Law, Opera and other Demons
Multidisciplinary approaches are the present and future of contemporary scholarly research. In modern law teaching (as well as in research), we need to explain the world as it really is, favoring the construction of new concepts through the dialogue between disciplines as music (opera), philosophy, literature and law. We need to rethink how the law represents reality (and humanity) at different levels and the opera is a very useful tool for this purpose in times of new audiences (students/scholars) immersed in popular culture, technology and social networks. In particular, we want to explore some of the classic ideas and concepts of law and constitutional law through the history of music (opera), philosophy and literature. With that purpose we want to build a time-travel academic journey between ancient concepts like Constitution, State, Institutions, Democracy, Justice, Nation, etc., with examples of opera, literature and philosophy to revisit, discover and problematize some of the core-concepts and ideas of the Western law tradition. For example: in some cases to explain the concept of power we will visit the music of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, or Monteverdi’s Orfeo in connection with selected texts of Hobbes, Shakespeare, Foucault, García Márquez and Byung-Chul Han.