The 2018 Critical Legal Conference will be held on 6-8 September 2018 at The Open University in Milton Keynes, with a postgraduate workshop taking place on the afternoon of 5th September.
Drawing inspiration from the visions, strategies and conflicts that engendered the creation of Milton Keynes, as well as The Open University which was created at the same time and indelibly marks the history of the city, CLC 2018 will encompass the theme of regeneration. In all instances of regeneration are tensions between new and existing sociocultural visions and strategies, and the laws, regulations and forms of standardisation that seek to govern the pace and nature of regeneration in a given space and time. Equally there can often be a lack of legal attention and intervention where sometimes it is demanded, as well as forms of de-regulation that seek to attenuate the role and authority of law in favour of, for example, innovation.
In the third ‘opening proposition’ to her 2005 book, For Space, Doreen Massey claimed space to be ‘always under construction’ and thus constitutive of ‘relations which are necessarily embedded material practices which have to be carried out’, which are ‘always in a process of being made […] never finished; never closed’. Regeneration as a concept or material implementation indelibly marks the notion of what it means to be ‘always under construction’ and therefore the relations that process both creates and destroys. Regeneration, like Massey’s space, is ‘a simultaneity of stories-so-far …’
A full statement of the theme of CLC 2018 is available here.
We invite proposals for papers, panels or other interventions to the 2018 Critical Legal Conference hosted by the Open University Law School within the theme of regeneration. The streams include:
Papers will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please send a 200 word abstract to the stream coordinators before the closing date of 31 July 2018. Please only submit your abstract to one stream. If your paper does not fit in the stream to which you submitted, your abstract may be passed to a different stream organiser.
The following plenary sessions and speakers have so far been confirmed. More information will follow shortly.
Margaret Davies, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Law, Flinders University, Adelaide
Rebecca Coleman, Reader in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
Doreen Massey Roundtable
Chair: Nick Bingham, Senior Lecturer in Geography at the Open University
Discussants: Lucy Finchett-Maddock (Sussex), Sarah Keenan (Birkbeck), and Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (Westminster).
Throughout her life, Doreen Massey was deeply committed to geography. In her hands, geography was more than an academic endeavour. She saw it as a way of creating new ways to understand, and to do, politics. The roundtable will aim to inspire discussion and debate on the key themes and connections that lay at the heart of the late Professor Massey’s critical body of work, such as relationality, space, and neoliberalism.
Milton Keynes of the Mind: A Filmic Plenary
Host: Liz McFall, Senior Lecturer of Sociology at the Open University
Featuring the film Milton Keynes of the Mind: Looking for Culture Through Economy by Sapphire Goss, the plenary session will delve into the cultural history of Milton Keynes through the lens of the Journal of Cultural Economy and in particular its links to the work of Stuart Hall, leading cultural theorist and sociologist, and former Head of the Sociology Department at the Open University. The session will be hosted by the editor of the journal, contributor to the film, and Senior Lecturer of Sociology at the Open University, Liz McFall, who will lead discussion. Ahead of the plenary attendees may want to read the accompanying article On brutal culture by Darren Umney, Taylor C. Nelms, Dave O’Brien, Fabian Muniesa, Liz Moor, Liz McFall, Melinda Cooper and Peter Campbell.
Book launch: Routledge Handbook of Law and Theory, edited by Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law & Theory, University of Westminster
Registration for CLC 2018 will open in spring 2018. Information about conference fees and the conference dinner will be available prior to registration opening.
A postgraduate workshop will take place prior to the start of the conference, from 2-5pm on Wednesday 5th September 2018. Visit the webpage for more details.
Kents Hill Park have a limited number of rooms reserved for the conference until Friday 27th July. The rates are £77 for bed and breakfast per night and £92 for dinner, bed and breakfast per night, for single occupancy. Please book direct via email@example.com or phone +44 (0)1908 358099 quoting reference 111975.
The Hilton Milton Keynes have a limited number of rooms reserved for the conference until Wednesday 8th August. This link will give a 10% discount on the best rate available at the time of booking. Please note a credit card is required to book and rooms can only be cancelled up to 30 days prior to the check in date. Please note: Cancellations within 30 days to check in will be fully chargeable.
Comprehensive travel advice to The Open University is available.
In addition to the public bus services to and from The Open University to Milton Keynes Central Station, Souls Coaches operates a peak hour station shuttle bus. The shuttle service runs directly to the station (15 minutes). Further information and a timetable is available online.
Taxis are available outside the station, however a pre-booked service is likely to be cheaper. Some taxi company phone numbers are listed online.