CfP – Through A Legal Lens: Law, History & Visual Culture | DEADLINE – 1 February 2022

Law is often seen, and indeed often presents itself, as image-less, a text-based discourse. Perhaps for this reason, the use of images in legal historical research is an undervalued and under-researched – if fascinating – area. This one-day virtual conference (26th May 2022) aims to encourage the asking of questions, to reflect the growing interest and scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of law, history and visual culture. The conference offers a forum for discussion, debate and the presentation of research. The conference will construe ‘visual culture’ widely, to attract papers from a range of disciplines. With a focus on images in and of law, subjects for papers may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • television, film and theatre,
  • artworks (including sculpture), photography and graffiti,
  • architecture and maps,
  • legal artefacts and objects,
  • clothing and costume associated with the law


The organizers are keen to welcome scholars from any stage in their career and, as the conferenceis held online, submissions are invited from all jurisdictions.

Submit a 250 word abstract to:
The deadline for submissions is the 1st February 2022.

The organisers are: Victoria Barnes, Helen Rutherford, Clare Sandford-Couch and Sarah Wilson

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