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Law and the Senses II: human, posthuman, inhuman sensings proposes to investigate the sensing of law, the capacity for law to (make) sense, and the possibility for law to sense differently.

Do senses belong to the realm of the subjective and thus non sunt disputandum? Or are they objective, as the truth-validating paradigm of vision indicates? Can we touch without being touched? What remains of the subject/object dualism when we are immersed in the impersonal materiality of a soundscape? Are neurological phenomenologies of pheromones sufficient to account for the role played by odour in life?

And beyond the human: can senses be sensed outside the phenomenological? What about the promise of new technologies to rewrite the frontiers of the sensible into inhuman scales and temporalities? What does sensing become in the Anthropocene, and what will the sense of sensing be ‘after’ the human?

The Law has only marginally engaged with the sensorial: the dominant approach tends to separate law and the senses and maintain an often unquestioned opposition. However, in spite of this apparent incompatibility, the law is intrinsically dependent on the sensorial. How, then, do we understand the unfolding of this law-sense paradox?

The conference gathers trans-disciplinary contributions and seeks to interfere with a standardised conference format.

Contributors:

  • Alejandra Perez
  • Carey Young
  • Christopher Law
  • David Chandler
  • Daniela Johannes
  • Hamish Clift and Melody Woodnutt
  • Isabel Añino Granados
  • Julia J.A. Shaw
  • Lucy Finchett-Maddock
  • Olga Danylyuk
  • Riccardo Baldissone
  • Shira Shmu’ely
  • Susan Fletcher

Organising team:

Danilo Mandic, Caterina Nirta, Andrea Pavoni with Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos.

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