November 1, 2017

CFP December 10, 2017: Legality/Illegality: Rules, Regulations, and Resistance @DMUHeadLMS @dmuleicester

News of an interesting event, March 1, 2018:

ABSTRACTS of 250 words can be sent to by 10th December 2017

Fees - £75 full ticket, £35 postgraduate/PhD ticket ..... lunch provided

rules, regulations and resistance 
1st March 2018 (10am-6pm)
Leicester Media School
Head - Professor Jason Lee
‘If you and I are liable to be prosecuted, fined and perhaps imprisoned,
for doing or failing to do something, we ought to be able …
to find out what it is we must or must not do on pain of criminal penalty’
(Tom Bingham, The Rule of Law, 2010)
‘There's one law for the Rich and another for the Poor’
(Traditional Utterance)

Conference Correspondence to:
De Montfort University,
3rd Floor, Clephan Building
Bonners Lane

Stuart Price and Fernanda Amaral, Media Discourse Group, LMS

Keynotes on:
Brazil – ‘Favela Media Activism: the ‘breakdown’ of law and the rise of citizen power’ Leo Custodi, University of Helsinki
Leo Custodi is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere, Finland, and conducts research on media activism and interdisciplinary research into social movements: his most recent book is Favela Media Activism
Catalonia – ‘Damage to Catalonia? The role of state power from May 1937 to October 2017’ Stuart Price, De Montfort, Media Discourse Group
Stuart Price is Chair of the Media Discourse Group, LMS

Description of the event

This peer-reviewed Conference examines the ways in which various types of human expression and activity (economic, cultural, and political) are influenced, both by popular notions of legitimacy (combining our understanding of everyday normative standards with an often-imprecise sense of what is actually lawful/unlawful), and by the actual sanctions and/or rights enshrined within existing legal systems and forms of precedence (operating at the national and/or supranational/transnational level).

In our Call for Papers, we welcome critical overviews of the relationship between legality and illegality (i.e. theoretical interventions that address the conceptual and practical interdependence of these terms, under the general rubric of ‘the law’), the alteration over time of notions of legality (where, for instance, an activity once thought legitimate may lose that status, and vice versa), specific case-studies of public controversies, the public mediation of the legal system or of law enforcement (through, for example, cinematic or televisual texts), the fascist Right’s attempt to manipulate liberal notions of freedom of speech, illicit state surveillance of dissenting individuals and groups, and the debate over ‘states of exception’.

Specific fields of enquiry and useful topics may include but are not confined to the following:

Performance rights and intellectual ownership within the ‘neo-liberal’ work environment
Freedom of speech, violence and anti-fascist activity
Questions over the obligation of news organisations to pursue the truth in a ‘post-truth’ politics
The ‘moral right’ to break or disregard oppressive laws
Arguments over the legalisation of drugs
The historical reconstitution of the law
Questions of sexuality and the state
Transnational legal obligations and Brexit
The Dance Culture and ‘illegal’ or non-commercial parties
Issues in investigative journalism
Fan adaptations of copyrighted texts

Transnational, national or region-specific events that test the parameters of legality 

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