This book panel offers an opportunity to mark and celebrate but also to critically engage with a major new book by Professor Desmond Manderson, Director of the Centre for Law Arts and the Humanities (CLAH).
The visual arts offer refreshing and novel resources through which to understand the representation, power, ideology and critique of law. This vibrantly interdisciplinary book brings the burgeoning field to a new maturity through extended close readings of major works by artists from Pieter Bruegel and Gustav Klimt to Gordon Bennett and Rafael Cauduro. At each point, the author puts these works of art into a complex dance with legal and social history, and with recent developments in legal and art theory. Manderson uses the idea of time and temporality as a focal point through which to explore how the work of art engages with and constitutes law and human lives. In the symmetries and asymmetries caused by the vibrating harmonic resonances of these triple forces – time, law, art – lies a way of not only understanding the world, but also transforming it.
Panellists who will discuss the book with the author include:
- Associate Professor Fiona Jenkins, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences School of Philosophy
- Professor Tim Bonyhady, ANU College of Law
- Professor Caroline Strange, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences School of History
- Dr Andrew Montana, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences School of Art
Associate Professor Jeremy Farrall will chair this session.