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The pop-up museum of legal objects project: an experiment in "sociolegal design"

Perry-Kessaris, Amanda (2017) The pop-up museum of legal objects project: an experiment in "sociolegal design". Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 68 (3). pp. 225-244. ISSN 0029-3105. (doi:10.53386/nilq.v68i3.37) (KAR id:63228)

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This article explores the strategies underlying the Pop-Up Museum of Legal Objects, a project based on two collaborative events in which design-based practices were deployed to further socio-legal research. Like other endeavours focusing on legal objects, the Pop-Up project produced a collection of object-based commentaries of diverse geographical, historical and material origins – from Australia to Canada to Egypt, 1200 BCE to the present day, bark to gold to plastic. What renders the Pop-Up project distinctive among interventions in the ever-deepening legal object landscape is, first, that it aims not only to generate new knowledge about objects and about law, but also to transform research behaviours; and, second, that it pursues those aims by adopting design-based practices and experimental attitude. The paper sets out the specific roles played by model-making in each event and the experience design underpinning the project as a whole. Participant feedback collected during and after the events is used to widen the perspective throughout. The article concludes with an indication of how such model-making might extend beyond the museum into fieldwork, using an example from the author’s own practice around an ox-hide copper ingot from Cyprus.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.53386/nilq.v68i3.37
Uncontrolled keywords: socio-legal model-making, legal design, event experience design, legal object, object-based research
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Amanda Perry-Kessaris
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 10:06 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2021 11:58 UTC
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