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Call for Papers

Law and Humanities Roundtable 2022

July 2022 (date tbc, hybrid in-person and online)
Theme: Time and Temporalities

This fourth annual Law and Humanities roundtable invites original, interdisciplinary, and humanities-focused paper presentations that reflect on the theme of Time and Temporalities. Time plays an important role in law, not least in relation to respect for the past and pace of reform. Issues of temporality are acute in our own times: concerns about delays in the justice system and new strategies in the wake of the pandemic for streamlining and expediting justice; arguments about the prosecution of ‘historic’ crimes – especially pertinent in the context of sexual offending; broader problems relating to traumatic memories and their recall in legal systems; the issue of events that precede living memory, but which continue to impact on contemporary debates relating to colonial-era heritage objects and monuments.

If you would like to present a paper at this workshop, please send your title and abstract (up to 200 words) by Friday 4th February 2022 to David Gurnham (School of Law, University of Southampton; co-editor: Law and Humanities - [email protected]). Please do note that papers should take a humanities perspective on a legal issue or theme. Papers chosen for presentation will tend to be those that address a relevant law theme with regard to the arts (e.g. literature, modern creative writing, theatre, film, music, dance, comics and graphic novels).

This roundtable event itself will take place in July 2022. We intend to hold this as a hybrid event with provision for attendance in person at Southampton School of Law and also online for those based further away and who prefer to attend that way (but do note that the ‘in-person’ aspect is subject to a favourable public health situation).

It is organised in association with the journal Law and Humanities – and its publisher (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). Law and Humanities is a peer-reviewed journal, providing a forum for scholarly discourse within the arts and humanities around the subject of law. Contributors to the roundtable are encouraged, though certainly not obliged, to consider writing up their paper for submission to the journal either as a full-length peer reviewed article, or as a shorter comment piece.

Editors in Chief of Law and Humanities:
Professor Gary Watt (Warwick) and Professor David Gurnham (Southampton)