Law and the Humanities Rome

The “Law and the Humanities” course takes place at the University of RomaTre Law Department since 2008, within the framework of the “Studying Law at RomaTre” Program. Its aim is to explore the fascinating, often problematical interactions between Law and Literature, Law and Philosophy, Law and History, Law and Anthropology, Law and Cinema, Law and Architecture, Law and Iconography and even Law and Music with the help of well known professors as well as PhD students coming from all over the world, who present each a different topic. They express themselves in the new “lingua franca”, English, which is particularly suitable for a “Law and the Humanities” course, as in Italy we have only recently “imported” this field of study – at least within the academia – from the United States.

This blog is thought to communicate with our students as well as with all people interested in the field of “Law and the Humanities”, as it gives us the opportunity to insert a wide spectrum of information. Here you can find details about the course program, the previous courses, the organizers’ profile and more. During the course, the blog is constantly updated in order to provide the students with information about the speakers’ c.v., the suggested readings, the final exam, etc. Furthermore, it is also a useful tool to continue online debates that started in class, so that the students can communicate online involving also a wider audience. More in general, the blog aims at providing useful information, including conferences and publications, about the world of the “Law-ands”.

Conference on Law and Music (Rome, 28 November 2018)

For all people interested in the fascinating topic of the relationship between Law and Music, a conference will take place on November 28th at 3:00 pm at the seat of the Italian Consiglio di Stato in the amazing Palazzo Spada. It is the result of a collaboration between the Consiglio di Stato and the University of RomaTre. The conference is open to the public. You can find all the details below as well as on the attached pdf: Diritto e Musica Palazzo Spada 28 Novembre 2018

CFP: The Documedia Revolution (University of Torino, 4-5-6 October 2018)

The Documedia Revolution

DOCAM, Document Academy

 15th Annual Meeting 2018

University of Torino, Palazzo Nuovo, Ground Floor

Scienza Nuova Centre for Advanced Studies

4-5-6 October 2018

The 2018 conference is hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences at the University of Torino, in Italy. The conference co-chairs are Angela Condello and Maurizio Ferraris.

The conference will be the inaugural event of a new Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Industry 4.0, called “Scienza Nuova” (at the University of Torino).

You can read all the details also in the attached PDF: Final_CallDOCAMTorino018_Final.

We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers:

  • Michael Buckland (University of California at Berkeley, USA)
  • Gregory Currie (University of York) – T.B.C.
  • Ronald Day (Indiana University–Bloomington, USA)
  • Claire Scopsi (CNAM, France)
  • Barry Smith (University at Buffalo, USA)

We are in the middle of a revolution. More precisely, we are dealing with the third revolution, after the industrial and the media revolutions: the “documedia revolution.” In this revolution, the constitutive power of documents and the mobilizing power of the media interact. Data and recordings are archived while, at the same time, they can circulate on the web. The workers’ alienation mentioned by Marx has been replaced by dynamics such as valorization and recognition, and the exploitation now takes place over the human capital embodied by the consumer (beauty, fashion, posts, cooking, mass vacations…): can this be called “exploitation”? Recognition and social prestige seem to be the most valuable aspects of human life today.

This conference aims at discussing different aspects of the documedia revolution, and specifically both its causes (the nature of documents and of recordings and their relationship with modernity) and consequences (publicity, recognition, visibility, mobilization).

Mainly, but not exclusively, we invite papers that deal with following questions:

  • Has the definition of “document” changed in the web era?
  • What objects would we classify as documents today?
  • Can we imagine a new hermeneutics in the era of technology, a sort of “technological hermeneutics”?
  • Has the concept of “trust” changed in the web era?

The Conference will be organized according to this tentative prospective sessions, but not esclusively (other themes and perspectives will be welcome):

  • Forms of the Document: the Legal Perspective
  • Art and the Documedia Revolution
  • The Role of Technology in the Documedia Revolution
  • Documents and Commodities

Submission Details

All proposals, including posters, must include:

  • description: a short (500 words) description of the work to be presented;
  • names of all contributors;
  • addresses, including email contacts;
  • up to 5 keywords.

Paper proposals should also include:

  • explanation of how they will be presented (verbally only, with presentation software, video, performance, or other forms of demonstration);
  • special equipment needs.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to angela.condello@unito.it.

All paper sessions will be plenary and given 40 minutes, which includes discussion.

Conference language is English.

Submission deadline for proposals: May 30th, 2018. Receipt will be confirmed within one week. Decisions will be announced by as soon as possible following the deadline.

Presentations will be eligible for publication in Proceedings from the Document Academy.  Accepted authors who foresee wanting to publish in the proceedings should begin preparing their manuscripts over the summer. Completed manuscripts will be due in late October; details forthcoming.

The Document Academy fosters a multidisciplinary space for experimental and critical research on the document in the widest sense, drawing on scholarship, traditions, and experiences from the arts, humanities, social sciences, education, and natural science, and from diverse fields, such as information, media, museum, archives, culture, and science studies. DOCAM originated as a co-sponsored effort by the Program of Documentation Studies, University of Tromso, Norway, and the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley.

DOCAM 2018 is the 15th annual meeting of the Document Academy, an international network of scholars, artists, and professionals in various fields, who are interested in the exploration of the concept of the document as a resource for scholarly, artistic, and professional work.

Please check also the website: http://documentacademy.org/?index

And the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheDocumentAcademy/

1st Winter School in Law and Humanities: “The Theater and the Dome”

Within the Law and Humanities Program Roma Tre – Cardozo Law School

The University of Roma Tre, Law School & Cardozo Law School present

What: 1st  Winter School in Law and Humanities –  “The Theatre and the Dome. The normativity of law and the normativity of religion”

Where: Roma Tre, Law School, Via Ostiense 159 

When: 11-12 January 2018

TO DOWLOAD THE PROGAM, PLEASE CLICK HERE: WINTER_SCHOOL018

Rome is a city where different normativities encountered and clashed in the past, and still encounter and clash today.

This first event organized in the frame of the Roma Tre-Cardozo Law and Humanities Program is a winter school that will investigate two normative languages — that of law and that of religion — , which in Rome are epitomized by two world-famous monuments: the Colosseum, which represents the secular space of rituality and representation, and St. Peter’s Dome, which represents the religious space of rituality and public representation.

The morning sessions will be devoted in particular to the discussion of the normative clashes that characterized the contemporary age, but will not be limited to this theme only: a broader dialogue between scholars specializing in law, philosophy and history will help drawing a comparison between European interdisciplinary studies on law and the Anglo-American tradition in the field of law and humanities. 

For this first edition no inscription fee is requested. PhD students or postgraduate fellows who are willing to participate should send an email to angela.condello@uniroma3.it by December 10th, 2017, attaching a brief CV. Acceptance of the submissions will be notified within a week. 

JANUARY 11th, 2018 – Room 278, second floor

Morning session – H 9-13

ROUNDTABLE 

Riccardo Chiaradonna (University of Roma Tre, Philosophy)

Peter Goodrich (Cardozo Law School, NYC  New York University Abu Dhabi)

Luca Loschiavo  (University of Roma Tre, Law)

Mariano Croce (University La Sapienza, Philosophy)

Stefania Gialdroni (University of Roma Tre, Law)

Angela Condello (University of Roma Tre, Law University of Torino, Philosophy)

Emanuele Conte (University of Roma Tre, Law) 

 Afternoon session – H 15-18

Presentation by PhD and graduate students who wish to discuss their research projects related to the interdisciplinary school.

 

JANUARY 12th, 2018 – Room 278, second floor

Morning session – H 9-13

 ROUNDTABLE

Tiziana Andina (University of Torino, Philosophy)

Maurizio Ferraris (University of Torino, Dept. of Philosophy)

Peter Goodrich (Cardozo Law School, NYC and NYU)

Giorgio Resta (University of Roma Tre, Dept. of Law)

Paolo Napoli (EHESS, CENJ)

Mario De Caro (University of Roma Tre, Philosophy)

Angela Condello (University of Roma Tre, Law University of Torino, Philosophy)

Emanuele Conte (University of Roma Tre, Law)

Afternoon session – H 15-18

Presentation by PhD and graduate students who wish to discuss their research projects related to the interdisciplinary school.

 

With the participation of Prof. Desmond Manderson, Australian National University

Organized and coordinated by: Angela Condello (Roma Tre, Torino) and Emanuele Conte (Roma Tre)

Exhibition in Rome: “La nave dei folli” by Patrizia Comand (until November 12th 2017)

The exhibition “La nave dei folli” (2013-2014) by Patrizia Comand, is inspired by the famous satyrical work “Das Narrenshiff” by Sebastian Brant (1494). The works will be shown at Palazzo Cipolla in Rome until November 12th 2017. A good opportunity to admire a contemporary interpretation of a work that has strongly influenced the iconography of justice over the centuries.

More information HERE.

I work therefore I am (European): A Conference on Law, Literature and Social Sciences (Brussels, 9-11 November 2017)

Metamorphosis of Labour: Social Identity, Mobilization, Integration, Representation 

International Conference 9-11 November 2017, Brussels 

All information available HERE.

In contemporary Europe, labour occupies a central position in human existence: since the industrial revolution it is the principal criterion of reciprocal recognition and of universal mobilization. In a multi-level governance system like the EU, through their profession people feel recognized by the others: they are. Indeed, labour is more than a mere economic relationship, it rather pertains to an identitarian process and it is an anthropological phenomenon radically influencing human existence, a way to defend ourselves against death and, probably, what makes the difference between human beings and animals. The conference aims at analyzing labour in light of the transformation of European identity and of its interaction with the latest social, economic and political trends such as deindustrialization, pervasive enlargement of markets, digitalization and virtual relationships, social polarization and migratory fluxes. We aim to investigate the contradictions of the relation between labour and identity, such as the fact that very often labour does not produce any social integration but, on the contrary, hides forms of alienation. Moreover we aim to investigate the connection between the crisis of labour and the new forms of slavery – this particular feature is connected to mobilization. The existential role of labour in our lives – even when problematic – suggests that the humanities could help understanding why and how people need to work and to be integrated in a community. Other questions that may be explored include how the advent of competitive forces have blurred the lines between work and free time, and how they did reshape the notions of work-life balance and flexibility through the crisis.

The conference will be strongly interdisciplinary, connecting juridical, political and humanistic methodologies. Accordingly, we will organize four roundtables:

  • Philosophy and Technological Innovation
  • Politics and Civil Society
  • Law and Social Sciences
  • Literature and Cinema

The conference languages will be English and French.

Within the framework of the Jean Monnet Project I Work Therefore I am (European)

Speakers and participants 

Emiliano Acosta (Vrije University of Bruxelles), Tiziana Andina (University of Torino), Gabriele Bischoff (EESC), Roberto Ciccarelli (Journalist at Il Manifesto), Silvia Contarini (University of Paris Nanterre), Rocco Cangelosi (CIME), Georges Dassis (EESC), Virgilio Dastoli (CIME), Marc De Vos (University of Ghent), Filip Dorssemont (University of Louvain), Maurizio Ferraris (University of Torino), Monica Jansen (University of Utrecht), Jean Lapeyre (Collège d’Europe – to be confirmed), Mara Santi (University of Ghent), Morag Shiach (Queen Mary University of London), Elly Schlein (European Parliament), Richard Sennett (LSE, NYU), Enrico Terrone (FMSH), Massimiliano Tortora (University of Torino), Gertrudis Van de Vijver (University of Ghent), Luca Visentini (European Trade Union Confederation).

Convenors

Angela Condello (University of Roma Tre and University of Torino)

Tiziano Toracca (University of Torino)

Location

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

La Fonderie (Museum of Industry and Labour)

Please register to the e-learning platform

Dear students,
We kindly remind you that, in order to access all the materials of the Law and the Humanities Course 2017/2018 you MUST register to the e-learning platform of the RomaTre Law Department. You have to find the Law and the Humanities course 2017/18 and click on register (in Italian ‘iscriviti’). In order to do that, you have to use your RomaTre email/account/password. Only this way you will find all the readings and join the Forum. See you soon!
http://www.giur.uniroma3.it

18th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (New York, 25-27 May 2017)

What: 18th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law

Where: Cardozo Law School

When: 25 May to 27 May 2017

All information available HERE.

RomaTre

Cardozo

The 18th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2017, hosted by the Cardozo Law School  in collaboration with the University of Roma Tre – Law School), will take place from 25 May to 27 May 2017.

The use and practice of exemplarity are rooted in classic rhetoric, literature, politics and law. Because of the shift from pre-modern to modern ways of thinking – as modern knowledge came to privilege abstraction over exempla, the general over the singular and particular – exemplarity lost its way.

The aim of this Roundtable is to discuss how in the contemporary legal discourse exemplarity regained relevance in human and legal thought: it constitutes the “compromise” between different orders: positive law (civil law, common law) and natural law, general and particular, abstract and concrete, societal and individual. Exemplary judgments (at a national and at an international level, e.g. Landgericht Köln – N. 151 Ns 169/11; Enel v. Costa; Scordino v. Italy) bridge the divide between traditional dichotomies, such as Common Law/Civil Law and positive law/natural law — by linking the ordinary (cases that are already described by a norm, which provides for them) and the extreme (cases that challenge the normative order because they are not yet provided for by law).

The legal exemplary case embodies the tension betweenordinary – extraordinary and general – singular, and at the same time it offers a model, a solution to “go through” that tension. The tension between ordinary and extraordinary is, in the law, related to the essential juridical tension between facts and norms. From a philosophical perspective, exemplary and paradigmatic forms are elements that constitute the hermeneutic parameters of a given context.

In its many forms, exemplarity entails the dialectical oscillation around an internal divide: whether it comes as paradeigma or paradigm, as exemplum, exemplar, or mere instance, as Exempel or Beispiel, as model or precedent, exemplarity mediates between the singular and the general. Especially in philosophy, the use of examples has often been devoted to the mere didactic illustration of general concepts for those unable to understand them without assistance from concrete cases or instances. “Examples are thus the go-cart of judgment,” as Immanuel Kant’s well-known dictum goes, “which he who is deficient in that natural talent cannot afford to dispense with” (CPR: B 174).

Natural law re-emerges through exemplarity in the form of the “just” reason in the specific case: the single narrative in the single case challenges the ratio legis by proposing a new and different ratio. The particular and the universal are given in the same form through the exemplary case because they express a contradiction between extra-legal values and abstract and general rules.

Workshop on Law and Humanities at the Danish Academy in Rome (26 January 2017)

What: Law and Humanities Workshop

Where: Accademia di Danimarca a Roma, Via Omero 18

When: 26 January 2017, 4pm-7,30pm

It will be also a unique opportunity to access the seat of the Danish Academy, inaugurated in 1956 and designed by the famous architect  Kaj Fisker!

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CFP: 23rd ANNUAL FORUM OF YOUNG LEGAL HISTORIANS (NAPLES, MAY 30 – JUNE 1, 2017)

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Call for Papers

Under the title “History of Law and Other Humanities: Views of the Legal Culture across the Time” the Forum will be devoted to the Relations between Law and Humanities, in order to propose new instruments of research.

Deadline: 15 March 2017

Conference fee: 100 EUR

Contact: forum2017aylh@gmail.com

Organizing Committee: Valerio Massimo Minale and Virginia Amorosi

All information HERE.

 

20 December 2016: “Law and Music” at the Palladium Theater!

locandina-note-a-sentenza-jpgEveryone ready for the first “Law and the Humanities” concert in a proper (and beautiful) location such as the Palladium Theater? You can read the details below and on the facebook event (HERE). Admission is free as the concert is organized by the Law Departement of the RomaTre University. Come and experience the (amazing) strict relationship between law and music!

What: “Note a sentenza”: Final event of the “Law and the Humanities” course (Fall 2016).

Where: Teatro Palladium, Piazza Batolomeo Romano, 8, 00154, Roma.

When: Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 8:30 pm. 

Continue reading “20 December 2016: “Law and Music” at the Palladium Theater!”

About your presentations on December 13th and 14th

Dear students,

as you know, you will have to present your works on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can read below who will do the presentation and when. If your name is not in the list even though you have submitted your work, please send ad email to: lawandhumanitiesrome@gmail.com.

Remember to bring your work, especially if it is a video. You will have ca. 8 minutes for each presenation. 

Do not forget the final written exam on December 15th! Unfortunately it was not possible to upload Stefan Huygebart’s slides on the e-learning platform as they are too “heavy”. If you need them, please bring a pendrive to download them on Tuesday or Wednesday.

See you soon!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016:

  1. Auebach
  2. Baffa
  3. Bernardini
  4. Briganti + Ciarlone
  5. Brisbois
  6. Canale
  7. Conboy + Souffir
  8. D’Ercole + Di Martino
  9. Ertola
  10. Gatto

Wednesday, 14 December 2016:

  1. Ginese
  2. Kapplani + Groeger + Haentjes
  3. Knox
  4. Laurent
  5. Marseglia
  6. Rocca
  7. Rossini Martins
  8. Seica
  9. Shaaps
  10. Van Pagée
  11. Wangler

 

New challenge on “Law and Literature”!

Dear students,

our last guest speaker, Dr. Alessio Baldini, has prepared for you a very interesting exercise! Add your comments below as usual.

“Read the following article written by the acclaimed contemporary English novelist Ian MacEwan. Here, MacEwan talks about his conception of the relationship between literature, morality, and the law.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/05/ian-mcewan-law-versus-religious-belief

Try to answer one of the following questions:

  1. How would you characterize MacEwan’s conception of the relationship between literature, morality, and the law?
  1. Which arguments and examples do you find convincing? And which do you find unconvincing?
  1. Would you subscribe to or reject MacEwan’s conception? Give some reasons for subscribing or rejecting it.

I am looking forward to reading your comments!”

 

6 and 7 December 2016: Alessio Baldini on “Normativity, Ethics, Novel”

alessio_baldini_340x200_img_2020Abstract:

In these two sessions, we will look at two Italian family sagas: The Leopard (1958) by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, and All Our Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburgs (1952). We will see how these two novels encourage readers to imagine the fading of the normative horizon of the patriarchal family – a social change that is also reflected in changes in Italian constitutional and civil laws (1948, 1975).

More broadly, our objective will be to understand how literature might address ethical and moral concerns. For here might be the common ground between literature and the law, which also reflects and responds to such concerns, albeit differently.

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Lecture 1 (6 Dec)

The Fading of Patriarchy: Pluralism and Moral Equality in Lampedusa’s The Leopard

Lecture 2 (7 Dec)

Confronting Moral Luck: Literature, Emotions and Morality in Ginzburg’s All Our Yesterdays

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Suggested readings (background readings for the lectures):

  • [L1] Dworkin, R. 1996. The Moral Reading of the Constitution. New York Review of Books. [Online]. 43(5). [Accessed 1 December 2016]. [no pagination]. Available from:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1996/03/21/the-moral-reading-of-the-constitution/

  • [L1] Gaut, B. 2009. Morality and Art. In: Davies, S. Higgins, K. M. Hopkins, R. Stecker, R. and Cooper, D. E. A Companion to Aesthetics. 2nd ed. Chichester, UK, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 428-31
  • [L2] Kieran, M. Emotions, 2010. Art and Immorality. In: Goldie, P. ed. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 681-703
  • [L2] Williams, B. and Nagel, T. 1976 Moral Luck. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society: Supplementary Volumes. 50, pp. 115-151

Supplementary readings (a critical perspective on the ethical turn in literature and the law):

  • Posner, R. 1997. Against Ethical Criticism. Philosophy and Literature. 21(1), pp. 1-27
  • Posner, R. 1998. The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory. Harvard Law Review. 111(7), pp. 1637-1717

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To read Alessio Baldini’s CV click HERE

 

CONFERENCE: The Art of Law (Bruges, Groeningemuseum, 16-18 Jan 2017)

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The Art of Law: Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law & Justice in Context from the Middle Ages to the First World War

In Bruges (Belgium), at the occasion of the art exhibition De Kunst van het Recht, an international conference on the topic of legal iconography is being organized at the Groeningemuseum on 16, 17 and 18 January 2017. The Bruges conference has multiple links to our Law and the Humanities courses. Amongst the organizers are two former teachers within the Rome Law and the Humanities program: professor Georges Martyn and PhD fellow Stefan Huygebaert, both from Ghent University. The conference’s Key Note Speaker will be dr. Carolin Behrmann, who is leading the Minerva Research Group The Nomos of Images at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut). Several speakers at the Bruges conference have been fellows within this Nomos of Images research group. One of them, Felix Jäger, was the Law and the Visual teacher in our Law and the Humanities course in 2015.

 

An introduction on the conference as well as the final program, registration and practical details can be found on the conference websitetaolconference.wordpress.com