Law by Other Means - Picturing Law, Politics and Justice

The JNU-Warwick Conference

9 and 10 April 2015
Conference Room (FF)
Centre for the Study of Law and Governance

Borrowing the title of Peter Goodrich’s important essay, Law by Other Means, this conference highlights the performative, the visual and the affective in the dense configurations of law, politics and justice. We hope to stage a conversation on legal and political aesthetics, the visual culture of law, and the circulation of images of justice in the cofounding sites of legal pluralism. This conversation, which has emerged in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Warwick, seeks to explore how law, politics and justice are pictured in everyday and exceptional contexts. 

Day One, 9 April 2015

9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Registration and Tea
10:00 a.m. – 10.15 a.m.:
Welcome: Amit Prakash, Chairperson, CSLG, JNU
                  Sudha Pai, Rector, JNU
10.15 a.m. – 12.00 noon

Session 1: Political and Legal Aesthetics
Chair: Niraja Gopal Jayal (CSLG, JNU)

Upendra Baxi (University of Warwick and Delhi), Aesthetics of Human Rights: Law,    Language, and Performatives

Shirin M. Rai (University of Warwick), Political Aesthetics of the Nation: The Parliament in Murals

Deepak Mehta (Shiv Nadar University), Naming the Deity, Naming the City: Rama and Ayodhya

12.00 noon – 12.15 p.m.: Tea

12:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Session 2: Imaging the Law

Chair: Bishnupriya Dutt (SAA, JNU)

Piyel Haldar (Birkbeck College), Re–conceptualising Legal Vision: Renaissance Theories of Transmission and Reception

Mani Shekhar Singh (Jindal Global University), A Village Murder, a Painter’s Tale and the (Im)possibility of Justice

Leslie J. Moran (Birkbeck College), Judicial Pictures as Legal Data and a Research Method

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Lunch

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Session 3: Visual Cultures of Law

Chair: Leslie J. Moran (Birkbeck College)

Jayati Srivastava (CIPOD, JNU), Images and Articulations of Global Justice: Real and Imagined

Srimati Basu (University of Kentucky), Posing Menace: Law and Media in the Indian Men’s Rights Movement

Werner Schiffauer (Europa-Universität Viadrina–Frankfurt), Visual Truths

Lawrence Liang (Alternative Law Forum), Of Hidden Cameras and Hidden Truths: Law and Visual Evidence in an Era of Digital Uncertainty

Day Two, 10 April 2015

10.00 a.m. – 11: 15 a.m.

Session 4: Beyond the Legal File

Chair:  Jaivir Singh (CSLG, JNU)

Shrimoyee Nandini Ghosh (CSLG, JNU), Dematerializing Documents, Re-          materializing Legality:  A Study of the Electronic Stamp Paper

Mayur Suresh (Birkbeck College), Technologies of the State: Files, Documents and the Paper Lives of a Terrorism Trial

11.15 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.: Tea

11.30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Session 5: Law, Violence and Memory

Chair: Varun Sahni (CIPOD, JNU)

Arvind Narrain (Alternative Law Forum), Do not Bury the Dead but Immortalize Them: Disappearances, Culture and Memory in Argentina

Xonzoi Borbora (TISS, Guwahati), Long Road Home: Poignancy of Return for Migrants from Assam

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Lunch

1.45 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Session 6: Contesting Responsibility and Liability

Chair: Amit Prakash (CSLG, JNU)

Julia Eckert (University of Bern), Virtue, Law and Mercy

Amaka Vanni (University of Warwick), Framing Pharmaceutical Law and Intellectual Property Rights in India: The Local Self of the International

3.00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Tea

3.15 – 5.00 p.m.

Session 8: Law, Governance and Exception

Chair: Ann Stewart (University of Warwick)

Anna Hájková (University of Warwick), Boundaries of the Narratable: The Holocaust and Sexuality Perceived as Extreme

Dolly Kikon (Fellow, Stockholm University), Imaging Friendships in Exceptional Times: Alliances and Anxieties Among Coal Traders in North East India

Srila Roy (University of the Witwatersrand), The Punitive Paternalism of Feminist Governance

5.00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Tea

5.15 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.: Roundtable:  Juridico–Political Iconophobia and Iconophilia: Debates in the Aftermath of Udwin and Dimapur

Chair: Pratiksha Baxi

Interjectors: Lawrence Liang, Anuj Bhuwania, Dolly Kikon, Srimati Basu

 For further inquiries mail us at : lawbyothermeans@gmail.com