[csaa-forum] CCR Seminar Series: Prof. Leslie Moran & Dr. Mgean Watkins: AUGUST 27

Gregory Noble G.Noble at uws.edu.au
Fri Aug 14 17:48:56 CST 2009


Centre for Cultural Research

University of Western Sydney 



Professor Leslie Moran  (Birkbeck College, UK)


Dr Megan Watkins  (CCR & School of Education, UWS)

Date: Thursday, August 27

Time: 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Venue: Gallery, Female Orphan School

Building EZ, Parramatta Campus

(view map and directions <http://www.uws.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/campuses/parramatta> )

Afternoon tea and cakes will be provided

RSVP: Jacqui Kingi - 9685 9600 or j.kingi at uws.edu.au <mailto:j.kingi at uws.edu.au> 

Apologies: Cameron McAuliffe - c.mcauliffe at uws.edu.au <mailto:c.mcauliffe at uws.edu.au> 




Visual culture and judicial authority: a case study of portraits of the Chief Justices Supreme Court New South Wales

Professor Leslie Moran

This lecture is about portraits: judicial portraits. It offers a case study of the interface between law, judicial authority and visual culture. Its object of inquiry is a collection of pictures (painted and photographic), depicting the 16 Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, from 1824 to the present day. The original paintings hang in the Banco Court, Sydney. The photographs and digital copies of all the images are on the Court's web site. Beginning with a brief review of socio-legal scholarship on the judiciary the essay explores existing work on the visual image of the judge. In response to the limitations of that research, the paper turns to art historical scholarship to facilitate an analysis of the aesthetic and technological factors (the continuities and changes) that shape and generate the meaning of these judicial images. It explores the relevance of context upon meaning.

Leslie Moran is Professor of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has published widely in areas relating to visual culture and law, sexuality and law, criminal justice and the judiciary. In 2004 he published, with colleagues at Birkbeck an edited collection, Law's Moving Image, (2004, Cavendish) arising out of a conference on law and film at the Tate Gallery in London. Subsequent to that he organised Eyewitness, multidisciplinary event bringing together image makers and scholars to explore common cross disciplinary concerns about the image. Most recently he organised Visual Justice a workshop on law and visual culture in the common law and civil law traditions. He is currently involved in a major historical and contemporary project on visual culture and judicial authority. He is a member of Images of Justice a European network of scholars.


Teachers' Tears: Affects of the Profession

Dr Megan Watkins

In his book, 'A Tear is an Intellectual Thing', Jerome Neu argues that we cry 'because we think'. I have been reflecting upon why, during interviews with teachers about their pedagogic practices and histories, several teachers shed tears. These reactions appeared almost automatic; an involuntary response of the body that seemed to bypass thought, demonstrating a physical investment in teaching. The teachers' tears fell as they evoked their relationships with students, the effects of their pedagogy, the act of teaching and their role in the classroom. Their tears, however, were not simply a function of fond memories but resulted from the affectivity of the profession; that is, the bodily impact of the teacher/student relation, the ways in which, as Spinoza explains, the body can retain impressions or traces of past experience. Through an examination of what brought these teachers to tears and why they cried, this paper will explore the relationship between affect and the spatiality of contemporary classrooms, raising questions about current pedagogy and the desire to teach.

Dr Megan Watkins is Senior Lecturer in Literacy and Pedagogy in the School of Education and a member of the Centre for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney. Her interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of the cultural studies of education including recent work on scholarly habitus drawing on Bourdieu, Foucault and Spinoza. She is the co-author of Genre, Text, Grammar: Technologies for Teaching and Assessing Writing (2005) UNSW Press. Megan has published scholarly articles in the areas of pedagogy, affect and the role of the body in learning.


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