CALL FOR PAPERS
‘Convivencia’: Com-paring Legal Scenarios of a Life Together in Harmony
9th General Conference
Macau, 24-25 October 2024
‘Convivencia’: Com-paring Legal Scenarios of a Life Together in Harmony
In a seemingly dystopian present or era of post-truth, can the various dichotomous conceptions of law based on dualistic reasoning still be maintained? Or, are we no longer able to maintain the narrative of a normative universe by constantly creating and maintaining ‘a world of right and wrong, of lawful and unlawful, of valid and void’, as Robert M. Cover wrote?
In view of the apparent contradictions caused by a growing number of complex cross-cutting, cross-boundary and cross-cultural phenomena, such as artificial intelligence, climate change or zoonotic diseases, the time may have come again to rethink and transcend the dualisms that guided human thinking for a long time creating wide gaps between not only law and law, but also between law and other scientific areas?
Juris Diversitas invites abstracts for papers that seek to not only identify different legal problems by contrasting their underlying causes but also by ‘com-paring’ them in the spirit of ‘convivencia or Iiving together in harmony and in a way respectful of difference’. Conviviencia is a term the late comparatist H. Patrick Glenn applied to explain ‘com-paring’ by describing it as ‘an enduring process of peaceful co-existence (in spite of difference in spite of potential conflict), in a way which ensures not uniformity but ongoing diversity’. While this call for papers is as open as it can be in a spirit of conviviencia, we welcome proposals that apply a new legal logic aiming to break free from the ironclad shackles limiting the imaginative and creative power of the legal mind.
Panel proposals and interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. While parallel sessions featuring three presentations of twenty-minute each will be the pattern, more creative arrangements are encouraged.
Proposals should be in English or French. Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals with three or more speakers) should be submitted to Professors Salvatore Mancuso (email@example.com) and Christa Rautenbach (Christa.Rautenbach@nwu.ac.za) by 15 January 2024, with a short biography paragraph listing major or relevant publications. Make this a single Word document with minimal formatting, so that proposal and biography can be copied easily into the conference program.
€200 or €125 for Juris Diversitas members who paid their 2024 dues. Special rate for young scholars under the age of thirty and scholars in developing nations: €150 or €75 for Juris Diversitas members who paid their 2024 dues. Note that fees do not cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).
A reduction of €25 will be applied to the fees for registration before 30 April 2024.
Dates & Venue:
24-25 October 2024
University of Macau
Faculty of Law/Department of Global Legal Studies
Avenida da Universidade E32
999078 Taipa, Macao (China)
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« Convivencia » : comparaison des scénarios juridiques du vivre ensemble en harmonie
9e Congrès général
Macau, 24-25 Octobre 2024
Le thème :
« Convivencia » : comparaison des scénarios juridiques du vivre ensemble en harmonie
Dans un présent apparemment dystopique ou une ère de post-vérité, les diverses conceptions dichotomiques du droit fondées sur un raisonnement dualiste peuvent-elles encore être maintenues ? Ne sommes-nous plus capables de maintenir le récit d’un univers normatif en créant et en entretenant « un monde de bien et de mal, de licite et d’illicite, de valide et de nul », comme l’écrivait Robert M. Cover ?
Face aux contradictions apparentes causées par un nombre croissant de phénomènes transversaux, transfrontaliers et transculturels complexes, tels que l’intelligence artificielle, le changement climatique ou les maladies zoonotiques, le moment est peut-être venu de repenser et de transcender les dualismes qui ont longtemps guidé la pensée humaine, créant de grands écarts non seulement entre le droit et le droit, mais aussi entre le droit et les autres domaines scientifiques ?
Juris Diversitas fait appel à des contributions qui cherchent non seulement à identifier différents problèmes juridiques en contrastant leurs causes sous-jacentes, mais également en les « comparant » dans l’esprit de « convivencia ou vivre ensemble en harmonie et dans le respect de la différence ». Conviviencia est un terme que le regretté comparatiste H. Patrick Glenn a utilisé pour expliquer la « comparaison » en la décrivant comme « un processus durable de coexistence pacifique (en dépit des différences et des conflits potentiels), d'une manière qui garantit non pas l’uniformité mais une diversité dynamique ». Bien que cet appel à communications soit aussi ouvert que possible dans un esprit de convivialité, nous accueillons favorablement les propositions qui appliquent une nouvelle logique juridique visant à se libérer des chaînes qui limitent le pouvoir imaginatif et créatif de l’esprit juridique.
Les propositions de tables rondes et présentations interdisciplinaires sont encouragées, de même que la participation de doctorants et d’universitaires non-juristes. En plus des sessions parallèles avec trois orateurs parlant chacun vingt minutes, les organisateurs invitent à une organisation plus originale.
Les propositions, en anglais ou en français, de 250 mots environ (ou 1.000 pour une table ronde de trois présentateurs ou plus) sont à adresser aux Pr Salvatore Mancuso (firstname.lastname@example.org et Pr Christa Rautenbach (Christa.Rautenbach@nwu.ac.za) avant le 15 janvier 2024 avec une brève notice biographique donnant la liste des principales publications. Merci de composer la proposition et la notice biographique dans un seul document Word, avec le minimum de mise en forme, pour faciliter la composition du programme.
Droits d’inscription :
€200 ou €125 pour les membres de Juris Diversitas à jour de leur cotisation pour 2024. Tarif spécial pour jeune universitaire de moins de 30 ans et pour universitaire venant d’un pays en développement : €150 ou €75 pour les membres de Juris Diversitas à jour de leur cotisation pour 2024. Les droits ne couvrent pas les frais de voyage et de logement, ni le banquet du congrès (€50).
Une réduction de €25 sera appliquée sur les droits en cas d'inscription avant le 30 avril 2024.
Dates & lieu :
24-25 Octobre 2024
University of Macau
Faculty of Law/Department of Global Legal Studies
Avenida da Universidade E32
999078 Taipa, Macao (China)
RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON
Anne WAGNER & Sarah MARUSEK (Eds)
Edward Elgar Publishing
Sarah Marusek and I are delighted to announce that the « Research Handbook on Legal Semiotics » is now accessible online at:
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
PART I LEGAL SEMIOTICS AS AN ARENA FOR LEGAL THOUGHTS
1 Understanding legal semiotics 11
2 From analytical philosophy of law to legal semiotics 32
3 Legal philosophy and the promise(s) of legal semiotics 47
José Manuel Aroso Linhares
4 Legal semiotics, globalization, and governance 61
Larry Catá Backer
5 Legal semiotics and synaesthesia 86
Rostam J. Neuwirth
6 Constitutional semiotics as a post-positivist and post-modern approach to constitution and constitutionalism based on the linguistic, visual and emotional turns 105
7 Semiotics and the space-time ingredients of legal experience 120
8 Narrative identity and human beings’ legal subjectivity 135
9 Classical rhetoric, legal argumentation and the semiotics of law 146
10 Legal semiotics and Chinese philosophy 158
PART II CULTURE-BOUND LEGAL SEMIOTICS, THE BACKBONE OF THE LAW
11 Law and religion in the United States and Japan: a comparative semiotic perspective 171
Frank S. Ravitch
12 The view: propertizing the visibility of distance 184
Sarah Marusek and Anne Wagner
13 Semiotic insecurity and fake news law 193
14 Beware of (bad and dangerous) metaphors: remarks made at the intersection of cognitive linguistics and law 209
15 Semiotics of international law 220
16 Introducing forensic semiotics in criminal investigations 237
17 Legal semiotics and types of arguments in human rights cases in Russia 254
18 Semiotics and cultural heritage law 267
19 Semiotics of trademark law and brand intellectual property 278
20 Legal semiotics, culture and femi(ni)cide 289
Farid Samir Benavides Vanegas
21 Sex trafficking of girl children: a legal semiotics study of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 300
22 Coloniality, international human rights and legal semiotics from the margins 313
Elisabeth Roy Trudel and Amy Swiffen
PART III VISUAL LEGAL SEMIOTICS AS A FIGURATIVE SIGN-SYSTEM
23 Imaginal law 327
24 The two-sided E-Agora 2.0: demojicracy and demonjicracy 338
Anne Wagner, Wei Yu, and Sarah Marusek
25 Photography, art, crime and law 353
26 Image and the law – a Peircean approach to Mask Required posters during the COVID-19 pandemic 366
27 Cars and hate: legal semiotics of automobility and combustion masculinity 376
Kieran Tranter and Sarah Marusek
28 Legal semiotics, signs of colonization, signs of independence in India 394
29 Comics and the law: jurisprudence with a comic face 404
Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça and Mark Thomas
30 Legal and social semiotics of environmental challenges 419
Dariusz J. Gwiazdowicz and Aleksandra Matulewska
31 Semiotic (de)construction of judges’ identities in China’s internet courts 433
32 Legal scenographies and courts: tensions between past and present 447
33 Law, music and semiotics 460
Robbie Sykes and Julia J.A. Shaw
Law, as a mechanism capable of regulating the most varied spaces of public and private life, is not blind to gender. In this sense, the Special Issue “Gender and Legal Issues” of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law aims to open a space for original articles analyzing the impacts of law from a gender perspective, contributing to advancing this important aspect of critical studies of law.
This issue seeks to highlight how the legal text and the social context are articulated in a gender perspective, considering that the dynamics of perception, interpretation and application of the law demonstrate the limits of theories that reduce the legal phenomenon to a formalistic and apparently neutral legal frame.
We encourage the submissions of manuscripts with an interdisciplinary and innovative angle of analysis, as exemplified but not limited to legal institutes, laws, contracts, international conventions and decisions of international or national courts of justice, in the most varied spaces of public and private life, such as, for example, in the contractual and property relations, in the labor and corporate relations and into the family. We also welcome both qualitative and quantitative studies.
This special issue also has an international vocation, embracing the most varied legal traditions and cultures. Original articles and reviews addressing how legal mechanisms in different countries can produce or reinforce situations of gender inequalities, or, on the contrary, contribute to prevent them are highly encouraged.
We provide a high-quality blind peer-reviewing process to all the papers via our online submission platform, that will result in a relevant publication to innovation in research and practice about law and gender.
Submissions should be addressed to Alyane Almeida de Araujo (email@example.com) and Sarah Marusek (firstname.lastname@example.org) by
- Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) by 1 January 2024.
- After selection, final papers (10,000 words maximum, including endnotes and references) should be submitted by 15 May 2024.
Volume 38 (2025)
Guest Editors – Peter Langford & Rafe McGregor
(Edge Hill University)
The work of Paul Ricoeur is animated by an insistent philosophical engagement with the position and orientation of human existence. An integral aspect of Ricoeur’s philosophical engagement concerns the relationship between individual existence, as a question of personal identity, and co-existence, as a question of social life. This engagement is shaped by a reflexive interpretation – a hermeneutics – of these aspects of human existence in a manner that has been termed a ‘hermeneutics of the human condition’ (Domenico Jervolino, Paul Ricoeur, Une herméneutique de la condition humaine, 2002).
The presence of law within the framework of this reflexive interpretation arises through the question of justice, which situates law in relation to both personal identity and human co-existence. The passage from the individual to human co-existence becomes that of the interconnection between responsibility and justice. In this manner, law becomes a domain or region of reflection in and through its connection to morality, ethics, and politics. Law is a distinct, but neither self-contained nor self-sufficient, domain whose distinctiveness is to be considered through its interconnection with these other domains. The position accorded to law is thus the expression of a wider, reflexive reconfiguration of the interrelationship of all these domains.
The reconfiguration results from an overarching process of reflexive interpretation that involves the selection of, and interpretative orientation to, the texts which form the material or corpus for this overarching process. It is in this selection and interpretation that the distinctive character of Ricoeurian hermeneutics is elaborated, the question of justice raised, and the domain of law accorded its particular position. We invite proposals that explore one or more of these themes of this special issue on the work of Paul Ricoeur.
Submissions should be addressed to: Peter Langford (email@example.com) and Rafe McGregor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) by 1 January 2025.
- After selection, final papers (10,000 words maximum, including endnotes and references) should be submitted by 1 June 2025.
Vol. 38/1 (2025)
Anne Wagner & José Manuel Aroso Linhares
Law involves spatial dynamics, and as such law is like an integrated circuit with two main lines of development, at times autonomous, at others conflicting with each other to reveal a new vision of reality. This integrated circuit thereby enables the Law to grow with the life surrounding it, while simultaneously reviving concepts sometimes far too deeply rooted in a predetermined time period. Yet the Law as a living organism has the ability to territorialize a concept, while also creating alternative trajectories or deterritorialization routes for more modern and contemporaneous visions. In this way, this two-stage integrated circuit may be a source of either promise or struggle in addressing and understanding new visions of the Law. Hence, we also need to speak about these lines of resistance - i.e., refusal/hindrances of evolution or adaptation, as well as about these lines of transformation - i.e., acceptance of an evolving world with new conceptions of the past living reality. All this without forgetting a meta-discursive plan or perspective, in which the different contemporary conceptions of law and legal discourse, while considering these lines of resistance and transformation, significantly overlap and conflict: the plurality of these conceptions is actually dynamized by two unmistakable irreducible poles, one of them giving law a purely instrumental identity (within the limits of a pragmatic functionalization), the other one reinventing the symbolic and practical-cultural possibilities of its discursive autonomy (as well as the inter-semiotic claim that this autonomy demands).
Contributions may address the spatial dynamics and cultural changes that could be read as a source of legal tension but also as a place of cultural (ex)changes in contemporary law and legal theory.
Submissions should be addressed to Anne Wagner (email@example.com) and José Manuel Aroso Linhares (firstname.lastname@example.org pt)
- Abstracts of 300 words by 15 September 2023.
- After selection, final papers (no more than 10,000 words) should be submitted by 15 February 2024.
In the mid-19th century Marx and Engels described capitalism’s ability to melt and liquify everything solid, thus demonstrating the intimate relationship between modern society and crisis. Later, in the mid-20th century, Schumpeter further addressed the power of economy to ruin all social values, political orthodoxies, cultural traditions, and established legal norms by regarding them as barriers to progress, innovation, and profitability. Hence, crisis becomes about the passage to change despite the protests of those who feel betrayed or left behind by innovation. In this context the tendency towards transformation is inexorable as well as central to the progress of a hyper-active economic system where the key message is ’change or die’. However, it is now becoming apparent that we are moving beyond this idea towards a different situation marked by whole-system crisis, captured by the idea of poly-crisis or perma-crisis, where revolutionary change is no longer simply a sign of economic progress.
We might say that the age of perma-, poly-, perpetual, or endless crisis has been coming for some time in the form of several inter-related crises. Consider recent history: 9 / 11, the war on terror, and the demonstration of the impotence of American power; the 2008 global financial crisis, the consequent period of austerity, and the later cost of living crisis, all contributing to the deepening of social inequalities; Covid-19 and the idea that globalisation is as much about dangerous contagion as free communication; the increasing concern with cyberspace as an environment of uncontrolled algorithmic power, corporate interest, hate speech and social division; the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the return of cold war memories along with the Chinese challenge to American power; and, finally, hovering over everything, perhaps the point of crisis par excellence for the late capitalist system, the seeming inevitability of radical climate change. Recalling Derrida recalling Shakespeare, our world seems truly ‘out of joint’.
In this age of disjointedness and disruption we must ask questions about the dominance of the value systems informing law and policy. In the wake of the early-1990s collapse of the communist states, Fukuyama’s idea of the ‘end of history’ claimed the finality of western democracy and free-market capitalism as the established order immune to the revolutionary effects of crises. But it appears that this is now over. We are living through the end of the end of history. Far from declaring the ‘end of the history’, in the context of the perpetual, endless crisis, alternative value systems antagonistic to this established order are everywhere. Thus, we witness the emergence of political parties and leaders resembling Putin’s authoritarian master who completely reject the American vision of democracy and freedom and tell people that they will solve the problems of the world through the exercise of their own personal power, charisma, and authority. But there is no consensus in this model and conflict becomes normal. Indeed, this war over visions of the future seems to reflect a deep sense of political uncertainty and unease in the contemporary climate of endless crisis and deepening socio-economic inequalities.
This context sets an enormous challenge to the social and moral legitimacy of the legal order by pulling legal norms into the state of endless crisis. Indeed, the intense demand for ‘honesty’ in public life against the double standards in the application of law seems to embody a social reaction characterised by the questioning of the legitimacy of politico-economic elites in a context of fragmented value systems around social, political, and economic governance. Overall, the critical question is whether there is a danger that the endless crisis will engulf the law creating a generalised state of anomie or lawlessness. But then, one might argue, the answer lies in the law. After all, law remains essential, simply because it both reflects and supports the existence of a workable social contract capable of shaping the future. The very legitimacy of law remains essential to avoiding the nightmare scenario where individual freedoms are sacrificed to some conception of public good that appears necessary in a context marked by a sense of emergency. This is, of course, precisely what was set out by Carl Schmitt through his concept of the sovereign exception, which became a defence for Nazi dictatorship, and the situation the Italian writer Giorgio Agamben has warned about in various works. In this regard, understanding the relationship between crisis and law is deeply important for thinking about a future free of authoritarian domination.
Given this situation, we invite contributions of panels and papers concerned with the relationship between law and crisis and ways in which this is impacted by and impacts upon society, politics, economy, and culture.
Contributions may address, for example:
• The history of the connection between law and crisis, where law is understood in its broadest sense.
• The ways in which this interaction expresses itself in diverse forms in the present.
• What the future of law might look like in a time of endless crisis.
• The relationship between law and power in the age of permacrisis.
• The social impacts of changing conceptions of norms and values in a period marked by radical, unpredictable change.
• The various theoretical models drawn from Law, Politics, Sociology, and Psychoanalysis that we might think about in order to understand our critical moment.
• The changing nature of the relationship between law, transgression, and criminality in a time characterised by permanent crisis.
• The possibility that crisis is now a new normal and how this might impact upon understandings of the law.
• The future of the law in a time of anomie or lawlessness.
To this end, we invite submission of abstracts of up to 250 words for stand-alone papers. Those wishing to submit proposals for panels should submit a short overview of the theme of the proposed panel and abstracts for the three or four papers making up the panel.
Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts should be submitted to the Keele University conference organising committee led by Professor Mark Featherstone at IJSLRoundtable2024@Keele.ac.uk for consideration for inclusion in the conference programme.
Selected papers will be invited for publication in a Special issue of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (Springer) and/or for inclusion in an edited volume of the Law Book Series (Law and Visual Jurisprudence - Springer).
The deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals is 26th January, 2024. Participants will be informed of decisions related to submission by 23rd February, 2024.
Early Bird tickets for the conference, please see link below: https://estore.keele.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-humanities-and-social-science/school-of-law/law-in-an-age-of-permacrisis-24th-international-roundtable-for-the-semiotics-of-law
Guest Editors – Rafat Y. Alwazna, Zoe Hurley & Tariq Elyas
The Middle East and North African region (MENA) is an interesting area where several laws ranging from sacred laws to secular laws are applied to different institutions in the area.
The conceptual incongruency and terminological asymmetry between such laws within and outside the MENA region make the process of legal translation an arduous and formidable task that needs to be performed by professional and expert legal translators who possess the relevant knowledge, competence and skill. Failure in conveying the legal meaning of any legal term may affect the practical application of the target legal text, thus impacting the entire legal effect of the law in question.
Concurrently, semiotic assemblages are forged by a range of sociocultural trajectories, varying semiotic resources, historical and contemporary objects and interpretations of the linguistic landscape. The broad range of semiotic resources available includes images, sounds, clothing, movements, food, buildings, traffic systems, computer systems, artificial intelligence as well as people who are immersed and absorbed in spaces defined by hybrid legal frameworks.
To explore the eclecticism, dilemmas and interpretative challenges of MENA’s semiotic legal assemblages, we thus require an expanded version of language which attends not only to the borders between languages, but also to the borders between semiotic modes. Linguistic landscape research has therefore shifted its understanding of language from a focus on linguistic signs in the public domain to include greater contextual (ethnographic) and historical understandings of texts in the landscape – who put them there, how they are interpreted, and what role they play in relation to space, race, ethnicity, gender, class, migration, mobility and law. To develop greater comprehensibility of MENA’s legal context and avoid any misinterpretation of the source legal text, if originally written in a foreign language, scholars and students of law and legal translation need to consider the practice of linguistic translanguaging in interpreting and explaining the source legal text, including diverse semiotic assemblages of different terms, concepts and imaginaries for the purpose of achieving acceptable legal communication.
Contributions may address the rendition of any law applied to the MENA region into a different law and vice versa, the concept of translanguaging in legal translation pedagogy/training and semiotic assemblages specific to the everyday practices, interpretations and challenges of the MENA region’s legal systems.
Submissions should be addressed to Rafat Y. Alwazna (email@example.com), Zoe Hurley (Zoe.Hurley@zu.ac.ae) and Tariq Elyas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Abstracts of 300 words by 15 April 2024.
- After selection, final papers (no more than 10,000 words) should be submitted by 15 August 2024.
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law -
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is now accepting applications for one or more tenure-track or tenured positions to begin August 1, 2024. Currently, Loyola’s curricular needs include civil/comparative law, international law, torts, business law, environmental law, and health law courses. We especially welcome applications from candidates who will add to the diversity of our educational community and who have demonstrated expertise in working with a diverse student body. If you are interested in applying, please submit your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and a statement about how you can promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. All ranks will be considered.
Questions may be directed to email@example.com, and application materials must be submitted through the following webpage:
About the College of Law
The College of Law is located in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, with unique cuisine, museums, historical sites, and a flourishing arts and music community. New Orleans is the seat of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, as well as other lower courts. The College of Law has a student population of approximately 500 students, over forty faculty members, active clinics that have spearheaded numerous social justice reform efforts, and summer programs in Europe and Central America. Its location in Louisiana, one of the world’s best known “mixed jurisdictions,” provides unique opportunities for comparative and international law scholarship.
Loyola University is an educational institution dedicated to fostering intellectual achievement, personal development, and social responsibility, and it is committed to the human dignity and worth of every person. Loyola University strongly encourages applications from individuals who will bring diversity to the community.