Law & Culture Research Cluster
Coordinator: Lieve Gies
The cultural studies project is rooted in established
GSL work in the field of ‘law and literature’
which inquires into the nature of law as text, focusing
on questions of signification, meaning, and interpretation.
The project builds on this field to include more recent
developments in the study of law and popular culture that
have used the methodologies of cultural studies to explore
images and understandings of law in popular culture and
everyday life. CentreGSL research is focused on the content
of cultural texts, and the impact, relevance, and significance
of this content in historical and contemporary contexts.
This project also enquires into the specificity of ‘old’
and ‘new’ cultural forms and the impact these
have on understandings of GSL.
Core research questions include:
how can GSL scholarship help illuminate the interpenetration
of legal and non-legal discourses?
how can GSL work develop and deepen its understanding
of legality in cultural texts, and legal texts as cultural
texts, and what contribution can cultural studies make
to this process?
how do different forms of cultural texts shape, incorporate,
and resist understandings of gender, sexuality, and
law, and the relationship between them?
how can intersectionality theory deepen our understanding
of all of the above questions?
Current research projects include:
Research on masculinity and the male sexed body,
engaging with cultural texts (Michael
Thomson, Keele University)
Research on women and legal education in England:
the early years. This research applies historical
methodologies to law (Rosemary
Auchmuty, University of Westminster)
Research on ‘The Representation of Jews and
Jewishness in English Case Law’ (Didi
Herman, University of Kent)