Newcastle Law School

SLSA 2017

SLSA, Newcastle University

5th - 7th April 2017


Newcastle University hosted the 2017 SLSA conference between 5th and 7th April 2017. With more than 400 papers presented across forty-one streams and themes, and with fourteen posters presented, the over 450 colleagues who attended the conference enjoyed three days of varied discussion covering the whole range of socio-legal studies.

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘visions of law’. On the one hand, this meant exploring the visual representations of law and the relationship between law and the visual. On the other hand, it also encompassed the myriad ways of ‘seeing’ law which are made possible by socio-legal studies. Our plenary panel, who spoke to the central conference theme, were: Thomas Giddens, Linda Mulcahy, Amanda Perry-Kessaris, and Leonora Saunders. For the duration of the conference, Newcastle also hosted Leonora Saunders’ Athena Project, a photography exhibition which celebrates inspirational women of the law.

Beyond the presentations, delegates were also invited to explore the Laing, an art gallery in the centre of Newcastle featuring a number of permanent exhibitions and, at the time of the conference, an exhibition on the illustrations of Quentin Blake. On the first day of the conference, we held a drinks reception in the main gallery space of the Great North Museum, and on the second day the conference dinner and prize-giving took place in the beautiful art deco Great Hall of the Discovery Museum.

The SLSA was able to fund conference attendance for postgraduate researchers, thanks to the generosity of the Journal of Law and Society and Social and Legal Studies; and we were also able to grant several hardship bursaries to people who would not otherwise have been able to attend. A total of nineteen awards were made under these two schemes.

The organising committee would like to thank all those who helped with the running of the conference, particularly those academic and support colleagues without whose help it would simply not have been possible to organise such a large, complex event. We would also like to thank our student helpers, who helped delegates navigate their way around the campus, and the stream and theme conveners (not to mention the presenters themselves), without whom there simply would not have been a conference. Lastly, we would like to thank the various academic publishers for their sponsorship of the conference.

We were fortunate to have three days of beautiful weather for the conference, and would like to thank all our delegates for making the journey up (or down) to Newcastle.

For more information, please visit the SLSA 2017 webpage: