Call for Papers: “Critical Perspectives on Culture and Preservation: Precarity in our Past, Present, and Future Cultural Heritages” at the Critical Legal Conference

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The call for papers for the 2016 Critical Legal Conference at Kent University has opened. Among the various paper streams is the theme “Critical Perspectives on Culture and Preservation: Precarity in our Past, Present, and Future Cultural Heritages”. It is among 17 other streams, each taking place between 1st and 3rd of September. The call for papers includes the following:

The past few years have born witness to the destruction of places, spaces, and objects that carry unquantifiable historical, heritage, and cultural value. As the world gazes on, horrified, many critical questions arise in relation to preservation, protection, ownership, and intervention. What role can or does law have? And how is the view of law’s role shaped by critical legal and radical perspectives?

Atrocities committed against relics of the past are but one aspect of the greater question of the role of preservation and protection in our globalizing world. Just as the term “culture” can capture nearly endless possibilities, so too can the question of what should be protected and preserved as “culture”.

What about the destruction of that which exists intangibly within the boundaries of cultural spaces, and practices? As the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage enters its next decade, has it been successful in its goals and intentions? Questions of how to strengthen and better dedicate ourselves to the preservation of human culture go far beyond the physical and the physically destroyed. Much of what constitutes art and culture is intangible—yet these cultural aspects are as vital to human civilization as the towering ruins of the past.

Alongside the question of how law should (or should not) employ preservation strategies in areas of conflict and war, the question of how law should respond to the privatization and commodification of culture within neoliberal development initiatives also arises.

Both panel and paper proposals are completely welcome – anything that you feel fits the theme. The full stream can be found here:

Proposals for papers must be include a 300 word abstract and a brief author biography. Proposals for panels must include a panel title and a 300 word rationale, along with biographies of all panelists. All proposals should be sent to by the deadline of July 1st, 2016.

– The writer of this post is the host of the CLC stream.


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