Professor Karin van Marle
Professor of Law and the Head of the Department of Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
Professor van Marle's focus is critical jurisprudence, in particular issues of transformation, memory and reparation within the post-apartheid context. She approaches her work from the perspectives of Law and Literature, Feminist Theory and broadly Law, culture and humanities. Professor van Marle has published widely in these areas in international and national journals and books. Her most recent publication is a book with Drucilla Cornell (Rutgers) on the jurisprudence of Albie Sachs and a co-edited collection with Stewart Motha (Birkbeck), Genres of Critique: Law, aesthetics and liminality. She is currently working on a monograph on post-apartheid jurisprudence.
Senior Lecturer and Head of Postgraduate Studies, in the School of Law at the University of Wollongong
Dr Cassandra Sharp is a Senior Lecturer, and Head of Postgraduate Studies, in the School of Law at the University of Wollongong. With a combined Bachelor of Arts (English Literature)/Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a PhD in cultural legal studies, Cassandra's research draws on cultural studies, literary theory, criminology, and legal theory to interrogate public interaction with legal consciousness, and she is currently co-editing an important collection that will help shape the landscape of cultural legal studies methodology: Sharp, Cassandra and Leiboff, Marett (eds) Cultural Legal Studies and Law’s Popular Cultures and the Metamorphosis of Law (Routledge, forthcoming 2015). Her primary research interest lies in the expression and transmission of law within the public imaginary through mediated popular fictions, and she has developed an interdisciplinary empirical methodology to explore topics such as: the transformative process of first year law; the use of popular stories by individuals in constructing identity; the ways that the concept of justice is challenged and/or maintained through contemporary stories of law (see for eg: ‘Let’s See How Far We’ve Come: The Role of Empirical Methodology in Exploring Television Audiences’ in Silbey J and Robson P (eds) Law and Justice on the Small Screen (Hart, 2012) and ‘Justice with a Vengeance – Retributive Desire in Popular Imagination’ in Michael Asimow et al (ed) Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014)). Cassandra’s current projects include exploring public ideas of justice as expressed in social media; media reporting of sentencing; and the notion of revenge in television dramas. Cassandra’s research, and teaching philosophy, is based on encouraging others to recognize and reflect on the storied nature of law. This has found practical fruition in her spare time by writing on her website: Popgoesthelegal.com (a blog designed to open dialogue among students and the public on issues surrounding the intersection of law and culture).