Friday, 5 June 2015
9:30 to 19:00
43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, Room B04
This one-day symposium will take place at Birkbeck, University of London. A limited number of seats are still available. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is necessary.
The symposium will focus on the relation of law to images. Work on law and images usually centres around how law acts on images or how it categorises and censors them; we want to focus instead on how images can be used to understand law. Today, the category of image is broader than ever, we include in its ambit photographs, moving images, graphic illustrations, sketches, paintings and graffiti. This symposium seeks to create an interdisciplinary space, and invite scholars from the fields of legal theory, history, art history, visual culture, film studies,anthropology and psychoanalysis to explore the relation between law and images.
The symposium will centre on questions such as: How do images produce truths and articulate law? As law struggles to cope with the new world order and regain its lost majesty, what role do images of law play in constituting the subjectivity of the citizens? What implications does this relation of law to images have for legal theory? How does a visual approach to law help us to readdress and reformulate the issues of justice, democracy, sovereignty and rule of law?
In addition, we would like to explore images from a non-European tradition. Much of the existing scholarship on law and images has been rooted in historical accounts that have been developed within the Western academy. Whether materialist, psychoanalytical or deconstructive such accounts cannot be assumed to have global purchase. We would like to pay special emphasis to the relation between law and images in the global south and post-colonial cultures. What are the limits of this practice? Should image theory develop its own set of parameters based on geography? What is the role of colonialism in this picture?
Legal phenomenology of images
Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck
What does law ‘really’ want? Towards a legal theory of the image
Marcus De Matos, Birkbeck
The own image: Constituting new media 1890/1900
Fabian Steinhauer, University of Frankfurt
Discussant: Adam Gearey
Crime and crisis in contemporary anti-detective films
Ahmet Gürata, Bilkent University, Ankara
Encountering the myths of Human Rights and new aesthetics of justice
Ozan Kamiloglu, Birkbeck
Regimes of the visual in the Gran Chaco region: Picturing the Kadiwéu
Luciana Martins, Birkbeck
Discussant: Nathan Moore
Delhi Darshan: Auditing Images of the Law
Martin Webb, Goldsmiths College
Bapu, Mother India and the ‘dutiful son’: Examining the Indian Legal Subject
Kanika Sharma, Birkbeck
Anti-colonial sacrifice, visibility and the law
Chris Moffat, University of Cambridge
Discussant: Piyel Haldar
The Visual Commons #BlackLivesMatter
Nicholas Mirzoeff, NYU Steinhardt
For an Aboriginal Representation
Connal Parsley, University of Kent
Under the Law of Images: Racial tropes in Brazilian Photography
Mauricio Lissovsky, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Discussants: Patricia Tuitt & Costas Douzinas
Please contact us for any further information.
Kanika Sharma, Marcus De Matos, Ozan Kamiloglu