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EM(BODY)ING THE LAW

Convenors

Mireia Garcés de Marcilla Musté, Lecturer University of Exeter, m.garces-de-marcilla-muste@exeter.ac.uk; Zaina Mahmoud, Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool, zaina.mahmoud@liverpool.ac.uk.

This topic brings together papers exploring how institutional frameworks conceive and co-produce embodiment. Alongside the recent scholarly interest towards the body in socio-legal studies (see eg Dietz, Travis & Thomson 2020), it provides a space for scholars interested in interrogating the ways in which law (broadly understood) regulates and shapes our understandings of the human body. By putting the body at the centre, this topic attracts scholarship exploring the connections between flesh, society and law; investigating the socio-cultural and political underpinnings of how the law mediates and creates our embodied realities. Our aim is building a space which facilitates at least two conceptual shifts in the existing debate about law and the body:


  1. It will create space to introduce new conceptual framings, amplifying feminist, disability and queer literature and opening up new avenues for so far marginalised voices.

  2. Instead of adopting an atomistic and isolated approach with reference to either race, class, sex, or disability, this topic seeks to invite intersectional approaches with the aim of having a ‘more complete picture of how embodiment is constructed’ (Fox, Fletcher, & McCandless 2008).

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