In Paul Du Gay’s In Praise of Bureaucracy: Weber, Organization, Ethics (2000), the author aims to recover an “ethos of bureaucratic office”. He resurrects ethico-political techniques of bureaucratic institutions, which have long been criticised for marginalising, if not excluding personal, affective and intimate relations. This workshop heeds du Gay’s call for a more nuanced analysis of bureaucracy by exploring its intersections with intimacy in legal institutions and practices of law. It examines the complex relations between bureaucratic administration, and the formation of affective subjects. The workshop aims to shed light on how institutional practices, procedures, rituals and ceremonies affect the private lives of legal professionals, the performance of public roles, and official decision-making across different jurisdictions and different temporalities. The workshop is hosted by La Trobe Law School and funded through the Transforming Human Society Research Focus Area at La Trobe University.
Marc Trabsky is a Lecturer and the Director of Engagement at La Trobe Law School. He writes in the intersections of legal theory, history and aesthetics. His research examines a history of legal institutions and techniques of jurisdiction in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Marc has published papers on the office of coroner in the Griffith Law Review and Spaces of Justice (forthcoming), the regulation of slaughterhouses in the Australian Feminist Law Journal and Law and the Question of the Animal and co-edited a special issue of the Griffith Law Review on ‘Law and Its Accidents’. Marc is also an Editor of the socio-legal studies journal Law in Context.
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Date: Monday 28 September 2015
Time: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Venue: City Campus, Level 20, 360 Collins
Street, Melbourne, Australia
For further information email Marc