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Department of Law Staff Seminars 2020-21: Pacing scholarly lives at the Law School Café

Please see the nearly complete schedule for this term below. We have adjusted the timings so that colleagues are able to attend CCLS and DoL seminars when these occur on the same day. The CCLS seminars are held from 12.00pm to 12.45pm on Wednesdays, details available on our QMplus site and from the convenor Garry Gabison via e-mail reminders. The Department of Law seminars will now normally start from 12.45pm.

We look forward to seeing you at our Café and hope that these meetings will help sustain us as scholars through this difficult winter. We will no doubt again pick up on earlier exchanges, as we make time for thinking holistically, theoretically, methodologically and substantively about researchers and research activities.

Term 2

27 January 2021 - Checking in

Please note, this seminar will be held from 1.30-2.30pm.

We again begin with an unprogrammed gathering to catch up as Term 2 begins and we deal with a third national lockdown. Everyone who participates in the scholarly life of the Law School, whether as administrator or academic, PhD student, teaching associate or Professor, is most welcome to this and all our gatherings. The timing has exceptionally been varied given we expect a good number of colleagues will be at the Faculty Early Careers Event from 12h00 to 13h30 pm

3 February 2021 - Making the most of work for funding bids

  • Sarah Saines
  • Claire Trenery
  • Anna Boneham

We are very grateful that our DoL Research Manager, Sarah, will be joined by Claire, who is Research Manager in the School of History, and Anna, who has recently taken over from Aurelija Povilaike as HSS Research Manager. They will each speak for 10-15 minutes, drawing on their varied experiences of research funding to give their perspectives on how to make the most of our work for research bids, including unsuccessful ones.

10 February 2021 - On writing

We welcome reflections from colleagues on the different roles of writing in their scholarly lives, with Isobel, Conor and Tim kicking off the discussion as follows:

  • Isobel on essay writing workshops with Equity students and the distinction between 'writing to be read' and 'writing for the record’. Isobel elaborates on this distinction in her forthcoming monograph Articulating Security.
  • Conor on being a creative writer and the difference between creative writing and academic writing. Conor has published short stories, one of which Journeys, won the 2019 Moth short story competition. Recently, his article Why Fair Procedures Always Make a Difference was published in the Modern Law Review.
  • Tim on the writing tactics involved in creating a persuasive, truthful and compelling institutional research narrative, and on writing original philosophy

3 March 2021 - Originality in research

Two PhD speakers to be confirmed

This session looks at the challenge of ‘being original’ as a researcher. We invite PhD students and post-doctoral academic staff to reflect on the different ways that scholars produce original research.

What does doing ‘original research’ mean to you? Tell us about a piece of original research that you’re proud of and why? Have you experienced particular challenges to the characterization of your research as original? How did, or do, you deal with such challenges, especially if they come from a supervisor, examiner, journal reviewer or editor, research funder, peer, colleague, or student? Do you have any particular tricks for making the originality of your research clear and engaging for different kinds (specialist/generalist, methodological/theoretical/substantive) of research audience?

Building classrooms with our Students

Postponed and to be re-scheduled.

This session responds to a request by the Anti-Racism Working Group to invite colleagues to share how they are currently engaging with students and building inclusive and responsive classrooms.

24 March 2021 - Methodological experimentation with Primary Legal Sources

A dichotomy is often made between traditional legal doctrinal research and more experimental scholarship. Yet this opposition elides that research into primary legal sources has immense potential for answering research questions other than classic doctrinal ones. In this session Alan, Jonathan and Roxana will talk about their experience with, and plans for, research using primary legal sources (and Lizzie may chime in given this is a particular area of interest for her). Alan has since 2014 been working on a large scale empirical project examining corporate disregard in the UK over the course of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries. Jonathan is in the course of writing a piece about how property rights are written about in judgments, and Roxana in various ways brings a distinctive perspective to research using primary legal materials, including as a legal historian.

14 April 2021 - A discussion of our experiences in online teaching/learning this year

Please note, this seminar will be held from 12:45-2.30pm.