Call for Papers: Argumentation, 16 October, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

The ambition of the conference is to provide a permanent platform to discuss and explore the alternative methods of legal argumentation, i.e. those that are not regularly employed in everyday legal practice, but would prove extremely valuable if adopted. It is thus our intention to bring new stimuli to both the traditional and alternative approaches to the argumentation by showing that the outcomes of both are valuable and can be combined in coherent theories.

The conference consists of four workshops/streams each specialized in a specific and unique method of studying legal argumentation:

-         Formal Methods in Legal Reasoning

-         Law and Literature

-         Law and Language

-         Visualization of Law

Important dates                                      

Full papers submission deadline:  31 May 2015

Notice on acceptance deadline:  20 June 2015

Revised papers for publication deadline:  20 August 2015

Conference date: 16 October 2015

Full paper formal requirements

Range: min. 5.000 words

Submission: on-line at https://argumentation2015.wordpress.com/

Conference proceedings

All accepted full papers will be included in the printed conference proceedings with ISBN. As in the previous years, the proceedings of the conference will be submitted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index, accessed via Web of Science™ Core Collection.

Conference fees

Regular registration  100 EUR

Student registration  50 EUR

Conference dinner 35 EUR

Further information is to be found at https://argumentation2015.wordpress.com/.

Call for Papers: ‘Complicities’, Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia, 9 – 12 December 2015, UTS, Sydney, Australia

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 law’s complex 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 LLH Association of Australasia invites scholarly and creative research from academics and graduate students working at the intersection of law and the humanities, whether based in legal theory or in disciplines such as literature, art, film, music, history, continental philosophy, anthropology, psychoanalysis, visual culture, or cultural studies. Contributions may take a variety of forms from traditional academic papers to poster presentations, video, or other genres or media.

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?

We ask you to make your own interpretation of the theme ‘Complicities,’ and invite scholars from a range of disciplines to propose papers, complete panels and streams. Proposals should consist of a short abstract (max. 250 words) and a short author bio. Download the full Call for Papers. Please submit your abstract online at www.llh.uts.edu.au

Conference dates: 9-12 December 2015, with 9 December as a postgraduate day.

Keynote presenters are Professor Karin van Marle (Pretoria) and Dr Cassandra Sharp (Wollongong)

Deadline for Stream Proposals: 31 March, 2015

Deadline for Paper and Panel Proposals: 1 May 2015

For all conference information including on-line registration, check our web site at this address: www.llh.uts.edu.au

And for further information, contact the Co-convenors, Dr Honni van Rijswijk and Associate Professor Penny Crofts at llh@uts.edu.au.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Special Edition of the Griffith Law Review – Through the Looking Glass: the Framing of Law and Justice through Popular Imagination

The Griffith Law Review: Law Theory Society has a proud history of publishing innovative and engaging socio-legal, inter-disciplinary and critical legal research. Our focus is international and we engage with worldwide issues and agendas. In recognition of the Review’s standing as a leading journal, it was ranked A* by the Australian Research Council for the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia Initiative.

The Review is pleased to announce the following publishing opportunity for 2015.

 (2015) 24(3) Symposium

Through the Looking Glass: the Framing of Law and Justice through Popular Imagination

Symposium Editor: Cassandra Sharp
Deadline for manuscripts: 30 March 2015

 This special edition is designed to explore the connected themes of legal storytelling and the visual image of law and justice in popular culture.  Following Alice, who contemplates, and then explores, the world on the other side of the looking glass, this special edition calls upon scholars to reflect on and encounter the concepts of law and justice as broadly framed within popular imagination via the portal of popular cultural texts. Alice goes through the looking glass to find a world both clear and recognizable yet inverted, or refracted, and so too, this symposium sought to explore stories and images of law in popular culture that are familiar, yet at the same time often turned strange.

Within this theme, scholars can investigate and revisit issues that map the contemporary discipline of law and pop culture – with its different dimensions and relations to legal knowledge, law practice and jurisprudence. The special edition seeks to allow for broad coverage under topics 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 and circulation of meaning in relation to perceptions of justice, and/or how justice (dis)connects with law.
  • The (de)mystification of law through popular stories.

Submissions are invited for this Symposium Edition, which can be between 8,000 and 10,000 words in length, addressing any issue broadly conceived within this theme.

Dr Cassandra Sharp (Symposium Editor)

csharp@uow.edu.au

Submissions to the journal can be made at the following web address:

http://www.editorialmanager.com/rlaw

For more information concerning the GLR contact:

Dr Ed Mussawir & Dr Tim Peters
Managing Editors
Griffith Law Review
Email: glr@griffith.edu.au
Website: www.griffith.edu.au/criminology-law/griffith-law-review

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Fellowships with the Berlin Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?”

The Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?” invites applications for three Fellowships from 1 October 2015.

Framework

The Research Group examines the role of international law in a changing global order. Developments in recent years give rise to the question whether the move towards an international rule of law, which seems to continue in some areas, has lost momentum in others. Inter-state crises in Eastern Europe and Asia display renewed thinking in terms of geopolitical spheres of influence. Collective efforts to address global issues through universal international law meet difficulties in certain fields such as climate protection and world trade. Can we, under current conditions, still observe a legalization/juridification of international relations based on a universal understanding of values, or are we seeing a tendency towards an informalization or a reformalization of international law, or even an erosion of international legal norms? Or are we simply observing a slump in the development towards an international rule of law based on a universal understanding of values?

The Research Group addresses these questions from a legal and a political science perspective. The Group consists of three public international lawyers and three political scientists: Heike Krieger (Freie Universität Berlin), Georg Nolte (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) and Andreas Zimmermann (Universität Potsdam) (Public International Law), as well as Markus Jachtenfuchs (Hertie School of Governance), Andrea Liese (Universität Potsdam) and Michael Zürn (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin) (Political Science). The working language of the group is English.

The Position

This is a fixed-term position for a period of 12 months which may be extended by up to a further year. Fellows will work at Humboldt University Berlin. They will co-operate with the group’s senior researchers and participate in the academic exchange of the Research Group. They are expected to complete a peer-reviewed publication project during their fellowship.

A monthly stipend of EUR 2500,00 plus one roundtrip is attached to the position from which all costs will have to be covered.

Eligibility

The Fellowships are designed for applicants worldwide with a doctorate in international law or in international relations. The proposed projects should relate to the Group’s area of research. Applicants must have completed their PhD by 31 August 2015 and should not have pursued more than 3 years of postdoctoral research. Candidates from outside Europe are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants are not expected to speak German.

Applicants should submit:

  • a curriculum vitae including transcripts of degrees awarded and a list of publications;
  • a description of current research and of a project to be pursued during the first year of the Fellowship (no more than 1000 words);
  • a summary of the candidate’s doctoral thesis;
  • two letters of recommendation.

The deadline for application is 31 March 2015.

Please send your application in PDF format via email to intlaw@rewi.hu-berlin.de

Further information can be obtained at intlaw@rewi.hu-berlin.de

Visiting PhD Scholar Program at the Legal Intersections Research Centre (Wollongong)

The Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC) at the University of Wollongong (UOW) invites applications from PhD students enrolled at other universities to visit LIRC during 2015 for a minimum period of 2 weeks.

LIRC engages in interdisciplinary scholarship across law, society and culture with a focus on public interest law and social justice. LIRC academic members come from law as well as diverse disciplines including media and cultural studies, business and forensic mental health. LIRC members’ current research relates to six themes:

- Contesting Vulnerability
- Crime and Society
- Hard Decision, Soft Power
- Law and Popular Cultures
- Legal Ethics, Culture, Practice and Professionalism
- Social Justice and Global Forces

The aims of the Visiting PhD Scholar Program are to support high quality interdisciplinary PhD research in LIRC’s areas of research, to provide opportunities to PhD scholars from other universities to be involved in LIRC’s research activity and to support PhD scholars to form ongoing networks with LIRC academic and higher degree research (HDR) members.

LIRC will award up to 2 visiting PhD scholarships in 2015. Visiting PhD scholars will be awarded up to $1500 to cover the cost of travel to Wollongong and the cost of living in Wollongong for the duration of their participation in the program. Visiting PhD scholars will have office space with a computer, printing and copying facilities and borrowing privileges at the UOW library.

Visiting PhD scholars are expected to be present on campus during the period of their visit in order to conduct their PhD research, participate in LIRC’s research activity, present their research at a lunchtime LIRC research seminar and be available for discussion of their research with LIRC academic and HDR members and UOW law honours students.

Applications should include:

- a curriculum vitae
- a one page summary of the PhD research project
- a one page summary specifying how the applicant’s PhD project aligns with LIRC and how the PhD research project will benefit from the visit to LIRC

Applications close: Friday 27 February 2015

Enquiries: Dr Linda Steele lsteele@uow.edu.au

LIRC website

Kent Summer School in Critical Theory

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29 June – 10 July 2015

Paris

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: www.kssct.org.

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

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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 - ldale@uow.edu.au

  • 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 Sharp, “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 Sharp 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: glr@griffith.edu.au