Dates: 9-12 December 2015 – with 9 December as postgraduate day

University of Technology Sydney Law School, Sydney, Australia


Complicity is a state of being complex or involved, and no matter where we are, or what we do, law is part of our entanglement in the world. This conference will explore the complexity of law, and law’s labryinthine relations with culture, politics and capital. It will investigate law as an accomplice, as well as law’s role in shaping (and resisting) certain problematic moral, political and material positions.
The conference invites consideration of the following questions:
  • What does complicity reveal about law’s methods and modes, its affects and effects?
  • How are law’s genres, narratives, processes and images complicit in the creation of particular imaginaries, materialities and practices of the everyday?
  • How might we work within visual, narrative, creative and textual domains and devise strategies to reveal and counter law’s complicities, and acknowledge our own?
Of course, to live with law, and our intertwined complicities, is not an easy task. As law and humanities scholars, whether we accept or reject complicity, we cannot abandon law or lawful thought. As such, the challenge becomes one of how we might live with law yet continue to navigate our politics, ethics and forms of protest with critical and creative agency.
Please save the date. We will send a full call for papers and reminder later in 2014.
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