Birkbeck School of Law Archive Launch & ‘Instituting Archives’ (25th Anniversary Events) 1 June 2018

Join Birkbeck School of Law Archive, collated by Dr Piyel Haldar, celebrating a one day symposium exploring the relationship between archives and the file in relation to law and institutions. What is at stake in instituting an archive? Are institutions able to profit from the their own academic secretions? At one level, archives are no more than a matter of household management, a dumping ground for currently inert items.

On another level, archives (to follow Foucault) found the first law of what can be said. So that, more productively, archives are responsive to the potentialities of institutional life, to the laws of practice and to forms of return?

This one day conference aims to explore the many themes that revolve around the archiving of institutions. Among them will bediscussed the inter-relations of academic life and the recording of key institutional events; the temporal unfolding of everyday life against official narratives; the selection and forms of depositing archival material; the role of curation. Given that archives raise the question of remembrance, it is appropriate that ihe symposium will also give space to a round table discussing the function of files through the work of Cornelia Vismann (Please register your place for this event separately, here).

9.30 – 10.00 Introduction & Peter Goodrich

10.00 – 11.30 Session One – Brenna Bhandar, Vanessa Ruegger, Jose Bellido

11.30 – 12.00 Refreshments

12.00 – 1.30 Session Two – Emma Sandon, Anselm Haverkamp, Kanika Sharma

1.30 – 2.30 Lunch

2.30 – 5.30 Key Works in Law & the Humanities: Roundtable on Cornelia Vismann’s Files (Hosted by the Centre for Law and the Humanities) – Angela Condello (Roma Tre University), Bernard Keenan (Birkbeck, University of London), Nayanika Mathur (University of Oxford), Shela Sheikh (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Mayur Suresh (SOAS, University of London). Please register your place for this event separately, here.

About the 25th Anniversary of the School of Law

The School of Law was founded in 1992 as a Department of Law with three members of academic staff. Over the last twenty-five years it has become a School comprising the Departments of Law, Department of Criminology, as well as the Institute for Criminal Policy Research. We have four research Centres, 40 members of staff, and an overall student body of over 1,000. The School is proud of being a pioneer in establishing and developing a hub for the field of critical legal studies. While our national and international reputation has been forged through critical legal research, more recently we have gained recognition for critical criminological and activist research, socio-legal scholarship and policy-engaged empirical research. In recognition of this the last Research Excellence Framework exercise ranked us as being in the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top 3 in London, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.

In this our 25th Anniversary year we will be holding a series of events reflecting on our history and successes as well as looking forward to the opportunities and challenges facing critical legal and criminological teaching and scholarship in the 21st century. Find out more about the 25th Anniversary celebrations here.

Please note that latecomers to the event are not guaranteed entry. Please be advised that photographs may be taken at the event.

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