I am serving as the chair of this year’s programme committee of the Association of Law,Culture and Humanities Annual Meeting at Georgetown Law in March 2018. Doing the programming was a labour of patience and perseverance which I could not have done without my colleague, Connal Parsley, who is serving with me on this year’s LCH annual meeting programme committee and his wonderful partner, Rossella Buono, who hosted and fed me on the dark winter night whilst we were waging through piles of paper. Reading through the rich variety of paper and panel submissions, thinking of their fit, and devising panel names were the most rewarding parts of the task. Clicking, copy and pasting data from google mail into word and spreadsheet – probably involving thousand clicks – were less fun. Solving the puzzle of equating two digit number restraints and conditions for timetabling was a challenge I enjoyed. But after this experience, in which I learned how much it actually takes to organise such a large-scale event, it made me appreciate and be really really grateful for all the hard work of many people behind the scene for making such big meetings happen and make it look so facile.
Here is version 2.0 of the draft programme.
And many of us from the Legal Materiality research network will be there, talking about our work.
I am looking out to beautiful snowy landscape and roofs in Norrkoeping hosted by the formidable Eva Hemmungs Wirten of Linkoeping University, kicking off the ERC PASSIM ‘Patents as Scientific Information’ Advanced Grant Project (website: passim.se – scheduled to go live very soon).
We are here for three days discussing our individual projects, the overall direction and events for the next five years, and all the number of questions and issues that arise in the context of running a large scale project such as this one.
There will be nine projects as part of PASSIM: overall PI’s Eva Hemmungs Wirten’s lead project on ‘Patent Trails: The Law and Order of Information’; my colleague at Kent Law School and copyright afficianado, Jose Bellido‘s project on ‘Copyright in Patents’; Bjoern Hammarfelt‘s (Boras University) ‘Patents and the Invention of Scientific Citations,’ a study of the knowledge relationship between information science and patents; and the Nobel Museum’s Gustav Kallstrom‘s project on Patents and the Nobel Prize.
At our ‘home base’, Linkoeping University Norrkoeping Campus, Johanna Dahlin‘s examination of ‘Soviet patents and Secrecy’ and Martin Fredriksson‘s project on ‘Patents as Global (In)Justice’, Mattis Karlsson, a PhD student at Linkoeping University’s Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, as well as the recruitment of a new PhD student, complete our team.
The open welcome, style of consultation and hospitality by our Swedish team members have been striking, it is such a privilege and pleasure to be here.
Kicking off a two-year programme of events and conversations around the meaning and effects of legal materialities, we are assembling a diverse group of cross-disciplinary, international scholars next Friday to explore the different facets and manifestations of laws, matters and materials.
The programme can be found here
The draft programme is now online. Very much looking forward to hearing about the various approaches and fields of the brilliant colleagues working in and on questions of legal materiality from anthropology, law, media studies, STS.
Very soon I am starting an AHRC Research Network together with my amazing colleague, Dr Sara Kendall
and our website is coming along nicely:
Please see for details and programme of our 22 September workshop here:
I am really looking forward to this informal, but hopefully intense, proper working-workshop with precirculated texts.
It is wonderful to see the conversation from last year’s Paris workshop on textuality and new materialities being continued (https://lawtextmaterial.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/27/) and broadened by learning from colleagues conducting fascinating work in other disciplines than law.