Centre for Law, Arts & the Humanities

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The Centre for Law, Arts & the Humanities brings together humanities-based research into questions of law and justice, both within the College of Law and across diverse disciplines including art history and theory, literature, philosophy, human rights, history, and cultural studies at ANU.

The Centre is the first of its kind in Australia. Through international collaborations, research and teaching, the Centre will build new bridges and open new dialogues in three dimensions: across disciplines; between critical theory and law; and with the wider community. For current projects and upcoming events, click on the About tab, below.

Last updated date

10.26am Monday 9 April 2018

Recently

11
Oct
2017
Philosophy: Art and terror

Members of the Centre, Fiona Jenkins and Desmond Manderson, were Australian participants in an international panel sponsored by the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Goethe Institute, and hosted by the Director of the Museum and Adjunct Professor of the Centre Dr Natasha Cica. Terror has always been with us. How can we use art and images to reveal, console and transform its damaging impact? Can violence ever be divine?

The event was recorded by the ABC for its Big Ideas program and was broadcast on 11 October.

7
Sep
2017
Mr Mothercountry – Colonialism and the Rule of Law

CLAH, in conjunction with the Department of Political and Social Change (CAP), welcomes Professor Keally McBride to the ANU to talk about her major new book on colonialism and the rule of law. The panel discussion includes Desmond Manderson, Nick Cheesman, and Meera Ashar. For further information: law.anu.edu.au/event/seminar/mr-mothercountry-colonialism-and-rule-law

24
Apr
2017

Big Ideas on ABC Radio National recently recorded an event with ANU Law's Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities. The thought provoking conversation with Alexis Wright, Peter Singer, Russell Jacoby and Jacqueline Dutton will go to air this Monday evening at 7:05pm. You can listen via radio, stream or download the podcast.

28
Mar
2017
Welcome to our visiting doctoral student, Teagan-Jane Westendorf

Today we welcome our visiting doctoral student to the Centre. Teagan-Jane is completing her doctoral work based at Monash University after a successful stint at Birkbeck College London in 2016.  She will be in residence for the next six months.  Teagan’s research focuses on the contemporary scene of torture, drawing on perpetrator testimony supplied by US personnel who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay in 2003-06, as part of the so-called ‘War on Terror’. 

Her analysis and development of theories of the subjectivity and power is used as a tool to re-think the way in which torture is understood in relation to law. She asks what the role of law is in the scene of torture, and what this indicates about how law is fundamental to "who we are" as subjects.

Latest news

02
Mar
2018
ANU students studying
The Australian National University (ANU) has reaffirmed its position as a leading global university with the latest rankings listing four subjects in the world's top 10, and 13 subjects listed in the top 20 in the world.
29
Nov
2017
Professor Stephen Bottomley, Mary Spiers Williams and Professor Kim Rubenstein at the 2017 ANU Staff Excellence Awards
Awards season is underway at the Australian National University and many of our colleagues in the ANU College of Law have been recognised for the important contribution they make.
20
Nov
2017
Politician in Senate
With the latest Newspoll showing voters split on whether to amend section 44, there is no clear way to fix the citizenship fiasco constitutionally before the next election. It is therefore urgent to confront head-on the unravelling challenge it poses. Kim Rubenstein writes.
15
Sep
2017
Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Captain James Cook, c. 1775
Injustice is observable only under certain conditions. Getting better at being able to see injustice is a vocational issue for people working in law. After all, justice is what legal systems are for.
27
Jul
2017
Justine Poon at the Greater Together Exhibition
ANU Law PhD candidate Justine Poon has written a “Letter to the Land” for an artwork currently featuring in an exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne.

In the Media

08
Dec
2017

My painting road trip with Andrew Sayers

Tim Bonyhady writes in The Australian

20
Nov
2017

OPINION Here’s a plan: the AEC can rule who qualifies

Kim Rubenstein writes in The Australian

10
Nov
2017

Labor can’t have ‘cake and eat it too’: Cormann

Kim Rubenstein quoted in The Australian

08
Nov
2017

News Decoder

Kim Rubenstein speaks to ABC News

04
Nov
2017

David Speers: Pollies should show us their passports

Kim Rubenstein quoted in The Daily Telegraph

11
Oct
2017

Joyce’s case hangs on overcoming 1992 ruling

Kim Rubenstein quoted in The Australian

26
Sep
2017

Review of K. Rubenstein, Australian Citizenship Law, Lawbook Company of Australia/Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 2017 (2nd edition)

Kim Rubenstein cited in Eudo Citizenship (European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship)

07
Sep
2017

Does section 44 affect Jewish MPs?

Kim Rubenstein writes in The Australian Jewish News

31
Aug
2017

Derryn Hinch wants Senate to refer his election to the High Court

Kim Rubenstein quoted in The Australian

Upcoming events

23
May
2018

Reading group - Contemporary critical theory: What is it? What's it for?

Reading group
4.00PM to 5.30PM

This reading group, convened by author and philosopher of aesthetics Robyn Ferrell, now an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, will excavate the history of critical theory from Benjamin and Adorno, with a focus on theoretical work by leading figures in recent years and on contemporary issues of the most urgent importance.  

20
Jun
2018

Reading group - Contemporary critical theory: What is it? What's it for?

Reading group
4.00PM to 5.30PM

This reading group, convened by author and philosopher of aesthetics Robyn Ferrell, now an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, will excavate the history of critical theory from Benjamin and Adorno, with a focus on theoretical work by leading figures in recent years and on contemporary issues of the most urgent importance. 

20
Jun
2018

Reading group - Contemporary critical theory: What is it? What's it for?

Reading group
4.00PM to 5.30PM

This reading group, convened by author and philosopher of aesthetics Robyn Ferrell, now an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, will excavate the history of critical theory from Benjamin and Adorno, with a focus on theoretical work by leading figures in recent years and on contemporary issues of the most urgent importance. 

15
Aug
2018

Reading group - Contemporary critical theory: What is it? What's it for?

Reading group
4.00PM to 5.30PM

This reading group, convened by author and philosopher of aesthetics Robyn Ferrell, now an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, will excavate the history of critical theory from Benjamin and Adorno, with a focus on theoretical work by leading figures in recent years and on contemporary issues of the most urgent importance.  

19
Sep
2018

Reading group - Contemporary critical theory: What is it? What's it for?

Reading group
4.00PM to 5.30PM

This reading group, convened by author and philosopher of aesthetics Robyn Ferrell, now an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, will excavate the history of critical theory from Benjamin and Adorno, with a focus on theoretical work by leading figures in recent years and on contemporary issues of the most urgent importance.  

21
Sep
2018

After the rule: Interpretation in comparative and cross-cultural perspective

After the rule
9.00AM to 5.30PM

A symposium on alternative traditions of law, norms and rules

17
Oct
2018

Reading group - Contemporary critical theory: What is it? What's it for?

Reading group
4.00PM to 5.30PM

This reading group, convened by author and philosopher of aesthetics Robyn Ferrell, now an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, will excavate the history of critical theory from Benjamin and Adorno, with a focus on theoretical work by leading figures in recent years and on contemporary issues of the most urgent importance.  

Past events

23
Mar
2018

Incommensurables: Art/law/philosophy

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
12.00PM to 1.15PM

The Centre is pleased to announce a panel discussion in conjunction with Incommensurable, ANU Drill Hall Gallery’s current exhibition. 

21
Mar
2018

Reading group - Contemporary critical theory: What is it? What's it for?

Reading group
4.00PM to 5.30PM

This reading group, convened by author and philosopher of aesthetics Robyn Ferrell, now an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, will excavate the history of critical theory from Benjamin and Adorno, with a focus on theoretical work by leading figures in recent years and on contemporary issues of the most urgent importance. 

07
Mar
2018

Trumpsformation - A play in three acts

Trumpsformation
7.00PM to 9.30PM

Antigone Law and Theatre Group is delighted to invite you to our performance of Trumpsformation. Our group is comprised of ANU students who came together to critically engage with law and humanities in a performative capacity and connect with other performing artists in Canberra.

22
Feb
2018

Forms

Charles Yablon
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Professor Charles M Yablon, Cardozo Data Law Initiative

'Forms' was written for a conference at Cardozo Law School on Derrida and the Law, which Derrida himself attended and at which he gave a keynote address. 

02
Nov
2017

The interpretation of global politics: Methods and epistemologies after the event

The interpretation of global politics: methods and epistemologies after the event
9.00AM to 5.00PM
  • Professor Dvora Yanow, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

In the era of ‘post-truth’ and electoral outcomes that don’t follow the seductions of quantification (Merry 2016), it might be appropriate to return to discussions of the ‘event’ in the Derridean sense —that which always exceeds calculation and prediction (Derrida 2007).

Coming up in 2018

Events and activities planned for this year reflect the Centre’s commitment to encourage creative work about the arts, through our research and teaching activities, and equally with the arts, through innovative creative collaborations with cultural institutions both local and national.

  • March 7 – 10, Trumpsformation, a new play on themes of neo-liberalism and contemporary politics written by Associate Director Dorota Gozecka and the Antigone theatre group, will premiere at Gorman House.
  • A new reading group organized by Adjunct Professor Robyn Ferrell will also commence in March and run on a monthly basis to faculty and graduate students working in contemporary critical theory across the campus.
  • April 6, in conjunction with the Incommensurable exhibition at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, the Centre will host a panel discussion: ‘Incommensurables--Art, Law, Philosophy'.
  • In May: After the success, after the success of last year’s Utopia 500, the Centre again teams up with ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas unit to present a panel discussion on contemporary politics, discourse and conflict. Political Reason—Difficult Ideal, or Contradiction in Terms?
  • 12 May – 20 July, The National Picture is a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia curated by Professor Tim Bonyhady and addressing themes of law, justice and reconciliation on the colonial frontier of nineteenth century Tasmania.
  • July 27, in conjunction with the above exhibition, there will be a major interdisciplinary symposium on the Proclamation Boards, key works in nineteenth century colonial legalism in Tasmania. The symposium leading writers on these iconic Australian images, including both Professors Manderson and Bonyhady.
  • In September, the Centre teams up with the ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies to launch a pioneering new collaboration. The symposium, After the Rule: Interpretation in comparative and cross-cultural perspective, will attract thinkers from a wide variety of disciplines to discuss the rich and underexplored territory of alternative approaches to questions of interpretation of law, norms and rules, from Islamic, medieval, and indigenous legal traditions to questions of the hermeneutics of literature and art.

New Work in a new field

The Centre is the first of its kind in Australia. Through international collaborations, research and teaching, the Centre will build new bridges and open new dialogues in three dimensions: across disciplines; between critical theory and law; and with the wider community.

The Centre is committed to advancing world-class teaching and research in the field. We aim to consolidate and expand domestic and international networks of scholars, and to support new interdisciplinary collaborations.

We are also committed to a strong public engagement with the most important contemporary problems in Australia and around the world—including questions of social justice, human rights, rule of law, globalization, pluralism, and sovereignty. Bringing the insights and traditions of the humanities and the arts to bear on law, justice and ethics in the modern world, has never been more urgent or more necessary.

The Centre reflects the growth of research in law, literature and the humanities—a creative interdisciplinary field in which Australian scholarship leads the world. The Centre is directed by Professor Desmond Manderson, FRSC and draws on his recent Australian Research Council Future Fellowship which pioneered Australian research into representations of law and justice in the visual arts; and by Professor Tim Bonyhady, AO, one of Australia’s leading writers whose work extends from environmental law to art and social history.

Portrait of Professor Desmond Manderson, by Jackie Adcock, 2001

Portrait of Professor Timothy Bonyhady, by Andrew Sayers, Archibald Prize Finalist, 2015

Innovative Teaching

The Centre is taking a university-wide lead in developing major new interdisciplinary courses that will help students bring their degrees and their interests, their career and their passions, together in innovative ways.

New collaborative courses with other humanities disciplines, including art, history, and politics, are already in development, positioning the ANU as a world leader in teaching interdisciplinary courses in law and the humanities. 

Interview of Prof. Desmond Manderson from Richard Sherwin on Vimeo.

An interview with Professor Desmond Manderson on law and the humanities, as part of the 'Visualizing Law in the Digital Age' conference held at New York Law School on 21 October 2011.

Directors


Tim Bonyhady
Professor

Desmond Manderson
Professor

Members


Dorota Anna Gozdecka
Senior Lecturer

Judy Harrison
Senior Lecturer

Anne Macduff
Senior Lecturer

Joshua Neoh
Senior Lecturer

Kim Rubenstein
Professor

Margaret Thornton
Professor

Matthew Zagor
Associate Professor
Natasha Cica
Director
Heide Museum of Modern Art
Melbourne, Australia
Nick Cheesman
Fellow
Department of Political & Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Roseanne Kennedy
Head of Discipline - Gender Sexuality & Culture
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Carolyn Strange
Deputy Head of School
School of History, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Helen Ennis
Director
Centre for Art History and Art Theory, School of Art, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Fiona Jenkins
Associate Professor
School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU College of Arts and Social Science
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

Higher degree research students


Naomi Carde
SJD Candidate

Likim Ng
PhD Candidate

Justine Poon
Manager - LRSJ

Affiliates

Luis Gomez Romero
Senior Lecturer
Legal Intersections Research Centre
University of Wollongong
Wollongong, Australia
Hugh Cullimore
Research student
Centre for Art History and Art Theory
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Teagan-Jane Westendorf
Teagan-Jane Westendorf
PhD Candidate
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia
Alice Rumble
PhD Candidate
Aboriginal activism and settler advocacy: appeals for 'justice' through colonial legal and political channels 1830-1890
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
PhD Candidate
Life, Death and Release at Callan Park, 1878-1920
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Alexandra Roginski
PhD Candidate
History of Phrenology in Australia
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
PhD Candidate
Dragged kicking and screaming. The Commonwealth's reluctant assumption of control ever marriage in Australia
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Rhianne Grieve
PhD Candidate
Natural rights in Eighteenth century British natural jurisprudence
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
PhD Candidate
The role and contribution of the military convicts transported to Australia 1788-1868
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Murray Chisholm
PhD Candidate
History of the Opposition to Capital Punishment [in PNG]
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Mareike Riedel
PhD Candidate
Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Jennifer Eadie
PhD Candidate
School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, Research School of Humanities and the Arts
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Marie-eve Louiselle
PhD Candidate
Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Shane Chalmers
PhD Candidate
Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

Visitors


Jonathan Blaine
SJD Candidate

Members of the CLAH engage in many research projects which employ the theoretical and methodological model of law and the humanities.  Their work appears in leading publications and journals around the world. Readers are invited to explore this work on the individual research pages of our members, and to browse our recent publications.

In addition, the Centre works together to develop new collaborations and joint projects.  This involves collaborations with the Early Modern Conversions project at McGill University; an application for funding through the COST program for Literature and the Rule of Law in the New Europe; and the development of a Summer School in Law and the Humanities here at ANU.  We will provide regular updates on these activities and collaborative projects.

Listed below are a selection of recent publications by Centre members, in alphabetical order by surbname under each subheading.

Please note this is not a complete list of all the publications of all our members. Please see the 'People' tab, and click on the link to their personal profile page for more publications and for a link to their ANU Researchers profile for a complete list.

Recent books 

  • Bonyhady, Good Living Street (2011)
  • Gozdecka, Rights, Religious pluralism and the Recognition of difference (2015).
  • Manderson, Kangaroo Courts and the Rule of Law (2012). 
  • Manderson, Littoral Readings –Representations of Land and Sea in law, Literature, and Geography (2015).
  • Strange, C., Honour violence and emotions in history (New York: NYU Press, 2016)
  • Strange, C. et al, eds., Honour Killing and Violence: Theory, Policy and Practice (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Recent book chapters

  • Henne, K and Shah, R 2016 (in press), Feminist Criminology and the Visual. In Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Crime, Media and Popular Culture. Brown, M, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Henne, K 2015, Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.
  • Neoh, J ‘Law and Love in Eden’, in Paul Babie and Vanja Savić (eds), Law, Religion and Love (Routledge, forthcoming)
  • Neoh, J. Rothwell, D and Rubenstein, K, ‘The Complicated Case of Stern Hu: Allegiance, Identity and Nationality in a Globalized World’, in Fiona Jenkins, Mark Nolan and Kim Rubenstein (eds), Allegiance and Identity in a Globalized World (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Strange, C. ‘Mercy and Parole in Anglo-American Criminal Justice Systems, from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century,’ in Paul Knepper and Anja Johansen, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice Oxford: OUP, 2016

Recent refereed journal articles

  • Gozdecka, DA., 'A Community of Paradigm Subjects?, Rights as corrective tools in culturally contested claims of recognition in Europe', Social Identities, Issue 3, 2015 (forthcoming).
  • Gozdecka, DA. and Jackson, AR., ‘Caught Between Different Legal Pluralisms: Women Who Wear Islamic Dress as the Religious ‘Other’ In European Rights Discourses’, (2012) Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 64:2011
  • Gozdecka, DA., Jackson, AR., ‘Caught Between Different Legal Pluralisms: Women Who Wear Islamic Dress as the Religious ‘Other’ In European Rights Discourses’, (2012) Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 64:2011
  • Gozdecka, DA., ‘Human rights, fundamental rights and the common constitutional traditions in the protection of religious pluralism and diversity in Europe – a study in the democratic paradox’, (2012) Finnish Yearbook of International Law, 2010
  • Gozdecka, DA., ‘Catholic Family Values instead of Equality - Polish Politics Between 2005-2007 Envisioning the Role of Women.’ (2009) in Sulkunen Irma, Nevala-Nurmi Seija-Leena, Markkola Pirjo (eds) ‘Suffrage, Gender and Citizenship - International Perspectives on Parliamentary Reforms’ Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Gozdecka, D.A., Kmak Magdalena, and Airytman Ercan Selen, ’ From Multiculturalism to Post-multiculturalism: Trends and Paradoxes', (2015) Journal of Sociology  vol. 50 no. 1 51-64
  • Naffine, N and Neoh, J ‘Fictions and Myths in PGA v The Queen’ (2013) 38 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 32.
  • Neoh, J ‘The Rhetoric of Precedent and Fulfilment in the Sermon on the Mount and the Common Law’ (2013) Law, Culture and the Humanities.
  • Neoh, J, ‘Text, Doctrine and Tradition in Law and Religion’ (2013) 2 Oxford Journal Law and Religion 175.
  • Neoh, J. ‘Law and Love in Abraham’s Binding of Isaac’ (2015) 9 Law and Humanities 237.
  • Neoh, J. ‘The Name of God on Trial: Narratives of Law, Religion and State in Malaysia’ (2014) 18 Law Text Culture 198 [Special Issue on ‘The Rule of Law and the Cultural Imaginary in (Post-Colonial East Asia’)
  • Roberts, H. ‘Why (Re)Write Judgments: Australian Feminist Judgments (2015) 37 Sydney Law Review 257 (with Laura Sweeney)
  • Roberts, H. ‘Telling a History of Australian Women Judges Through Courts’ Ceremonial Archives’ (2014) 40 Australian Feminist Law Journal 147
  • Roberts, H. ‘“Swearing Mary”: The Significance of the Speeches Made at Mary Gaudron’s Swearing-in as a Justice of the High Court of Australia’ (2013) 34 Sydney Law Review 493
  • Roberts, H. “Law and Literature: Analysing style in judgment writing” in Gabrielle Appleby and Rosalind Dixon The Critical Judgments Project: Rereading Monis v The Queen (with Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby) (The Federation Press, 2016

Recent book review essay

Students with a passion for interdisciplinary research on the intersection of law and justice issues with history, continental philosophy, art theory and criticism, literary and cultural studies are strongly encouraged to undertake higher degree research and doctoral work in law and the humanities at ANU. 

The ANU is Australia’s highest-ranking University, with outstanding international expertise right across law, arts, and the social sciences. The Centre for Law, Art and the Humanities brings together this expertise and works to generate new synergies and a critical mass of intellectual energy. We analyse historical and contemporary issues, drawing on humanistic perspectives through a range of theoretical frameworks in legal and social theory, continental philosophy, and post-colonial studies.

For further information, contact the Directors or Members of the Centre (on the People tab). They can help you craft your proposal and identify supervision resources best able to support your interests.

For examples of the kinds of projects our higher degree research students undertake, please see the list of HDR students on the People tab. Click through to their personal profiles for more information on their thesis projects.

 

Activities archive

11
Oct
2017
Philosophy: Art and terror

Members of the Centre, Fiona Jenkins and Desmond Manderson, were Australian participants in an international panel sponsored by the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Goethe Institute, and hosted by the Director of the Museum and Adjunct Professor of the Centre Dr Natasha Cica. Terror has always been with us. How can we use art and images to reveal, console and transform its damaging impact? Can violence ever be divine?

The event was recorded by the ABC for its Big Ideas program and was broadcast on 11 October.

7
Sep
2017
Mr Mothercountry – Colonialism and the Rule of Law

CLAH, in conjunction with the Department of Political and Social Change (CAP), welcomes Professor Keally McBride to the ANU to talk about her major new book on colonialism and the rule of law. The panel discussion includes Desmond Manderson, Nick Cheesman, and Meera Ashar. For further information: law.anu.edu.au/event/seminar/mr-mothercountry-colonialism-and-rule-law

24
Apr
2017

Big Ideas on ABC Radio National recently recorded an event with ANU Law's Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities. The thought provoking conversation with Alexis Wright, Peter Singer, Russell Jacoby and Jacqueline Dutton will go to air this Monday evening at 7:05pm. You can listen via radio, stream or download the podcast.

28
Mar
2017
Welcome to our visiting doctoral student, Teagan-Jane Westendorf

Today we welcome our visiting doctoral student to the Centre. Teagan-Jane is completing her doctoral work based at Monash University after a successful stint at Birkbeck College London in 2016.  She will be in residence for the next six months.  Teagan’s research focuses on the contemporary scene of torture, drawing on perpetrator testimony supplied by US personnel who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay in 2003-06, as part of the so-called ‘War on Terror’. 

Her analysis and development of theories of the subjectivity and power is used as a tool to re-think the way in which torture is understood in relation to law. She asks what the role of law is in the scene of torture, and what this indicates about how law is fundamental to "who we are" as subjects.

15
Feb
2017
Philosophy in the Pub

Philosophy in the times of populism and post-truth. Join a group of Canberra legal philosophers for a chat over a delicious pint. An accessible, casual event for anyone interested in current events.

2016 was branded the year of post-truth. The contributions of both science and humanities have been questioned and criticised for their distance from the society and “the real life”. But perhaps “experts” aren’t really so far removed from the reality. Dare to find out what philosophy can contribute and join a group of Canberra legal philosophers for a chat over a delicious pint. Find out what “the love of wisdom” can offer and whether it can explain the reality of today. Can Freudian desire explain the rise of Trump or did Nietzsche predict the post-truth society?

The four philosophers presenting are:

  • Desmond Manderson is Director of the Centre for Law, Arts, and the Humanities at the ANU College of Law. Topic: A Freudian analysis of the rise and rise of Donald Trump.
  • Anne Macduff works at the ANU College of Law. Anne’s research explores how law devalues difference. She has a particular interest in exploring issues of law and identity, including race, gender and sexuality. She has a passion for legal education, and for creating active and engaging environments to enable students to critically engage with the law.
  • Justine Poon is a PhD candidate at the ANU College of Law and occasional poet and filmmaker. Topic: Why Representation Both Does and Does Not Matter.
  • Dorota Gozdecka is a Senior Lecturer at the ANU College of Law and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki. She has published books and journal articles on theoretical aspects of accommodating cultural diversity and has been preoccupied with the place of the Other in philosophy and legal theory. Topic: Have philosophers foreseen the rise of post-truth society?
2
Nov
2016
Challenging words - a CLAH workshop in November

Challenging Words, led by Dorota Gozdecka, will bring together artists, cartoonists and musicians with students and legal academics in an innovative and creative workshop, the first of its kind in Australia.

11
Aug
2016
Welcome Professor Alex Sharpe

On Thursday 11 August we welcome Professor Alex Sharpe to the Centre for a series of events co-sponsored by the ANU Gender institute.

Alex is based at Keele University UK.  She is an international scholar of issues in transgender, sexualities, and the law, as well as broader interests in contemporary critical theory.  She will be fronting a Q & A session on ‘gender fraud’ at 12pm, Friday 12 August, in the Moot Court.  Then at 4pm, she will be presenting a public lecture entitled Scary monsters: the hopeful undecidability of David Bowie (1947-2016), which promises to be a load of fun.  

18
Jul
2016
Welcome Professor Chris Tomlins

Today we welcome Professor Chris Tomlins to the Centre. Chris is at UC Berkeley in the Faculty of Law, as well as being one of the leading US scholars and guiding lights in the field of interdisciplinary studies in law and the humanities. 

He is well known for the annual symposia he hosts at Berkeley around different dimensions of “law and…”   which attract a mix of senior and up and coming scholars from around the world.  Chris will be here for a week, to participate in the conference on aesthetics and politics being jointly organized by CLAH, the School of Philosophy, and the Humanities Research Centre.  

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