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