Call for participants: The legal afterlife of war and revolution

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Research fellow Marika Sosnowski (Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, Melbourne Law School) is organising and leading a slow scholarship project including collaboration, workshops and an associated special issue on the topic of “The legal afterlife of war and revolution”.

This call for participants aims to bring together scholars working in and across law, anthropology, politics and socio-legal scholarship to investigate how people experience the law in the aftermath of war and/or revolutionary events.

Some questions of interest to this project include:

  • How do personal experiences of the law after mass violence or revolutionary events affect the legal consciousness of subsequent generations?
  • If legal consciousness is all-encompassing, what avenues are there for resistance and/or subversion of state violence and the law?
  • How does an individual’s understanding of the law after violence or revolution in their country of origin affect their understanding of law in the state they have been displaced to?
  • Are there particular physical manifestations of the law (e.g. the necessity to acquire legal identity documents) that provide a unique window into how legal consciousness functions? And if so, how?
  • What functional role do legal concepts such as treason and political loyalty play in postwar or post-revolutionary states?
  • How do specific, seemingly benign, laws change or morph over time as a result of war or
  • revolutionary events? And how are these used and/or perceived by citizens or certain
  • segments of the population?

The aim of this project is to gather a community of like-minded scholars who are intellectually invested in this topic and who are open to working in a slow-scholarship model over the course of 18-24 months. The project specifically aims to foster early career scholars, gender diversity, scholars with lived experience and/or those from the global south. It is also interested in establishing mentoring relationships where possible. The project subscribes to Allegra Lab’s slow scholarship manifesto where academia is not only about production but the means and ways in which scholarship comes about.

For more information, see the call for participants.

Expression of interest form (by 23 February 2024):
Questions or comments are also welcome to

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