CFP: Charting the Future of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Scholarship

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From the FLP mailbox, this CFP:

Call for (Short) Papers  
AALS Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues  

On the Cutting Edge:  Charting the Future of  
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Scholarship  

AALS Annual Meeting  
 January 6-10, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Thirty years ago, Rhonda Rivera published”Our Straight-Laced Judges:  The Legal Position of Homosexual Persons in the United States,“the first comprehensive law review article of its kind.  Since then, the sexual orientation and gender identity legal literature has exploded, with hundreds of articles considering all imaginable aspects of the law’s relationship to gender identity and sexual orientation.  At the same time, political demands of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender have both multiplied and moved to the center of cultural debates, and the body of case law addressing these issues has likewise grown exponentially.   What, then, are the next steps for legal scholarship?    

The program’s aim is to highlight new issues, new theories, possibilities for linking theory and practice, and visions of the field for the decade(s) to come.    

Because the program aims to spark new ideas, this Call for Papers is for short essays – from 1000 to 2000 words – rather than for full-length papers.    Submissions will be considered for two purposes:  

Program participation – One submission will be selected for presentation at the SOGII program at the Annual Meeting, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2010, in New Orleans.  The selected author will have to rely on his or her own institution for funding to attend the conference.    

Publication –  Up to twenty submissions will be selected for publication  in a special volume of the Sexuality & Law Journal  (published at Tulane Law School) dedicated to the panel topic.      

The SOGII Section executive committee will serve as the selection committee.  For both purposes, essays must be no longer than 2000 words, including footnotes.  

The deadline to submit a draft essay is Tuesday, September 1, 2009.    Essays can be revised, subject to the approval of the Journal editors, through the fall semester, although 2000 words will remain the outer length limit.  Please submit the draft paper to Professor Suzanne B. Goldberg, Chair of the Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues, as an attachment to an e-mail at  Submissions will be reviewed by members of the SOGII Section’s Executive Committee.  Decisions will be communicated by late September 2009.

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