Law and Digital Society:
Re-Imagining the Futures

Annual meeting Research Committee on Sociology of Law

Lund, Sweden 24-26 August 2020

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