Conference on Law as Culture

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Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture" invites to the final symposium on May 12 and 13

After twelve years of funding, the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture" will host its final conference on May 12 and 13. Since 2010, the international research center has been reflecting on different systematic dimensions of law as a cultural fact. At the final conference, renowned scholars from various disciplines will speak on this topic and look back at the Center’s developmental dynamics. In addition, artists who have joined the Center as Artists in Residence will talk about their experiences with the cross-pollination of research and art.

The Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture" intends to contribute to an understanding of law at a time when the world’s normative orders have become subject to rapidly progressing globalization. Whereas the quid-juris-question is the focus of jurisprudence in general and legal dogmatics in particular, we want to utilize the conceptual and methodological means of the Humanities in order to render the law comprehensible as an important dimension of a globalizing world. "In this regard, and vis-à-vis earlier standards of discussion in the 19th century, law is to be rediscovered as a legitimate object of cultural analysis with important implications for contemporary concerns and problems," says Dr. h.c. Werner Gephart, the Center’s Founding Director.

"Law as Culture" Paradigm as Legacy of the College

At the final conference, distinguished speakers will discuss from different perspectives the development of the "law as culture" paradigm. This creates the theoretical space for individual narratives about particular thematic foci of our work, which is reflected not least in the wide-ranging analysis of normativities, spanning from good manners to pandemic ethics, digital normativity, or the relationship to nature. Conflicts and tensions of legal cultures also play a role.

The welcoming addresses at the final conference will be given by Dr. h. c. Michael Hoch, Rector of the University of Bonn, and Volker Kronenberg, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy. Scientific talks will come from, among others, the Directors of the college, Dr. h.c. Werner Gephart, Clemens Albrecht and Nina Dethloff. International speakers and former fellows who are now working as scholars all over the world will also be guests and invite discussion.

Parts of the event will be recorded. The access data (Zoom) for the online event are available at .

The Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture" has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2010. After two successful funding phases and a transfer phase that is now following, the funding of the college will regularly expire at the end of the year.

10:05 Uhr: Werner Gephart (Bonn): Legal Analysis as a Study of Cultures - A Visual Story

10:30 Uhr: Jacques Commaille (Paris): Keynote: Le format du Käte Hamburger Kolleg dans le paysage scientifique

11:00 Uhr: Coffee Break

Panel I: Developing the "Law as Culture" Paradigm, Chair: Marta Bucholc (Bonn / Warsaw)

11:30 h: Werner Gephart (Bonn): Presentation of the "Law as Culture" Paradigm

12:00 h: Comments: Judith Hahn (Bonn), Greta Olson (Gießen), Martin Ramstedt (Oñati), Jan Christoph Suntrup (Munich)

13:00 h: Lunch Break

Panel II: Applying the "Law as Culture" Paradigm, Chair: Diana Villegas (Paris)

14:00 h: Raja Sakrani (Bonn): The Arab Uprising: A Normative Project and its Failure

14:30 h: Martin Albrow (London): Integrity, Culture, and the Law

15:00 h: Greta Olson (Gießen): From Legal Culture to Cultures of Legality

15:30 h: Coffee Break

15:45 h: The Käte Hamburger Center "Law as Culture" from a Fellow Perspective: Between Saint-Simon’s Aristocratic Model and Hypermodern Think Tanks Angela Condello (Messina) Maurizio Ferraris (Turin) Matthias Herdegen (Bonn) Sabine N. Meyer (Bonn) Masahiro Noguchi (Tokyo) Chioma Daisy Onyige (Port Harcourt / Bonn)

17:00 h: End of Day 1 - Some Lessons

Friday, May 13:

Panel III: In the Realm of Legal Normativities, Chair: Daniel Witte (Bonn)

09:30 h: Markus Gabriel (Bonn): The Social Ontology of Social Networks - Disagreement without Objects

10:00 h: Clemens Albrecht (Bonn): Manners, Mores, and Etiquette Program

10:30 h: Coffee Break

11:00 h: Nina Dethloff (Bonn): Conflicts and Tensions of Legal Cultures

11:30 h: Pierre Brunet (Paris): The Rights of Nature

12:00 h: Lunch Break

Panel IV: The Art of Law and Art Law, Chair: Jure Leko (Bonn)

14:00 Uhr: Maria Eichhorn ÜBerlin) / Anne-Marie Bonnet (Bonn): The Rose Valland Institute

14:30 Uhr: Tim Shaw (Cornwall) / Werner Gephart (Bonn): Breakdown Clown and Artificial Intelligence

15:00 Uhr: Discussion with Former Fellows: The Encounter of Law and Art
Patri’cia Branco (Coimbra), Maurizio Ferraris (Turin), Peter Goodrich (New York / Abu Dhabi), Morag Josephine Grant (Edinburgh), Dieter Ronte (Bonn), Tim Shaw (Cornwall)

16:00 Uhr: Coffee Break

16:30 Uhr: Richard Münch (Bamberg): Keynote: The Future of a Culture of Law

17:30 Uhr: End of Conference

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