Law Lit Hum Conference 2017, Melbourne


Dissents and Dispositions

Conference of the Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia

When and Where?

City of Melbourne: La Trobe Law School and Melbourne Law School

12-14 December 2017

Keynote Speakers:

  • Tony Birch (Victoria)
  • Marianne Constable (UC Berkeley)
  • Karen Crawley (Griffith)
  • Suzanne Ost (Lancaster)
  • Nikos Papastergiadis (Melbourne)

Dissents and Dispositions

Dissent and disposition are both relational. To dissent is to disagree and be at variance: to refuse an established order, to diverge from orthodoxy, to oppose, critique, quarrel and rearrange. If political dissent is commonly understood as speaking truth to power, how does this occur, or occur differently, now that power is increasingly dislocated from state forms, and the production of truth by experts is itself subverted? How might law facilitate and energise, or suppress and silence such dissent? More than just political or legal dissent, how might these forms work alongside aesthetic, literary and artistic modes of dissent in reshaping the conduct of law, and of life?

Dispositions relate to the character, arrangements, tendencies and temperaments of conduct and arrangements of language and law, orderings of space and time, as well as proclivities and attitudes. Dispositions involve legal transfers, bestowals, and powers to dispose or control. What, then, of lawful or unlawful dispositions, as well as dispositions of literature, of images and imagination?

The Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia invite consideration of the arrangements and rearrangements of the conduct of law and life; of the dispositions of law and jurisprudence, and how these relate to dissents, resistance and transformation. Conference streams include:

  • Public Art, Public Law?
  • Dissents from Environmentality, Forging Ecological Disposition
  • Dispositions of Disability
  • Cities, Spaces, Justices
  • Visuality

Researchers and others working in any area of law or the humanities, broadly conceived, are called to share your own engagements with dissents and dispositions.

As with previous conferences, we especially welcome scholarship into relationships with indigenous jurisprudences and the humanities, Asian and Australian humanities and jurisprudences and the regional elaboration of the South.


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