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News December 2016

Lecture

On 18 January 2017, Prof. Dr. Nina Dethloff, executive Director of the Käte Hamburger Center "Law as Culture", will give a lecture entitled “Verantwortung als Rechtsprinzip – Abstammungsrecht als Aufgabe der Politik”. The event will be held in the "Juristische Gesellschaft zu Berlin" (Kammergericht).


New Publication

"The Eyes of Justice. Blindfolds and Farsightedness, Vision and Blindness in the Aesthetics of Law" by José M. González García has just been released as the 13. volume of the publication series “Law as Culture”.

For more information on the Center’s publications, please click here.


News November 2016

Workshop "Cultures of differentiation. Toward a cultural turn in differentiation theory"

The Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” organizes a workshop entitled "Cultures of differentiation. Toward a cultural turn in differentiation theory" on 08 and 09 December 2016.

For further Information please note the invitation card (PDF, german version).


“Constitution as Culture? Constitutional Universalism and Pluralism of Legal Culture” - Working Paper of Prof. Gephart is now available.

The lecture by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Gephart, Director (Founding Director) of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "law as culture", “Constitution as Culture? Constitutional Universalism and Pluralism of Legal Culture” for the inauguration of the year's theme “Law and Politics” is now available as a working paper (PDF, engl., 1,75 MB).


New Publication

"The Normative Structure of Human Civilization. Readings in John Searle’s Social Ontology" (Edited by Werner Gephart and Jan Christoph Suntrup) has now been released as Volume 15 in the publication series “Law as Culture.  We would like to point out a special treat: John Searle’s authentic account of the “philosophical” Oxford of the 1950s! 

For more information on the Center’s publications, please click here.


News October 2016

New Publication

"Repräsentationen von Massengewalt. Strafrechtliche, humanitäre, diplomatische und journalistische Perspektiven auf den Darfurkonflikt" by Joachim J. Savelsberg has just been released as the 16. volume of the publication series “Law as Culture”.

For more information on the Center’s publications, please click here.


News September 2016

'Some Colours of the Law'

An invitation card to the opening of the exhibition entitled ‘Some Colours of the Law’ by founding director Werner Gephart in London (Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College) is now available.


New Publication

"The Dynamics of International Law in a Globalised World" by Matthias Herdegen has just been released as the 14. volume of the publication series “Law as Culture”.

For more information on the Center’s publications, please click here.


Lectures and Events by Managing Director Nina Dethloff

The following lectures and events will be held by Professor Nina Dethloff, Managing Director of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Studies “Law as Culture.”

September 13-16th, 2016
“Legal, Biological, and Social Parenting – Challenges through New Family Structures,” lead by the family law division of the 71st German Jurists Forum in Essen. More information can be found at www.djt.de.

January 18th, 2017
N. Dethloff: “Responsibility as a Legal Principle – Law of Descent and Distribution as a Task of Politics,”  Juristische Gesellschaft zu Berlin (Kammergericht)

April 7th, 2017
N. Dethloff: “Surrogate Motherhood from a Comparative Law Perspective,” Symposium on “Interdisciplinary Challenges of Surrogate Motherhood” at the Marsilius Kolleg, Center for Advanced Study for Interdisciplinary Fundamental Research

June 4-7th, 2017
N. Dethloff: “Child Brides on the Move – Legal Responses to Cultural Clashes,” World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, Dublin


New Program “Forum Law as Culture”

Through its homonymous forum, the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” offers a space for interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange with international guests and fellows at the Center. The forum events normally take place on Tuesdays in the Center's Max Weber Lecture Room and are open to the interested public. Admission is free.

The current program of October until December 2016 can be accessed here (PDF, 1.8MB).
Detailed information on individual lectures can be accessed under Activities.


News August 2016

Lectures by Founding Director Werner Gephart

The following lectures will be held by Professor Gephart, Founding Director of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Studies “Law as Culture,” at conferences in Germany and abroad during the remainder of 2016.

28 August 2016
W. Gephart: “Painting and Sculpturing the Law. Methodological and institutional reflections in the realm of normativity”
Talk to be held during the conference “West of Everything”
New Media, Visual Culture and Law, Cardozo Law School, New York

28 September 2016
W. Gephart: “Legal Culture as a Cultural-Sociological Concept and Analytical Program”

At Soziologentag (Sociologists’ Day) in Bamberg, Germany, Werner Gephart will speak about “Legal Culture as a Cultural-Sociological Concept and Analytical Program” as part of the section on cultural society, which is dedicated to the topic of “legal culture.” 
The seemingly vague concept of “legal culture,” as occasionally used in legal studies and comparative legal research, can certainly provide a precise cultural-sociological meaning. This requires continuing to discover the law as a cultural phenomenon. Namely, once the cultural dimension of the law regarding symbolic dynamics and ritual effects of normative order (à la Durkheim) is captured, a new perspective on the law opens: The formation of identity as well as collective memory tread beside a peace-securing and integrative function of the law that solidifies itself in a “force du droit” (Bourdieu). Simultaneously, the borders of an occidentally-shaped concept of law, which amount to nothing more than the concept’s power to validate its normative order, its “deontic power,” (Searle) grow porous. Pursuing these powers of the law in a synchronized and diachronic direction allows for an understanding of “legal culture” that heralds in a research project at the same time, which – in the sense of Daniel Defores – is, in principal, interminable. In Weber’s description of the Sea of Endless Legal History (Meer unendlicher Rechtsgeschichten) (MWG I/22-3), islands always appear which can be understood as legal culture’s consolidation of normative order.
Even this use of metaphors, which occurs in the face of invisibility during the simultaneous ubiquity of the law, challenges cultural-sociological educational work.

University of Bamberg, 38th Congress of the German Sociological Association (GSA)

6 October 2016
W. Gephart: “How to Paint the Law”
The opening of the exhibit at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.
“Some Colours of the Law,” with images and installation by Werner Gephart, falls under the motto “How to Paint the Law.”

Renowned analyst of “legal culture” David Nelken and cultural scientist Greta Olson will comment on these works on October 6th, 2016, at 6:00pm in the Somerset House, East Wing.

25 October 2016
W. Gephart: Inauguration of the year’s theme “Law and Politics” “Constitution as Culture? Constitutional Universalism and Pluralism of Legal Culture”

Bonn, Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Studies “Law as Culture”


Honorary Artist of the Dickson Poon School at King’s College

Beginning in August 2016, Werner Gephart, Brexit with spectators out of Brussels jungle (2016)Professor Dr. jur. Dr. h.c. Werner Gephart will hold his exhibit "Some Colours of the Law" for the 2016/2017 academic year in the East Wing of Somerset House as honorary artist of the Dickson Poon School at King's College in London. The exhibit and thereby related academic events – also about current topics and issues researched at the Käte Hamburger Center "Law as Culture" – are part of the Visual Arts Program which, since the opening of the Dickson Poon School in Somerset House by Her Majesty The Queen, belongs to this internationally active law school's profile. Further information regarding the exhibit's concept, opening dates (scheduled for October 6th, 2016), and following events will be made available soon on our website.

An announcement from the Dickson Poon School of Law (King's College , London) concerning the exhibition by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gephart "Some Colours of the Law" can be found now on the homepage of King's College via the following link.


News July 2016

Discussion on European Citizenship and Border Regimes

Dieter Gosewinkel, director of the Center for Constitutionalism at the Berlin Social Science Center and Fellow of the Käte Hamburg Center for Advanced Studies “Law as Culture” (January-July 2016, and again beginning in October 2016), spoke out regarding current questions of right-wing politics in two television reports. During Norddeutsch Rundfunk’s (NDR) episode of Forumsgespräch Zeitgeschichte (Forum Discussion on Contemporary History) from June 25th, 2016, he was interviewed concerning the topic of “Border Regimes – How Countries Isolate Themselves.” (The clip can be found here in the NDR video gallery).

On July 11th, 2016, 3sat-Kulturzeit also asked Gosewinkel to address the question of “To whom do we give the right to have regional citizenship as well as European citizenship?” (The clip can be found here in the 3sat video gallery.) 


Conference Report

A conference report is now available for the recently held conference “Art, Provenance and Law - Challenges and Expectations”.

To the conference report


News June 2016

Lecture

On Tuesday, 05 July 2016, Prof. Dr. Julia Mehlich (Moscow/Bonn) will give a lecture entitled “Die Ambivalenz des philosophisch-literarischen Rechtsnihilismus in Russland. L. Tolstoj, S. Hessen und A. Rubanov” as part of the “Forum Law as Culture”. The event will be held in the Max Weber lecture room from 6:00 pm.

To the event page


Working Paper

The lecture entitled “Das Kunstrecht und die Rechtskünste. Zu Kunst, Provenienz und Recht im Lichte des Law-as-Culture-Paradigmas” by Prof. Werner Gephart as part of the conference “Art, Provenance and Law - Challenges and Expectations”, is now available as a working paper.


ARTE report: Hommage à Paul Celan by the sculptor Alexander Polzin

On May 31, 2016 the city of Paris, together with the German embassy and the Goethe Institute, invited to the opening ceremony of an homage to the author Paul Celan in Anne Frank Garden. The Berlin sculptor and former Artist in Residence of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” Alexander Polzin created the “Hommage à Paul Celan” as a pair of sculptures, that expresses the proximity of the visual arts and the poetry of Paul Celan. The sculpture of the poet is complemented by a feminine counterpart, which embodies the moment of encounter in Celan’s work.

Insights into the creation of the sculpture are provided by a report of the broadcaster ARTE that can be found here.


Advertisement for Fellowships

The Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” invites academics of excellent standing to apply for a fellowship on the research topic "Law and Politics". To the text of the advertisement


News May 2016

Conference “Art, Provenance and Law – Challenges and Expectations”

On the occasion of the establishment of two foundation chairs at the University of Bonn by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”, conjointly with the Department of Law and the Institute of Art History of the University of Bonn, organizes a conference on the subject “Art, Provenance and Law - Challenges and Expectations”. Dealing with law and arts continues the line of research that is maintained at the Bonner Bogen since the Center was founded in 2010.

The conference will be held on June 13/14, 2016 in the lecture hall of the Institute of Art History, University of Bonn. You can find the conference program here.


Lecture

On Tuesday, 24 May 2016, Prof. Dr. Francesca Caroccia (L’Aquila/Bonn) will give a lecture entitled “Public Order and Private Law: Managing Cultural Conflicts in the Age of Globalization” as part of the “Forum Law as Culture”. The event will be held in the Max Weber lecture room from 6:00 pm.

To the event page


Article on Tim Shaw’s “Breakdown Clown”

The General-Anzeiger has published an article entitled “Das Werk eines modernen Hephaistos” (“The Work of a Modern Hephaestus”) in its edition of 5/6 May 2016. Thomas Kölsch reports on his meeting with the “Breakdown Clown” and its creator Tim Shaw.

To the article


Lecture

On Tuesday, 10 May 2016, Prof. Dr. Petar Bojanić (Belgrad/Rijeka/Bonn) will give a lecture entitled “La catégorie de ‘discipline’ et la ‘discipline institutionnelle’” as part of the “Forum Law as Culture”. The event will be held in the Max Weber lecture room from 6:00 pm.

To the event page


News April 2016

Hommage à Paul Celan

Inauguration of the memorial by Alexander Polzin in ParisModel of the « Hommage à Paul Celan » (Photo: Klaus Michalek)

For the past 17 years, sculptor Alexander Polzin, former Artist in Residence of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”, has been concerned with the realization of a memorial for Paul Celan in Paris. The monument closes a substantial gap in the collective memory of Paris: On Tuesday, 31 May 2016, at 3 pm, the city of Paris, together with the German embassy and the Goethe Institute, invite to the opening ceremony of the homage to the author of the “Death Fugue” in the Anne Frank Garden. Subsequently, Christoph Koenig and Krzysztof Pomian will give lectures on the Polzinian homage to Paul Celan at the Institut d'Études Avancées de Paris (Hôtel de Lauzun). Prior to the inauguration, the “Arts Arena” organizes the event The City (Paris), the Poet (Paul Celan), and the Artist (Alexander Polzin) on 24 May.


Lectures by Raja Sakrani

Dr. Raja Sakrani, Scientific Coordinator at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”, will give several lectures during the following months:

02 May 2016
R. Sakrani: “Orient-Occident: Un conflit des cultures de validité?”
University of Naples

04-06 May 2016
R. Sakrani: “Convivencia as Communicative Justice”
Conference “Social Justice: New Perspectives, New Horizons”
Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (University of Belgrade)

22-25 May 2016
R. Sakrani: “’Kulturbedeutung’ of Convivencia and Rereading the Normative Histories of Living together”
Workshop of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt/Main), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), the Max Planck Institut of Social Anthrpology (Halle/Saale) and the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Art (Florenz) at Halle/Saale

28-29 August 2016
R. Sakrani: “Language, Literature and the Normative Order of Convivencia in Al-Andalus. Or: How to Live Together Through Con-Linguality
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (New York)


New Publication by Raja Sakrani

An article by Dr. jur. Raja Sakrani on the topic of Convivencia and its importance for models of our present coexistence of cultures has just been released on the Legal History Research Paper Series (No. 2016-02) of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/Main under the title Convivencia: Reflections about its “Kulturbedeutung” and Rereading the Normative Histories of Living Together.


Lectures by Executive Director Nina Dethloff

The following lectures by Professor Dr. Nina Dethloff, Executive Director of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”, are planned in the course of 2016:

15 April 2016
N. Dethloff: “Shared Parenting and International Relocation – Legal Cultures in Conflict”
Colloquium of the Executive Council of the International Society of Family Law,
Notre Dame London Centre, London

29/30 April 2016
N. Dethloff: “Autonomie und Person”
Symposium Autonomie im Recht at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

13 – 16 September 2016
“Rechtliche, biologische und soziale Elternschaft – Herausforderungen durch neue Familienformen”, Head of the department of Family Law at the 71st German Jurists' Conference (Deutscher Juristentag) in Essen. For further information, please notice the conference program and flyer, as well as http://www.djt.de/.


Events with Marta Bucholc

Professor Dr. Marta Bucholc, Research Professor at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”, will participate in a panel discussion entitled Polen, die PiS und das Recht (Poland, the PiS and the Law), organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde (DGO), on 7 April 2016 in Berlin. On 2 May 2016, she will lecture at the event Polen nach den Parlamentswahlen. Vorwärts in die Vergangenheit? (Poland after the parlamentary elections. Forward into the past?), organized by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Hessen in Frankfurt/Main.


New Program “Forum Law as Culture”

Through its homonymous forum, the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” offers a space for interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange with international guests and fellows at the Center. The forum events take place on Tuesdays in the Center's Max Weber Lecture Room and are open to the interested public. Admission is free.

The current program through July 2016 can be accessed here (PDF).

Detailed information on individual lectures can be accessed under Activities.


News March 2016

Lectures by Director Werner Gephart (Founding Director)

The following lectures by Professor Gephart, Founding Director of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”, are planned as part of international conferences in the course of 2016 and 2017:

26-28 May 2016
W. Gephart: “The Institutional Complex: Norms, Symbols, Rituals”
Colloquium on Institutions
Rijeka, Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe (CAS SEE)

14 June 2016
W. Gephart: „Kunstrecht und die Rechtskünste“
Tagung: Kunst, Provenienz und Recht – Herausforderungen und Erwartungen
Organized by the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture", the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Philosophy (Art Historical Institute) of the University of Bonn.
Place: Hörsaal IX und Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universitätshauptgebäude, Universität Bonn

28 August 2016
W. Gephart: “How to bring Law and the Arts Together.
Conjectures, Refutations, Victories”
New York, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

15 September 2016
International Summer School: “Identity and Conservation of Contemporary Artworks: Duties and Responsibility” (12.-18. September 2016)
W. Gephart: Lectio magistralis: “Identity Dynamics of Objects and their Creators”
Università Degli Studi di Torino, La Venaria Reale, Turin
http://www.contemporartlaw.com

September 2016
W. Gephart: “Some colours of the Law”
Opening of the homonymous exhibition with works by Werner Gephart
Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, London


Extension of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture“

A press release on the extension of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture“ can be accessed here (PDF).


Artificial art

A performance of the “Breakdown Clown”, the art project of our current Artist in Residence Tim Shaw RA.

Further, the General-Anzeiger Bonn has released an online article about the project.


Lecture

On Tuesday, 15 March 2016, Prof. Dr. Erika de Wet (Pretoria/Bonn) will give a lecture entitled “The Impact of Culture on the Meaning of ‘Property’ and ‘Peoples’ in International Law: An analysis of the jurisprudence of regional human rights bodies” as part of the “Forum Law as Culture”. The event will be held in the Max Weber lecture room from 6:00 pm.

To the event page


Presentation of the art project by Tim Shaw RA

On Tuesday, 8 March 2016, our current Artist in Residence Tim Shaw RA will present his project entitled “The Birth of Breakdown Clown”. With his interactive installation he unites sculpture, artificial intelligence and robotics and seeks to cast a critical view on the digital age and the understanding of law in a global world. The performance and the explanation from the artist will be accompanied by Anne-Marie Bonnet, Werner Gephart, Dieter Ronte and Michael Sandle as speakers. The event will be held from 6:00 pm.

To the event page


News February 2016

New publication

The volume on law from the Max Weber Complete Edition (MWG I/22-3), edited by Werner Gephart and Siegfried Hermes, has now been translated into Italian. The publication entitled “Diritto – Economia e società” is available with Donzelli Publishing. Massimo Palma is responsible for the translation. 

For more information on the publication, please click here.


Lecture

On Tuesday, 01 March 2016, Dr. Zoltán Megyeri-Pálffi (Debrecen/Bonn) will give a lecture entitled “Die Gerichtsarchitektur von G. Wagner als Element der ungarischen Rechtskultur” as part of the “Forum Law as Culture”. The event will be held in the Max Weber lecture room from 6:00 pm.

To the event page


The Käte Hamburger Kolleg is proud to announce a new international journal:


Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law

The editorial Project. Brill Research Perspectives builds on existing product types familiar to librarians and end-users (researchers and students) — it combines the peer-review of journals, the high usage of reference works, and the pedagogy of textbooks. In addition, the business model is based on the tried and true format of a serial publication with both subscription and site-license sales models. Brill Research Perspectives follows the successful formula of NOW’s Foundations and Trends™ which was the first product that combined the verification of the peer-review process and the synthesis of information found in reference works delivered on a real time basis.
[more details at the publisher website: http://www.brill.com/products/brill-research-perspectives].

The A&L Journal. On behalf of the University of Turin and of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Recht als Kultur“, the interdisciplinary journal Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law aims to gather outstanding contributions to the fascinating debate at the intersection of art and law. The focus of the journal involves all the aspects (philosophical, juridical, sociological, technological and cultural) characterizing the relationship between law and art as well as the questions common to the two fields (e.g. normativity).

Chief-Editors: Prof. Dr. Tiziana Andina (University of Turin), Prof. Dr. Gianmaria Ajani (University of Turin), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Gephart (University of Bonn).

Assistant Editors: Dr. Angela Condello (University of Roma Tre), Dr. Enrico Terrone (Collége d’Etudes Mondiale)

Editorial Board: Prof. Emanuele Conte (University of Roma Tre), Prof. David Davies (McGill University), Prof. Alessandra Donati (University of Milano Bicocca), Prof. Thomas Dreier (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), University of Freiburg), Prof. Maurizio Ferraris (University of Turin), Prof. Pierpaolo Forte (Director of Museo Madre, Naples and University of Sannio), Prof. Peter Goodrich (Cardozo School of Law), Prof. Desmond Manderson (Australian National University), Prof. Greta Olson (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen), Dr. Sabine N. Meyer (University of Osnabrueck), Dr. Stewart Motha (Birkbeck Law School, London), Prof. Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (Westminster School of Law, London), Prof. Eva Schürman (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg), Prof. Peter Schneck (University of Osnabrueck), Prof. Reinold Schmücker (University of Münster), Prof. John Searle (University of California, Berkeley), Prof Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin).


Lecture

On Tuesday, 23 February 2016, Prof. Dr. Débora Gozzo (São Paulo/Bonn) will give a lecture entitled “The Price of Human Dignity in a Globalized World. On the commercialization of mankind” as part of the “Forum Law as Culture”. The event will be held in the Max Weber lecture room from 6:00 pm.

To the event page


The Birth of Breakdown Clown

On Tuesday, 8 March 2016, our current Artist in Residence Tim Shaw RA will present his project “The Birth of Breakdown Clown”.

For further information please note the invitation (pdf).


New publications

Recht und Konfession - Konfessionalität im Recht?, edited by Christian Waldhoff, and Rezeption und Rechtskulturwandel. Europäische Rechtstraditionen in Ostasien und Russland, edited by Werner Gephart and Martin Schermaier, have just been released as Vol. 11 and 12 of the publication series “Law as Culture”.

For more information on the Center’s publications, please click here.


News January 2016

Lecture

On Tuesday, 16 February 2016, Prof. Dr. Daniela Bifulco (Naples/Bonn) will give a lecture entitled “Religion as a Source of Law in the Secular State” as part of the “Forum Law as Culture”. The event will be held in the Max Weber lecture room from 6:00 pm.

To the event page


Additional event in the “Forum Law as Culture”

A further event could be added to the current forum program: On Tuesday, 8 March 2016, our current Artist in Residence Tim Shaw RA will present his work project entitled “The Birth of Breakdown Clown”.

Further information can be found on the event page


Lecture

On Tuesday, 19 January 2016, Dr. Max Deardorff (Frankfurt am Main) will give a lecture entitled “The Tightening Vise of Christian Citizenship: Converts from Islam and the Law in Sixteenth Century Granada” as part of the “Forum Law as Culture”. The event will be held in the Max Weber lecture room from 6:00 pm.

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Lecture

On Tuesday, 12 January 2016, Dr. Sabine N. Meyer (Osnabrück, Bonn) will give a lecture entitled “Indigenous Literature Meets Human Rights: Indigenous Rights Discourse and the Native American Historical Novel” as part of the “Forum Law as Culture”. The event will be held in the Max Weber lecture room from 6:00 pm.

To the event page