Law and Humanities

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Kafka’s imprint on Law and the Arts, 100 Years since The Trial

Franz Kafka’s writings left a lasting imprint, and continue to provoke fascination, debate, and deep scholarly analysis more than 100 years after the first publication of his early stories in 1908. Kafka’s engagement with topics related to law acutely resonate with contemporary reflections on the nature of law, its functions, its forms. At the same time, Kafka’s works provide fruitful avenues for humanities scholarship on law and law-related topics such as power, the state and the individual, legal procedure and administration, guilt and shame, the role and behaviour of lawyers, to name just a few. The approaching 100th anniversary of the first publication of The Trial (1925) is an opportunity to reassess the value of Kafka’s work as well as reasons for its continuing relevance for law and the arts. This is the theme for the sixth annual Law and Humanities Roundtable workshop (early July 2024, date tbc), to be followed by a special issue of the journal (2025).

We invite submission of abstracts for paper presentations on themes and topics coalescing around the question of how Kafka’s writings – including the novels and short stories – have shaped, influenced, and impacted humanities scholarship on law.  We welcome submissions on a broad range of topics and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including interdisciplinary contributions. Papers may focus on the texts themselves, their translation, performance, and adaptation in other arts formats, including the visual arts and media, theatre, and film. Abstracts can be submitted by email to David Gurnham ([email protected]).

Submission Instructions

Deadline for submission of abstracts for paper presentations: Tue 2nd January 2024

Decisions on selection of abstracts: Tue 30th January 2024

Roundtable workshop (‘Kafka’s imprint on Law and the Arts’): University of Southampton, July 2024

Please note that submissions can also be considered for the special issue celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Trial’s first publication (contributions to which will include, but will not be limited to, articles on that novel). Please indicate whether you wish your paper to be considered for the special issue. A separate call for the special issue will be issued with its own schedule for the submission of written-up articles following the Roundtable. Full articles submitted for the special issue will be rigorously peer-reviewed before making any offer of publication.

For more information, contact:

David Gurnham (Editor in Chief, Law and Humanities and Roundtable co-convenor): [email protected]

Ekaterina Yahyaoui (Guest editor of the special issue and Roundtable co-convenor): [email protected]

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Law and Humanities is a peer-reviewed journal, providing a forum for scholarly discourse within the arts and humanities around the subject of law. For this purpose, the arts and humanities disciplines are taken to include literature, history (including history of art), philosophy, theology, classics and the whole spectrum of performance and representational arts. The remit of the journal does not extend to consideration of the laws that regulate practical aspects of the arts and humanities (such as the law of intellectual property). Law and Humanities is principally concerned to engage with those aspects of human experience which are not empirically quantifiable or scientifically predictable. Each issue will carry four or five major articles of between 8,000 and 12,000 words each. The journal will also carry shorter papers (up to 4,000 words) sharing good practice in law and humanities education; reports of conferences; reviews of books, exhibitions, plays, concerts and other artistic publications.

“All scholars interested in the relationship between law and literature,
law and philosophy and law and history should make a regular habit of reading Law and Humanities. Lawyers and other legal professionals will find a wide range of articles and reviews that expand their knowledge of the way in which law interacts with a wide range of humanistic pursuits.”
Barbara Shapiro, Emerita Professor, Rhetoric Department,
University of California Berkeley

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