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

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

www.lawspluralities.wordpress.com

Conference Announcement & Call for Papers

Plenary
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
Keynotes
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: lawspluralities@gcsc.uni-giessen.de

Conference Organizers
Greta Olson, Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” www.recht-als-kultur.de/en; Professor of American and English Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Giessen www.greta-olson.com
Franz Reimer, Professur für Öffentliches Recht und Rechtstheorie, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen www.uni-giessen.de/fbz/fb01/professuren/reimer
Silke Schmidt, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, GCSC www.uni-giessen.de/fbz/ faculties/gcsc/gcsc/about-the gcsc/people/team/team/schmidt
Silke Braselmann, PhD Student, GCSC
Raul Gschrey, PhD Student, GCSC, artist and curator www.gschrey.org
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: bit.ly/lawlov

Convenors: Joshua Neoh (joshua.neoh@anu.edu.au) and Renata Grossi (renata.grossi@anu.edu.au).

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, www.judicialimages.org.uk  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

Institution

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 ublmai004@mail.bbk.ac.uk

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 l.moran@bbk.ac.uk

With best wishes

Les

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

Website: www.judicialimages.org

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.

PAPER COMPETITION:

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, culture@law.columbia.edu
.

  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 culture@law.columbia.edu, and to see past winners go
to: http://www.law.columbia.edu/center_program/law_culture/lh_workshop.

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

Convenors

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: THE TRANSNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC IN 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?

APPLICATIONS

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 law-mdflt@unimelb.edu.au. 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 law.unimelb.edu.au/mdflt 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. Monique.Rooney@anu.edu.au. Tel (02) 6125 0531

queer_objects_poster

Australian Feminist Law Journal – Call for Papers for General Issue

Volume 41.1, June 2015

Deadline of September 30th, 2014

AFLJ cover

The Australian Feminist Law Journal is seeking articles for publication for the next General Issue of the Journal, namely Volume 41.1 (June 2015). The journal focuses upon scholarly research using critical feminist approaches to law and justice, broadly conceived. As an international Critical Legal Journal we publish research informed by critical theory, cultural and literary theory, jurisprudential, postcolonial and psychoanalytic approaches, amongst other critical research practices. The length of an article should be from 8,000 to 12,000 words, although shorter articles are welcome. We particularly wish to encourage interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary writing focusing on law.  Prospective authors are encouraged to submit a proposed abstract to the Managing Editors at an early stage before final submission.

Articles should be submitted electronically to the Managing Editors at: aflj@griffith.edu.au and should include an abstract (300 words), and a brief separate statement regarding their use of critical research methodologies or critical theory.

Refereeing of Articles

The Australian Feminist Law Journal referees all manuscripts submitted for publication as an article and follows the double-blind refereeing procedure. Referees will be selected with expertise in the author’s area of scholarship. Authors are requested to place their name and affiliation on a separate page, and eliminate any self-identifying citation of one’s own work. The journal will not accept manuscripts for consideration that are already under consideration by another journal. The AFLJ has Green Open Access status within national research funding policy.

Manuscript Style and Presentation

The journal style should be followed as closely as possible, to eliminate delays at the time of printing where an incorrect style would necessitate changes.

An electronic version of the journal style guide can be found on the AFLJ website:  http://www.griffith.edu.au/criminology-law/australian-feminist-law-journal/contributor-guide.

Academic and subscription enquiries may be forwarded to aflj@griffith.edu.au

Editor-in-Chief – Judith Grbich – Griffith Law School

Managing Editors – Karen Crawley & Joanne Stagg-Taylor – Griffith Law School

From 2014 the Australian Feminist Law Journal is published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis. www.tandfonline.com/rfem

Law Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia Conference 2015

Dates: 9-12 December 2015 – with 9 December as postgraduate day

University of Technology Sydney Law School, Sydney, Australia

“Complicity”

Complicity is a state of being complex or involved, and no matter where we are, or what we do, law is part of our entanglement in the world. This conference will explore the complexity of law, and law’s labryinthine relations with culture, politics and capital. It will investigate law as an accomplice, as well as law’s role in shaping (and resisting) certain problematic moral, political and material positions.
The conference invites consideration of the following questions:
  • What does complicity reveal about law’s methods and modes, its affects and effects?
  • How are law’s genres, narratives, processes and images complicit in the creation of particular imaginaries, materialities and practices of the everyday?
  • How might we work within visual, narrative, creative and textual domains and devise strategies to reveal and counter law’s complicities, and acknowledge our own?
Of course, to live with law, and our intertwined complicities, is not an easy task. As law and humanities scholars, whether we accept or reject complicity, we cannot abandon law or lawful thought. As such, the challenge becomes one of how we might live with law yet continue to navigate our politics, ethics and forms of protest with critical and creative agency.
Please save the date. We will send a full call for papers and reminder later in 2014.
For more information, please email llh@uts.edu.au

Law Text Culture Vol. 19 (2015) Call for Proposals

Deadline 1 August 2014

The Editorial Board of Law Text Culture is seeking proposals for the 2015 special edition of the Journal (Volume 19), due for publication in December 2015.

Law Text Culture is an interdisciplinary journal which aims to produce fresh insights and knowledges along three axes of inquiry:

Politics: engaging the relationship of force and resistance;

Aesthetics: eliciting the relationship of judgment and expression;

Ethics: exploring the relationship of self and other.

Law Text Culture publishes a broad range of work from artwork and fiction to the traditional scholarly essay.  The Journal is trans-continental and peer reiewed and proposals are encouraged to incorporate work that is both domestic and international.

Proposals should include:

  • a concise description of the proposed theme;
  • a draft call for papers;
  • brief details of the guest editor(s);
  • an indication of the intended authors and how they are to be identified/contacted (eg. whether the proposal arises out of a seminar series, conference or workshop); and
  • the range of genres (ie. poetry, scholarly essays, artwork etc.) expected to be included in the edition

Proposals should be no more than 500 words and should be emailed to the Managing Editor by close of business Friday 1 August 2014

Details on the editors and themes of previous editions of Law Text Culture are available at: http://ro.uow.edu.au/ltc/all_issues.html

Associate Professor Marett Leiboff

Managing Editor of Law Text Culture

Legal Intersections Research Centre

School of Law

University of Wollongong NSW 2522 AUSTRALIA

Email: marett@uow.edu.au

 

Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC): Through the Looking Glass – The Framing of Law and Justice through Popular Imagination

Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC), University of Wollongong

Date: Friday 4 July 2014

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: 67.202 – Moot Court

Register: Online by 27 June.  Registration is free.  Places are limited.

aliceFollowing Alice, who contemplates, and then explores, the world on the other side of the looking glass, this symposium calls upon participants to reflect on and encounter the concepts of law and justice as broadly framed within popular imagination via the portal of popular cultural texts. Under this banner, presenters will investigate and revisit issues that map the different dimensions of a cultural legal studies approach to popular culture and its relationship with legal knowledge, law practice and jurisprudence covering issues such as:

  • The role of legal storytelling in transforming, mirroring, creating, and sustaining legal consciousness.
  • The framing and/or distortion of law within popular images and narratives.
  • The transformation of meaning in relation to justice, and/or how justice (dis)connects with law.
  • The (de)mystification of law through popular stories.

Keynote Speaker: Jessica Silbey

silbeyJessica Silbey is a law professor at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Professor Silbey’s scholarly interests and expertise is in the cultural analysis of law, exploring the law beyond its doctrine to the contexts and processes in which legal relations develop and become significant for everyday actors.  Professor Silbey has published widely in the field of law and film, exploring how film is used as a legal tool and how it becomes an object of legal analysis in light of its history as a cultural object and art form. She recently co-edited a book about law and television entitled Law and Justice on the Small Screen (2012).

Other presenters: Jason Bainbridge, Penny Crofts, David Papke, William MacNeil, Cassandra Sharp, Kieran Tranter

Convenor: Dr Cassandra Sharp, Senior Lecturer, School of Law

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, UOW, e: csharp@uow.edu.au