Cardozo/HKU/IHTP, Paris


New Media, Visual Culture and Law
Cardozo Law School
August 28-29, 2016


9:15 a.m.

  • Christian DELAGE (IHTP, Paris), Peter GOODRICH (Cardozo Law School), Marco Wan (HKU)


9:30-11:15a.m. (Moderator: Ruth Ben-Ghiat)
Heading West

Emmanuel Burdeau (Paris)
On the latest trends in TV series: The Girlfriend Experience, and Braindead

  • Connal PARSLEY (University of Kent)

On the films of Renzo Martens

  • Antoine ROCIPON (IHTP)

Moral Choices in Videogames and Interactive Films


11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Politics of the images (Moderator: Christian Delage)

  • Bill McNEIL (Southern Cross University)

The Litigating Dead: Zombie Jurisprudence in The Walking Dead, World War Z and The Rising.

  • Claire DEMOULIN (IHTP, Paris)

Pasteur (William Dieterle, 1936): A transmedia pioneering role in health imagery and sanitary public policies

  • Janny LEUNG (Hong Kong University)

Dialoguing with the state (on how the state communicates with its citizens through new media)


1-2 p.m.


2-4:15 p.m.
Contemporary Legal Theory in the Mirror of Heterotopia (Moderator: Jacopo Martire)

  • Laurent De SUTTER (Université de Bruxelles)

Excitable Law: On the Aesthetics of the Legal War on Drugs

  • Werner GEPHART (Bonn Universität)

Painting and Sculpturing the Law. Methodological and institutional reflections in the realm of normativity

  • Chris HUTTON (Hong Kong University)

Facebook and the (legal) personality of animals

Jacopo MARTIRE (University of Sterling)

Heterotopia: Image and Law


4:30-6:15 p.m.
Film and the Legal Profession (Moderator: Barton Beebe)

  • Michelle CASTANEDA (Brown University)

Virtual Judges in Immigrant Detention: the Mise en Scene of No-Show Justice

  • Raja SAKRANI (Bonn Universität)

The Aesthetics of ‘Convivencia’. Visualizing a mode of living together in Al Andalus

  • Paolo HERITIER (Università di Torino)

The 20th Century visual Oikonomia: Film as Law

  • Line HJORTH (University of Bergen)

Exclusionary Images: framing the female in court



9:30-11 a.m.
The Optical Unconscious: Walter Benjamin and Images (Moderator: Michelle Castaneda)

  • Arild LINNEBERG (University of Bergen)

Walter Benjamin & images

  • Emanuele COCCIA (EHESS, Paris)

Micro-ontology of the image

  • Thibault GUICHARD (Université Paris 8)

The Conformist : From Alberto Moravia’s book to Bernardo Bertolucci’s film


11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Law and Visual Culture (Moderator: Emmanuele Coccia)

  • Chiara BOTTICI (New School of Social Research)

Imaginal politics, or for the last time "the West"

  • Marco WAN (Hong Kong University)

The artwork of Hong Kong's Occupy Central

  • Judge Ruth HERZ

Almodovar and the Fantasies of the Judge

  • Daniela GANDORFER (Princeton University)

Synesthetic Law


Past Events

Co-organized by Professors Peter Goodrich and Michel Rosenfeld, the Law and Interpretation Conference was held to a packed house at Cardozo on April 29-30, 2014.
The aims of the conference were both trans-atlantic and trans-generational. A prestigious cast of luminaries, including Bernhard Schlink (Cardozo), Stanley Fish (Cardozo), Julie Saada (Sciences Po), Duncan Kennedy (Harvard), Gayatri Spivak (Columbia), Avital Ronnel (NYU), Bernie Meyler (Stanford), Anselm Haverkamp (Munich), Mikail Xifaras (Sciences Po), Antoine Garapon (IHJ) discussed diverse aspects of the theoretical and judicial traditions in common law. A group of younger scholars, including Chuck Gelman (NYU), Katrin Trustedt (Erfurt), Laurent de Sutter (Brussels), Marco Wan (Hong Kong), Marinos Diamantides (London), Connal Parsley (Kent), Mark Sanders (NYU) provided a conspectus of responses and renewals of the tradition from within contemporary continental legal theory.
Themes were as diverse as interpretation as falsification, the errors of Antonin Scalia, muslim veils, temporality, image and icon in the Greek crisis, sovereignty and philia, translation, governance and the bifurcation of ontologies were discussed by masters and disciples, the old and new guards, with humor, correction and moments of mellifluousness.