Announcing the 2018 ACLARS Conference: Law, Religion, and Human Flourishing
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The Steering Committee of the African Consorium for Law and Religion Studies is pleased to announce the 2018 ACLARS Conference—Law, Religion, and Human Flourishing—to be held 20-22 May 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. Accordingly, the Committee has issued a Call for Papers (français), with responses due before 30 September 2017. 

A shared interest of law and religion is the advancement of human flourishing, yet there is no common understanding of what it means for humans to flourish and the means by which to attain a flourishing life. The concept of human flourishing is especially important for Africa, where community and national development compete with forces of conflict and scarce resources. In the broadest sense, the concept of human flourishing focuses our attention on having a comprehensively good or worthwhile life, but various legal, religious, and ethical traditions suggest different norms for measuring the quality of life and designing the institutional structures that could best facilitate and preserve it.  will focus on this topic by exploring the relationship between religious ideas and sustainable conceptions of humans flourishing in Africa, and how law might help us weigh and relate the various components of such substantive conceptions. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts which address any aspect of this broad theme, drawing upon their particular field of study and their national, regional or comparative experience in African studies. 

For more information, please contact the ACLARS secretariat at secretariat@aclars.org.