Law, the Body and Embodiment: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives Special Issue: Australian Feminist Law Journal, Volume 46(1), 2020

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Call for Papers
June 1, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Human Rights, Law and Legal History, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Sociology

This special issue wishes to foreground the body and embodiment in relation to the law, from both contemporary and historical perspectives. In so doing, this CFP invites contributions that consider the following, but not exclusively: what is the relationship between law and the body, and law and embodiment? How does the law preclude, encourage, marginalize, or stratify particular kinds of embodiment, if at all – and how are particular kinds of embodiment gendered, sexed, classed and/or racialized?  What role does culture play in relation to law and the body, and vice-versa? What are the embodied consequences of particular legal decisions, and vice-versa, how might modes of embodied resistance lead to legal change? What are the multiple and varied relationships between the body and the law, and their mutually constitutive, interdependent relationship? How autonomous can we truly be in relation to our bodies, before the law steps in? What effects can the law directly or indirectly cause on the body, and what are the embodied consequences of such decisions/omissions? What theoretical or methodological perspectives can enhance or enrich our understanding of the relationship between law and the body, and law and embodiment?

This CFP therefore invites contributions that relate, but by all means are not limited to:

  • Organ donation
  • Human bodily material
  • Prosthetics
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Gender re-assignment
  • Human trafficking
  • Torture
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Offences Against the Person
  • Contact sports
  • Elective amputation
  • Corporal punishment


Articles of 8,000 to 10,000 words.


Submission of abstracts:  31st of March 2019

Decision of acceptance: by 7 April 2019

Submission of full-length articles: 1st of June 2019


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