Studying Law and Society in the Context of Transdisciplinarity and Transnationality

Monday, 11 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Seminarsaal 20 (Juridicum)
RC12 Sociology of Law (host committee)

Language: English

In reference to the general topic of the ISA conference, this session asks which future we want – but also imagine, hope for, or fear – for the field of law and society, given, on the one hand, the global developments and challenges in the field and, on the other hand, existing national power structures and realities with regard to processes of law making (i.e. legislative processes), law implementation and legal practice.
Thus, for an adequate analysis, not only transnational but also transdisciplinary approaches seem indispensable if we want to study how society and law relate. The focus on Austria serves as an example for the German-speaking area and legal culture.

  • Transdisciplinarity: How can researchers from different fields cooperate not only with each other but also with practitioners in the field? What are possible contributions of transdisciplinary research with regard to the “struggles for a better world” from academic and practical perspectives? 
  • Transnationality: What approaches are necessary to go beyond national comparisons to assess so-called global, supra-, inter-, trans-national as well as post-national realities? Are there methodological limits of comparative methods in general? What are possible and discernible impacts of global and transnational developments on socio-legal realities with regard to concepts of “a better world”? 

The session organizer is interested in contributions that deal with transdisciplinarity and/or transnationality on a meta-level as well as examples of empirical research, which either adopt a trandisciplinary approach or cover transnational topics at the intersection of law and society.

Session Organizer:
Julia DAHLVIK, University of Vienna, Austria
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Alexandra WALKER, Australian National University, Australia; Tom R. BURNS, Uppsala University, Sweden
Futures of Legal Governance in Globalization: The Case of Family Life
Sonja VAN WICHELEN, University of Sydney, Australia
Local Conflicts and Global Norms: Transitional Justice and the Struggle for a Better World
Fatima KASTNER, Institute for World Society Studies, Germany
Cross-Border Surrogacy, Conflicts of Law, and Conceptions of Perosnhood
Samantha ASHENDEN, Birkbeck College, United Kingdom
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