Law in an Age of Permacrisis

24th International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law Annual Round Table

Key dates

  • Conference: 16-18 July, 2024
  • Deadline for papers: 4 March 2024
  • Call for papers outcome: 22 March 2024
  • Early bird: 1 April 2024

Location

  • Keele University

‘Permacrisis’ was the word of the year in 2022. By then it had become clear that several interconnected crises had, for decades, not shown any sign of abating. On all levels - local, regional and global - crises seem to have been caught in ever-intensifying spirals. In the spheres of international relations, politics, economics, environmental policy, energy and critical resource/infrastructure, demographic evolution, culture and ideological formation, unpredictability or the sheer unravelling of consistency seem to be spreading through linkages, nodes, and interlocked networks. Reactions and remedies often contributed to the overall instability, leading to a generalised sense of perpetual, unstoppable crisis.

Economic and ecological collapse is easier to imagine than before. This begs the question as to how law operates in an era marked by such a pervasive sense of ‘permacrisis’. Can law operate in what some might perhaps call an age of near entropy? Where and how does law manifest itself in times of continuous crisis? What is the future of law? Will law have to be re-imagined, or has it been re-imagined already? Where and how? The conference invites contributions to these and related questions and themes. 

Contact details: Professor Mark Featherstone at IJSLRoundtable2024@Keele.ac.uk

Submit abstract

The deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals is 26 January, 2024. Participants will be informed of decisions related to submission by 23 February, 2024.

Organising committee

Dr Alena Audzeyeva

Dr Alena Audzeyeva
Senior Lecturer

Dr Philip Catney

Dr Philip Catney
Senior Lecturer in Politics

Expert in UK Politics, elections, Parliamentary standards, Parliamentary procedure.

Dr John Cotter

Dr John Cotter
Senior Lecturer

Dr Laura Higson-Bliss

Dr Laura Higson-Bliss
Lecturer

Expert in Social media and the law, how criminal law is used to prosecute inappropriate behaviour online, social media abuse.

Dr Sotirios Santatzoglou

Dr Sotirios Santatzoglou
Lecturer

Professor Anthony Wrigley

Professor Anthony Wrigley
Professor of Ethics