Paper Submissions 2019 Annual Meeting

Panels to be held at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

May 30-June 2 2019, Washington DC

Abstract Deadline – October 25th 2018

Too often, property is studied only as legal doctrine, while empirical studies of property are read and discussed only within their authors’ home disciplines. The new Socio-Legal Approaches to Property network aims to change that. This Collaborative Research Network will host several cross-disciplinary discussions about the real life of real property. We plan to bring together socio-legal scholars of real property from any discipline in several panels at the 2019 annual meeting of the Law and Society Association.


We invite original, unpublished submissions from scholars at any stage of their careers. We are interested in empirically-based papers examining any issues related to the treatment of land and other tangible things as property. Topics may include but are not limited to: land tenure; indigenous forms of property; collectives and property pluralism; land use; symbols of property; resource extraction; civil forfeiture, inheritance; embodied property; redistribution of property; social movements and resistance to property. We will consider all empirically-grounded papers that focus on tangible property, anywhere in the world. All kinds of empirical methods are welcome, including historical, statistical, interviews, comparative, ethnographic, case study, discourse analysis, etc. Also note that papers submitted for publication, but not yet accepted, are also welcome.

If you have a book you would like discussed in a panel session, then please get in touch as we are hoping to have an “authors meet readers” session.

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