Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça – The Landscape of Law and Justice in Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built and Koreeda’s Shoplifters (séminaire Les imaginaires du droit)
Dans le cadre d’un séminaire bilingue transatlantique portant sur les imaginaires du droit organisé par le Groupe de travail sur les humanités juridiques (École de droit de Sciences Po et Groupe de recherche sur les humanités juridiques), le professeur Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) présentera une conférence intitulée « The Landscape of Law and Justice in Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built and Koreeda’s Shoplifters » le 17 février 2022 de 11h30 à 13h30 (ET) sur Zoom. La présentation se déroulera en anglais.
Lien Zoom : https://sciencespo.zoom.us/j/98452209259
Résumé : (En anglais seulement) The phenomena of law and justice are central, even in different ways, to human experience across the world. While much has been written on the topic from an analytic and normative perspective, in this article, I suggest that film aesthetics can provide a unique window into the concepts. First, by illustrating in deeper and richer ways in which law and justice depend on emotional and artistic ideas, products, and practices. Second, by enabling comparative approaches that further help to shed light on the holistic relationship between law and justice on the one hand, and ideals of collective forms of life. Thus, in Von Trier’s The House that Jack Built a pure and divine conception of (Western?) justice will be excavated highlighting how the latter reflects both a psychological internal relationship between human being and her mind and the portrayal of natural elements in their aesthetic quality reinforcing the individual, aseptic and, paradoxically, almost virtual nature of the problem of justice and responsibility. The movie’s formal aspects and the use of different cinematic languages further help to fragment and interrupt our moral judgment apparently privileging psychology over ethics, individuals over society. Conversely, in Koreeda’s Shoplifters, (Eastern?) justice is markedly material, organic and socialized. The use of natural elements like rain and the pervasive feeling of lack of space (together with effects they bring about) stress the embedded nature of human action that cannot be abstracted from the world and communities we live in. Accepting responsibility for one’s action before society, even if one has acted for the greater good and has tried to mend injustice then marks a community-regarding act of balance between agency (and disruption) and order (and stability).
Le conférencier : (En anglais seulement) Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça is Professor Asociado at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Law School. He is also an Affiliated Research Fellow at The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Helsinki University. He has a global and interdisciplinary research profile and has held previous appointments in Australia, China, Colombia, Finland and Italy. Guilherme’s research focuses on law, ethics, and humanities as modes of social ordering and meaning-making. His articles have appeared in, among other venues, the German Law Journal, International Theory, Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence, and The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law. His most recent publications are Ethical Leadership in International Organizations: Concepts, Narratives, Judgment and Assessment (Cambridge University Press 2021) co-edited with Maria Varaki and “Worldmaking, Legal Education, and the Saga Comic Book Series” in the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law – Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique (2021). Guilherme is the Associate Editor of Isonomía – Revista de Teoría y Filosofía del Derecho and an International Board Member of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.