https://vimeo.com/561344247 The above presentation was prepared for the Sociolegal Research Cluster at Essex at the invitation of Jaime Lindsey. It is based on a short monograph entitled Doing sociolegal research in design mode, to be published by Routledge, which was supported by funding from the Sociolegal Studies Association and the Leverhulme Trust. In the presentation… Continue reading How might designerly ways enhance our abilities to understand + meet sociolegal research challenges?
https://vimeo.com/552411713 The above presentation was delivered at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting 2021 as part of a panel hosted by the Collaborative Research Network on Utopian Legalities, Prefigurative Politics, and Radical Governance (CRN 50). It is part of a wider project on the intersections between law and design, the main outcome of which… Continue reading Could alternative econo-legal futures be made more possible and probable through prefigurative design?
As part of the Legal Design Roundtable 2021 Rossana Ducato invited me to reflect upon how my short book, Doing sociolegal research in design mode (forthcoming 2021, Routledge), might contribute to the field of legal design. The book is designed to act as a bridge from sociolegal research to legal design, but I hope that… Continue reading What might a book about ‘doing socio-legal research in design mode’ contribute to legal design thinking + practice?
Figure 1: Collaborative prototyping (c) Amanda Perry-Kessaris 2019. How might designerly practices such as collaborative prototyping help academics and activists in India work together to evidence and combat hate crime? This is the question at the heart of a collaboration between Mohsin Alam Bhat, Joanna Perry and Amanda Perry-Kessaris which is generously supported by the… Continue reading Evidencing + combatting hate crime in India: concepts, mindsets, processes
A distinguishing feature of contemporary social (including legal and economic) challenges is that they are not only ever-more ‘open, complex… and networked’, but also more ‘dynamic’ (Dorst 2015). As such they can only be understood, let alone addressed, via scholarly and policy mindsets that prompt and facilitate movement between between the past, present and future.… Continue reading Prefiguring econo-legal futures? Possible lessons from and for Cyprus
How might design enhance our understanding of, and our ability to communicate about, law as a social phenomenon? At what cost? Mindsets, tools and processes from design such as visualisation, sprints and prototyping are increasingly identified as distinctive and useful; and adopted across legal fields from practice to activism to policy-making (Perry-Kessaris 2019). With the… Continue reading Work in progress: Doing socio-legal research in design mode
We invite you to attend a workshop devoted to reframing your current sociolegal research project using design-based strategies, and in so doing to improve your abilities to explain (ask: how?), to generate (ask: why?) and to speculate (ask: what if?) in relation to it. In this one day hands-on workshop you will make three types… Continue reading Workshop: making sociolegal research visible and tangible
This is the eight in a series of experiments (first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh) investigating how model making can be used in sociolegal research processes. As these experiments have progressed I have come to realise that my intention is to understand how we can, and why we might, make sociolegal research ‘visible and tangible’. This experiment is similar… Continue reading Sociolegal model making 8: Pop-Up Museum of Legal Objects
My first encounter with ox-hide ingots was on the cover of a specialist economic history text. Cyprus is home to the largest deposits of copper ore in the Mediterranean region, concentrated around the Trodoos mountains. I came face-to-face with, and became attached to, my ox-hide ingot during an experiment in object-based brainstorming that I conducted in… Continue reading In pursuit of the copper ox-hide ingot
https://vimeo.com/199899293 This is the sixth in a series of experiments (see the first, second, third, fourth and fifth) investigating how modelling can be used in sociolegal research processes. I am a sociolegal researcher seeking to generate insights that are both theoretically informed and empirically grounded. Almost all my research includes qualitative, semi-structured interviews that are always time consuming and expensive to complete and sometimes awkward. But they are also usually extremely… Continue reading Sociolegal model making 6: place-holding