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Critical Legal Conference 2018 - Regeneration

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 09:30 to Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 15:00
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Critical Legal Conference 2018 Team
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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.  

Call for Papers

The call for papers is now closed. Please see the full streams document below:

Download the full Streams document

Conference programme

Please see the detailed timetable below.

Download the detailed programme


Please register to attend the Critical Legal Conference 2018 using the link below. Registration fees are as follows:

  • Conference fee only - £190
  • Conference fee and conference dinner - £230
  • Discounted conference fee for PhD students/global south/unwaged - £90
  • Discounted conference fee and conference dinner for PhD students/global south/unwaged - £130
  • Conference dinner only for guests - £48

This fee will include registration, lunches and a drinks reception on the evening of Thursday 6th September. In recognition of the costs of travelling from the global south, we are extending the reduced rate to those coming from LSA's Category 2 and 3 economies.

The conference dinner will be held on site at The Open University Walton Hall campus. Tickets for this are included in those conference tickets that specify the conference dinner. You are welcome to bring partners/guests to the conference dinner if you purchase a separate dinner ticket for them.

If you are a postgraduate student and wish to attend the pre-conference doctoral workshop on the afternoon of 5th September, please ensure that you register for a free doctoral workshop ticket in addition to your main conference ticket.

Registration will remain open until midday on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Register now

Plenary sessions

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

Postgraduate workshop

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.


Delegates should make their own arrangements for accommodation. The Hilton Milton Keynes and Kents Hill Park are a short walk from The Open University.

Hotel Information Things to do in Milton Keynes

Travel advice

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.

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