Symposium 2020

Call for Participation: 2020 Social Equality in the “Sharing Economy?” Symposium

The “sharing economy,” also known as the “gig” or “on-demand” economy, is transforming the way people work, eat, commute, and travel by seamlessly connecting suppliers and consumers via app-based technology platforms.  It provides flexible income earning opportunities for one side and convenience and low prices for the other. However, it also creates a dizzying array of policy problems for communities of all sizes—from tax evasion and pollution to price discrimination, worker precarity, and violent protests.  The Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality (IJLSE), in collaboration with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and the Ostrom Workshop, is hosting a symposium on February 13th and 14th at the Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana to offer and debate solutions to these complex and fast-moving set of challenges.

Designed to stimulate interdisciplinary research and collaboration, as well as to amplify existing research, the Social Equality in the ”Sharing Economy?” Symposium will consist of a series of keynotes, panel discussions, and paper presentations from a range of voices . Tentatively, sessions are scheduled as follows:

Thursday 2/13 at the Maurer School of Law

  • Morning sessions:
    • Regulatory frameworks of the past, present, and future.
    • Litigation strategies and the development of new judicial doctrines.
  • Lunch with featured speaker.
  • Afternoon sessions:
    • Communities affected by the shift in real estate and job markets.
    • Labor and agency in the modern context.
    • Emerging second-level platforms designed to regulate and service the existing stratum.
    • Keynote & Review

Friday 2/14 at the Kelley School of Business

  • Morning roundtable:
    • Big data, surveillance, manipulation, and sharing between industry and government.
    • Sponsored by the Ostrom Workshop.

We invite original paper submissions from all relevant disciplines for the Symposium.  Papers should be between 5,000-15,000 words including footnotes.  Citations must comply with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.  Submissions should be emailed to (please put “Symposium Submission” in the subject line) or submitted to the IJLSE Scholastica page (please put “Symposium Submission” in the keywords). Papers received by 5:00 p.m. on November 27th will be afforded full consideration. Authors accepted and agreeing to present at the Symposium must provide a right of first refusal of publication to IJLSE. Flights and accommodations will be provided to one author of each accepted paper.

For questions regarding participation and topics, please email Professor Abbey Stemler (


The Indiana Journal of Law and SocialEqualityserves as an academic forum for scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and students to improve race and gender relations, foster new research in and across the disciplines, and provide an intellectual foundation for the pursuit of social justice.

The Kelley School of Business is consistently named among the top business schools in the world and is home to the Department of Business Law and Ethics, one of the largest and most well-respected departments of its kind. The Department continues Kelley’s strong business law tradition and advances research in a variety of business law fields, especially privacy, big data, and cybersecurity.

The Ostrom Workshop was founded at Indiana University in 1973 by Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom and her husband, Vincent. Today, it carries forward their legacy by seeking and sharing solutions to the world’s most pressing problems involving communal and contested resources — from clean water to secure cyberspace.