For One Day Only – Law Space, Matter

9-10 September 2021

A 24-hour virtual workshop for a non-travelling global audience.

Organised by:

  • Institute for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies – lucernaiuris, University of Lucerne
  • Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, The Australian National University
  • Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, University of Virginia
  • Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Witwatersrand
  • Faculty of Law, University of Roma Tre
  • Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki
  • Institute for International Law and the Humanities, University of Melbourne

See also a flyer of this event.

Overview

Recent years have witnessed a new wave of critical approaches to (re-)thinking the entanglements of law, space and matter. From David Delaney’s ‘nomosphere’ and Peter Sloterdijk’s ‘nomotop’ to Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos’s ‘lawscapes’ and Daniela Gandorfer’s ‘matterphorics’ – scholars working in diverse theoretical traditions have rejuvenated discussions on the substance and materiality of law, and opened new perspectives on the reciprocal materialisation of the legal and the socio-spatial.

Matter matters – all the more in our present age of crises and challenges, which press us towards a renewed critical reckoning with the relation(s) between law, place and space, between spatiolegal representations, discourses, and materialities. In this context, we turn again to “the complex, shifting, and always interpretable blendings of words and worlds” (Delaney) in which law is embedded and unfolds.

For One Day Only brings together a global community of thinkers, scholars and artists for 24 hours of conversations on the moment we are living through and the future we want. Hosted by an international consortium of research centres spanning four continents, the workshop sessions will roll around the world from Canberra and Johannesburg, through Rome, Helsinki and Lucerne, to Virginia and Melbourne. Together, we will showcase cutting-edge work that captures the stakes of critical, theoretical and socio-legal enquiry into the spatialisation of law and the legalisation of space, and which poses fresh challenges for thinking about law’s depth and character, its politics and social resonances.

Programme

NB. All times listed below are in Central European Summer Time. Local times are given in brackets, where these differ.

Thursday 9 September, 04.00-06.00 (12.00-14.00 Eastern Australian Time)

Market/Place: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Hosted by the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, The Australian National University

Speakers: Margaret Davies, Jessica Whyte, Chris Griffiths, Desmond Manderson

Thursday 9 September, 07.30-08.30 (08.30-09.30 East European Summer Time)

Law, Politics and Emptiness

Hosted by the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki

Speakers: Panu Minkkinen, Dorota Gozdecka

Thursday 9 September, 09.30-11.00

Algorithms and the End(s) of Law

Hosted by the Faculty of Law, University of Roma Tre

Speakers: Emanuele Conte, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Fiona Macmillan, Teresa Numerico

Thursday 9 September, 12.00-14.00

In the Eyes of the Law

Hosted by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies – lucernaiuris, University of Lucerne

Speakers: Carey Young, Desmond Manderson, Steven Howe

Thursday 9 September, 16.00-18.00 (10.00-12.00 US Eastern Time)

Immunity and Quarantine: The Biopolitics of Space-Making in Pandemics

Hosted by the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, University of Virginia & Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Witwatersrand

Speakers: Sarah Nuttall, Ranjana Khanna, Debjani Ganguly

Friday 10 September, 01.00-02.30 (09.00-10.30 Eastern Australian Time)

In and Out of Place

Hosted by the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, University of Melbourne

Speakers: Shaun McVeigh, Jo Commins, Alex Dela Cruz, Caitlin Murphy, Danish Sheikh, Valeria Vazquez Guevara

Full programme details available here. All sessions will be recorded and posted online after the workshop.

For enquiries, please contact Steven Howe (steven.howe@unilu.ch).

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