Call for Presenters: Socio-Legal Studies Association

IMG_2402In April in my old haunting  stomping grounds in Aberdeen there looks to be a promising Annual conference of the Socio-Legal Studies Association. Aberdeen can be a chilly place to visit, but April is often sunny, and the countryside (and whisky) are spectacular.

From the announcement:

Janet Ulph (Leicester) and Charlotte Woodhead (Warwick) are convening a stream on Art, Culture and Heritage at next year’s Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual conference to  be held at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen 9-11 April 2014. We welcome papers from different disciplines. Over the past two years this stream has provided a rich opportunity to discuss key issues relating to these areas of research. Participants do not need to be members of the SLSA but they would need to pay the full non-member conference fee in addition to their other expenses.

This stream seeks to bring together discourse on the interface between, art, culture, heritage and the law. It is open to researchers in law as well as in other disciplines. To this end papers will be welcomed concerning cultural values, the legal and non-legal regulation of art, culture and heritage as well as the rights which exist in respect of these.

Papers may include, but are not limited to:

• Cultural values;

• Ethical issues concerning the treatment of cultural heritage;

• The relationship between property and culture;

• Cultural rights and human rights;

• Cultural institutions and the law;

• The de-accessioning or acquisition of objects from museums and other cultural institutions;

• Legal protection of artistic works, the built environment and objects of cultural importance;

• The illicit trade in cultural objects;

• Minority rights and interests relevant to culture and heritage; and
• Art and aesthetics and their relationship to law.
More information can be found at:

Abstracts should be submitted electronically by 27 January 2014. If anyone would like to discuss a proposal informally, then please contact either Janet (  or Charlotte (


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