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Roundtable: Law And Performance

When: Monday, November 13, 2023, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Online or Room 313, Third Floor, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road London E1 4NS


  • Professor Julie Stone Peters (Queen Mary Global Professorial Fellow/H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, NY)
  • Dr Maggie Inchley (Reader in Theatre and Contemporary Performance, Queen Mary)
  • Dr Debbie De Girolamo (Reader in Law, Centre for Corporate and Commercial Studies, Queen Mary)
  • Dr Kate Leader [discussant] (Senior Lecturer in Law, Queen Mary).

Speaker bios:

Julie Stone Peters is the H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, Distinguished Affiliated Faculty at Columbia Law School, and a Global Professorial Fellow at Queen Mary School of Law. She is an expert in law and humanities as well as performance, film, and contemporary comparative media. Her most recent book is Law as Performance: Theatricality, Spectatorship, and the Making of Law in Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Europe (Oxford University Press, 2022). She is currently working on a book on policing, courtrooms, and prisons in age of streaming media.

Maggie Inchley’s AHRC funded collaborative project, The Verbatim Formula (TVF), with People’s Palace Projects, uses techniques of verbatim theatre to gather testimonies from children and adults with experience of the social care system, aiming to create spaces for dialogue and change. TVF has led to a series of residential workshops for care-experienced young people at QMUL and three other London universities. Its research is participatory, and action-oriented, working with young people as co-researchers. Maggie’s research also investigates the articulation of identity in contemporary writing and performance, focusing specifically on the voice, attending to how writers and their processes script voices, how vocal performance is created and delivered, and how audiences hear, listen and respond to voices.

Debbie De Girolamo is a Reader in Law at The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) where she teaches and researches on conflict, dispute resolution and the relationship between art and law.  Debbie is also the Director of CCLS's Art, Business and Law post-graduate programme and institute.  Her current areas of research include negotiation interactions and cultural property/heritage disputes. Complementing her interest in cultural property/heritage disputes, Debbie is also interested in issues regarding law, justice and social order as reflected through visual and performing arts.   Most relevant to this event, Debbie has written on collective dissent as legal consciousness in Contemporary British Theatre and she is currently developing a project on art in public spaces.

Kate Leader is a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law at Queen Mary. Kate wrote a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney on the role of performance in the adversarial criminal trial before moving into law and completing a second doctorate on the experience of litigants in person in civil justice at LSE. Her research interests span law and performance, laypersons and the law, conspiracies and access to justice. She is currently developing a project exploring ‘liveness’ in relation to the use of technology in criminal proceedings.

This event is also the first of a series of Legal Humanities seminars – further details on future events will be circulated.

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