Derecho crítico-sensible. Novedad bibliográfica

Sheryl Hamilton, Diana Majury. Dawn Moore. Neil Sargent.
Christiane Wilke (eds.)

Sensing Law

Abingdon: Routledge, 2017,
334 pp.


A rich collection of interdisciplinary essays, this book explores the
question: what is to be found at the intersection of the sensorium and law’s
empire? Examining the problem of how legal rationalities try to grasp what can
only be sensed through the body, these essays problematize the Cartesian
framework that has long separated the mind from the body, reason from feeling
and the human from the animal. In doing so, they consider how the sensorium can
operate, variously, as a tool of power or as a means of countering the exercise
of regulatory force. The senses, it is argued, operate as a vector for the
implication of subjects in legal webs, but also as a powerful site of
resistance to legal definition and determination. From the sensorium of animals
to technologically mediated perception, the ways in which the law senses and
the ways in which senses are brought before the law invite a questioning of the
categories of liberal humanism. And, as this volume demonstrates, this
questioning opens up the both interesting and important possibility of
imagining other sensual subjectivities.


Sensing Law: Introduction, Sheryl N. Hamilton, Diana Majury, Dawn Moore
and Neil Sargent

Experts and Translation

1. What It’s Like: Demonstrative Evidence of Subjective Experience, Neal

2. Law’s Sensorium: On the Media of Law and the Evidence of the Senses in
Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective, David Howes

3. Seeing the Similarities in Songs: Music Plagiarism, Forensic Musicology
and the Translation of Sound in the Courtroom, Michael Mopas and Amelia

4. Visual Logics of Deduction: Ocular Presence and Ocular Distance in Edgar
Allan Poe’s «The Purloined Letter», Neil Sargent


5. How to Make Sense? An Aesthesis of Citizenship and Legitimacy, Anne

6. Legal Sensibilities and the Language of Gesture in Late
Eighteenth-Century British Satirical Prints, Miriam Wallace

7. The Smell of Neglect: A Trans-corporeal Feminism for Environmental
Justice, Dayna Scott

8. Law’s Sense of Smell: Odours and Evictions at the Landlord and Tenant
Board, Sarah Buhler

9. Sensing Sexual Assault: Evidencing Truth Claims in the Forensic
Sensorium, Sameena Mulla

Space, Place and Subjectivities

10. Sense of Place and Spirit of Place in the Schubart Park Case, Isolde
de Villiers

11. An Empire of Sound: Sentience, Sonar and Sensory Impudence, John

12. The Optics of War: Seeing Civilians, Enacting Distinctions, and Visual
Crises in International Law, Christiane Wilke

Invitations and Exhortations: An Epilogue


Los editores pertenecen a la Carleton
University, Ottawa, Canada

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