The beginning of the Spring Semester is approaching and the Program of the Law and the Humanities Course is ready! You can find all the details below:
Under the title “History of Law and Other Humanities: Views of the Legal Culture across the Time” the Forum will be devoted to the Relations between Law and Humanities, in order to propose new instruments of research.
Deadline: 15 March 2017
Conference fee: 100 EUR
Organizing Committee: Valerio Massimo Minale and Virginia Amorosi
All information HERE.
Everyone ready for the first “Law and the Humanities” concert in a proper (and beautiful) location such as the Palladium Theater? You can read the details below and on the facebook event (HERE). Admission is free as the concert is organized by the Law Departement of the RomaTre University. Come and experience the (amazing) strict relationship between law and music!
What: “Note a sentenza”: Final event of the “Law and the Humanities” course (Fall 2016).
Where: Teatro Palladium, Piazza Batolomeo Romano, 8, 00154, Roma.
When: Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 8:30 pm.
as you know, you will have to present your works on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can read below who will do the presentation and when. If your name is not in the list even though you have submitted your work, please send ad email to: email@example.com.
Remember to bring your work, especially if it is a video. You will have ca. 8 minutes for each presenation.
Do not forget the final written exam on December 15th! Unfortunately it was not possible to upload Stefan Huygebart’s slides on the e-learning platform as they are too “heavy”. If you need them, please bring a pendrive to download them on Tuesday or Wednesday.
See you soon!
Tuesday, 13 December 2016:
- Briganti + Ciarlone
- Conboy + Souffir
- D’Ercole + Di Martino
Wednesday, 14 December 2016:
- Kapplani + Groeger + Haentjes
- Rossini Martins
- Van Pagée
our last guest speaker, Dr. Alessio Baldini, has prepared for you a very interesting exercise! Add your comments below as usual.
“Read the following article written by the acclaimed contemporary English novelist Ian MacEwan. Here, MacEwan talks about his conception of the relationship between literature, morality, and the law.
Try to answer one of the following questions:
- How would you characterize MacEwan’s conception of the relationship between literature, morality, and the law?
- Which arguments and examples do you find convincing? And which do you find unconvincing?
- Would you subscribe to or reject MacEwan’s conception? Give some reasons for subscribing or rejecting it.
I am looking forward to reading your comments!”
In these two sessions, we will look at two Italian family sagas: The Leopard (1958) by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, and All Our Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburgs (1952). We will see how these two novels encourage readers to imagine the fading of the normative horizon of the patriarchal family – a social change that is also reflected in changes in Italian constitutional and civil laws (1948, 1975).
More broadly, our objective will be to understand how literature might address ethical and moral concerns. For here might be the common ground between literature and the law, which also reflects and responds to such concerns, albeit differently.
Lecture 1 (6 Dec)
The Fading of Patriarchy: Pluralism and Moral Equality in Lampedusa’s The Leopard
Lecture 2 (7 Dec)
Confronting Moral Luck: Literature, Emotions and Morality in Ginzburg’s All Our Yesterdays
Suggested readings (background readings for the lectures):
- [L1] Dworkin, R. 1996. The Moral Reading of the Constitution. New York Review of Books. [Online]. 43(5). [Accessed 1 December 2016]. [no pagination]. Available from:
- [L1] Gaut, B. 2009. Morality and Art. In: Davies, S. Higgins, K. M. Hopkins, R. Stecker, R. and Cooper, D. E. A Companion to Aesthetics. 2nd ed. Chichester, UK, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 428-31
- [L2] Kieran, M. Emotions, 2010. Art and Immorality. In: Goldie, P. ed. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 681-703
- [L2] Williams, B. and Nagel, T. 1976 Moral Luck. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society: Supplementary Volumes. 50, pp. 115-151
Supplementary readings (a critical perspective on the ethical turn in literature and the law):
- Posner, R. 1997. Against Ethical Criticism. Philosophy and Literature. 21(1), pp. 1-27
- Posner, R. 1998. The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory. Harvard Law Review. 111(7), pp. 1637-1717
To read Alessio Baldini’s CV click HERE.
The Art of Law: Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law & Justice in Context from the Middle Ages to the First World War
In Bruges (Belgium), at the occasion of the art exhibition De Kunst van het Recht, an international conference on the topic of legal iconography is being organized at the Groeningemuseum on 16, 17 and 18 January 2017. The Bruges conference has multiple links to our Law and the Humanities courses. Amongst the organizers are two former teachers within the Rome Law and the Humanities program: professor Georges Martyn and PhD fellow Stefan Huygebaert, both from Ghent University. The conference’s Key Note Speaker will be dr. Carolin Behrmann, who is leading the Minerva Research Group The Nomos of Images at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut). Several speakers at the Bruges conference have been fellows within this Nomos of Images research group. One of them, Felix Jäger, was the Law and the Visual teacher in our Law and the Humanities course in 2015.
An introduction on the conference as well as the final program, registration and practical details can be found on the conference websitetaolconference.wordpress.com
You can read below an updated calendar of the last part of our course:
1 December: Visit to the Corte di Cassazione. Meeting point: Piazza dei Tribunali, 10:00 am. Bring your ID!
1 December: Submission of the Midterm Exam
13 – 14 December: Presentation of the work done for the ‘competition’/Midterm
15 December: Final written exam, room 7, 6:00 pm. No vocabulary allowed
20 December: Free concert at the Palladium Theater at 8:30 pm -Note a sentenza. Invite your family and friends!
You have also to register for the final oral exam on the RomaTre Law Departement website. The dates are: 11 January 2017, 25 January 2017 and 16 February 2017. You have to register both for the L&H exam and the ‘lingua giuridica’ in case you need also this last one.
we perfectly know that our Midterm Exam is a little bit unusual but don’t be afraid and use your creativity! This post has the aim to remind you what we have already discussed in class.