The Cultural Techniques of Law (17-19 January 2024)

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The deadline for the call for papers has passed, so the workshop itself is now restricted to speakers and presenters. The keynote address by Professor Markus Krajewski is, however, open to all who are interested. If you would like to attend Professor Krajewski’s keynote address but are not a workshop participant, kindly register your interest to do so by filling in this e-form by Monday, 15 January 2024.

Programme outline (provisional)

Workshop venue: Porthania, University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki. All sessions take place in the Faculty Room (P545, 5th floor) unless otherwise specified.

Wednesday, 17 January 2024

  • 10am-11.30am
    Registration and light lunch
  • 11.30am-12noon
    Welcome and opening words
  • 12noon-1.30pm
    Paper session I
  • 1.30pm-2pm
  • 2pm-3.30pm
    Paper session II
  • 3.30pm-4pm
  • 4pm-5.30pm
    Keynote (P674, 6th floor)
    Professor Markus Krajewski (Basel), AD COMMENTARIUM. From Aperitif to Digestif. Comments on the Occidental History of Comments
  • 6pm-7.30pm
    Faculty reception. Welcome by Dean, Professor Johanna Niemi.
  • 7.30pm onwards
    Dinner on your own

Thursday, 18 January 2024

  • 9.30am-10am
  • 10am-11.30am
    Paper session III
  • 11.30am-12noon
  • 12noon-1.30pm
    Paper session IV
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm
    Lunch at Restaurant Sunn. Aleksanterinkatu 26 (Senate Square).
  • 2.30pm-4pm
    Paper session V
  • 5pm-7pm
    Sauna and winter sea swimming
    Löyly. Hernesaarenranta 4, 00150 Helsinki
  • 7pm onwards
    Workshop dinner
    Löyly. Hernesaarenranta 4, 00150 Helsinki

Friday, 19 January 2024

  • 10am-11.30pm
    Paper session VI
  • 11.30pm-1pm
    Closing session including panel discussion with Alexandra Kemmerer, Markus Krajewski, and Fabian Steinhauer. Followed by business meeting over refreshments.
Workshop participants and papers (provisional)

Arvidsson, Matilda (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), title tbc

Bennke, Johannes (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Governing/Relying: Smart Contracts as a Cultural Technique of Law

Boehncke, Clemens (Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany)‚ Can Law Publishers Change the Law? The Case of Otto Liebmann, 1890-1933

Campbell, James (University of Oxford, UK), Im/mobilities (Before the Law)

Cirkovic, Elena (Max Planck Institute for International, European, and Regulatory Procedural Law, Luxembourg), Legal Hardware and Architectural Flexibility

Dahlberg, Leif (KTH, Sweden), The Trial as Cultural Technique: Reading Peter Weiss’ Die Ermittlung

Damianos, Alexander (Univeristy of Kent, UK), Techno-Juridicalities of the Anthropocene: Geology, Forensics, Law

Finchett-Maddock, Lucy (Bangor University, UK) and Sabrina Gilani (University of Sussex, UK), Electricity and the ‘Force’ of Law

Fusco, Gian Giacomo (University of Kent, UK), Iconography of the Exception: (Legal) Operative Images and the Law of Emergency

Giddens, Thomas (University of Dundee, UK), Law Reports and the Cultural Techniques of Digital Typography

Goh, Benjamin (National University of Singapore, Singapore), Cultural Techniques of Memory Between Law and Literature

Huggins, Julia (Brown University, USA), Forensic Dust, DNA, and the Politics of Scatter

Johansen, Tormod (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), The Two Bodies of the Legal Text

Joyce, Daniel (UNSW, Australia), How Do We Understand the ‘Media’ of Media Law?

Keenan, Bernard (Birkbeck University of London, UK), An Archaeology of the Interception Warrant

Kemmerer, Alexandra (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Germany), title tbc

Krusell, Mathias (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), The De-administration of IT-Work

Kuntz, Friederike (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), Instructions – Cultural Techniques of Legal Worlds of Sovereignty

Käll, Jannice (Lund University, Sweden), Operating (against) Vulnerabilities of the Automated Welfare State

Luker, Trish (University of Technology Sydney, Australia), Law’s Signature Acts

Minkkinen, Panu (University of Helsinki, Finland), ‘La salle des pas perdus’: Communicating Judicial Transparency in Paris

Mendez, Matthew (Yale University, USA), Putting the Voice Right: Cultural Techniques and the Artifactuality of Rights

Parsley, Connal & Heaney, Conor (University of Kent, UK), Cultural Techniques and ‘Good’ Decisions: Vismann and Simondon

Pearson, Ashley (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia), From Pixels to Presence: Legal Interactions in an Embodied Virtual Universe

Steinhauer, Fabian (Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory, Germany), Imaging as a Cultural Technique: The Example of Aby Warburg

About the Keynote speaker
Markus Krajewski (Basel)

The keynote address of the workshop will be presented by Markus Krajewski, Professor of Media History and Media Theory at the University of Basel, and it is entitled AD COMMENTARIUM. From Aperitif to Digestif. Comments on the Occidental History of Comments. His current research interests focus on marginal epistemologies, the history of epistemic accuracy, as well as media and architecture. His recent publications include Bauformen des Gewissens: Über Fassaden deutscher Nachkriegsarchitektur [‘Structures of conscience: on the facades of German post-war architecture’] (Stuttgart, 2016), Lesen Schreiben Denken: Zur wissenschaftlichen Abschlußarbeit in 7 Schritten [‘Reading, writing, thinking: On the academic thesis in 7 steps’] (Wien et al, 2013), Paper Machines: About Cards & Catalogs, 1548–1929 (MIT Press, 2011), and The Server: A Media History from the Present to the Baroque (Yale University Press, 2018). Professor Krajewski also co-autored the 2007 article ‘Computer Juridisms’ together with Vismann (Grey Room, issue no. 29), and he has co-edited two of Vismann’s posthumous publications. For more information about our keynote speaker, kindly visit his personal web page at