Call for Papers: Book on Objects of International Law; Submit by April 18

Dr. Jessie Hohmann and Dr. Daniel Joyce, the editors, invite proposals for contributions to an edited book on International Law’s Objects: Emergence, Encounter and Erasure through Object and Image.

Aim and Scope of Project

The study of international law is highly text based. Whether as practice, scholarship or pedagogy, the discipline of international law both relies on and produces a wealth of written material.

Motivating this project are three questions:

a. First, what might studying international law through objects reveal?

What might objects, rather than texts, tell us about sources, recognition of states, construction of territory, law of the sea, or international human rights law?

b. Second, what might this scholarly undertaking reveal about the objects – as aims or projects – of international law?

How do objects reveal, or perhaps mask, these aims, and what does this tell us about the reasons some (physical or material) objects are foregrounded, and others hidden or ignored?

c. Third, which objects will be selected?

We anticipate a no doubt eclectic but illuminating collection, which points to objects made central, but also objects disclaimed, by international law.

Moreover, the project will result in a fascinating artifact (itself an object) of the preoccupations of the profession at this moment in time.

Call for Papers

The forty best contributions will be selected for publication in the edited volume, and other excellent contributions will also be considered for inclusion in a digital archive to accompany the volume.

Accordingly, we invite you to select one image or object, which in your view best represents your area of expertise within international law, or international law as a whole, and to write about its significance in international law.

We also invite scholars from other disciplines to bring their perspectives to bear on international law’s objects. Contributions should be short – 3000 to 4000 words – and will be set alongside photographs of the selected image or object.

The contributions should be written for a non-specialist audience so the volume can be enjoyed across disciplines, and as a teaching tool for students at all levels.

Contributions should be lightly footnoted. We anticipate contributors will be able to speak meaningfully about their objects without being unduly technical.

Timeline and Specifics

Proposals for chapters should be kept to a maximum of 700 words, keeping in mind the final contributions are to be no more than 4000 words. Proposals should be submitted, by email, to [email protected]

The call for papers closes Friday, April 18th 2015.

Successful authors will be notified by end of July 2015.

We would expect full draft contributions to be ready for circulation to contributors by December 2015, for discussion at a workshop hosted at Queen Mary, University of London, in April 2016 (with a workshop date to be confirmed shortly).


Dr. Jessie Hohmann

Lecturer in Law, Queen Mary, University of London | [email protected]

Dr. Daniel Joyce

Lecturer in Law, University of New South Wales | [email protected]

More information relating to theme can be accessed HERE.

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