Dr Agata Fijalkowski

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Dr Agata Fijalkowski
Ph.D. Law, (Queen Mary, University of London); MA Criminal Justice, B.A. Criminal Justice/Spanish (minor in Philosophy, (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Position/Fellowship type:
Associate Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Home institution:
Leeds Becket University
Portland Building 306 - City Campus, Leeds Beckett University Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS1 3HE
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Agata is in the process of completing Law, Visual Culture and the Show Trial, for GlassHouse Books (Routledge). The monograph considers photographs of trials from the period 1944-1957 in Albania, East Germany and Poland. It contends that these photographs 'speak legally'. The work's distinct novelty lies in unravelling the cultural, historical, and political implications of visualising law from the images themselves. Three vignettes from the book are available online. Agata's exploration of the law and the visual has been rewarding. Agata organised an exhibition on the Albanian writer and political dissident Musine Kokalari (1917-1983) at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The display included a short, 'arty' film ‘An Unsung Hero: Musine Kokalari (2017)’ (on IMDb). Using archival materials, the film dramatised Musine Kokalari reading her court statement at her 1946 trial, which was originally denied by the military tribunal. Watch this space for further developments.

Project summary relevant to Fellowship:

The Contribution of Polish Lawyers to International Criminal Law and the war crimes trials from 1946-1948

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