Monthly Archives: October 2015

Sara Ross

Law.Arts.Culture event Paul Passavant

This past Monday, Osgoode Hall played host to the latest Law.Arts.Culture talk featuring a lecture from Paul Passavant entitled Policing Occupy: Aesthetics, Security, and the Illuminator Project. In case you missed it, here are some photos of the event:

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Sara Ross

Conference Update: Graduate Student Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities

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As we wrote on September 9th, the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities is being held in Hartford, Connecticut over April 1-2, 2016. The Association has recently released its details for its vaunted annual Graduate Student Workshop, to be held on March 31, 2016, the day before the conference. Those accepted to participate in the workshop will be provided with partial reimbursement for their travel and accommodations. Keep in mind that though the Association has not yet updated its submission page, the submission details for the workshop provided by its organizers Professors Mark Antaki (McGill) and Linda Meyer are as follows:

Graduate students who are considering coming to the ASLCH conference, April 1-2nd 2016, at the University of Connecticut Law School are invited to apply for the graduate student workshop that will occur one day earlier on March
31st (see for application details)

The workshop has two primary aims: first, to afford graduate students the opportunity to experience the LCH community in a smaller venue with more sustained contact with one another and some faculty; second, to provide graduate students with an opportunity to present their own work in anticipation of such things as job talks and publication.

Applications to the workshop should include a current curriculum vitae, a 5-page maximum abstract of a current project, as well as a short (5-page maximum) “text” relating to that project. This “text” could be a case, literary work, time-line, photo, sound or video file or whatever source-“text” will help the workshop participants reflect on the subject of their work. Use your judgment and best guesses in deciding how audio, visual, or audio-visual materials “translate” into pages of text.

Applicants whose proposals are accepted will receive support towards an extra night’s accommodation by ASLCH as well as support (varying, depending on distance traveled) towards the cost of transportation to the conference site.

Send your applications to both Linda Meyer ( and Mark Antaki ( For inquiries, please write to one or both of us.

Sara Ross

News Piece of Interest: National Public Radio article on the Reemergence of “Poverty Porn”

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On September 30, 2015 Malaka Gharib published an article entitled At What Point Does A Fundraising Ad Go Too Far?, on the US National Public Radio’s website An excerpt from this thought-provoking article reads:

Is “poverty porn” making a comeback?

That’s the term that some people used back in the 1980s to describe attention-grabbing fundraising ads … Back then, the media were filled with images of starving African children in desperate need of food, seemingly all alone in the world. And folks in the West were invited to save them from their misery.

This kind of appeal worked … But not everyone thought these kinds of images were appropriate.

To read more, you can access the article on