‘Lives Lived with Law’ Law Text Culture Volume 20 (2016) – and Call for Proposals

‘Lives Lived with Law’ Law Text Culture Volume 20 (2016) 

Edited by Ann Genovese, Shaun McVeigh and Peter D. Rush University of Melbourne Law School

The 2016 edition of Law Text Culture, ‘Lives Lived with Law’, edited by Ann Genovese, law-text-culture-lircShaun McVeigh and Peter D. Rush  of the University of Melbourne Law School has just been published. Volume 20 grew out of a symposium and workshop held by the Legal Biographies Project of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at the University of Melbourne Law School in December 2014.

Legal Biographies, as constituted through this project, considers the way in which the legal self is shaped, and how, in turn, that self becomes responsible for law. The editors have coined a new term – jurisography – to  comprehend an expanded jurisprudence that is shaped beyond the limits of ‘jurist, judge and jurisprudent’ to also consider the ‘fragmentary sources and forms of jurisprudence that people live with everyday’ that constitutes this form of biography. The jurisographer engages in the ‘studied acknowledgment of the relational duties of the writer and the jurisprudent, and the experiences of a life lived with law’ (p2).

How that acknowledgement is shaped opens the collection, which begins with a conversation between John Docker and Ann Genovese ‘Places Lived: An Ego-Histoiriste and Jurisographer Discuss Living with Law in Sydney’, as a preface for the concerns of place and the position of the scholar in Australia. John Docker, the Australian literary scholar and historian, and friend and mentor of Ann Genovese, in ‘Of Pearls and Coral: Jurisography and Ego History’ engages with the productive capacity of jurisography to expose and critically engage with law. Ann Genovese, in ‘About Libraries: A Jurisographer’s Notes on Lives Lived with Law (in London and Sydney)’, reveals something of the scholar, and her exploration of the modes of training that shaped her work as a feminist jurisographer, and the telling of lost lives and stories in law through her engagement with Mr and Mrs MacKenzie, and their role in the formation of a proto-feminist legality in Australia.

Kim Rubenstein’s article  ‘Alive in the Telling’: Trailblazing Women Lawyers’ Lives, Lived with Law’ continues the thematic of self and the examination of a lives lived in law, through her account of the extraordinary legal life of her much older cousin, Peg Lusink, the daughter of the more celebrated Joan Rosanove. Deploying the dramaturgical device of the ‘nodal knot’ Marett Leiboff engages with lives in law past to animate concerns about law now, in ‘Theatricalising Law in Three, 1929-1939 (Brisbane)’. Julie Evans explores lawful relations associated with indigenous people in Victoria, theatricalised through ‘The Ethos of the Historian: The Minutes of Evidence Project, and Lives Lived with Law on the Ground’. Indigenous scholar C.F. Black  considers the harms done to indigenous lives in law based on the continuation of past injustice, drawing on the land   in ‘On Lives Lived With Law: Land as Healer’. Shaun McVeigh examines the concept of office and the role and responsibility of the jurisprudent, through an encounter and response towards an exhibition of indigenous objects at the British Museum in ‘Jurisprudent of London: Arts of Association’. Peter Rush concludes the collection with his photo-essay ‘the forensic precinct – notes on the public address of law’ that considers the ways in which lives lived with law are enfolded in the courts and the city, through a practice of visual ethnography. This visual curating of a jurisprudence of place and self in law is also captured in Peter Rush’s photograph  that forms the cover image of Volume 20.

The next issue of Law Text Culture Volume 21 (2017) is being edited by Professor Chris Tomlins from UC Berkeley Law. Professor Tomlins is a renowned legal historian. The issue is entitled“Law As …”:  Minor Jurisprudence in Historical Key’ and will be available late in 2017 or early in 2018.

Call for proposals for Volume 22 (2018)

Law Text Culture is seeking proposals from potential guest editors to edit Volume 22 of the journal, to be published in 2018. Details about the application process can be found on the journal site, as well as information for guest editors.

Next Deadline for Proposals

30 May 2017 for Volume 22 (due for publication in 2018)

Information about the journal and its scope and purpose can be found here, along with links to current and past issue.

Marett Leiboff, Managing Editor Law Text Culture

Member, Legal Intersections Research Centre

March 2017

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