CFP: Justices and representations: actors, practices, records (Symposium)

Universidad de Santiago, USACH, Santiago de Chile, January 7th-10th, 2013
This symposium aims to stimulate a multidisciplinary reflection regarding past and present justice events and their contextualization in order to move away from abstractions and modelled theories. Hence, the conference aims to debate upon the expression, the functioning, the repercussion and the impossibilities of justices. Our target is to collectively elaborate relevant and useful knowledge to understand societies and their culture.

Societies and their actors have representations of justice as value and feeling, and of justices as dynamic spaces. The culture and socio-economic context, together with politics and technologies of power, influence the expression, the polyphony, the concealment, and the ambiguity of the sources and traces of a shared judicial practice. This procedure belongs to all those who experience its folds and hideaways: litigants, judges, journalists, witnesses, jailers, clerks, lawyers, victims, defendants, criminalized individuals, experts

Thus, a variety of disciplines, such as law, history, sociology, literature, anthropology, medicine, theatre, politics, aesthetic, journalism, photography, cinema- interrogates angles and characters as well as mechanisms and dispositives of justice.

The encounter of these complementary disciplines generates intertwined genealogies which evidence the complexity and the difficulty in applying a single theoretical/methodological approach. Moreover, people endured, searched, avoided or implemented the experience of justice, living accounts which are considered as vital traces of significant events, particularly for present-day societies which think and dream about their future.

Coordinators :
-ARGOUSE, Aude, PhD in History (EHESS, Paris), France.
-MOLINA, Eugenia, PhD in History, researcher (CONICET), Universidad Nacional de Cuyo Mendoza, Argentina.
-ALBORNOZ VÁSQUEZ, María Eugenia, PhD Candidate in History (EHESS, Paris), France.
-BRANGIER PEÑAILILLO, Víctor Mauricio, PhD Candidate in History (Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile).

About the Panels :
Each paper should not exceed 20 mn, thus leaving time for discussion at the end of each panel. We hope to welcome at least 20 speakers to enhance the debate.
Deadline for submissions of proposals is August 31st 2012.
Participants may submit an abstract (max. 200 words) to the following email:

Submissions (in word or any compatible program, Times New Roman 12, single space) should then include: complete name (surname and NAME); academic level; academic affiliation; email; abstract (max. 200 words) and 5 keywords.

Congress organizers accept a maximum of two persons for one paper. According to the Congress requirements, only postgraduate panellists are eligible.

Proposals may be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese, English and French.

Results of selection will be communicated on October the 8th 2012. Elected participants will then have the possibility of requiring a maximum of two certificates of participation to the Congress. Accepted abstracts will also be published on line.

In order to facilitate de discussion, complete papers should be submitted as a pdf file by 2nd January 2013 to the following mail

Definitive program of the symposium “Justice and representations: actors, practices, registers” will also be available at this date.

About the participation in the Congress :
According to organizers agreements posted on the Congress website, subscriptions fees are
– Lecturers and researchers, 95 USD;
– Postgraduate students, 70 USD.

The coordinators of this symposium do not have funds to support participants with travel or accommodation.

Dra Eugenia MOLINA
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UNCuyo,
Parque General San Martín, s/n
Mendoza, Argentina

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