The 2018 Critical Legal Conference will be held on 6-8 September 2018 at The Open University in Milton Keynes, with a Doctoral workshop taking place on the afternoon of 5th September.
Drawing inspiration from the visions, strategies and conflicts that engendered the creation of Milton Keynes, as well as The Open University which was created at the same time and indelibly marks the history of the city, CLC 2018 will encompass the theme of regeneration. In all instances of regeneration are tensions between new and existing sociocultural visions and strategies, and the laws, regulations and forms of standardisation that seek to govern the pace and nature of regeneration in a given space and time. Equally there can often be a lack of legal attention and intervention where sometimes it is demanded, as well as forms of de-regulation that seek to attenuate the role and authority of law in favour of, for example, innovation.
In the third ‘opening proposition’ to her 2005 book, For Space, Doreen Massey claimed space to be ‘always under construction’ and thus constitutive of ‘relations which are necessarily embedded material practices which have to be carried out’, which are ‘always in a process of being made […] never finished; never closed’. Regeneration as a concept or material implementation indelibly marks the notion of what it means to be ‘always under construction’ and therefore the relations that process both creates and destroys. Regeneration, like Massey’s space, is ‘a simultaneity of stories-so-far …’
A full statement of the theme of CLC 2018 is available here.
The call for streams is now live. The closing date is 7th March.
The call for papers will open in mid-March.
Plenary speakers and events at CLC 2018 will be announced shortly.
Registration for CLC 2018 will open in spring 2018. Information about conference fees and the conference dinner will be available prior to registration opening.
A postgraduate workshop will take place prior to the start of the conference, from 2-5pm on Wednesday 5th September 2018. More details will follow shortly.
More information on conference accommodation will be available closer to the date of registration opening.
Comprehensive travel advice to The Open University is available.
In addition to the public bus services to and from The Open University to Milton Keynes Central Station, Souls Coaches operates a peak hour station shuttle bus. The shuttle service runs directly to the station (15 minutes). Further information and a timetable is available online.
Taxis are available outside the station, however a pre-booked service is likely to be cheaper. Some taxi company phone numbers are listed online.