CFP There’s More to Life…Work-Life Balance, the Value of the Arts, and Well-Being

CFP There’s More to Life…Work-Life Balance, the Value of the Arts, and Well-Being
03 May 2018, 09:30 to 03 May 2018, 17:30
Call for Papers
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR



A One-Day Conference to be held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Russell Square, London on 3rd May 2018


‘Work-life balance’ is a contested term, with multiple meanings, from the need to find time for caring responsibilities, to the ability to find time for leisure or to engage in cultural pursuits. There is increasing awareness of the difficulty of finding time and space for a whole range of activities beyond work and domestic responsibilities, whether those are hobbies, interests, cultural activities or the nourishment of friendship.

This one-day conference focuses on the notion of work-life balance (widely interpreted) in the context of universities, and in particular their Law Schools, where an increasing amount of audit (including the TEF, the REF and now the KEF) increases the challenge of maintaining ‘balance’. It also seeks to explore the contribution of the Arts to achieving the equilibrium implied by the term ‘work-life balance’. 

Plenary Speakers:
MARGARET THORNTON, Professor of Law, Australian National University, whose books include Dissonance and Distrust: Women and the Legal Profession and Privatising the Public University: The Case of Law. Her current research project is called ‘Balancing Law and Life’.

DARREN HENLEY OBE, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, whose many books include The Virtuous Circle: Why Creativity and Cultural Education Count and The Arts Dividend: Why Investment in Culture Pays.

We welcome presentations on any topic related to the conference theme, and registrations from anyone keen to participate in discussions and hear our two distinguished plenary speakers. Conventional presentations of 20 minutes are welcome, as are shorter 10-minute presentations if participants prefer that format. We also welcome participants who do not wish to deliver a paper, but would like to join in discussions with our speakers. 
Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words, clearly indicating the length of your presentation (10 or 20 minutes) by Monday April 23rd to the conference directors:
- Professor Rosemary Auchmuty -  
- Professor Fiona Cownie -  
Conference fees, including a buffet lunch and refreshments, are:
- Standard Rate: £55.00;
- Student Rate: £40.00.


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