Dissents and Dispositions - Conference of the Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia

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Presenter:  Tony Birch (Victoria), Marianne Constable (UC Berkeley), Karen Crawley (Griffith), Vasuki Nesiah (NYU Gallatin), Nikos Papastergiadis (Melbourne)

Date: Dec 12, 2017 to Dec 14, 2017

Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Contact person:  The Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia
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Location:  City of Melbourne: La Trobe Law School and Melbourne Law School

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 – 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:

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.


Extended deadline for abstracts: 19 August 2017.

Please submit proposals for papers and panels to llhaaconference@gmail.com. Proposals should consist of a short abstract (max. 250 words), a short author bio and where relevant, noting your interest in a particular stream.


  • Early Bird fee for 12-14th December –  $375
  • Full registration after 15th October – $450
  • Day Registration – $190 per day
  • Post-graduate rate – $120 including postgraduate day.
  • Conference dinner $85

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The conference dinner will be held on Wednesday 13th December at Charcoal Lane Restaurant.

For further details, including conference streams, see: http://lawlithum.org/conferences/

Queries should be addressed to llhaaconference@gmail.com

Please download a PDF of the Call for Papers and circulate widely

Tom Nicholson,”Towards a Monument to Batman’s Treaty” (2013) 101 A0 printed sheets, pasted to the wall of the museum, and 3,520 bricks collected from citizens in and around Healesville. Exh.: Future memorials, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 19 October 2013 – 9 February 2014. Photograph Christian Capurro. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery

If you are looking for accommodation during your visit, the University of Melbourne has a negotiated rate with Rydges on Swanson Street, which can be accessed here. Below are also a number of hotels which cover a range of budgets, which you may wish to book. For hotels closest to the venues at both institutions, we recommend looking in Carlton and Melbourne CBD.

Ibis on Swanston
Mercure Melbourne
Quest Apartments in Carlton
Ibis Budget CBD
Grand Hyatt CBD