Kent Summer School in Critical Theory

kent summer school

29 June – 10 July 2015


Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce the new Kent Summer School in Critical Theory, which will run for the first time in Paris next July. Our website has just gone live, and we invite you pay us a visit:

This new summer school for early career researchers and doctoral students aims to create a unique pedagogical experience, enabling leading critical thinkers to conduct an intensive 2-week seminar with members of a new generation of critical scholars.

Applications are now open to attend the summer school, and you will find application instructions on the website.

The inaugural teachers of the intensive seminars will be Professor Peter Goodrich, and Professor Davide Tarizzo. In addition, we will also hear lectures by Goodrich, Tarizzo, and Professors Geoffrey BenningtonDavina Cooper, and Roberto Esposito. The website also contains information about the seminars and the school’s other events.

We would be very grateful if you would please circulate this notice as widely as possible amongst your networks of friends, colleagues and students.

With kind regards,

Maria Drakopoulou and Connal Parsley

CALL FOR PAPERS – Inaugural Literary Studies Convention 2015 – Literary Networks


7 – 11 July
University of Wollongong

The inaugural Australian Literary Studies Convention will be held at the University of Wollongong in July 2015. This is a landmark literary studies event that is being organised under the auspices of the Australasian Association for Literature (AAL), Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) and Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA).

The convention will bring together members of all the major Australian literary studies organisations to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of literary studies in this country. The convention will serve as the 2015 annual conference for AAL, ASAL and AULLA and the theme is Literary Networks. Papers should engage with literature and literary criticism as a network where a network, is understood very broadly as a group or system of interconnected people or things. Given that this conference seeks to bring together scholars who work in and between a variety of national literatures, literary, media and cultural histories, submissions are encouraged that engage with and exemplify the rich variety of critical and creative practices currently being undertaken under the aegis of ‘literary studies’ in a contemporary Australian context.

Papers might consider literature’s engagement with any of the following:

  • Acoustics, aesthetics or the visual
  • Affect, emotion or contagion
  • Animals, the environment or space/place
  • Appetite, consumption or food
  • Communities or creative practice
  • Communication, technology, transport or trade
  • Festivals, public events or publishing
  • Film, media, new media or television
  • Gender, sexuality or corporeality
  • Indigeneity, ethnicity, citizenship or diaspora
  • Institutions – writers, students or scholars
  • Neurology, cognition or the body
  • Reading, reception or research

Keynote Speakers

Due date for proposals: 31 January 2015
Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2015
Email: Leigh Dale -

  • Proposal should include title, abstract (150 words), followed by name and email address, included in the email (not as attachments).
  • Abstracts should be accompanied by a 100-word biography, which starts with the presenter’s name.

2014 Publications Roundup

Here’s a sample of the publications generated by the LLHAA community this year:

Cassandra Sharpe, “Justice with a Vengeance: Retributive Desire in Popular Imagination” in M. Asimow & K. Brown eds, Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives (2014) 153-176.

The punishment of criminal behaviour has always been a hot topic in popular culture. Whether in fictional crime dramas or in mainstream news coverage, issues of law, justice, and punishment are constantly being refracted and reframed in a myriad of ways. We seem to like watching criminals not only being caught but also receiving the punishment they deserve. We love it when Sherlock Holmes or Patrick Jayne solves the crime on fictional television, and too often we hear stories in the media of a victim’s family that is indignant and angry that the perpetrator is seemingly “getting away” with a light sentence. We seem to have such a desire for justice to be done that we cry out for it when it seems lacking. This cry for justice, I argue, comes from a desire to hold individuals responsible for their actions, and it is the major reason for a contemporary suggestion in Australia that the criminal justice system is experiencing a “crisis of confidence.”

Kieran Tranter, “The Car as Avatar in Australian Social Security Decisions” (2014) 27(4) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law

This paper draws upon automobile semiotics and legal semiotics to argue that the car in Australian social security decisions becomes an avatar for the applicant that is then decoded into meaning streams concerning deservingness and prudence. It is suggested that this has two implications. The first it highlights the techniques where by a technical object (the car) and the ‘life’ of the applicant became bridged in law; and through that bridging life becomes ‘formatted.’ The second highlights the extent of automobile culture. The car has meaning beyond the highways and parking lots. The paper shows how these meanings have become integrated into processes of biopolitical governance.

Mitchell Travis and Kieran Tranter ‘Interrogating Absence: The Lawyer in Science Fiction’ (2014) International Journal of the Legal Profession

Kylie Doyle and Kieran Tranter ‘Automobility and “My Family” Stickers’ (2014) Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies

Emma Wagstaff and Kieran Tranter ‘Taking Facebook at Face Value: The Refugee Review Tribunal’s Use of Social Media Evidence (2014) 21(3) Australian Journal of Administrative Law 172-186.

Desmond Manderson, “Like men possessed: what are illicit drug laws really for?The Conversation 3 November 2014

Nadia Gush, “Fraternal Fracture and the Court of Law: New Zealand’s 1954 Parker-Hulme Trial” (2014) 26(3) Law and Literature

In New Zealand in 1954 two teenage girls, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, conspired to commit matricide. The trial that followed positioned the accused as Jacques Derrida’s epitome of friendship. As such Parker and Hulme became the specter of a teenage fraternity fracturing the normative polis, a specter to be managed discursively within the courtroom. Drawing on Derrida’s Politics of Friendship, this article contends that the court of law was integral to the management of the threat posed by adolescent fraternity to the normative polis at this time. Discursive strategies of speech, isolation, age, and gender worked to dissolve the teenage fraternity that Parker and Hulme presented.

Alison Young, “Cities in the City: Street Art, Enchantment, and the Urban Commons” (2014) 26(2) Law and Literature

Cities are sites of cultural and aesthetic production engaged in a continual process through which human subjects refine the images of the spaces in which everyday life takes place. Dominant approaches to legal governance in the city construct it as a “legislated city” or “lawscape,” but this is not the only manner in which the city can be conceptualized and experienced. A number of artistic, social, and literary interventions suggest the possibility of “uncommissioned” cities existing in tandem with the conventionally legislated city. This article examines the conceptualization of the city underlying the novel The City & the City (2009), by China Miéville, and a number of artists who situate their artworks in urban space. The experience of viewing illicit images, whether experienced by the spectator as delightful or distressing, is one of “enchantment,” to draw upon Jane Bennett’s sense of the term. The enchanting encounter with an illicit image reveals the existence of uncommissioned cities within the legislated one, and points to alternative conceptualizations of citizenship, property, and of cities themselves.

Katherine Biber and Trish Luker, eds. Australian Feminist Law Journal Special Issue: Evidence and the Archive: Ethics, Aesthetics and Emotion

The contributions to this special issue of Australian Feminist Law Journal demonstrate the rich scholarship, and potential, in thinking about evidence and the archive. By treating legal sources as a literal archive, contributors have engaged with questions about access, use, and interpretation of archival materials. They have focused closely on aspects of evidence, sources, records, documents, and data, to investigate legal materials in all of their complexity and diversity. In doing so, contributors have brought into legal scholarship some of the contemporary theoretical approaches to thinking archivally, in which processes of questioning, abstracting, and counter-archival imaginings are evident. Contributors have also turned their inquiry towards the ethical, aesthetic, and emotional aspects of archives, and the demands that law’s materials make upon scholars to exercise care and judgment. Our aspiration for this special issue is that it inaugurates ongoing inquiry into the stakes, risks, and opportunities in exploring law’s archive and re-examining law’s evidence.

Honni van Rijswijk, “Archiving the Northern Territory Intervention in Law and in the Literary Counter-Imaginary,” Australian Feminist Law Journal 40(1), 117-133

This article focuses on a figure archived in contemporary Australian law, a figure who is central to the state’s control of Aboriginal people. This figure, like her counterparts in earlier historical periods, is to be found in legislation and in case law, and in law’s supplementary genres, including welfare and indigenous policy, and Parliamentary second-reading speeches. This figure is the ‘abused Aboriginal child’, and she has been significant to the production of myths of the Australian nation-state, and to the rule of law. She is being used to justify the continued administration of Aboriginal communities, through simultaneously the continuing suspension of the rule of law and the violent instrumentalisation of law. This article examines the archive of the Northern Territory Intervention and subsequent Stronger Futures legislation, investigating the ways in which law’s violence masquerades as law’s care. I seek to explore the ways in which reading law as an archive opens up the possibility of a counter-archival practice that interrupts and disorients law’s claim to violent jurisdiction over Aboriginal people. The emphasis here is on reading law as archive — on taking up a position of readerly responsibility with respect to the practices of representation that constitute law’s archive, and on constructing counter-archival practices and imaginaries that resist and re-situate law’s authority. By way of example, I examine Alexis Wright’s most recent novel, The Swan Book (2013), which is read as an exemplary counter-archival text that interrupts law’s archival practices and claims.

Juliet Rogers, Law’s Cut on the Body of Human Rights: Female Circumcision, Torture and Sacred Flesh (Routledge 2014)

Scenes of violence and incisions into the flesh inform the demand for law. The scene of little girls being held down in practices of female circumcision has been a defining and definitive image that demands the attention of human rights, and the intervention of law. But the investment in protecting women and little girls from such a cut is not all that it seems. Law’s Cut on the Body of Human Rights: Female Circumcision, Torture and Sacred Flesh considers how such images come to inform law and the investment of advocates of law in an imagination of this scene. Drawing on psychoanalytic and postcolonial theory, and accompanying ideas in political theology, Juliet Rogers examines the language, imagery and excitement that accompanies recent initiatives to legislate against what is called ‘female genital mutilation’. The author compliments this examination with a consideration of the scene of torture exposed in images from Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. Rogers argues that the modes of fascination and excitement that accompany scenes of torture and female circumcision betray the fantasy of a political condition against which the subject of liberal law is imagined; this is subjectivity in a state of non-mutilation, non-prohibition or, in a psychoanalytic idiom, non-castration. To support the fantasy of this subject, the mutilated subject, the authors suggests, is rendered as flesh cut from the democratic nation state, deserving of only selective human rights, or none at all.

Peter Rush and Olivera Simic, eds. The Arts of Transitional Justice: Culture, Activism and Memory After Atrocity Springer 2014

The re-assessment of transitional justice as both an institutional craft and a system of knowledge has been ongoing for sometime now. The Arts of Transitional Justice: Culture, Activism and Memory After Atrocity contributes to this revaluation by focusing on the prevalence of art and aesthetic practices in the various domains and institutions of transitional justice.  Interdisciplinary in approach, this volume provides personal and intellectual contributions by literary and cultural critics, legal scholars, artists and activists as well as policy experts. It ranges across theatre, public art installations, literary fiction and public protest, poems and film, photography, museums, monuments and body art. How are these cultural performances used in the practices of transitional justice? What can and do they tell us about the discourses of transitional justice, and their representations of the cultural and social transformations of post-conflict societies? How do they provide provide a forum and idiom through which survivors of atrocity can have their voices heard, can tell their story, as well as evaluate and reflect on the transitional justice mechanisms in their society?

This volume seeks to understand the significant and plural role that artists, works of art and more broadly aesthetic performances have played in societies in transition. Among the topics covered are:

  • Cultural intervention and the imagination of peace and transition
  • Education, photography and fictional narratives after Genocide
  • Memory, performance and trauma
  • Public protest, public art and cities in transformation
  • The role of theatre in healing in Afghanistan, Serbia and beyond
  • Diasporic communities and the artefacts of lives recalled
  • The reception of artworks by survivors of atrocity
  • The dilemmas of transitional justice scholarship and the feeling for justice

With its global and detailed case studies approach, The Arts of Transitional Justice is a significant resource for those interested in the role of the arts in responding to the multidimensional legacies of atrocity as well as those interested in the transformation of transitional justice. In coming to terms with the past and setting the terms and conditions of a different future, it engages the plural idioms of accountability and responsibility, memory and trauma, justice and the rhetoric of transition after atrocity.


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