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”.

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/

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)

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.