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Call for papers - Law and Social Order in Africa

January 10, 2012

Venue: Oxford Department of International Development
Date: 9th March 2012

Following the success of our 2011 workshop, we are currently planning a day-long workshop of lively, multi-disciplinary panel discussions on the subject of law and social order in Africa.

The creation and enforcement of law and the maintenance of social order have been key concerns for states, societies and individuals in Africa. However, the way in which these terms have been defined, practiced and justified has shifted across time and place. In our panel discussions, we hope to unearth some of the contestation that surrounds these shifts and the consequences of such contestations.

In our workshop we hope to explore how approaches to law and social order both reveal and shape ideas about the state, and practices of the state.

We welcome papers from a range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) politics, history, anthropology, criminology and law.

There will be four panels during the day with three speakers on each. Speakers will be expected to talk for 20 minutes each followed by discussion from the floor.

If you are interested in speaking on a panel please send your proposed title, with an abstract of 500–700 words to by 13th January 2012. Both graduate students and academic staff are invited to apply.