La Trobe Law School, Melbourne, Australia
International and Comparative Law Cluster
20 & 21 July 2023
Call for Papers
Our place on the planet is uncertain. The escalating ecological and atmospheric degradation of climate change confronts and confounds us. Conventional approaches to environmental conservation and stewardship in the Western legal tradition are inadequate in the context of the Anthropocene. Dialogues between disparate disciplinary approaches and legal traditions are required to think beyond established legal and political knowledges, practices and techniques, to reimagine and rework laws for the Anthropocene.
You are invited to participate in a La Trobe Law School workshop featuring Professor Margaret Davies, author of EcoLaw: Legality, Life, and the Normativity of Nature (Routledge, 2022). The intent is to share work in progress and foster cross-disciplinary scholarly community, with a focus on law and the inhuman and law in/as nature, and to engage with the work of Professor Davies.
Early Career Academics are also invited to join a masterclass with Professor Davies, details here.
The workshop will also feature an author meets reader session with Roanna McClelland, for a reading and conversation about her award winning new book, The Comforting Weight of Water (Wakefield Press, 2023).
Please submit an abstract and short bio by Fri 31 March 2023
Organised by Dr Kathleen Birrell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Workshop: Thu 20 July 2023
This workshop will bring together a broad group of participants from a variety of disciplines. Participants may be established or emerging scholars, including doctoral students. Limited bursaries are available for early career and postgraduate participants without institutional funding.
Academic Presentations (15 mins) might consider:
- Knowledges, practices or techniques of law and politics that perpetuate ecological degradation or injustice
- Encounters, dialogues or relationships that reorientate laws toward climate justice, accountability or obligation