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Legality/Illegality: rules, regulations and resistance

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Legality/Illegality: rules, regulations and resistance

Abstracts of 250 words to lms18conference@gmail.com by 10th December 2017

Keynotes:

Brazil – ‘Favela Media Activism: the ‘breakdown’ of law and the rise of citizen power’ Leonardo Custodio, University of Tampere.

Leonardo Custodio

Dr Leonardo Custodio is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere, Finland, and conducts research on media activism and interdisciplinary research into social movements: his most recent book is Favela Media Activism

Leigh Landy

(Il)legality and Sampling Culture: Art is about challenging society, isn’t it?

Landy will question why copyright law seems to be decades beyond the realities of today’s digital and post digital culture.

Professor Leigh Landy is Director of the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University. He is editor of Organised Sound (CUP), founding co-director of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network and is completing his eighth book with co-author and MTI colleague, Dr. John Richards.

Catalonia – ‘Damage to Catalonia? The role of state power from May 1937 to October 2017’ Stuart Price, De Montfort

Professor Stuart Price Chairs the Media Discourse Group, LMS

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This peer-reviewed Conference examines the ways in which various types of human expression and activity (economic, cultural, and political) are influenced, both by popular notions of legitimacy (combining our understanding of everyday normative standards with an often-imprecise sense of what is actually lawful/unlawful), and by the actual sanctions and/or rights enshrined within existing legal systems and forms of precedence (operating at the national and/or supranational/transnational level).

In our Call for Papers, we welcome critical overviews of the relationship between legality and illegality (i.e. theoretical interventions that address the conceptual and practical interdependence of these terms, under the general rubric of ‘the law’), the alteration over time of notions of legality (where, for instance, an activity once thought legitimate may lose that status, and vice versa), specific case-studies of public controversies, the public mediation of the legal system or of law enforcement (through, for example, cinematic or televisual texts), the fascist Right’s attempt to manipulate liberal notions of freedom of speech, illicit state surveillance of dissenting individuals and groups, and the debate over ‘states of exception’.

Specific fields of enquiry and useful topics may include but are not confined to the following:

Performance rights and intellectual ownership within the ‘neo-liberal’ work environment

Freedom of speech, violence and anti-fascist activity

Questions over the obligation of news organisations to pursue the truth in a ‘post-truth’ politics

The ‘moral right’ to break or disregard oppressive laws

Arguments over the legalisation of drugs

The historical reconstitution of the law

Questions of sexuality and the state

Transnational legal obligations and Brexit

The Dance Culture and ‘illegal’ or non-commercial parties

Issues in investigative journalism

Fan adaptations of copyrighted texts

Transnational, national or region-specific events that test the parameters of legality

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