THE DIRECTOR’S SEMINAR SERIES Law And Humanities in a Pandemic: (Re) Imagining the Human Condition through Covid-19

Covid-19 and the Legal Regulation of Working Families
Professor Nicole Busby, University of Glasgow 
Professor Grace James, University of Reading

A critique of the nature/implications of the UK’s response to Covid for working families with caregiving responsibilities. In part 1 we assess, drawing on Fineman’s vulnerability theory, the impact of the response on working families. In part 2 we consider how, if viewed through a VT lens, the state’s handling of the pandemic  can be analysed so that the lessons learned might aid a more just social / economic recovery. The core focus of this paper is to reveal and disrupt existing allocations of power and privilege and to value our common vulnerability and its consequences for work and families.

Law, Every Day Spaces and Objects, and Being Human
Professor Jill Marshall, Royal Holloway, University of London

COVID-19 lockdown restricts our freedom of movement and ability to physically meet with others, including loved ones. For most, this has meant staying at home. As part of my project investigating law’s functions and how law shapes our understandings of human freedom, identity and living, this paper identifies, and draws on, lockdown themes from Perec’s ‘infra-ordinary’, and de Maistre’s ‘journey around his room’. It explores how questioning our everyday spaces, habits and the material objects of which our lives consist, what goes without saying, can change our ways of being and living in dynamic and transformative ways.

THE DIRECTOR’S SEMINAR SERIES Law And Humanities in a Pandemic Full Programme

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Professor Nicole Busby (University of Glasgow), Professor Grace James (University of Reading), Professor Jill Marshall (Royal Holloway, University of London). Chair: Professor Carl Stychin, IALS Director
Event date: 
Tuesday, 16 March 2021 - 5:00pm