Law and Digital Society:
Re-Imagining the Futures

Annual meeting Research Committee on Sociology of Law

23 - 25 August, Lund, Sweden 

Message from the organizing committee

We are happy to announce the re-launching of the RCSL 2020 conference! Please see the new dates for submission of abstracts and session proposals.

Here is some important information regarding the RCSL 2020(1) conference:
  • If you have already submitted an abstract or a session proposal before the postponement of the 2020 conference, the organizing committee will contact you with relevant information.
  • The new date for the conference is 23–25 August, 2021.
  • Following consultation with the governing board of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law, we have decided to prepare for both a virtual conference as well as a possible in-campus event. We will communicate the format of the conference as soon as we know more about the possibility of holding an in-campus conference in Lund. Our ultimate hope is that a fair and equal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally would allow us to host you all in Sweden.
  • Considering the above point, we will re-open registration and announce conference fees once the conference format is decided.
  • The conference theme is ‘Law and Digital Society: Re-imagining the Futures’. However, we do encourage and accept paper abstracts and session proposals that are beyond this general theme.
  • If you have any questions please contact: 

Law and Digital Society: Re-Imagining the Futures

We also welcome submission outside questions of digital society and the example themes below

The 2020 RCSL annual conference aims to provide an intellectual venue for a reinterpretation of classic and modern socio-legal thought with regard to the rapidly evolving digital society. Digitalisation can be viewed as a rapid and transformative force which is taking over many aspects of life. It can also be viewed as a spectrum of opportunities, aiding humanity and strengthening democracy. Through history, emerging technologies have possessed a challenge for legal paradigms, and today, this is perhaps more relevant than ever. During the last four decades, since the birth of the Internet, society on all levels is increasingly permeated by digital technology — pivotal sectors such as education, health care, social welfare, business, politics, security etc. are all deeply affected.  On a micro level, the digital is today an unavoidable aspect of our everyday lives, regardless of if you are connected or not. 

As techno-fetishism and techno-phobia tends occupy the mainstream understanding of digital futures, it is all too easy to forget that such technologies inescapably are reflecting the social, legal and historical conditions which demanded their developments. In an unequal world privileges and disadvantages of digital developments are not shared equally either. This more than anything stresses the need for undoing mistakes of the past and imagine a more inclusive and democratized processes of production and maintenance of innovations which are to form the coming futures. The Department of sociology of Law, Lund University, hereby invites scholars within the socio-legal and digital fields to cross-cutting sessions and papers. Besides RCSL working group themes, we propose the following themes:

Proposed sessions:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Automation and Online Services in the Public Sector
  • Gender in the Digital Society
  • Internet of Things
  • Data Management, Surveillance, Security and Privacy
  • Work-life in Transition
  • Child Rights and Education in a Connected World
  • Borders and Migration in the Digital Society
  • Online Extremism, Hate and Bullying
  • The Digitalisation of Legal Professions
  • Activism and Social Movements in the Digital Era
  • Digital Sovereigns and De-territorialized Jurisdictions
  • Topographies of Justice: Shifting Scales of Subjectivities and Responsibility
  • Decolonizing the Digital
  • Digital Waste and the Burning World
  • Other