The call for papers has been released for the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia Conference 2016. The conference will be held at the The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law between December 8th and 10th, with an application deadline of May 15th.
The theme of ‘spectacular law’ invites reflection on the performance and dramaturgy of political and legal power, the affective lures of sovereignty and the technologies that reveal – and conceal – legality, dissent, (dis)obedience, and different modalities of regulation. This conference will examine the various ways in which we can see, and be seen by, law, politics and power. The location of this year’s conference prompts its theme. Hong Kong is a visually striking city: fading tower blocks, gleaming edifices, remnants of a colonial past, and canopies of neon suspended over street corners, all enframed by lushly forested hills and the increasingly contested waters of the South China Sea. The powerful visual affect, as much a result of the city’s geography as it is of its legal and political orderings, inspires an exploration of the spectacle.
The conference will be preceded by a half-day graduate workshop, and 10 partial graduate bursaries are available for successful applicants. You can read more about the conference itself and the application process here.