We live in troubled times: old forms, albeit waning, still hold sway over our world, but the
new forms are still in the dark. The liberal hegemony is no longer able to sustain the ideology
of capitalist tranquil happiness. Authoritarianism rears its ugly head both in the liberal and
illiberal camps. The space for reason, justice and freedom is shrinking in between the
liberal/illiberal dispute that promises only different versions of global capitalism armed with
the power of the nation-state. Theories no longer give us solid orientation points, as
knowledge turns ineffective due to its fragmentation, overproduction and mystification.
As a response to this crisis, precipitated by the global response to the pandemic, we founded
in 2020 the Nomos: Centre for International Research on Law, Culture and Power. The Centre
aims to reinvigorate critical legal theory – in all its ramifications to philosophy, sociology,
feminist jurisprudence, law and literature, postcolonial and post-dependence studies as well
as critical race theory. Being the first research centre focused solely on critical legal theory
established in Central and Eastern Europe as well as South-Eastern Europe, it strives to
gather scholars from the entire continent who want to look and think from a deliberately
marginal perspective that reveals hidden hierarchies of power and domination.
The Inaugural Conference is meant to promote the Centre and gather critical scholars who
share its agenda and perspective. It will feature invited guests, members of the Nomos
collective and contributors who send their submissions.
Suggested topics might include:
• What is critical about critical legal theory?
• Do methodological approaches of critical legal theory require updating, especially in
the light of new developments of the humanities?
• What can Central and Eastern or South-Eastern Europe bring into critical legal theory?
• New approaches in critical legal theory
• Neo-authoritarianisms in contemporary world?
• Law and post-colonial and post-dependence theory
• Law and utopia
• Law and revolution
• The end of law
• The crisis of liberal legality and the future of the legal form
FORMAT: We’re planning to hold the conference in physical format at the Nomos base, the
Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In case of a lockdown or travel restrictions
that would prevent a significant number of participants from arriving in Kraków,
we’ll switch to virtual format.
Additionally, for those who cannot come to Kraków in person, we envisage the
possibility of joining us online
CONFERENCE FEE: none
SUBMISSIONS: Abstracts no longer than 300 words should be sent together with the applicant’s
short biographical note and affiliation to the email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org before 10 March 2022.
CONTACT: Should you have any questions, please write to: email@example.com