Forthcoming Books by LLH Members

Cassandra Sharpe and Marett Leiboff, eds. Cultural Legal Studies: Law’s Popular Cultures and the Metamorphosis of Law  June 2015

What can popular cultures offer law, as a basis for critical practice? This introduction to the ‘cultural legal studies’ movement takes up this question as it presents a new encounter with the ‘cultural turn’ in law and legal theory. Moving beyond the ‘law ands’ (literature, humanities, culture, film) on which it is based, cultural legal studies aims to metamorphose law and the legalities that underpin its popular imaginary. To this end, the collection brings together leading scholars from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.   Presenting a long-overdue identification and framing of its scope, methodologies and practice, and drawing on three different modes of cultural legal studies – storytelling, technology and jurisprudence – the collection showcases the intersectional practices of cultural legal studies and law in its popular cultural mode. In this respect, contributors to the collection deploy differentiated modes of cultural legal studies practice, adopting diverse philosophical, disciplinary, methodological and theoretical approaches and subjects of examination. The collection draws on this mix of diversity and homogeneity to argue that we must take seriously an interrogation of law as culture – that is, not asking how a text ‘represents’ law, but how the representational nature of both law and culture intersect: in short, how the ‘juridical’ becomes visible in various cultural forms and their technological manifestations, and so how law’s popular cultures actively metamorphose law.

Daniel Hourigan, Law and Enjoyment: Power, Pleasure and Psychoanalysis    June 2015

This book advocates, and develops, a critical account of the relationship between law and the largely neglected issue of ‘enjoyment’. Taking popular culture seriously – as a lived and meaningful basis for a wider understanding of law, beyond the strictures of legal institutions and professional practices – it takes up a range of case studies from film and literature in order to consider how law is iterated through enjoyment, and how enjoyment embodies law. Drawing on psychoanalytic theory, this book addresses issues such as the forced choice to enjoy the law, the biopolitics of tyranny, the enjoyment of law’s contingency, the trauma of the law’s symbolic codification of pleasure, and the futuristic vision of law’s transgression. In so doing, it forges an important case for acknowledging and analyzing the complex relationship between power and pleasure in law – one that will be of considerable interest to legal theorists, as well as those with interests in the intersection of psychoanalytic and cultural theory.

Olivia Barr, A Jurisprudence of Movement: Common Law, Walking, Unsettling Place   August 2015

Set amongst a spatial turn in the humanities, and jurisprudence more specifically, this book calls for a greater attention to legal movement, in both its technical and material forms. Despite the various ways in which the spatial turn has been taken up in legal thought, questions of law, movement and its materialities are too often overlooked. This book addresses this oversight, and it does so through an attention to the materialities of legal movement. Arguing that movement is fundamental to the very terms of the common law’s existence, taking as an example the judicial practices of walking and burial, it addresses how law moves through patterns of technical and material practice Primarily set in the postcolonial context of Australia – though ranging beyond this nationalised topography, both spatially and temporally – this book responds directly to the challenge of how to live with a contemporary form of colonial legal inheritance. More generally, though, this jurisprudence of movement argues that we must take seriously the challenge of living with law, and to think more carefully, not only about its spatial productions, but also the place-making activities of common law.

Stewart Motha and Honni van Rijswijk, eds. Law, Memory, Violence: Uncovering the Counter-Archive    September 2015

The demand for recognition, responsibility, and reparations is regularly invoked in the wake of colonialism, genocide, and mass violence: there can be no victims without recognition, no perpetrators without responsibility, and no justice without reparations. Or so it seems from law’s limited repertoire for assembling the archive after ‘the disaster’. Archival and memorial practices are central to contexts where transitional justice, addressing historical wrongs, or reparations are at stake. The archive serves as a repository or ‘storehouse’ of what needs to be gathered and recognised so that it can be left behind in order to inaugurate the future. The archive manifests law’s authority and its troubled conscience. It is an indispensable part of the liberal legal response to biopolitical violence. This collection challenges established approaches to transitional justice by opening up new dialogues about the problem of assembling law’s archive. The volume presents research drawn from multiple jurisdictions that address the following questions. What resists being archived? What spaces and practices of memory – conscious and unconscious – undo legal and sovereign alibis and confessions? And what narrative forms expose the limits of responsibility, recognition, and reparations? By treating the law as an ‘archive’, this book trace the failure of universalized categories such as ‘perpetrator’, ‘victim’, ‘responsible’, and ‘innocent’ posited by the liberal legal state. It thereby uncovers law’s counter-archive as a challenge to established forms of representing and responding to violence.

Call for Submissions – Griffith Law Review: Open Space

open space-V5-2final-276x184The Griffith Law Review is seeking submissions for Open Space, a new forum for alternative pieces of scholarship, such as interviews, reports on conferences attended, creative works, and photo essays.  Open Space aims to foster cutting edge non-traditional legal inquiry in keeping with the journal’s focus on interdisciplinary, socio-legal, theoretical and critical legal scholarship.  Contributions are reviewed by our Academic Editors.  Recent issues have included William P. MacNeil’s interview with psychoanalytic legal philosopher Renata Salecl, Kieran Tranter’s reflections on the materiality of law in the digital age, and a conversation between Katherine Biber, Peter Doyle and Kate Rossmanith about the aesthetics, ethics and emotion of entering the criminal archive.   Ideas or suggestions for future Open Spaces are welcome.

Suggestions or inquiries can be made to:

Law and Humanities Fellowship – Tilburg University

Announcing a new Law & Humanities fellowship opportunity at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The fellowship was created in honor of Prof. Willem Witteveen, who was a long standing professor in jurisprudence as well as a senator for the Labour Party in the Netherlands. Along with his wife and daughter, Willem was killed in the MH17 flight this past summer. To honour his contribution to Law & the Humanities, the Tilburg Law School created this fellowship for junior researchers.

Here is the link with more info and the application process:

For any questions, please contact Professor Phillip Paiement at

Law’s Pluralities: cultures: narratives: images: genders

6-8 May 2014, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

Conference Announcement & Call for Papers

Susanne Baer, Richterin des Bundesverfassungsgerichts, Professur für Öffentliches Recht und Geschlechterstudien an der Juristischen Fakultät und dem Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien an der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Mitträgerin des vom Berliner Forschungsverbund Recht im Kontext initiierten Projekts “Rechtskulturen: Konfrontationen jenseits des Vergleichs” am Forum Transregionale Studien / Justice of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court, Professor of Public Law and Gender Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin
Andreas von Arnauld, Professur für Öffentliches Recht, insbesondere Völker- und Europarecht, am Walther-Schücking-Institut für internationales Recht der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Rosemary J. Coombe, Tier One Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Culture at York University in Toronto, where she teaches in the Communications and Culture Joint PhD/MA Programme, and is cross-appointed to the Osgoode Hall Faculty of Law Graduate Programme, and the Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought
Jeanne Gaakeer, Professor of Legal Theory, Erasmus School of Law, University of Rotterdam, and Justice in the Criminal Law Section of the Appellate Court in The Hague, co-founder of the European Network for Law and Literature
Werner Gephart, Künstler, Direktor des Käte Hamburger Kollegs „Recht als Kultur“, Professur für Rechtssoziologie an der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Peter Goodrich, Professor of Law, Director of program in Law and Humanities, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, managing editor of Law and Literature
Anna-Bettina Kaiser, Professur für Öffentliches Recht und Grundlagen des Rechts, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Leslie J. Moran, Professor of Law, Director LLM/MA in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Birkbeck University of London with research emphases on Sexuality and the Law and Law and Visual Culture
Konstanze Plett, Professur für Rechtswissenschaft im Nebenfach und Gender Law, Bremen Institute for Gender, Labour and Social Law

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the culturally embedded quality of law has been accentuated by sociologists of law such as Eugen Ehrlich in his description of “living law.” During the past few decades socio-legal studies have been joined by other culturist investigations of law such as law and the humanities, cultural studies of law, law and literature, law and semiotics, legal anthropology, law and visual culture, and law and film. These younger disciplines disavow law’s autonomy as a rational science and emphasize the imbrications of the legal with the visual, the narrative, the medial, and with aspects of the social including practices of domination. The conference investigates the ways in which these types of inquiries understand law as constituting a myriad of cultural practices. Further, “Law’s Pluralities” takes note of current alterations in European legal practices and attitudes towards law. Law’s increasing plurality, we hypothesize, is caused by the sometimes conflict-ridden integration of individual European legal systems and courts with EU legislation and the European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights as well as by the increasing heterogeneity of members of individual legal cultures. Recent disputes about refugee law, social security benefits for migrants, the possible recourse to Sharia councils in family law matters, and homosexual marriage all attest to this uneasy plurality.
The conference signals the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture’s focus on law as an emerging interdisciplinary topic and ties in with work being undertaken at the University of Giessen’s Rudolf-von-Jhering Institute, with its emphases on the philosophy as well as the sociology of law. A variety of disciplinary accounts of law is encouraged, as each field brings with it a new understanding of legal culture or law as culture. The conference examines law as a narrative and a discourse, one of the leading areas of cultural inquiries into the law (cf. Coombe 2001, Richland 2013, and Olson 2014). Legal storytelling is understood as a contest of narratives in the courtroom, as a means of normatively legitimating state and judicial authority, as a way of embedding legal practices within a society to create communities of meaning, and – through the introduction of excluded personal narratives – as a form of surmounting law’s structural lacunae.

The conference, moreover, references work by Leslie Moran, Peter Goodrich, Werner Gephart, Richard Sherwin, and Cornelia Vismann, amongst others, that suggests that understandings of law are transported by visual artifacts, popular media, and by the material elements of the legal process, such as files and film. Thus “narrative” is explored in an expanded sense. An artistic exhibition on “Law’s Pluralities,” featuring work by Manu Luksch and Raul Gschrey, signals the conference’s emphasis on visual and medial interventions in the legal. Providing a bridge between conference participants and a wider public, visual explorations of surveillance measures provide an alternative source of knowledge and experience and function as mediations of legal practices and more traditional forms of academic discourse.
The conference queries the degree to which, on the one hand, law constitutes a gendering practice and, on the other, is itself gendered. Feminist and queer legal scholarship documents the ways in which normative standards of gender and sexuality are policed by the law and are translated into prescriptive treatments of victims of sexual violence, gay and lesbian couples, and trans* and inter* persons. Culturalist approaches to law may also reify images of “the” law as masculinist, rational, and potentially violent, and culture as feminine and contingent. The conference questions such narratives. A performance of “B_Oops, we did it again: The Ultimate Activist Gender Experience” by Christoph Bovermann and Kathrin Ebmeier invites audience members to confront varied gender and sexual identities.

Call for Papers

Papers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives are invited to address the plurality of law and to reflect on law’s narrative qualities, its relationship to the visual and the medial, and on the interface of law with sexuality and gender. The conference will include sessions in German and English on Law’s Pluralities, Law’s Narratives, Law’s Images, and Law’s Sexualities/Genders. Contributions are invited which aim to elucidate the theoretical issues described above or which address specific socio-legal issues. Questions to be raised by conference papers might include the following:
—How does the increasing plurality of legal cultures interact with other normative frameworks such as those offered by religion and moral values?
—What new narratives of the legal are developing due to the increased hybridity of EU law and the greater heterogeneity of national populations?
—How are new understandings of the law transported in popular media forms, through visual texts, and materially? Particular case studies that point to larger theoretical issues are also invited.
—How are subjects framed by and through their legal frameworks, including their knowledge of legal norms; and how is this process facilitated by popular culture?
—How are normative expectations of gender and sexuality changing, and how are these changes reflected in – or absent from – legal discourse and legislation?
—How do such changes affect discourse, legal and otherwise, concerning kinship and family?

Proposals (300 words in German or English) for papers are invited until 30 November 2014; proposals as well as all inquiries regarding the conference should be directed to:

Conference Organizers
Greta Olson, Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”; Professor of American and English Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Giessen
Franz Reimer, Professur für Öffentliches Recht und Rechtstheorie, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Silke Schmidt, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, GCSC faculties/gcsc/gcsc/about-the gcsc/people/team/team/schmidt
Silke Braselmann, PhD Student, GCSC
Raul Gschrey, PhD Student, GCSC, artist and curator
Daniel Hartley, Teaching Assistant, University of Giessen
Franka Heise, PhD Student, GCSC
Katharina Naumann, PhD Student, GCSC
Regina Leonie Schmidt, Teaching Assistant, University of Giessen
Sonja Teupen, PhD Student, GCSC
Marcel Wrzesinski, PhD Student, GCSC

Colloquium on Law and Love – Registrations Now Open

Registrations are now open for the one-day Colloquium on Law and Love.

This workshop aims to explore the intersection of the ideal of love in our social imaginary and the rule of law in our political imaginary.

5 December 2014
The Australian National University (Building and Room TBC)
Full Registration $60
Concession $50

Further information, draft program and online registration can be found at:

Convenors: Joshua Neoh ( and Renata Grossi (

Hosted by the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University.

Judicial Images Network

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to invite you to join a virtual network of scholars and practitioners interested in the production, management and consumption of judicial images. This is an initiative supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The aim of the project is to promote dialogue, understanding, future research and collaboration amongst stakeholders about the production, management and consumption of judicial images. To achieve this we are building a network of experts from across disciplines and fields of practice including academics, members of the judiciary, journalists, script writers, film makers, artists, architects and costume makers.

We will be hosting a range of ‘live’ events in London; 3 workshops and a public lecture. The network’s website will support these events. The address is,  You can find out more about the dates and themes of the workshops on the network’s website,

The website will play a key role in promoting interest in ‘judicial images’, encouraging research and image making, facilitating networking and as a research, teaching and learning resource. These goals will be achieved in a variety of ways.

·        As the workshops take place the website will include extracts from the workshops, copies of papers and presentations.

·        The site has a number of virtual exhibitions showcasing and exploring judicial visual images. We hope to expand the range of virtual exhibitions.

·        Another goal is to make the website an essential resource of materials engaging with and relevant to anyone interested in ‘judicial images’. This resource will be multi-disciplinary.

·        Educational and teaching resources will also be made available through the site.

·        Last but by no means least, the website offers a platform to draw attention to related events and activities.

We would like to invite you to join our virtual community. If you decide to join us your details will be posted on the ‘Network’ page.

If you are interested in joining this virtual network please supply us with details of the following:

Title and name


Email address or contact details

Up to twenty words describing research interests

A Link to personal website (if relevant), twitter name, etc

A list of your key publications or outputs

Up to ten ‘key resources’ you would recommend to others in the field

Please send the information to Ahmed Razzaq the Network’s administrator. His email is

We do hope that you are interested in joining this network and becoming involved in this project. If you have any queries please contact Leslie Moran at

With best wishes


Leslie J Moran

Professor of Law

School of Law, Birkbeck College

Malet Street London WC1E 7HX

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7631 6502

Principle Investigator, Judicial Images Network

An AHRC Network


Twitter: @JudicialImages

CALL FOR PAPERS – Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop

Columbia Law School, the University of Southern California Center for Law, History & Culture, UCLA School of Law, and Georgetown University Law School invite submissions for the eleventh meeting of the Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop to be held at Columbia Law School Law in New York City on June 8 & 9, 2015.


The paper competition is open to untenured professors, advanced graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars in law and the humanities; in addition to drawing from numerous humanistic fields, we welcome critical, qualitative work in the social sciences. Based on anonymous evaluation by an interdisciplinary selection committee, between five and ten papers will be chosen for presentation at the June Workshop. At the Workshop, two senior scholars will comment on each paper. Commentators and other Workshop participants will be asked to focus specifically on the strengths and weaknesses of the selected scholarly projects, with respect to subject and methodology. The selected papers will then serve as the basis for a larger conversation among all the participants about the evolving standards by which we judge excellence and creativity in interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as about the nature of interdisciplinarity itself.

Papers should be works-in-progress between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length (including footnotes/endnotes), and must include an abstract of no more than 200 words. A dissertation chapter may be submitted, but we strongly suggest that it be edited so that it stands alone as a piece of work with its own integrity. A paper that has been submitted for publication is eligible so long as it will not be in galley proofs or in print at the time of the Workshop. The selected papers will appear in a special issue of the Legal Scholarship Network; there is no other publication commitment. The Workshop will pay the travel and hotel expenses of authors whose papers are selected for presentation.

Submissions (in Word, no pdf files) will be accepted until January 5, 2015, and should be sent by e-mail to:
 Center for the Study of Law and Culture,

  Please be sure to include your name, institutional affiliation (if any), telephone and e-mail contact information.

For more information contact Cindy Gao, 212.854.0167 or, and to see past winners go

Katherine Franke
Sarah Barringer Gordon 
Ariela Gross
Naomi Mezey
Hilary Schor
Norman Spaulding
 Clyde Spillenger
Nomi Stolzenberg


7th Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory

Monday 1st December – Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Call for Papers 

borderlines posterMelbourne Law School will host the seventh annual Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory on 1–2 December 2014. The Forum brings together research students from all academic disciplines to engage with social, political, theoretical, and methodological issues raised by law and legal theory.  The workshop is a welcoming, collegial and supportive forum that aims to foster intellectual and  personal relationships between researchers and to help build a community of new scholars engaging  with interdisciplinary approaches to law and legal theory.


Borderlines constitute the boundaries between and within legal orders. While borders assert their permanency and inviolability, guarding who the law protects and who it disregards, we know that they are contingent, moveable, transient and above all human creations. The word ‘borderline’ evokes many conflicting meanings — sharp divides, permeations and transgression, centre and periphery, the invisibility of some distinctions and the starkness of others, abnormality and a lack of normalcy, and the imprecision and vagueness of resting ‘on the borderline’ — each of which speaks to the relations between different legal orders that take on many forms, all of varying permanency. This year’s theme challenges participants to think about law legal theory in its transnational and domestic orders and forms through the concept of the borderline.

Where do the borders fall between and within the transnational and domestic, and why?  Transnational legal orders are wary of and antagonistic towards the borderline even as they assert its  irrelevance. The domestic might be seen as the target, the market, or the audience of transnational  law. Yet transnational law in an older, more strictly international sense treated the domestic as  secluded; bordered away and free from international norms in all but the most serious of actions.  How, where and why are these borders collapsed or reasserted? For domestic law the transnational can be welcomed as wisdom and cooperation or feared as threat and challenge. How does it border itself from the outside world? Why and how does the domestic subsume and contort that which it asserts is foreign? How does it ‘tame’ those things, behaviours, norms, and peoples it calls ‘savage’ or ‘wild’? Where does the transnational and domestic lay their borders? Who proclaims and perpetuates them? How are the borderlines imagined and drawn in the academy, the court, the ministry and the legislature? And how do activists, peoples and social movements respond?

How should we theorise the way the interactions between these orders take place? Borderlines might at first seem a sharp ‘/’ that divides and excludes. But those sharing divisive  borders can also be linked and unified by them. When might the borderline between legal orders be  better read as a confluence, congruence, harmony, interaction, influx, encounter, tension, intrusion,  conflict, or indifference? Should legal orders be imagined spatially: as bordered shapes, levels, webs,  spheres or something else? Where do legal scholars draw their borders, and how do legal ideas  move across intellectual, cultural and political borders? Should the jurist position herself as domestic  or transnational? And what might we learn from examining and taking up how other academic  traditions — the humanities, social and empirical sciences — approach the domestic and  transnational?

How do different legal traditions and cultures deal with the transnational and domestic? The civil and common law traditions locate domestic law within the nation-state and transnational laws  across the borders states. But in what ways do we think beyond and against laws of the state? How is  the transnational and domestic treated in other legal orders — religious, customary, indigenous — and where do they lay their own borders? How does the domestic and transnational respond to the  non-national? Do these terms carry or connote different meanings for peoples, governments and  organizations in the Global South/North, or East/West? And what treatment of those laws made other  is needed for an order to function, to maintain its claim to authority over a body of people or law?


We invite graduate students to consider the theme in relation to both in their own work and the scholarship and materials with which they engage. Higher research degree students in any discipline anywhere in the world may apply to present at the Forum or attend. Applicants must submit an  abstract of 500 words by 31 August 2014 to Invited papers of 2,000–5,000 words are due on 2 November 2014, and the Melbourne Journal of International Law has expressed interest in publishing select full papers. Visit for full details.

Queer Objects: A Symposium

Robyn Wiegman

Annamarie Jagose

Thursday 16th to Friday 17th October, 2014

Conference Room, Level 1 A D Hope Bldg (14), ANU

Gender Institute & SLLL, ANU

dreamstate‘The rejection of essentialism,’ David Halperin writes in How to be Gay (2012), ‘did not prevent the original founders of queer theory from asking “What do Queers want?”’. In her Object Lessons (2012), Robyn Wiegman explores the political and institutional effects of scholarly attachments to objects of knowledge. Queer theory is, for Wiegman, one of several ‘identity knowledges’ that share a commitment to social justice and that can teach us lessons about what and how we want. More than two decades after queer theory’s emergence, presenters at this symposium are invited to engage with queer as an object and with the object lessons of queer theory.

  • Camp objects and aesthetics
  • Screens and closets
  • Queer knowledge: secrets and revelations
  • Queer archives and ephemera
  • Queer bodies and voices
  • Antinormativity
  • Queer as death drive / form of life.

For further information and to register your attendance please contact symposium convenor Monique Rooney. Tel (02) 6125 0531