On September 16–17, 2022, I will participate in a conference hosted by The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens on the topic of “Law and New Media.” The conference will convene leading academics and practitioners for a far-reaching conversation about the ways in which technologies of print media, photography, communications, film, and digital culture affect the practices of law and justice.

In addition to delivering opening remarks and moderating the conference wrap-up, I will give a talk titled, “Beyond the ‘Mug Shot’: Photography and the Court of Public Opinion.”

In a blog post for The Huntington, I discuss a range of intriguing questions that will be probed at the conference, and demonstrate why The Huntington is the ideal place to explore such a rich and complex topic: namely, its impressive collections of books, papers, pictures, paintings, drawings, and objects related to research on cultures of the law, symbolism and law, technology and law, law and literature, iconic trials, landmark legal decisions, law as spectacle, and images of the law.

Learn more and see a sampling of items from the collections.

Also in connection with the conference, The Huntington will also host a public talk by Martin Rowson, lead editorial cartoonist for The Guardian, on “Mocking the Preposterous: How to Taunt Tyrants and Survive – A Short Guide to 45,000 Years of Visual Satire.” The talk is free with registration.


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Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.

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