An international online seminar series, 29 September – 13 October 2020

To register for one or all of these seminars, email Patrícia Branco

Normality is a well known concept in pathology, sociology and demography. It has statistical, qualitative and evaluative connotations. The norm describes rules and social expectations, while normativity expressly refers to ethical or legal standards. Canguilhem’s work on medicine established that the normal is valued as the opposite of the pathological. We see similar assumptions in social affairs where, in fields from law and politics to public health, the normal is often seen as a desirable state. When it is disrupted, by social, medical or legal deviance, measures are sought to re-establish the normal, or (increasingly, in extraordinary times) a ‘new normal’.

The seminars examine these measures in a range of fields: legal, urban, and sociological. The technologies of normalization to be examined include architecture, information technology, discourse and communications, and disciplinary fields from science to medicine. They are applied in a variety of case studies, including family conflicts, legal procedure, judicial deliberation, disaster planning and recovery, and death.

Fourteen scholars and practitioners from Italy, Australia, Portugal and the Netherlands will present insights into their work in a series of five seminars, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 29 September to 13 October 2020. Papers will be followed by questions and discussion.

Workshop organisers

Patricia Branco,

Francesco Contini

Richard Mohr

1 Normalizing Cities and Death (law and design)
Marc Trabsky, Normalizing Death in the Time of a Pandemic 
Valerio Nitrato Izzo, Hostile architecture and design: questioning the legal meaning in the urban environment

2 Normalizing Families and Children (experts, courts and rights)
Paula Casaleiro, The medicalization of family and children's judicial conflicts
Patrícia Branco, The best interests of the child, parents’ dietary choices, and percentiles. On normativities and technologies of normalization
Rosanna Amato and Davide Carnevali, The calm after the storm? The tricky path for restoring the normality of individual rights in cases of intimate partner violence

3 Normalizing Disaster (knowledge and power)
Amanda Howard and Margot Rawsthorne, Community-led disaster planning: reshaping norms
Richard Mohr, When Normality Fails: Discursive Reactions to Disaster

4 Normalizing Borders and Civil Disputes (online legal procedure)
Marco Velicogna, Cross-border dispute resolution in Europe: looking for a new ‘normal’
Elena Alina OnĊ£anu, Normalising the use of electronic evidence in civil procedure. Exploring ways to bring new forms of technology into a familiar normative path

5 Normalizing Normativity (AI and justice)
Giampiero Lupo, Regulating (Artificial) Intelligence in Justice: Normative Frameworks and the Risks Related to AI in the Judiciary
Francescoo Contini and Dory Reiling, Double normalisation: when procedural law is made digital