Dr Martyn Wemyss
Martyn's research focuses on legal and normative orders on the Bolivian Altiplano. Specifically, how uneven affective and jurisdictional geographies are produced by the inconsistent reach and uncertain application of the official legal system, combined with the tensions between official law and the 'indigenous' laws of the villages. Between these lie liminal, interstitial legal spaces which produce their own legal aesthetics and normative forms. His thesis was entitled 'Human Rights and Legal Subjectivity in Highland Bolivia', and he is currently working on turning it into a monograph. More generally, Martyn is interested in the relationship between law and time, aesthetics of justice and the material lives of norms, as well as indigeneity and the political imaginary.