The Law and the Senses series has now reached out to three of the five canonical senses with the publication of TOUCH, after SEE and TASTE. The series comes from the University of Westminster’s Law and Theory Lab.
Contributions in TOUCH consider many themes including brass rubbing, the layers of urban history and touch; a contract with nature unfolded via touch; desire, touch and a kind of vertical leap of consciousness that gazes on an object of knowledge in literary thought; brain stimulation within certain psychiatric regimes; and the illicit touch of books bound in human skin and narratives surrounding Auschwitz victims’ tattoos. Erin Manning’s consideration of synaesthesia and other ways of knowing develops the idea of ‘distantism’ at the heart of accounts of body-world separation.
In her introduction Caterina Nirta also reflects on why touch is the ‘essential’ sense according to Aristotle and others and the ‘tactful intrusions of the law and the untactful movement of touch’.
The Westminster Law and Theory Lab are inviting interested parties (all welcome to attend) a book launch and drinks reception for Riccard Baldissone’s new book, ‘Farewell to Freedom: A Western Genealogy of Liberty‘ Dr Elena Loizidou (Birkbeck Law School), Profesor Saul Newman (Politics and International Relations Goldsmiths College London) and Professor Nathan Widder, (Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway College, London) will consider the vocabularies and history of the idea of freedom at the event: Friday 21 November 18.00 – 20.00.
VENUE: University of Westminster, The Pavilion, 115 New Cavendish St W1W 6UW. Register here to attend. For free open access download of the book navigate to here.
The first title in an ambitious new interdisciplinary series from the University of Westminster’s Law and Theory Lab has been published. Called simply SEE it is one of five volumes that will explore the terrain of law and each of the five senses. SEE is available open access, free to read and download at goo.gl/nDD7TT. The print version of SEE appears in an elegant black and white livery and in the unusually svelte dimensions (for a book) of 108 x 178mm.The series is described as follows:
The LAW AND THE SENSES series aims to reflect critically on the relationship between law and the senses by gathering contributions from a wide range of critical fields, and intersecting contemporary debates alimented by spatial, material, affective and post-human turns in philosophy, social and legal theory, critical geography, arts and the humanities.
The growing ‘sensory turn’ across different scholarly disciplines has been followed by an increasing number of publications that engage with the senses.The series contributes to the developing scholarship investigating law and the senses. The established literature deals with the relation between law and the senses from phenomenological positions, or taking the senses as objects of legal regulation. In contrast, this series makes an important contribution by taking a trans-disciplinary approach that is critically underpinned with a main purpose to introduce new perspectives and engage in shaping future debates on the topic.
In that regard, books in the series provide original and diverse research that will appeal to scholarly communities and students from across different disciplines, in particular: law, anthropology, art, philosophy, cultural studies, and social sciences.
EDITORS: Dr Danilo Mandic, University of Westminster; Dr Caterina Nirta, Roehampton University; Dr Andrea Pavoni, ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon; Professor Andreas
Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, University of Westminster