05 May 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: IIJSL/RISJ Special Issue - Marginalised Bodies (Re)imagining the Law

When the law regulates, it also marginalises. Indigenous people, the GLBTI community, women, children, the homeless and others are all victimised by the force of this regulation. For many people belonging to these communities, the law has left them with a sense of abandonment – the law does not recognise the realities that they live out on a day to day basis. In so doing, sites of contest are opened up in which marginalised bodies attempt to challenge law makers and law enforcers. Semiotics allows us useful methods for exploring these interactions. For instance, the signs of both groups (literal and metaphorical), the language employed by groups (how they complement and contrast each other in differing legal and social realities) and acts deterrence and defiance are all possible areas of inquiry. This issue draws attention to the many different ways marginalised groups attempt to redress or ‘(re)imagine’ the law. This special issue for the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law invites high quality contributions from scholars of all disciplines that undertake rhetorical, hermeneutic, sociolinguistic, discourse, aesthetic or semiotic analyses of the law and marginalised and/or disadvantaged groups. Of particular interest are papers discussing indigenous rights, homeless rights, rights of women and children rights, GLBTI rights, refugee and asylum seeker rights and the intersections between law and philosophy, visual arts, music, poetry and literature. Submissions to be made in English only.


Guest Editor: Ben Hightower (Legal Intersections Research Centre, University of Wollongong, Australia)
Submissions: send paper proposal (max. 400 words) by *15 July 2014* to bh45@uowmail.edu.au
Selection: selected authors will be invited by 15 August 2014 to submit a full paper Final submissions: papers (max. 9,000 words) to be sent by 15 March 2015 for double-blind peer review


Publication: it is anticipated that papers will be published in Volume 28/4 of the IJSL (December 2015) 

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