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Sean Mulcahy

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Monash University
Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons), Monash University

Thesis title

Performing the Law: A Study of Performance in Courts of Law

Research interests

Sean graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Monash University and is currently undertaking a joint PhD on law and theatre at Monash University and the University of Warwick through the Monash Warwick Alliance.

His research interest is in law as performance. More specifically, his work examines the particular elements of legal performance – set, script, audience, sight and sound – across different international settings.

Sean also works as a freelance actor, director and theatre producer. He has performed in the Midsumma, Melbourne Fringe and Adelaide Fringe Festivals and at the Malthouse Theatre, Arts Centre and La Mama. He is a proud member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Publications

Conferences and presentations

  • Dec 2018: Digital (legal) performance and the kinesphere - Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, University of Wollongong (Aus)
  • Nov 2018: Performing sexuality at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal - Queer Legacies, New Solidarities Conference, Deakin University (Aus)
  • Sep 2018: Singing the law: on musical legal perfomance - Critical Legal Conference, Open University (UK)
  • Jun 2018: Singing the law: the musicality of legal peformance - Annual Meeting on Law and Society, Toronto (Can)
  • May 2018: Hearing silence in legal performance - The Othered Senses Workshop: Law, Regulation, Sensorium, Concordia University (Can)
  • Mar 2018: What can verbatim (musical) theatre teach us about the law? - PhD in Progress Seminar Series, University of Warwick (UK)
  • Dec 2017: Liminal spaces in legal performance - Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia Conference, University of Melbourne (Aus)
  • Dec 2017: (Legal) performance in the age of the videosphere - Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory, University of Melbourne (Aus)
  • Sep 2017: The sound of silence in legal performance - Critical Legal Conference, University of Warwick (UK)
  • June 2017: Law as performance: walking through the Ofer military court - Law School Conference, University of Warwick (UK)
  • May 2017: Law as performance: questions of truth and authenticity - PhD in Progress Seminar Series, University of Warwick (UK)
  • Sep 2014: Storytelling in international criminal trials: a comparison of victim-witnesses’ experiences at the ICTY and Tokyo Women’s Tribunal - International Conference of Undergraduate Research, Monash University (Aus)
  • Apr 2014: What’s so funny about being gay: a phenomenological study of gay jokes - British Conference of Undergraduate Research, University of Nottingham (UK)
  • Jan 2014: The effectiveness of international criminal tribunals in dealing with victims’ experiences: a comparison of victim-witnesses’ experiences at the ICTY and Tokyo Women’s Tribunal - International Criminal Law Conference, University of Warwick (UK)
  • May 2013: Exploring extra-judicial narratives in contemporary Australian jurisprudence - International Conference of Undergraduate Research, Monash University (Aus)
  • Aug 2009: Vagrancy and sumptuary laws and their effects on women’s performance on the English Renaissance stage, 1558-1642 - Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies Seminar Series, Monash University (Aus)

Funding and awards

  • Aug 2018: Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award Commendation Monash University (Aus)
  • Jan 2016: Australian Postgraduate Award An annual stipend for my postgraduate studies
  • Sep 2014: Outstanding Speaker Award Storytelling in international criminal trials: a comparison of victim-witnesses’ experiences at the ICTY and Tokyo Women’s Tribunal International Conference of Undergraduate Research, Monash University (Aus)
  • May 2014: Student Essay Competition Winner Still Unfinished Business: Wage compensation and workplace justice for Aboriginal workersIndustrial Relations Society of Victoria
  • Aug 2009: Best Honours Seminar Paper Award Vagrancy and sumptuary laws and their effects on women’s performance on the English Renaissance stage, 1558-1642 Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies Seminar Series, Monash University (Aus)
  • Apr 2009: Honours Study Assistance Scholarship Faculty of Arts, Monash University (Aus)

Memberships

  • 2019 - Australasian Drama Studies Association
  • 2017 - Law & Society Association (United States)
  • 2017 - Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • 2017 - Law, Literature & Humanities Association of Australasia
  • 2014 - National Tertiary Education Union
  • 2013 - Warwick Law Society
  • 2013 - 2014 Institute of Public Administration Australia
  • 2012 - Law & Society Association of Australia & New Zealand
  • 2011 - Law Institute of Victoria
  • 2006 - Monash Law Students’ Society
  • 2006 - Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance
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Sean Mulcahy

sean dot mulcahy at monash dot edu

Supervisors:

Prof. Gary Watt

Dr. Felix Nobis