Sunday, March 07, 2010

GiKII V : The Voyage Home!

Very happy to have some GOOD news to report for once!

GikII V, Edinburgh 2009

GikII V, The Voyage Home
28-29 June 2010
John McIntyre Conference Centre

Call for Papers

GikII returns to its place of birth for its Fifth Edition. GikII is a workshop concerned with exploring the legal interaction between popular culture, speculative fiction, and new technologies. It has been described unimaginatively as trail-blazing, innovative, fun and informative. We like to think of GikII as the legal workshop equivalent of a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, in other words, it is “like having your brain smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick”. GikII is where the bravest, fun-est (not to be confused with funniest) and zaniest ideas about law and technologies are discussed. In some instances we explore technologies so new that in fact there is not even a term to describe them, while some other times we have discussed technologies long gone. We only ask that you are imaginative and think of your fellow travellers instead of yourself. GikII is all about giving legal scholars the opportunity to engage in blue skies thinking (variations of the visible electromagnetic radiation spectrum may occur depending on which planet you may currently inhabit). If you have a paper that is languishing at the bottom of your hard drive and is crying out to see the light of a USB stick, GikII is the place for you. We laugh in the face of tradition and make rude comments about scholarly convention.

Application process

Please send an abstract not exceeding 500 words to Professor Lilian Edwards ( or Mr Andres Guadamuz ( The deadline for submissions is April 15 2010, and please bear in mind that we do not hold with the Adamsian theory of deadlines (“they make a pleasing whooshing sound as they go by”). We will try to have them approved and confirmed as soon as possible so that you can organise travel and accommodation.


As with previous years, GikII is free of charge, and therefore there are limited spaces available, so please make sure you submit your paper early. Priority is always given to speakers, but there are some limited spaces available for students and non-speakers. Registration will be open shortly.

(By the way, we are perfectly aware that “The Voyage Home” is Star Trek IV, we’re just testing your trekkie knowledge).

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