Regulating Time network issues call for papers

Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Law and Time

Kent Law School’s Regulating Time network has issued a call for papers for an edited collection.

Co-ordinated jointly by Reader in Law at Kent Law School Dr Emily Grabham, and Dr Siân Beynon-Jones from the University of York, the network’s group of interdisciplinary scholars seek to explore how law and regulation are shaped by dominant understandings of time.

Dr Grabham said: ‘Across the social sciences and humanities, there is growing interest in how time is co-produced with law and regulation. Ranging from analyses of pre-emption in security studies (de Goede and Amoore, 2008) to queer temporalities (Freeman, 2010), critiques of temporality in post-colonial studies (Scott, 2014), to the conceptual promise of utopias (Cooper, 2014) and chronotopes (Valverde, 2015), scholars are increasingly motivated to develop new tools for investigating time and regulation.’

The Regulating Time network’s edited collection seeks to explore and engage with emerging themes in the field, with interdisciplinary contributions on the following topics particularly welcomed:

  • time and legal form; material cultures of time and legality; archiving; documents
  • science, technology and time; temporalities in actor-network theory; assemblages
  • global times; the Anthropocene; time zones; Greenwich Mean Time
  • postcolonial legal temporalities; colonial uses and constructions of time; violence
  • feminist and queer engagements: gendered time/s, the heteronormative life course, reproduction, temporal ‘drag’
  • political economies of time: property, labour, value, work, Fordism and post-Fordism, revolution, resistance, invention
  • legal histories and philosophies of law; equitable engagements with time; Kairos
  • temporalities and spatialities: space, spatiality, scale, jurisdiction, chronotopes
  • regulatory modes: transition, risk, uncertainty, possibility, speculation
  • social ordering: the racialised politics of disinvesting in hope (Muñoz, 2009), chrono-normativity, temporal mechanisms.

Academics are asked to send an abstract (maximum 500 words) for a 6,000-7,000 word paper together with a brief biography (maximum 250 words) to with ‘Law and Time edited collection’ in the subject line by no later than Wednesday 30 September 2015. Decisions will be communicated to contributors by Friday 27 November 2015, with completed papers due in July 2016.

The edited collection forms part of the activities and publications of the Regulating Time network, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Social Critiques of Law research cluster at Kent Law School and the Science and Technology Studies Unit at the University of York. The network is a three-year project funded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council.

For further information, visit the Regulating Time website, follow the Regulating Time blog, join the JISC email list or follow the network on twitter @RegulatingTime.


Image: Time, Sara Lando, creative commons licence