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SLSA BOOK AND ARTICLE
In another extremely strong field of nominations, the SLSA
Exec is delighted to announce the shortlists for this year’s
book and article prizes.
Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize
Alessandrini, Donatella (Kent) (2016) Value Making in International
Law and Regulation: Alternative possibilities, Routledge
Barmes, Lizzie (Queen Mary) (2016) Bullying and Behavioural
Conflict at Work: The duality of individual rights, OUP
Socio-Legal Theory and History Prize
Grabham, Emily (Kent) (2016) Brewing Legal Times: Things, form,
and the enactment of law, Toronto University Press
Harrington, John (Cardiff) (2017) Towards a Rhetoric of Medical Law,
Hart Prize for Early Career Academics
Prabhat, Devyani (Bristol) (2016) Unleashing the Force of Law:
Legal mobilization, national securit y and basic freed oms,
Westwood, Sue (Keele) (2016) Aging, G ender and Sexuality:
Equality in later life, Routledge
Socio-Legal Article Prize
Carr, Helen (Kent) (2 015) ’Legal technolo gy in an age of
austerity: documentation, “functional” incontinence and the
problem of dignity’ in Dave Cowan and Dan Wincott (eds),
Exploring the Legal in Socio-Legal Studies, Palgrave
Crawford, Adam (Leeds) (2015) ‘Temporality in restorative
justice: on time , timing and tim e-consciousnes s’ 19(4 )
Theoretical Criminology 470–90
Hunter, Caroline (York) (2015) ‘Solar panels, homeowners and
leases: the lease as a socio-legal object’ in Dave Cowan and
Dan Wincott (eds), Exploring the Legal in Socio-legal Studies,
The winner s will be a nnounced at the an nual dinn er in
Newcastle on 6 April 2017.
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SLSA 2017: NEWCASTLE
The SLSA’s Annual Conference this year will be held at
Newcastle University from 5–7 April 2017.
Yet again , the Ann ual Con ference is fast app roaching!
Registration is open and the standard rate is still available but
only until 13 March 2017. After that the late rate will apply. The
closing date for all registrations is 6pm on 31 March 2017. Be
sure not to miss these important deadlines. Visit the website as
soon as you can at wwww.slsa2017.com.
This year we received nearly 500 abstracts in response to the
call for papers and the theme and stream convenors have started
to put the panels together. As always, there are a great range of
papers and delegates will have difficulty choosing between the
parallel panel sessions. The conference hub and all the seminar
rooms for each session are centrally located on campus, near the
University Quadrangle’s World War memorial garden.
We have also received 13 excellent posters which will be
entered into the poster competition and displayed throughout
all three days of the conference. This year delegates will be able
to vote for their favourite to win.
On the first evening, delegates can enjoy a wine reception at
the Great North Museum, Hancock. We are lucky enough to be
hosting it in the ‘Living planet’ exhibition space, which means
guests can enjoy some natural history alongside their socio-legal
studies. The conference dinner, on the second evening, will be
served in the beautiful Great Hall of the Discovery Museum.
The museum is full of fascinating exhibitions on industry,
science and technology. At the dinner SLSA chair, Rosemary
Hunter will announce the winners of the SLSA book and article
prizes and Professor Linda Mulcahy, winner of this year’s Prize
for Contributions to the Socio-Legal Community, will also
receive her award.
As previously publicised, the theme of this year’s conference
is ‘Visions of law’. On the one hand, this will mean exploring the
visual representations and the relationship between law and the
visual. On the other, it also encompasses the myriad ways of
‘seeing’ law which are made possible by socio-legal studies.
We are very excited to be welcoming our plenary panel. The
panel members are Dr Thomas Giddens (St Mary’s University),
Professor Linda Mulcahy (LSE), Professor Ama nda Perry-
Kessaris (University of Kent) and Leonora Saunders (freelance
photographer). They will be speaking to the central conference
theme. Their biographies and abstracts for the keynote panel on
Wednesday 5 April 2017 can be found on the conference website
wwww.slsa2017.com/keynote-speakers. In keeping with the
theme, delegates will have the opportunity to view the Athena
Project p ortraits of leading w omen in l aw and poli cy,
temporarily exhibited in the on-campus Long Gallery, in
addition to the Inspirational Women of the Law portraits which
are a permanent feature of Newcastle Law School. See
If you have any questions, please see the conference website
wwww.slsa2017.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference steering committee look forward to seeing you
in Newcastle in April!
Nikki Godden-Rasul and Kevin Crosby
Future SLSA Annual Conferences
SLSA members will be gathering at the University of Bristol
from 27—29 March 2018 and at Leeds University from
3—5 April 2019. Save the dates.