CfP: History, Law, Space and Time: Special Issue of the Australian Feminist Law Journal

History has con­sist­ently lent its lan­guage to crit­ical ap­proaches to law. In con­tem­porary crit­ical legal studies how­ever, this bond of en­gage­ment between law and his­tory ap­pears severely eroded. The words of his­tory and the words of law seem to move fur­ther and fur­ther apart. With this spe­cial issue we are seeking to re­vive the dia­logue between law and his­tory. In doing so, we are not aiming to provide a better legal his­tory, nor offer cor­rect­ives to the his­tor­ical de­vel­op­ment of legal theory or doc­trine. Rather, our ob­jective is to ad­dress legal scholarship’s ‘for­get­ful­ness’ as to the crit­ical pos­sib­il­ities his­tory holds for law. So we are in­viting pa­pers that, broadly speaking, en­gage with his­tory as a re­source of cri­tique for law — as a site of an al­tern­ative way of thinking about law. If thinking and writing his­tor­ic­ally about law ne­ces­sary in­volves time, this act is also a form of ‘loc­al­ising’ law. In ac­know­ledging space and time as sig­ni­ficant factors in the his­tor­ical study of law, we would there­fore par­tic­u­larly wel­come pa­pers ex­ploring the re­la­tion­ship between time, space and the legal in­sti­tu­tion — the many ways in which the spa­tial and the tem­poral im­plicate law or are im­plic­ated by law. More spe­cific­ally, ques­tions that pa­pers may wish to raise might include:

How do con­cep­tu­al­isa­tions of space and time shape and or­ganise the re­la­tion­ship between law, the polit­ical and/​or the cul­tural? How are un­der­stand­ings of space and time con­stitutive of the stories of the origin of modernity’s legal order? And how do they form and in­form the power and au­thority of law?

What sort of or­ders of time and space are em­bedded in law? What forms of thinking, acting and being in the world do they nur­ture? What kind of ex­per­i­ence do they an­imate for the sub­ject of law? What kind of ex­pect­a­tions or po­ten­tials for new fu­tures do they open up or fore­close? More spe­cific­ally, how are gender and/​or sexual dif­fer­ence in­scribed in these tem­poral and spa­tial orders?

What forms of tem­poral and spa­tial nar­rative do cul­tur­ally and his­tor­ic­ally con­tin­gent legal know­ledge (law) en­gender, dis­sem­inate and hold to be true? In par­tic­ular, how are western con­cep­tions of space and time bound up with law’s self-​narration and self-​evaluation? And what sort of mean­ings and values do they at­tach to legal en­coun­ters with ‘self’, ‘other’, ‘nature’ and ‘culture’?

The AFLJ seeks to focus upon schol­arly re­search using crit­ical fem­inist ap­proaches to law and justice, broadly con­ceived. As a crit­ical legal journal we pub­lish re­search in­formed by crit­ical theory, cul­tural and lit­erary theory, jur­is­pru­den­tial, post­co­lo­nial and psy­cho­ana­lytic ap­proaches, amongst other crit­ical re­search prac­tices. Articles are usu­ally lim­ited to 8000 words, in­cluding foot­notes. Prospective con­trib­utors are in­vited to dis­cuss any pro­posed sub­mis­sions with an Editor.

Deadline for Submissions

Manuscripts should be sent in elec­tronic form to the Special Issue Editors, Maria Drakopoulou, University of Kent, M.​Drakopoulou@​kent.​ac.​uk or Julia Chryssostalis, University of Westminster, chryssj@​westminster.​ac.​uk. Earlier sub­mis­sions are welcomed.

Refereeing of Articles

The Australian Feminist Law Journal ref­erees all ma­nu­scripts sub­mitted for pub­lic­a­tion and fol­lows the double-​blind ref­er­eeing pro­cedure. Referees will be se­lected with ex­pertise in the author’s area of schol­ar­ship. Authors are re­quested to place their name and af­fil­i­ation on a sep­arate page, and elim­inate any self-​identifying cita­tion of one’s own work. This can be done by leaving such cita­tions or ref­er­ence ma­terial blank or oth­er­wise re­fer­ring to the work in a way which dis­guises the name of the au­thor. The journal will not ac­cept ma­nu­scripts for con­sid­er­a­tion which are already under con­sid­er­a­tion by an­other journal. The Australian Feminist Law Journal is pub­lished by the Socio-​Legal Research Centre, Griffith University, Australia and is avail­able in all major University lib­raries and on­line with Informit, Heinonline, Proquest and EBSCO. An elec­tronic ver­sion of the journal style guide can be found on the AFLJ web­site: http://​www​.grif​fith​.edu​.au/​c​r​i​m​i​n​o​l​o​g​y​-​l​a​w​/​a​u​s​t​r​a​l​i​a​n​-​f​e​m​i​n​i​s​t​-​l​a​w​-​j​o​u​r​n​a​l​/​c​o​n​t​r​i​b​u​t​o​r​-​g​u​i​de/. Subscription en­quiries: aflj@​griffith.​edu.​au.

Special Issue Volume 38 (June 2013)

Special Issue Editors: Maria Drakopoulou and Julia Chryssostalis

Deadline for Submissions:  February 1, 2013


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