IILAH Reading Group



Girl Reading, Jean Honoré Fragonard.

We are holding the IILAH Reading Group by Zoom for the remaining sessions this semester. If you would like to join online, please click here. Zoom is free to join and reasonably easy to use. We very much hope we can return to normal as soon as possible.

The IILAH Reading Group will recommence for Semester 1, 2020 on Wednesday 4 March from 1:00 pm – 2.00 pm (meeting fortnightly).


Our theme this semester is World Making: Technologies/Histories/Laws. All students, faculty and visitors are welcome to join. Readings will be posted below in advance.

The 1939 World's Fair, New York - the audience looks down at General Motor's Futurama exhibition

Semester 1, 2020

World-Making: Technologies/Histories/Laws

This semester’s reading group examines texts concerned with the world-making potential of technology and law. In reading these texts, the reading group aims to explore both the role of law in the creation and maintenance of socio-technical imaginaries, and the role of technologies in creating and maintaining legal orders.

  • Wednesday
    4 March 2020

    • Socio-Technical Imaginaries

      Sheila Jasanoff, ‘Future Imperfect: Science, Technology, and the Imaginations of Modernity’ in Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-Hyun Kim, Dreamscapes of Modernity: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Jasanoff reading
  • Wednesday
    18 March 2020

    • Imagining Outer Space

      Matt Craven, ‘“Other Spaces”: Constructing the Legal Architecture of a Cold War Commons and the Scientific-Technical Imaginary of Outer Space’ (2019) 30(2) European Journal of International Law 547

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Craven reading
  • Wednesday
    1 April 2020

    • Imagining the Sea (I)

      Renisa Mawani, 'Introduction', (partial) Across Oceans of Law: The Komagata Maru and Jurisdiction in the Time of Empire (Duke University Press, 2018).

      Renisa Mawani, ‘The Free Sea: A Juridical Space' in Renisa Mawani, Across Oceans of Law: The Komagata Maru and Jurisdiction in the Time of Empire (Duke University Press, 2018).

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Mawani Introductory Reading
    • Download Mawani Reading
  • Wednesday
    15 April 2020

    • Imagining the Sea (II)

      Fahad Bishara, ‘A Geography of Obligation’ in Fahad Bishara, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 24-57.

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Bishara Reading
  • Wednesday
    29 April 2020
    2:30 pm start time

    • Crossing the Sea

      Eugene TeSelle, 'Looking for Home: Travel a metaphor in Augustine’ (1996) 14 Annali d‘Italianistica 103-120.

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download TeSelle reading
  • Wednesday
    13 May 2020

    • Materialities/Files (I)

      Bruno Latour, ‘How to make a file ripe for use’ in Bruno Latour, The Making of Law: an ethnography of the Conseil d’Etat (Polity Press, 2010).

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Latour reading
  • Wednesday
    27 May 2020

    • Materialities/Files (II)

      Alain Pottage, ‘The Materiality of What?’ (2012) 39(1) Journal of Law and Society 167.

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Pottage reading
  • Wednesday
    10 June 2020

    • Digital Materialities (I)

      Cornelia Vismann, ‘From the Bureau to Data Protection’ and ‘Files into Icons’, in Cornelia Vismann, Files: Law and Media Technology, 123-164.

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Vismann reading
  • Wednesday
    24 June 2020

    • Digital Materialities (II)

      Julie Cohen, ‘The Future(s) of Fundamental Rights’ in Julie Cohen, Between Truth and Power: The Legal Constructions of Informational Capitalism (2019, Oxford University Press), 238-268.

      Room 831, Level 8

    • Download Cohen reading

Participating in the IILAH Reading Groups


If you would like to introduce a reading to the group, please contact IILAH Director, Professor Sundhya Pahuja at s.pahuja@unimelb.edu.au. If you would like to come, please RSVP to connor.foley@unimelb.edu.au.

Past Reading Groups

2019 Models of Interdisciplinarity in Law and the Humanities
2018 The Office of the International Lawyer and the Plurality of International Law
2017 International Law and Race

2016

International Law and Language