Art/Law Network at the Critical Legal Conference 2018

This year’s Critical Legal Conference is at The Open University, Milton Keynes, 6-8 September.  The is regeneration, and as the conference webpage cites:

“Drawing inspiration from the visions, strategies and conflicts that engendered the creation of Milton Keynes and The Open University at the end of the 1960s, and reflecting on recent conference themes at Kent and Warwick, CLC 2018 will consider the theme of regeneration.  In all instances of regeneration are tensions between new and existing visions and strategies, and the laws, regulations and forms of standardisation that seek to govern the pace and nature of regeneration in a given space and time.  Equally there can often be a lack of legal attention and intervention where sometimes it is needed or demanded, as well as forms of de-regulation that actively seek to attenuate the role and authority of law in favour of, for example, a desire for innovation.”

The conference has now released its call for papers, and the Art/Law Network is very excited to be involved in running a stream on ‘Art/Law’!  Please see details below and when to submit paper proposals by:


Stream Organisers: Lucy Finchett-Maddock (Sussex) and Sean Mulcahy (Warwick)

Submission of Abstracts:

Milton Keynes, despite its brutalist architecture, has a rich history of art and culture. It is home to Liz Leyh’s sculpture Concrete Cows, artwork by local painters Fionnuala Boyd and Les Evans, and work by community artist Bill Billings. Art was critical to the generation of Milton Keynes and now its regeneration. Often, however, there can be a lack of legal attention to the arts and vice versa.

In the spirit of drawing scholarly attention to the convergences of art and law, we invite contributions on the broad themes of art as law and law as art. Possible areas of engagement include, but are not limited to:

• Art in/as protest against the law
• Thresholds and margins in art/law
• Art as a pedagogical device in the teaching of law
• The effects of new media/technology on art/law
• Postcolonial futures in the study and practice of art/law
• Art as a mode of rehabilitating legal wrongs and ameliorating trauma
• Artistic responses to the legal regulation of intellectual property
• The legal implications of Brexit on the arts

The practice of art and law necessitates the gathering together of bodies in space to bear witness. This stream invites contact and collaboration with scholars and practitioners of art and law, and provides space to allow new critical convergences arising from the bringing of art into law and law into art. We also welcome creative responses to the stream themes.

Please submit panels or individual proposals or expressions of ideas together with an abstract and presenter bio to

Papers will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please send a 200 word abstract to the stream coordinators before the closing date of 31 July 2018.

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