Pufendorf Research Seminar with Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos on 14 May

Dear colleagues and friends,

The Faculty of Law cordially invites you to a Pufendorf research seminar with Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law & Theory at Westminster, U.K., who will give a talk followed by a discussion. While all interested are invited, we especially call on you who are interested in theory of law, theories of space and body, atmosphere and spatial justice. After the seminar all interested are invited to continue conversations as the company moves to a local lunch restaurant.

Time: 14 May10:15–12:00
Venue: Styrelserummet, 4th floor Juridicum, Lund University 

The World is Rooted in Air: Atmosphere, Lawscape, Spatial Justice

Air brings together but also sets apart bodies by facilitating a division between inside and outside, inclusion and exclusion, continuum and rupture. Taking inspiration in Tomas Saraceno’s glasshouse installations, this talk looks into the way air (and other elements) are partitioned in ‘glasshouses’ of atmospheric affect. Partitioning comes from material boundaries (walls, pavements, apertures) but also immaterial, legal and political delimitations, such as private property, urban commons, public access areas and so on. Atmospheres (especially urban) tend to be tightly regulated in order to avoid uncontrolled and unpredictable revolts, thus pushing bodies in specific, pre-fabricated directions. Building on my previous work on the lawscape, namely the tautology between law and space, and with the help of Wagner’s leitmotifs, the writings of Sloterdijk, Irigaray, Deleuze, Negarestani and Serres, as well as posthumanism, gender studies, ecology, new material and vitalist ontologies, and critical legal theory, the talk aims at reconceptualising current understandings of atmospheres within a context of an embodied, conflictual and fully contextualised spatial justice.

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, LLB, LLM, PhD, is Professor of Law & Theory at the University of Westminster and founder and Director of The Westminster International Law & Theory Centre, a centre that brings together radical interdisciplinary research. His research interests include environmental law, human rights, EU law, law and literature, law and space, continental philosophy, gender studies, law and art, and so on, all areas in which he has published. He lectures around the world and holds permanent professorial affiliations with the Centre for Politics, Management and Philosophy, Business School, Copenhagen since 2006, and the University Institute of Architecture, Venice since 2009. He as visited the Faculty of Law in Lund for research seminars on an annual basis since 2012. Andreas has been awarded the 2011 OUP National Award for the Law Teacher of the Year. His two edited volumes Law and the City (2007) and Law and Ecology (2011) and his two monographs Absent Environments (2007) and Niklas Luhmann: Law, Justice, Society (2009) are published with Routledge. In 2013 he published the edited collection (together with Anders la Cour) called Luhman Observed: Radical Theoretical Encounters (Palgrave). He is forthcoming this year with a research monograph titled Spatial Justice: Bodies, Lawscape, Atmosphere (Routledge). Andreas is also a published poet and artist, and perhaps one of the most creative and inspirational persons on the planet – most certainly so within the universe of law and legal studies. 

SSRN: http://ssrn.com/author=959502
Westminster: http://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/philippopoulos-mihalopoulo-dr-andreas
International Law & Theory Centre: http://tinyurl.com/WestminsterResearchCentre

While there is no advance distribution of the paper presented, we would be grateful if you would inform Cecilia_K.Andersson@jur.lu.se of your intention to participate.

Most welcome!

/Gregor Noll & Matilda Arvidsson