School of Law

Images and Imagination in Theorizing about Law Workshop

20 May 2015

Time: 10:30am - 7:00pm
Venue: Haldane Room, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford, OX2 6UD

This one-day workshop will examine the role of images in legal scholarship, both theoretically and historically. By bringing together legal and art history academics, it will establish a new network of scholars from a variety of disciplines—art, history, law, anthropology—interested in the intersection of images and law.

The last decade has seen much research into the intersection of the visual and the legal, yet the impact on the practice of contemporary legal scholarship has been limited, and there is little methodological reflection on the roles that images and imagery have played in scholarship about law.

For the first time in the UK, this workshop will explore these issues with legal scholars, art historians, art theorists, visual epistemologists, anthropologists, and explore future avenues of research.

This workshop is co-organised by Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott (Oxford) and Dr Maks Del Mar (Queen Mary).



10:30–11:00 Tea and Coffee

11:00–12:00 Keynote speaker
Dr Carolin Berhmann, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenze
Title: ‘Nomos of Images

12:05–1:05 Keynote speaker
Dr Clare Sandford-Couch
, Northumbria University
Title: ‘Images and Legal Authority in Fourteenth Century Florence

1:05–2:00 Lunch

2:00–4:30 Short presentations with breaks

Panel 1
Dr Patricia Cain
, Artist
Title: ‘Practices of Thinking: Law and Art

Ms Sophie Arkette, Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence, Centre for Intellectual Property & Information Law, University of Cambridge
Title: ‘Appearance v Materiality: On the Nature of Fixation in UK & Dutch Copyright Law

Professor Amanda Perry-Kessaris, Kent Law School
Title: ‘Graphic Legal Interdisciplinarity

Panel 2
Professor Fernanda Pirie
, Oxford University
Title: ‘Visual Regularity in Tibetan Legal Documents

Professor Geoffrey Samuel, University of Kent
Title: ‘The Use of Images in Legal Reasoning

Dr Thomas Giddens, St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Title: ‘Comics and Legal Aesthetics: Navigating the Limits of Rational Text with Graphic Fiction

Panel 3
Professor Denis Galligan
, Oxford University
Title: ‘On Trial for Treason: The Unlikely Alliance of John Lilburne and Edward Coke

Professor Adam Gearey, Birkbeck, University of London
Title: ‘Once Poor Always Poor: Images of Law and Poverty in George Orwell’s “The Road to Wigan Pier”

Professor Mathias Siems, Durham University
Title: ‘Mapping Law Visually

Panel 4
Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott
, Oxford University
Title: TBA

Dr Maks Del Mar, Queen Mary University of London
Title: ‘Visualising the Common Law Tradition

Professor Wayne Morrison, Queen Mary University of London
Title: ‘Visualising the Nationalist Socialist Nomos

4:30–5:00 Tea and Coffee

5:00–6:00 Keynote speaker
Professor Marie-Laure Mathieu
, University of Montpellier
Title: ‘Images in Legal Reasoning

6:00–7:00 Keynote speaker
Professor Peter Goodrich
, Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law
Title: ‘Imago Decidendi- Pictures as Precedents

7:00 Closing remarks



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