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Legal Media: A two-day colloquium in memory of Cornelia Vismann
10-11 June 2011

The death, last year, of legal and media scholar Cornelia Vismann is grieved by the two departments in which she spent time. She was a Leverhulme Research Professor in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths and the Birkbeck School of Law in 2006 as well as co-organiser of "Eyewitness - The Documentary Turn in Legal and Visual Cultures" in 2008. Cornelia left friends and scholars with a unique intellectual legacy that spanned the disciplinary divides between art, literature, media, philosophy, architecture, and law. 
Rather than an interrogation of her work, this colloquium celebrates the intellectual life of Cornelia Vismann by bringing together legal scholars, contemporary artists and media theorists to build upon and extend the ground breaking ideas and provocative discussions that her work has generated. Together, we will try to evolve Vismann's project and interrogate issues of law, philosophy, and media as they continue to ‘write’ and ‘rewrite’ each other juridically and culturally.

The event is structured around three areas of investigation captured by three of her texts: Files on the obscure power of the legal files, Tele-Tribunals on the mediatization of legal hearings and The Love of Ruins on the discursive function of the fragment in witing and matter.

Organised by the Birkbeck School of Law and the Department of Visual Cultures, and Centre for Research Architecture / Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths.

10 June
10:15 Introduction: Piyel Haldar and Eyal Weizman

10:30 Irit Rogoff

11:00 Files: Piyel Haldar (moderator), Maria Aristodemou, Kobe Matthys AGENCE, Anton Schutz

2:30”The Love of Ruins: Eyal Weizman (moderator), Thomas Keenan, Fareed Armaly, Lior Barshack

11 June
11:00 Introduction: Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Susan Schuppli

11:30 Tele-Tribunals 1: Kodwo Eshun
(moderator), Lynn Turner, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Janna Graham 

1:30 Presentation of Resource Space (Model Court) 

2:30 Tele-Tribunals 2: Susan Schuppli (moderator), Judy Radul, Costas Douzinas