02 August 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS: Contamination - Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory
MELBOURNE DOCTORAL FORUM ON LEGAL THEORY
MONDAY 9 & TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 6th Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory will be held at the Melbourne Law School, 9-10 December 2013. This year the forum addresses contamination. It will again bring together research students and early career researchers from all disciplines and diverse fields of scholarship to engage with political, theoretical, and methodological issues engendered by law.
As a concept, contamination is organic, fluid, contagious, and affective. The grammar of contaminating law calls attention to the processes of change and becoming through which legal thought carries valence, effect and violence. And yet, contamination is inherently ambivalent. How might law alter the non-legal dimensions of life? How can the interaction between different legal orders and types of law be theorised through contamination? If contamination is already neutralised of its subversive power, what would it mean to pursue a politics of contamination against structures of domination that thrive on the symbolic idea of purity? Might law be interpreted as irreducibly pharmacological - at once medicinal and poisonous - always on guard against the horrors of an unchecked nature? What work might the unruly, irresponsible and risky body do in unmaking juridical ordering?
legal subjectivities of the animal, the human and the post-human
postcolonial, anticolonial and decolonial futures
queer inflections and infections
patents and intellectual property
privacy and information control
global economic ordering
A limited number of bursaries will be available for interstate and international presenting participants who are unable to claim funding to cover the full cost of travel from their home institution. The bursaries are intended to contribute towards travel expenses. Please indicate in your
application whether you would like to be considered for a bursary.
Conference Organisers: Tom Andrews, Cait Storr, Josh Paine and Oishik Sircar
Send abstracts of 500 words (max) and biographies of 100 words to:
firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 9 September 2013.
Confirmation of accepted abstracts will be made on 1 October 2013.