Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Cinematic Courtrooms in Indian Films at 16 Beaver

For the evening, Lawrence will be talking about ‘Juridical Affect: Cinematic Courtrooms in Indian Film’. According to Lawrence, the relationship between law and cinema has to be one of the most well guarded public secrets in the world of legal theory and film theory. This is a world where the game of republican democracy is played out, not in public institutions of justice, but in shadow courtrooms instituted in cinema screens across the country, where the accused is neither the petty thief nor the dreaded murderer, but the Indian legal system itself. Lawrence’s presentation will examine the relationship between ideas of love, justice and recognition as they unfold in cinematic courtrooms, and will argue that cinema serves as the affective archive of the juridical unconscious.

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