A one-day workshop on implications of actor-network theory, media theory and object-oriented ontology for the study of law.
22 September 2017
University of Kent, Canterbury
Templeman Library, Room A108
organised by Hyo Yoon Kang and Sara Kendall (Kent Law School)
sponsored and supported by Kent Law School’s Research Group Social Critiques of Law (SoCril)
This informal workshop will entail three sessions exploring the relevance and possible benefits of theoretical developments for legal scholarship. These sessions will take the format of conversations between legal scholars and colleagues outside the legal discipline. The morning conversation will explore actor-network theory and its uptake of Tarde’s sociology and transformation into a normative agenda in recent years. After lunch, we will be in conversation about the role of media, objects and aesthetics through the lens of German media/cultural studies. We will conclude the day with learning about Tristan Garcia’s take on object-oriented ontologies.
The conversation and discussion will center around a pre-assigned and circulated text which will be available after registration. For the Latour session, we will circulate the re-enacted Tarde/Durkheim debate and the law chapter in Latour’s Modes of Existence book. For German media theory and law, we will circulate ‘Rejouer les crimes’ by Cornelia Vismann and possibly another additional resource. Iain MacKenzie has kindly suggested the introduction of Tristan Garcia’s Form and Object for the afternoon session on object-oriented ontology.
Introduction: Hyo Yoon Kang and Sara Kendall (KLS)
From Latour’s revival of the Tarde/Durkheim debate to law as a mode of existence
Matei Candea (Anthropology, Cambridge) and Alain Pottage (Law, LSE)
German-media theory and law
Philipp Ekhardt (Warburg Institute), Hyo Yoon Kang (KLS) and Sara Kendall (KLS)
Object-oriented ontology and law
Iain Mackenzie (Politics, Kent), Connal Parsley (KLS)