1 Pub. Space: J. L. & Soc. Just. 1 (2007)

handle is hein.journals/pubspac1 and id is 1 raw text is: OF PUBLIC SPACE: SEX AND MERCY

Rocque Reynolds1
Welcome to our new refereed journal, Public Space. the Journal of Law and Social
Justice, which is being launched as part of the 30th year celebrations of the Faculty of
Law of the University of Technology, Sydney through UTSePress.
The concept of public space is almost boundless. At its most simple, public space may
conjure images of Romans disclaiming and, if this journal does no more than provide
a forum for diverse views then it will be of some value. But we think public space is
much more than this.
Public space is a site of regulation, contestation, and an invitation to transgression. It
is a space in which we show off, bend the rules, or try to enforce them. It is a site of
inclusion and exclusion, of differences and reconciliations. It is a place for discussion.
Most of all, public space holds the promise of a community in the best Kantian sense
- a sensis communis where the very act of speaking for or of the other bears witness to
our (indeterminate) concept of the community and our openness to judgement. This
willingness to judge and be judged in a public space is one of the great gifts and
challenges of academic life.
It might be thought that there are already more than enough law journals but we
believe Public Space provides something quite different. First, Public Space is a multi
media forum which allows authors to explore new ways of thinking about and
presenting their ideas. In this edition Welby Ing's fascinating, often humorous,
exploration of the intersections between law, architecture and language in the story of
same sex encounters in public toilets, is enriched and illuminated by his use of audio
files, video, photographs and text (including poetry). In 'A Convenient Exchange' we
'Chair of the Editorial Board of Public Space. The Journal of Law and Social Justice and Associate
Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Technology, Sydney.

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