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Legal Worlds; Worlding Law 
Martyn Wemyss (Goldsmiths)
Geoffrey Hughes (University of Exeter)
Narmala Halstead (University of Sussex)
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Insa Koch (University of Sankt Gallenis)
22 University Square (UQ), 01/005
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel investigates how law is imbricated with the production and dissolution of a multiplicity of lifeworlds. Moving away from legal pluralism’s emphasis on hybridity and indeterminacy, we consider how boundaries and distinctions are reified (and contested) through socio-legal regimes.

Long Abstract:

Contemporary globalization evokes radical imaginaries of an emerging global commons that breaks down borders and brings people together amidst a wholesale dismantling and fragmentation of existing commons and movements towards isolationism, ethnic exclusivism, reterritorialization and new extractivist economies. This panel asks how legal orders mediate the new forms of claims-making (and impunity) that these projects facilitate, grounding analyses in specific lifeworlds.

If politics is relations among worlds as Jacques Ranciere has argued, law can be seen as regulation/reglementation among worlds. Building on recent work on multiplicity (Blaser and de la Cadena 2018); Kathryn Yusoff [2018]; Sylvia Wynter [2003], we ask how law emerges, moves, interpellates, captures and incites across, between and within ‘worlds’. These might be the social, cultural, domestic, geographic, temporal, illusory, or fugitive worlds of more traditional social theory or individualized structures of feeling. Moving beyond legal pluralism and metaphors of hybridity, we ask how law participates in the creation and dissolution of worlds--and what law is appropriate to what Blaser and de la Cadena term a ‘world of many worlds’ and the attendant modes of subjectivity which make this ‘worldliness’ possible. How do legal notions ‘travel’ and translate across worldly divides, and how do they interpellate and subjectivise those bound by divergent legal-moral orders and the socio-cultural worlds which generate them? Possible topics include:

-Decolonizing anthropology

-The interstitial spaces of postcolonial law

-Indigenous rights movements

-International law and commercial regulation

-Regulation in online spaces

-Anthropogenic climate change

The Panel is supported by Journal of Legal Anthropology

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -