Aug 13
9:30 am - 5:15 pm
World Literature and Law Conference

Jointly organized by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, and Law & Literature


Venue: Moot Court Room, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue

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Day 1: 13th August (Sunday), 9:30am – 5:15pm (US EDT)

Welcome (9:30am – 9:45am, US EDT)

  • Marco Wan (HKU/Schell Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School)
  • Peter Goodrich (Cardozo/NYU Abu Dhabi)


Panel 1: Questions of Method (9:45am – 11:15am, US EDT)

Chair: Adam Gearey (Birkbeck)

  • Jesús Velasco (Yale): Political Idiots
  • Serene Richards (NYU London): What the Occident Does Not See of the Occident
  • Haiyan Lee (Stanford): Into One’s Own Hands: The Shape of Justice in China’s Rust Belt
  • Pierre Legrand (Northwestern): Derring Literarity: The Case of Negative Comparative Law


Panel 2: Imagining the Nation in Law and Literature (11:30am – 1pm, US EDT)

Chair: Jessica Valdez (University of East Anglia)

  • Daniel J. Elam (HKU): Some Merely Imagined Communities
  • Julie Stone Peters (Columbia): World Drama vs. International Law: The Suicide of Slobodan Praljak
  • Adeel Hussain (NYU Abu Dhabi): Right-ing Laws in India’s Progressive Writers’ Movement
  • Héctor Hoyos (Stanford): Animism and the Global Rule of Law in One Hundred Years of Solitude


Panel 3: Mobile Subjects and Circulating Texts (2:15pm – 3:45pm, US EDT)

Chair: Marco Wan (HKU/Schell Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School)

  • Kelly M. Rich (Harvard): Aggrieved and Unreconciled: Investigating Transnational Adoption
  • Richard Cole (KU Leuven): Legal Fictions of Displacement in Black Atlantic Writing
  • Gavin Keeney (ZRC-SAZU): El Greco + Exile
  • Wanhong Zhang (University of Wuhan): Translation of Late Qing Dynasty Detective Novels and the Construction of a Discourse on the Rule of Law and Justice: An Example of Lin Shu’s Translation of A Study in Scarlet


Panel 4: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (4pm – 5:15pm, US EDT)

Chair: Daniel J. Elam (HKU)

  • Elizabeth Anker (Cornell): Comparing Constitutions and Annie Ernaux’s Abortion Chronicles
  • Jorge Roggero (Universidad de Buenos Aires): The Affective Community’s Phenomenon in Argentinian Law and Literature
  • Leila Neti (Occidential College): Queer Sociality and the Spectacle of Gay Marriage in IndiaWorld Literature and Law Conference


Day 2: 14th August (Monday), 9:30am – 5pm (US EDT)

Panel 5: Legacies of Violence and Dispossession I (9:30am – 11am, US EDT)

Chair: Maria Aristodemou (Birkbeck)

  • Juan Francisco Soto Hoyos (Universidad del Rosario): Law and Literature in Latin American Transitional Justice Processes
  • Ọláolúwa Òní (Osgoode Hall Law School): Literature as Legal History: A Non-colonial Accounting of the History of Law Enforcement in Nigeria
  • Jessica Valdez (University of East Anglia): Neutral Sensations: British Writings on the American Civil War and the Taiping Rebellion
  • Francesca Iurlaro (Milan): Legal Implants


Panel 6: Legacies of Violence and Dispossession II (11:15am – 12:45pm, US EDT)

Chair: Francesca Iurlaro (Milan)

  • Jack Quirk (Brown): Aesthesis Nullius: Gerald Murnane’s Legal Fictions
  • Scott Veitch (HKU): M and the ‘F-Word’: Reading Fascism Today
  • Sabarish Suresh (Cardozo/NUS): Cartojuridical Anxieties: Law’s Phantasmagoria in Rushdie and Manto
  • Adam Gearey (Birkbeck): What Remains: Obligation and Silence in Beckett and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha


Panel 7: Visions of Law, Love, and Justice (2pm – 3:30pm, US EDT)

Chair: Adam Gearey (Birkbeck)

  • Cecilia Gebruers (University of St Martin): Human Rights Imaginaries in the Inter-American Court Jurisprudence and the Documentary El Campo Luminoso
  • Swethaa Ballakrishnen (UC Irvine): Lunchbox, Ted Lasso, and Hometown Cha Cha Cha: Community as New Grammar in Law and Love
  • Valérie Hayaert (University of Warwick): Visual Jurisprudence of the Colonial Order: Nomadic Emblems in New Spain
  • Molly Thomas (Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis): Places Comic and Tragic: Figures of Law, Love and Death in Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri’s Ngarlu Paintings


Panel 8: Media and Inter-mediality (3:45pm – 5pm, US EDT)

Chair: Daniela Gandorfer (Westminster)

  • Benjamin Goh (NUS): A Cosmo-medial Supplement to Law and Literature
  • Thomas Giddens (Dundee): All Road Lead to Times New Roman: The Imago Decidendi of Baigent v. Random House
  • Daniel Enrique Chia Matallana (Victoria University of Wellington): The Sacred and the Secular: Exploring Science Fiction Imaginaries on Jurisprudence, Religion and AI


For inquiries, please contact Marco Wan () or Peter Goodrich ().

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