Laura Petersen, PhD Candidate, Institute for International Law and the Humanities at The University of Melbourne
Laura Petersen is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at The University of Melbourne. Her research is cross-disciplinary, combining approaches to jurisprudence with literature and visual and public art. Laura’s PhD project joins together her interests in law, German studies, and aesthetics. It has the working title of “Making Good Again? Practices of aesthetics and justice after the Holocaust.” She reads examples from legal and literary writing, and public and visual art as objects which can help us understand the dynamics of attempting Wiedergutmachung / ‘restitution’ in Germany. Laura has an MA from the Freie Universität Berlin and a BA/LLB (1st Hons) from The University of Melbourne. She has recently been awarded an international collaborative grant to lead a team of cross-disciplinary early career scholars to investigate methodologies and techniques surrounding scholarship on the theme of ‘art + conflict’.