Synesthesia of Law - An International & Multi-Disciplinary Conference at Princeton University

September 30, 2016 | By HIGHER EDUCATION NY

What is the role of law in structuring, orienting and perpetuating the multiplicity of conflicts that shape our public and private life? What function does law play in structuring and orienting the ethical dimensions of the multiplicity of conflicts that shape our public and private life? How, if at all, might law serve to relieve and mitigate them? These are the overarching questions addressed by this conference co-organized by Princeton University and Sciences Po Law School with support of the Cultural services of the French Embassy.

As the first of what will be a series of annual gatherings to be held alternately in Princeton and Paris, this event draws upon recent innovative work by scholars from various academic fields, and is organized around a self-consciously provocative reconceptualization of law as a multi-sensual, perceptual process or experience of sense-making.

Considered from this perspective, law is conceived not as a textual product of a reasoned “black-letter” decision, a ‘pure’ system of abstract norms, or an ‘unaffected’ institution of justice, but as a material and sensorial phenomenon or process that speaks, touches, sees, smells and tastes, and is simultaneously heard, seen, felt, tasted and smelled.

The conference brings together the geographically- and disciplinary-dispersed community of established and new voices in critical (legal) studies — scholars, artists and activists– to exchange and collaborate in the development of a new critical discourse, as well as to build stronger links between the study of law and other fields (including political theory, history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, economic theory, literature, linguistics, gender studies, critical race theory, performativity studies, and media theory).

More information here and conference livestreaming here

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