April 22, 2015

Images and Imagination in Theorizing About Law: A Workshop at Wolfson College, Oxford

From Maksymilian Del Mar, Queen Mary College, University of London, news of a workshop on images in legal scholarship, to take place at Wolfson College, Oxford, on May 20, 2015. Here's a description. If you are interested, sign up soon: only a few spots are left.

Images and Imagination in Theorizing about Law Workshop

20 May 2015

Time: 10:30am - 7:00pm 
Venue: Haldane Room, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford, OX2 6UD

This one-day workshop will examine the role of images in legal scholarship, both theoretically and historically. By bringing together legal and art history academics, it will establish a new network of scholars from a variety of disciplines—art, history, law, anthropology—interested in the intersection of images and law.

The last decade has seen much research into the intersection of the visual and the legal, yet the impact on the practice of contemporary legal scholarship has been limited, and there is little methodological reflection on the roles that images and imagery have played in scholarship about law.

For the first time in the UK, this workshop will explore these issues with legal scholars, art historians, art theorists, visual epistemologists, anthropologists, and explore future avenues of research.
This workshop is co-organised by Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott (Oxford) and Dr Maks Del Mar (Queen Mary).
o    Dr Carolin Berhmann (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz)
o    Professor Denis Galligan (Oxford)
o    Professor Adam Gearey (Birkbeck)
o    Professor Peter Goodrich (Cardozo)
o    Dr Maks Del Mar (Queen Mary)
o    Professor Marie Laure Mathieu (Montpellier)
o    Professor Fernanda Pirie (Oxford)
o    Professor Geoffrey Samuel (Kent)
o    Dr Clare Sandford-Couch (Northumbria)
o    Professor Mathias Siems (Durham)
o    Ms Sophie Arkette (Artist in residence, Cambridge)
o    Dr Thomas Giddens (St Mary’s)
10:30–11:00 Tea and Coffee
11:00–12:00 Keynote speaker
Dr Carolin Berhmann, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenze
Title: ‘Nomos of Images
12:05–1:05 Keynote speaker
Dr Clare Sandford-Couch
, Northumbria University
Title: ‘Images and Legal Authority in Fourteenth Century Florence
1:05–2:00 Lunch
2:00–4:30 Short presentations with breaks
Panel 1
Dr Patricia Cain
, Artist
Title: ‘Practices of Thinking: Law and Art
Ms Sophie Arkette, Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence, Centre for Intellectual Property & Information Law, University of Cambridge
Title: ‘Appearance v Materiality: On the Nature of Fixation in UK & Dutch Copyright Law
Professor Amanda Perry-Kessaris, Kent Law School
Title: ‘Graphic Legal Interdisciplinarity

Panel 2
Professor Fernanda Pirie
, Oxford University
Title: ‘Visual Regularity in Tibetan Legal Documents
Professor Geoffrey Samuel, University of Kent
Title: ‘The Use of Images in Legal Reasoning
Dr Thomas Giddens, St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Title: ‘Comics and Legal Aesthetics: Navigating the Limits of Rational Text with Graphic Fiction

Panel 3
Professor Denis Galligan
, Oxford University
Title: ‘On Trial for Treason: The Unlikely Alliance of John Lilburne and Edward Coke
Professor Adam Gearey, Birkbeck, University of London
Title: ‘Once Poor Always Poor: Images of Law and Poverty in George Orwell’s “The Road to Wigan Pier”
Professor Mathias Siems, Durham University
Title: ‘Mapping Law Visually

Panel 4
Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott
, Oxford University
Title: TBA
Dr Maks Del Mar, Queen Mary University of London
Title: ‘Visualising the Common Law Tradition
4:30–5:00 Tea and Coffee
5:00–6:00 Keynote speaker
Professor Marie-Laure Mathieu
, University of Montpellier
Title: ‘Images in Legal Reasoning
6:00–7:00 Keynote speaker
Professor Peter Goodrich
, Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law
Title: ‘Imago Decidendi- Pictures as Precedents
7:00 Closing remarks

How to book

To reserve your place, please visit The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society website.

Here is a registration link: www.fjls.org/images-and-law


Senior Lecturer in Law and Philosophy

Academic Fellow (2013-16), The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 7882 3962; Fax: +44 20 7882 7042

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