An inspiring and original event
I enjoyed this SO MUCH! In fact it reinspired me and reminded me why I am so interested in interdisciplinary study of law and the humanities.
It was beneficial, fun, thought-provoking, breaks down boundaries, opens up new connections, enriches our understanding of law.
Our workshop aimed to challenge the preponderance of words in legal education and address the growing need to think about law in a setting that is highly influenced by images, visual media and technological progress utilising different means of perception. This two day event brought together prominent scholars in the field of law and the humanities, including the architect of the original ‘Beyond Words’ workshop in Edinburgh, Professor Zen Bankowski, to immerse the participants in non-textual experience of law.
Participants not only explored concepts and theories relating law to art and music, but produced aesthetic outputs including images, cartoons and collages. The workshop created a unique space for renewing and expanding legal education and furthering the interest in the role of law in the society. It encouraged participants to challenge their textual understanding of law, creating ‘deeper, more nuanced understanding or appreciation of the moral aspects of the law’.
Arrival and Registration
Desmond Manderson and Zenon Bankowski
EXERCISE 1: THE SOUND OF LAW
The laws of sound and the laws of justice need not be too far apart. The author of Acoustic Jurisprudence and the sound theorist will take the participants on a journey of creating laws of the sound and the role of music in creating and steering social change.
Listening to the sounds and discussion
EXERCISE 2: COLLAGES OF LEGAL CONCEPTS – HOMEWORK
Photography, just as law produces meanings through the selective working of the camera lens. The meaning is saturated with colour and light and the photograph presents the object to the world in a specifically construed way. So does law with its constantly debatable definitions and concepts. But what if we try to deconstruct legal concepts with photographic symbolism. The students will create their own photomontages and the works will be available for viewing and discussion and upon permission displayed in the Centre for Law and Humanities.
COLLAGES OF LEGAL CONCEPTS – SHARING AND DISCUSSION
EXERCISE 3: TURNING CASE-LAW INTO COMICS AND INTERPRETING LAW AND JUSTICE THROUGH COMICS
Luis Gómez Romero
The narrative of comics creates subjects enmeshed in a specific visual convention where time, space and the narrative enjoy relative flexibility. At the same time the subjectivities created by this fluid components are often ostensibly political. Despite its appeal to neutrality law similarly politicises its subjects within its own convention. This part explores what happens when both conventions are put together. Works will be available for viewing and upon permission displayed in the Centre for Law and Humanities.
Sharing and discussing the images