The word crisis comes from the Greek for a turning-point, as in a disease, or a moment of decision. The contemporary crisis manifests itself as a failure of decision, of accountability, and of discourse on critical issues ranging from migration and climate change to global inequality. But the language of crisis has also clearly also become a turning-point which global actors and forces are all too willing to exploit in their own interests. Questions of law and justice are central to the problems that face us. But we cannot think alone. What we need is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of the forces and processes that have led us to our present predicament, together with new approaches and vocabularies of response. What we need is intellectual grace under pressure: in a word, courage.
Robyn Ferrell is a leading philosopher of feminism, psychoanalysis, art and aesthetics. Her recent books include Sacred Exchanges: images in global context. She is now putting the finishing touches to Free Stuff: freedom in the time of the giveaway.
Des Manderson is Director of the Centre for Law Arts and Humanities. He is an international leader in inter-disciplinary legal scholarship. Recent books include Kangaroo Courts and the rule of law; Law and the Visual: Representations, Technologies and Critique; and Danse Macabre: Temporalities of Law in the Visual Arts.
Matthew Zagor is Director of Law Reform and Social Justice in the ANU College of Law. His research is characterised by its trans-disciplinary approach and diversity, with publications covering comparative constitutional law, the legal 'recognition' of refugee narrative identities, the 'humanity' turn of international law, and perspectives of legality amongst Israeli soldiers.
Who should attend? Academics interested in the effects of crisis and the important role which law and justice play in handling the difficulties that arise.