Visualizing Justice


When: Friday, October 27 – Saturday, October 28, 2017

WhereJohn Jay College, CUNY, located on the upper-west side of Manhattan, near Lincoln Center

Conference Organizer and ContactDale Barleben,

This conference brings scholars of literature and law into an interdisciplinary setting to share their research. We invite proposals for papers and panels that address topics related to cultural, literary, legal and visual texts (all broadly conceived) that engage this year’s conference theme, “visualizing justice.” The conversations among legal, literary and visual discourses highlight the 2017 conference.

manderson Keynote Speaker: Desmond Manderson

Professor Desmond Manderson is jointly appointed in the ANU Colleges of Law and of Arts & Social Sciences at the Australian National University, where he directs the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, designing innovative interdisciplinary courses with English, philosophy, art theory, history, and beyond, and pursuing collaborative projects with the National Library, the National Gallery, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Street Theatre. His books include From Mr Sin to Mr Big (1993); Songs Without Music: Aesthetic dimensions of law and justice (2000); Proximity, Levinas, and the Soul of Law (2006); and Kangaroo Courts and the Rule of Law (2012). Recent scholarship examines the intersection of law and the visual arts, notably Law and the Visual: Representations, Technologies and Critique (Toronto 2017); and Temporalities of Law in the Visual Arts (Cambridge, early 2018).

brooks_june_2010Featured Lunchtime Speaker: Peter Brooks

The lunchtime-featured speaker on Saturday, October 28 is Professor Peter Brooks, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Yale University, who joined the Princeton University faculty in 2008 as Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar, in the University Center for Human Values and the Department of Comparative Literature. At Princeton he directs a project on “The Ethics of Reading and the Cultures of Professionalism,” which included the Symposium, “The Humanities in the Public Sphere,” held at Princeton in April 2012, the source of the recent book, edited with Hillary Jewett, The Humanities and Public Life (Fordham 2014). He has published on narrative and narrative theory, on the 19th and 20th century novel, mainly French and English, and, more recently, on the interrelations of law and literature. He is the author of several books, including Enigmas of IdentityHenry James Goes to Paris (winner of the 2008 Christian Gauss Award), Realist VisionTroubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and LiteraturePsychoanalysis and StorytellingBody WorkReading for the PlotThe Melodramatic Imagination, and The Novel of Worldliness. He is also the author of two novels, The Emperor’s Body (Norton, 2011) and World Elsewhere (Simon and Schuster,1999). He edited Balzac, The Human Comedy: Selected Stories (2014). He co-edited, with Paul Gewirtz, Law’s Stories (Yale, 1996) and, with Alex Woloch, Whose Freud? (Yale, 2000). He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Comparative Literature and Yale Journal of Law & Humanities. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, London Review of Books, Critical Inquiry, New Literary History, Yale Law Journal, and elsewhere. He has held Guggenheim, NEH, and ACLAs fellowships, and received the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

Please send your interdisciplinary proposals (250 words or less) to Dale Barleben by June 15, 2017. The conference fee will be $150 for Participants, $50 for Graduate Students and Free for John Jay Faculty and Staff, which will be payable here.