November 27, 2017

Tranter on Law, the Digital, and Time: The Legal Emblems of Doctor Who @GriffLawSchool

Kieran Mark Tranter, Griffith University Law School, is publishing Law, the Digital and Time: The Legal Emblems of Doctor Who in volume 30 of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (2017). Here is the abstract.
This article is about time. It is about time, or more precisely, about the absence of time in law’s digital future. It is also about time-travelling and the seemingly ever-popular BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. Further, it is about law’s timefullness; about law’s pictorial past and the ‘visual baroque’ of its chronological fused future. Ultimately, it is about a time paradox of seeing time run to a time when time runs ‘No More!’ This ‘timey-wimey’ article is in three parts. The first part looks to a hazy remembered past of the legal emblem tradition as presented in Peter Goodrich’s Legal Emblems and the Art of Law to learn visual litercy and also glimps the essential elements of modern legality with authority, decision and violence. The second part maps how these images and icons of modern legality are manifest in the Doctor Who fiftieth year anniversary special ‘The Day of the Doctor.’ The third stage looks beyond these first order meanings to understand the chronological chaos of ‘The Day of the Doctor.’ The technicity of the image as a portal through time and space that the narrative revolves around charts the implications for the digital end of time for law.

Download the article from SSRN at the link. 

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