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Submission Due Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Abstracts should be 250-words

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Anthropology, Law, and the Pursuit of Social Justice: A Conference in Honor of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis 

We invite all scholars exploring the role of anthropology or allied social science disciplines in shaping law and public policy to participate in a one-day conference hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life and the Department of Anthropology. Panels will consider the prospects for applying social scientific findings to the pursuit of social justice via legal as well as non-governmental institutions. Proposals taking a broadly defined approach to both “anthropology” and the “social good” are encouraged.

We invite the submission of 250-word abstracts for twenty-minute presentations on any of the following topics: 

  • Legal anthropology and its role in shaping public policy
  • Prospects and techniques for applying social science in the public sphere
  • Applications of the ethnographic method for the social good
  • Tensions between social researchers and policy makers
  • Any other consideration of the intersection of law, anthropology, and policy

This conference is being held as part of our university’s celebration of the centennial of the nomination of our namesake, Louis D. Brandeis, as the U.S. Supreme Court’s first Jewish justice. Click here for more information about this semester-long event series. In commemoration of this occasion, our community wishes to consider themes central to Brandeis’s legal and social ideals. Inspiring the focus of this meeting is the “Brandeis brief,” a document he employed as a lawyer to introduce empirical research into ethically guided jurisprudence. Panelists will share their own research and practical interventions to extend a tradition inaugurated by Brandeis and taken up in diverse ways over the past century to allow social science to speak meaningfully and productively in the public and legal spheres.

Participants may also be interested in attending Brandeis’s annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, to be held from April 14-17.