14-15 DECEMBER 2012

This conference aims to interrogate literary, filmic, popular cultural and artistic representations of the agents of those institutions, specifically in terms of guilt and culpability. Why, for example, can we observe a tendency to hold at a cautious distance the disciplining subject whilst accepting (or even celebrating) the institutions they represent as socially and politically necessary? Why, when the actions of such agents become extreme, transgressive or criminal, is there a tendency to pathologise such actions in terms of individual perversity – as the actions of ‘bad apples’ – and thereby transfer culpability from the institution to the individual subject, rather than explaining such actions in systemic, structural or institutional terms?

We invite papers that interrogate narrative negotiations of the tensions encountered by these figures and in these relationships; tensions between agency and victimhood, necessity and guilt, legitimate and abusive uses of power and violence. We may, for example, be overfamiliar with literary, filmic or popular cultural narratives of captivity that privilege the experience of incarceration or miscarriages of justice, in which the disciplining subject occupies a reified or stereotyped position; what representational potentials have remained underexplored in cultural or political discourses?

Our temporal focus is mainly on the 20th and 21st Centuries, but we do not exclude proposals for papers on earlier periods. Themes for papers could include, but are not limited to, narrative representations of

* Agency and victimhood
* Heroism/duty
* Ethical reflections on institutional and individual culpability
* Stereotypes/prejudices (and their deconstruction)
* Racial/ethnic/national inflections of ‘culpability’
* Women and normative masculinities
* Guilt, responsibility, deserved punitivity
* ‘Dirty work’
* ‘Clean’/non-scarring violence
* Legitimacy and the abuse of power
* State violence and its parameters
* Torturers, torture and abuse; the representation of torturers
* Trauma, testimony
* Colonial and neocolonial disciplinary configurations
* Authority, power, powerlessness
* Theoretical conceptualisations of disciplinary agents

The conference is organised by Alex Adams (Newcastle University) and Cornelia Wächter (University of Paderborn, Bielefeld University) in cooperation with the Institute of English Studies (University of London) and the Human Rights Consortium (University of London). Please email 200-300 word abstracts for 20 minute papers to and by Sunday, 19th August 2012.

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Southeastern Law Scholars Conference 

The Charleston School of Law is pleased to host the third annual Southeastern Law Scholars Conference on September 21-22, 2012. This regional conference will bring together junior law school faculty to present published papers or works-in-progress across all disciplines within the law. The conference is open to all junior law faculty (one to seven years teaching experience) at law schools in the United States. To ensure an atmosphere conducive to feedback, space is limited to twenty participants.

The conference will begin with a reception for all participants on Friday, September 21, 2012. On Saturday, September 22, 2012, conference participants will present either a completed paper or work-in-progress, and comment on the papers and ideas presented by others. As the host school, the Charleston School of Law will provide breakfast and lunch on Saturday, September 22. There is no registration fee. Participants, however, are responsible for their own travel expenses.

To participate in the conference, please send an email to conference organizer, Professor Sheila B. Scheuerman at by Friday, August 31, 2012. Please note whether you will be attending the reception on Friday, September 21, in your email. In addition, please include the title of your presentation topic. A short abstract would also be helpful. Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions to Sheila B. Scheuerman at the email address above.

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Symposium: Call for Papers Climate Change in Former Colonies: Challenges of Property and History 

Climate Change in Former Colonies: Challenges of Property and History

October 12, 2012
Lexington, Virginia

Washington and Lee University School of Law’s Law and History Center, in partnership with Virginia Sea Grant, will host a symposium on Climate Change in the Former Colonies: Challenges of Property and History.

Recognizing the unique impact that the colonial legal experience continues to have on Eastern states, the symposium will focus on the application of legal historical research to contemporary problems and opportunities in the areas of policy-making, property rights, and hazard resilience in coastal communities. Panel presentations and potential topics include:

How the colonial legal experience affects modern property rights and our responsiveness to climate change
Historical and modern property doctrines—particularly nuisance, zoning, and eminent domain—and their relation to current climate change challenges and policies
Changing notions of acceptable land use and natural resources
Environmental hazard resilience policies and opportunities for their enhancement via legal strategies

We are open to suggestions of other related topics.

Publication details:

A collection of papers from the conference will be published as a volume of the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal. Solid drafts of articles will be due October 1, 2012. We will solicit peer review comments and plan to return those around October 22nd. Final articles will be due November 16th with proofreading and cite checking to follow and publication in December or January.


Accommodations and set costs for travel are available. There are also a limited number of scholarships covering travel costs available for graduate students.

Those interested in submitting a paper should email proposals to Dr. Jill Fraley, Director of the Washington and Lee University Center for Law and History, at Each proposal should include a 200 word abstract, paper title, and author(s) name(s), affiliations. Graduate students seeking scholarships, please include a C.V. and a statement regarding whether or not (and what) funds are available from your home institution. All proposals are due by JUNE 30, 2012.

Please direct any comments or questions about the symposium to Dr. Jill Fraley at

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Call for Papers: The Tax Lawyer — The State & Local Tax Edition 

From Brandee Tilman, Editor-in-Chief of the State and Local Tax edition of The Tax Lawyer (via Alice Abreu (Temple), incoming Vice Chair, Publication, for the ABA Tax Section):

We are pleased to announce a call for articles for the Summer 2013 Edition of the ABA’s The Tax Lawyer – The State and Local Tax Edition (SALTE). The SALTE features legal scholarship devoted to state and local taxation and is distributed to the nearly 18,000 members of the ABA Tax Section as well as other subscribers. Though not limited to academic and/or tax policy articles, this publication provides an excellent venue for these types of articles, while simultaneously providing authors with a wide readership of state and local tax professionals.

Articles submitted for publication should be at least 40 double-spaced pages (or 10,000 words) plus footnotes, and should be submitted no later than November 15, 2012. The SALTE is a peer-reviewed publication, and publication decisions will be made by the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor, both of whom are practicing tax lawyers. Offers of publication will be issued within 30 days of receipt of the submission.

Contact Information:

Brandee A. Tilman
Editor-in-Chief (effective 7/1/12)

Jeffrey Reed
Managing Editor (effective 7/1/12)

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Call For Papers: Affordable Care Act 

Call for Papers:

Public Affairs Quarterly
is seeking abstracts for a special issue which will cover the various issues surrounding the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); the decision is expected later this month. We are seeking papers that are philosophical in nature, but, in keeping with the purpose of the journal, we are primarily interested in papers that engage in a meaningful way with the Court’s decision. The aim of the special issue is to move beyond the generic debate over universal health care and to engage critically with the various legal and normative issues at stake in the Affordable Care Act, specifically, the potential legal fallout from the decision, and legislative/political paths forward.

The Court has granted review of the following issues with respect to the ACA:

Is it appropriate to decide the case before any individual has been forced to pay the penalty which is at issue; i.e. does the Anti-Injunction Act apply?

Can the expansion in Medicaid proposed by the ACA be justified?
Can the individual mandate be constitutionally justified?

If the individual mandate is deemed unconstitutional, what ramifications ought this to have for the rest of the provisions in the ACA; i.e. is the individual mandate severable?

We hope that authors will engage meaningfully with one or more of these issues as well as the normative and legal consequences that follow.

Abstracts should be between 500 and 750 words in length and should be submitted within one month of the decision. If selected, authors will then have an additional six months to submit final manuscripts for the issue. The special issue will be edited by Nathan Stout (Tulane University) with oversight from PAQ’s Editor-in-Chief, Fritz Allhoff (Western Michigan University). We welcome submissions not just from philosophers, but also from our colleagues in the legal and medical communities.

Abstracts should be sent in .doc or .docx format to Nathan Stout at: All manuscripts are to be submitted in accordance with the style guidelines of the journal which may be found at the following address:

Contact Information:

Nathan Stout

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Call for Papers: Expanding the Gaze: Gender, Public Space, and Surveillance 

Expanding the Gaze: Gender, Public Space, and Surveillance
Deadline: September 15, 2012

The past decade has witnessed an explosion of scholarship covering the broad area of surveillance studies. Surveillance, or the ability to engage in what David Lyon (2003) calls ‘social sorting’, is understood by social scientists to be key to neoliberal governance, in large part because of its capacity to reconfigure both public space and forms of citizenship. And yet, to date, very little scholarly work systematically considers the gendered dimensions of, and experiences with, surveillance. The little research that does exist indicates the need for more in-depth study. This edited collection seeks to engage with contemporary studies on surveillance by expanding the gaze to include a critical analysis of gender and public space.

The aim of the collection is to capture a wide range of gendered experiences, identities, and subjectivities, including, but not limited to, those of ‘women’. By public space we are referring to those places to which the public has reasonable expectations of access. This space might be privately owned, public space, or a hybrid; it may be physical (e.g. shopping malls, city streets) or virtual (e.g. public on-line profiles and social media platforms). Surveillance itself may be technological (e.g. CCTV) or informal (e.g. ‘eyes on the street’). The key uniting theme of ‘Expanding the Gaze: Gender, Public Space, and Surveillance’ is the ways that the dimensions of gender, public space, and surveillance interact to produce particular configurations that have yet to be fully explored.

This call for papers seeks innovative feminist and/or intersectional scholarship for an interdisciplinary edited collection of original works. We welcome submissions from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines, including: communication studies, criminology, geography, law, sexuality studies, socio-legal studies, sociology, and/or women’s and gender studies. Papers may be theoretical or empirical in nature.

Topics may include (but are not limited to)

- Surveillance, bodies, and forms of citizenship
- Sexuality/ies and surveillance
- Masculinity/ies and surveillance
- Gendered resistance to surveillance
- Gender and urban CCTV
- Surveillance and the intersectionality of gender, race, and class
- Queer and trans perspectives on, and experiences with, surveillance technologies
- Media/cinematic representations of surveillance
- Relationships between the watchers and being watched

Abstract submission:

Interested contributors should send a 300-500 word abstract and 200 word
bio to no later than September 15, 2012.

Those invited to contribute to the collection will be notified in October
2012 and full papers will be due in April 2013.

Please direct questions to collection editor:

Emily van der Meulen,
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

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Call For Papers Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance and Governance, and Institutional Reform in China 

Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance and Governance, and Institutional Reform in China

Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue Conference

6-7 April 2013, Beijing, China

Conference Link:

- Douglas Cumming, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
- Wenxuan Hou, Durham Business School, Durham University, UK
- Edward Lee, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

- Jiandong Chen, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China
- Xiao Ma, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China
- Huiyao Wang, Center for China and Globalization and Harvard University

SCOPE OF SPECIAL ISSUE: China is an increasingly influential emerging country. Its impressive economic growth has elevated hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and has therefore been hailed as one of the greatest achievements of modern history. The rise of China's economy has been contributed by the private sectors where entrepreneurs have played a pivotal role. However, Chinese entrepreneurship was only enabled after institutional reforms began in the late 1970s. Since then, institutional reforms continued to facilitate and expand entrepreneurship in China by improving the business environment. As Chinese entrepreneurs become increasingly competitive, they will also become more dependent on external financial resources to fund their businesses. This increasing reliance on external capital will in turn enhance the demand for business ethics and corporate governance, since accountability and stewardship promotes confidence among outside investors. Thus, there is an interrelationship between entrepreneurship, corporate finance and governance, and institutional reform is crucial to China's past, current and future economic development. The success of China's economy so far warrants studies of these issues to acquire insights and inform the development of other emerging countries. This call of paper invites empirical studies on these issues that are specific to the Chinese setting and could provide useful policy implications.

TOPICS: Specific topics and research questions can include, but are not limited to:
- What kind of regulations or institutional reforms facilitates ethical, sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurship?
- What kind of regulations or institutional reforms encourages venture capital, private equity, and capital market investment in ethical, sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurship?
- Do business ethics and corporate governance mechanisms improve capital acquisition and reduce cost of capital for entrepreneurs?
- Do sustainable and ethical entrepreneurs perform better and what type of corporate financing approach or corporate governance mechanism improves their performance?
- What are the appropriate performance metrics for sustainable and ethical entrepreneurs?
- Do sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship lead to more successful IPO and better post-IPO performance?
- What factors exacerbate the frequency of fraud in private and publicly traded companies?
- What regulatory or governance tools mitigate the incidence of fraud among private and publicly traded companies?
- Do political connections deter fraud and facilitate corporate transparency and corporate social responsibility?
- How do central and local governments encourage ethical investment in private and publicly traded companies?
- What is the role of different types of investors (such as private equity, hedge funds, banks, or institutional investors) in mitigating the incidence of fraud among private and publicly traded companies?
- What is the role of different types of investors (such as private equity, hedge funds, banks, or institutional investors) in stimulating new firm creation, particularly those in socially responsible industries?
- How does ethical investment and fraud compare in China with other emerging economics, and what factors (legal, institutional, institutional, or cultural) affect these differences?

NOTE: Studies exploring Chinese listed firms and studies investigating other BRICS emerging economies, e.g. Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, will be also considered.

To aid in the development of papers, a two-day conference will be held in Beijing, China on 6-7 April 2013. Acceptance to the conference does not guarantee acceptance into the special issue. Likewise, papers may be considered for the special issue that are not presented at the conference.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: In your submissions, please indicate whether you want your paper to be considered for the special issue of Journal Business Ethics (JBE). By submitting a paper, authors are certifying (a) that the submission is original, unpublished work, (b) that in whole or material part it is not simultaneously under consideration elsewhere. Papers will be externally double-blind reviewed according to standard journal policy, following which authors will be invited to present their papers at a special issue conference. Interested authors should submit their papers in two PDF files: one with the name, affiliation, and contact information of the authors and one anonymous copy for blind review. Please follow JBE guideline: ( for manuscript presentation and put "JBE 2013 China Special Issue Conference" as the subject heading of the submission email.

Papers are to be submitted to: Douglas Cumming,

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2012
Authors will be notified by: 20 December 2012
Special Issue Conference: 67 April 2013 (Saturday and Sunday)
Revise and resubmit process begins: 30 June 2013
Notification of acceptance to Special Issue: December 2013

ABOUT JBE: The Journal of Business Ethics publishes original articles from a wide variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives concerning ethical issues related to business that bring something new or unique to the discourse in their field. All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by two anonymous referees. JBE is one of the top 45 journals used by the Financial Times in compiling the prestigious Business School research rank and is included in the Social Science Citation Index.

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Call for Papers: Law and Culture in Medieval/Early Modern Europe and Atlantic World 

The international peer reviewed journal International Studies on Law and Education published by the Universidade de São Paulo, the Universidade do Porto and the Editora Mandruvá of Brazil, requests submissions of previously unpublished articles that treat any aspect of the interrelationship between law and culture in Medieval/early modern Europe and the Atlantic world. Studies with a strong comparative and or interdisciplinary focus are encouraged.

Submissions and any questions should be directed to Prof. Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda (, coordinator of this volume. Although the language of preference is English, studies written in any romance language, as well as German, will be considered.

The deadline for submission is Nov. 30, 2012, and decisions regarding acceptance will be communicated no later than fifteen days later (along with necessary modifications, if applicable).

Contact Information:

Prof. Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda

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Intellectual Property Workshop at IU – Indianapolis 

The Indiana University McKinney School of Law is pleased to announce this year’s Junior Faculty Workshop, on Intellectual Property Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Scheduled for December 7 and 8, 2012, this two-day Workshop offers a unique opportunity for untenured scholars to present their draft scholarship for in-depth critique and commentary by respected senior scholars in the field. The Workshop is perfectly timed for junior faculty participants to revise their articles in time for a spring submission for publication. Indiana University will cover both travel and lodging expenses for all participants.

Any untenured scholars interested in participating in this intensive workshop should submit a detailed abstract or the first several pages of their articles, along with a brief CV, to Nic Terry ( or Emily Michiko Morris (, by June 22, 2012. Works already in progress are ideal for this workshop and will be given preference. Topics for the workshop may focus on any of a range of intellectual property issues as they relate to the pharmaceutical industry, broadly defined. Acceptable topics may therefore include, but are not limited to, issues involving patent and regulatory exclusivity; patent linkage; the Hatch-Waxman Act; the BPCIA; TRIPs; the Bayh-Dole Act; the AIA; public-private collaborations; and more.

Applicants should also submit the names of established scholars in their area of scholarship who would be able to provide meaningful commentary on their drafts. Junior faculty applicants selected for the workshop must commit to producing complete drafts of their articles well ahead of the workshop (i.e., before Halloween), so that senior faculty participants may have time to review them. Selected participants will be notified by July 1, 2012.

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Call for Papers: The Journal of Antitrust Enforcement 

The Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (OUP) Oxford University Press is delighted to announce the launch of a new competition law journal dedicated to antitrust enforcement. The Journal of Antitrust Enforcement forms a joint collaboration between OUP, the Oxford University Centre for Competition Law and Policy and the George Washington University Competition Law Center.

The Journal of Antitrust Enforcement will provide a platform for cutting edge scholarship relating to public and private competition law enforcement, both at the international and domestic levels.

The journal covers a wide range of enforcement related topics, including: public and private competition law enforcement, cooperation between competition agencies, the promotion of worldwide competition law enforcement, optimal design of enforcement policies, performance measurement, empirical analysis of enforcement policies, combination of functions in the mandate of the competition agency, competition agency governance, procedural fairness, competition enforcement and human rights, the role of the judiciary in competition enforcement, leniency, cartel prosecution, effective merger enforcement and the regulation of sectors.

Submission of papers: Original articles that advance the field are published following a peer and editorial review process. The editors welcome submission of papers on all subjects related to antitrust enforcement. Papers should range from 8,000 to 15,000 words (including footnotes) and should be prefaced by an abstract of less than 200 words.

Submission, by email, should be directed to the Managing Editor, Hugh Hollman at

Contact Information:

Ariel Ezrachi

William Kovacic

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