Daily Archives: 1 November 2017

Magna Carta and New Zealand: History, Politics and Law in Aotearoa

Recent Publication:

Magna Carta and New Zealand
History, Politics and Law in Aotearoa

This volume is the first to explore the vibrant history of Magna Carta in Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal, political and popular culture. Readers will benefit from in-depth analyses of the Charter’s reception along with explorations of its roles in regard to larger constitutional themes.
The common thread that binds the collection together is its exploration of what the adoption of a medieval charter as part of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements has meant – and might mean – for a Pacific nation whose identity remains in flux. The contributions to this volume are grouped around three topics: remembrance and memorialization of Magna Carta; the reception of the Charter by both Māori and non-Māori between 1840 and 2015; and reflection on the roles that the Charter may yet play in future constitutional debate. This collection provides evidence of the enduring attraction of Magna Carta, and its importance as a platform of constitutional aspiration.

Edited by Stephen Winter & Chris Jones 

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Representing Infirmity: Diseased Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy

Representing Infirmity: Diseased Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy

International Conference December 13-15, 2017

Monash University Prato Centre

This conference represents the first analysis of how diseased bodies were represented in Italy during the ‘long Renaissance’, from the early 1400s through ca. 1650. Many individual studies by historians of art and medicine address specific aspects of this subject, yet there has never been an attempt to define or explore the broader topic. Moreover, most studies interpret Renaissance images and text through the lens of current notions about disease. This conference avoids the pitfalls of retrospective diagnosis, and looks beyond the modern category of ‘disease’ by viewing ‘infirmity’ in Galenic humoural terms. Papers explore what infirmities were depicted in visual culture, in what context, why, and when. Specific examples consider the idealized body altered by disease, and the relationship between the depiction of infirmities through miracle cures and through medical treatment. Speakers also examine how and why these representations change across media and over time. Thus, certain types of diseased bodies appear often in votive images, but never in altarpieces or sculptures; representations of wounds and sores grow increasingly less graphic and frequent, but with notable exceptions. Finally, it explores how the development of greater knowledge of the workings and structure of the body in this period, through, for example, the growth of anatomy, was reflected in changing ideas and representations of the metaphorical, allegorical, and symbolic meanings of infirmity and disease. The conference addresses the construction of the notion of disease, and aims to present a new paradigm for the field.

The event is open to all and free of charge, no reservation required. For additional information, please contact: infirmity2017@gmail.com

For more information, including the speakers and conference schedule, see http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/the-body-in-the-city/events/


Updated programme for the upcoming Law and Legal Agreements conference

Updated programme for the upcoming Law and Legal Agreements conference, 12-13 January 2018.

The registration link is here:: http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/anglosaxon-norse-and-celtic/law-and-legal-agreements-6001250/law-and-legal-agreements-6001250 

The deadline for registration is 04 January 2018.

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The Emotional Worlds of Children and Young People Symposium

The Emotional Worlds of Children and Young People
14-15 December 2017, University of Adelaide

An event from the University of Adelaide’s ‘Dis/Located Children’ network, this one-day symposium explores the worlds of children and young people as an affective space. It seeks to bring together scholars from any discipline that explore how children and young people’s worlds are produced, or how they themselves produce it, and the important role of emotion, care or affect in its making. This could include how CYP experience belonging or dislocation; how they feel cared for or care for others; how they understand, experience and display emotion over time and space; children and youth cultures; and families, environments and organisations who care for or provide space for CYP’s emotions. Emotion here is construed widely to include the affective dimensions of childcare and child-rearing, educational development, and support, as well as fun, play, engagement and relationships. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • CYP’s play and relationships
  • CYP’s experience of emotion, how it is shaped, and what is permitted
  • CYP’s emotional worlds, including online, in person, and outside of adult oversight
  • Institutional care
  • Schooling and emotion/care
  • CYP in the family
  • CYP’s experience of belonging
  • CYP and migration
  • Emotional abuse

300 word proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes duration (or panels of 3) are now invited. Please include a short c.150 word bio for each presenter and list any technological needs. Proposals are due by 7 November 2017. Please email word documents to: dislocatedchildren@gmail.com