On 17 and 18 November 2016, a very different type of legal conference took place at the Law School at Westminster University, under the auspices of the Westminster Law and Theory Lab.
‘Law and the Senses II’, convened by Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos and others, gathered trans-disciplinary contributions from lecturers, researchers and PhD students, aimed at investigating the capacity for law to “make sense” from its sensory and spatial qualities. In doing this, the philosophies of “Speculative Realism” and “New Materialism” were brought into the discourses of law in disruptive and creative ways. The “lawscape” of the Antartica was encountered by being blindfolded and subjected to a soundscape that brought the sense of dislocation alive. The sound of yeast making bubbles in a petri-dish enabled one to try to sense into its “sensing ecology”. These and other presentations attempted to dislocate law from an abstracted model based on concepts and hierarchy, to one which shaped the contours of its “lawscape” from the sensory nature of being human in an embodied but “post-human” world.
Read more in the Law and the Senses Conference programme.