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SLSA York 2022:
Uncovering Silenced Voices: A Socio-Legal Approach


April 6-8


The issue of representation is currently widely debated as is the need to give a voice to groups that have been historically silenced. This stream seeks to open up a debate about what role social sciences and specifically socio-legal approach plays in uncovering these silent voices. We are specifically interested in papers that study the presence or absence of these silenced groups – eg women, BAME and other - in or before decision-making bodies, such as courts and tribunals, and other fora. Our aim is to understand how the social-legal approach can help identify groups and communities and the contexts in which these have been silenced; and to understand how such research can examine what contribution those silenced voices (could) bring to the content of the law and the shape of institutions in which they sit or before which they appear. 

Papers could, for example, discuss the absence/presence of women, BAME or other minorities in/before courts and tribunals or other decision-making fora. These could be methodological papers about how one uncovers who is silenced, about where to gather data and information and how to analyse that data, or papers about how one studies ‘absence’ or ‘silence’ in light of missing data. We are also interested in papers that compare how people of different backgrounds reason and how different experiences inform their worldview. Such papers could tackle the issue of how silenced voices can contribute to a different content of the law or different shape of institutions.

Individual paper submissions as well as proposals for complete panels consisting of no more than three papers, are invited for this stream at the upcoming annual conference of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), hosted by York Law School (University of York, UK), on 6 to 8 April 2022. Papers in all areas of law are welcome. We are particularly interested in papers using quantitative and qualitative approaches, as well as comparative papers. PhD students, early career researchers, as well as senior scholars are welcome. 

Conference webpage and submission of papers: 

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the stream convenors: Veronika Fikfak ( and Mikolaj Barczentewicz ( 

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