TIME IN LAW – LAW IN TIME
Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory
Melbourne Law School, 7 - 8 December 2017
CALL FOR PAPERS
‘Time is time and runs away, though sages disagree’, T. S. Eliot once wrote. As the
Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory reaches its 10
anniversary, this year’s
forum embarks on an exploration of conversations around law and time.
Time is everywhere in law. Whether in procedural deadlines, in criminal sentences, in
legal concepts, histories or intertemporal law, law exists within time. Yet law also
generates temporalities and creates legal time through actions, techniques, objects and
concepts. In this sense, just as law may be placed within time, time may be conceived
as a result of law’s effects. In thinking about law and time, we are interested in how
the making of law and the making of time are connected. We invite papers from
anyone interested in time or temporality in different areas of legal research.
The 10th annual Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory will be held at the
Melbourne Law School on 7-8 December 2017. The Forum brings together
postgraduate research students and early career researchers, who, across various
disciplines and diverse fields of scholarship, engage with law and its political,
theoretical and methodological questions.
The Forum provides a collegial and supportive intellectual community for exploring
interdisciplinary encounters with law. We will collaborate with participants to
structure the Forum to promote engaged conversations about each other’s work and
broader themes, using a variety of approaches such as plenary panels, small group
discussions and reading groups.
keynote speakers for the Forum. The cross-disciplinary work of these scholars
and teachers engages with the social sciences, history and jurisprudence
addresses topics including labour, place, empire and time. Their work contributes to
thinking about the material life of law and what it means to be a scholar in 'our times'.
All keynote speakers will participate throughout the Forum and engage with
the participants’ work.
We invite contributions from anyone who is interested in law and time. Some possible
questions to stimulate reflection are:
• What theoretical or methodological problems does the consideration of time
raise in your research?
How do diverse laws, techniques or methodologies generate different legal
• How do we relate temporality, spatiality and law?
• Can thinking differently about time change the way we think about law, history,
politics or society?
• Bring your own question
s and research…
We welcome early expressions of interest and intend to finalise the format of the
Forum together with the selected participants and based on their interests.
Please send abstracts (500 words) and a short biography to
1 June 2017. Papers of 3000-5000 words will be due by 1 November 2017.
Some limited funding support for travel expenses will be available for interstate and
international presenting participants who are unable to claim sufficient funding from
their home institution. Please indicate in your application if you would like to be
considered for funding support.
by the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, in the days immediately
following the Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory, for those interested in attending both
Forum Organisers: Andrea Leiter, Tobias Barkley, Luís Bogliolo and Marnie Lloydd