‘Posting’ the law: Emerging Narratives of Law and Justice within Social Media discourses

Symposium presented by:

Cassandra Sharp

Jason Bainbridge

Kieran Tranter

Kate Tubridy

Yvonne Apolo

Olivia Todhunter

15 September 2017

Time: 12.30 - 5.00pm

Where:   Building 67, Room 202 (Moot Court), University of Wollongong

There is little doubt that new digital technologies have performed a dynamic function in metamorphosing culture, both positively and negatively. Public engagement within social media regarding issues of legality, political discourse, and identity serves to shape, (re)interpret and transform cultural expectations of law. This symposium seeks to invite specific reflection on the performance of social media in its role of transmuting or challenging understandings of law. The symposium is designed to particularly explore the work of narrative and/or discourse in the interaction of law and social media in contemporary communication. It will provide a frame within which law and social media scholarship can investigate themes such as: the role of discourse in transforming, mirroring, creating, and sustaining legal consciousness; the way law is framed (or questioned and critiqued) within social media narratives; and the extent to which meaning-making about issues of justice is complicated by social media platforms.

We warmly invite you to attend this event and to participate in discussions arising out the presentations. Registration is free but places are limited.

Last reviewed: 5 September, 2017