The Community on Multisensory Law (Multisensorisches Recht) at C. H. Beck Publishers aims to introduce a new legal discipline to a broader audience.
Moreover, the community's purpose is to foster and establish a scientific and practical discourse on multisensory law and its branches, such as visual law, audiovisual law, tactile-kinesthetic law, auditory law, and olfactory-gustatory law.
Among others, the following key questions need to be addressed in order to introduce this discipline: 1. What does the term "multisensory law" mean? 2. What is the subject matter of multisensory law? 3. What cognitive/epistemological interest does multisensory law have? 4. Into which branches can multisensory law be subdivided? 5. In which cultural, economic, legal, political, social, and technical context is multisensory law embedded? How do these contexts interact with multisensory law and vice versa? 6. What is the purpose of multisensory law? 7. What are its theoretical foundations? 8. What are the historical roots of multisensory law? 8. In what way does multisensory law constitute a new legal discipline? 9. Why does "multisensory law" lend itself as a term to the new legal discipline? 10. What is the relationship of multisensory law with other established legal disciplines? That is to say, how could they benefit from multisensory law? In particular, what benefits does multisensory law have for legal actors and for laypersons?
These and many other questions suffuse the fabric of multisensory law. My article on Multisensory Law and Legal Informatics (see COLETTE R. BRUNSCHWIG, Multisensory Law and Legal Informatics - A Comparison of How These Legal Disciplines Relate to Visual Law, in STRUCTURING LEGAL SEMANTICS, FESTSCHRIFT FOR ERICH SCHWEIGHOFER, at 573-667 (Anton Geist et al. ed., 2011); available at http://www.rwi.uzh.ch/oe/zrf/abtrv/brunschwig/publications_en.html) attempts to give tentative answers to some of these questions.
As a group moderator, I would like to encourage you to join the Community on Multisensory Law and to enrich its discourse with your contributions. Postings in different languages, such as Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and so forth are welcome.
The postings ought to relate to multisensory law and its branches, such as visual law, audio-visual law, tactile-kinesthetic law, auditory law, and olfactory-gustatory law.
A brief note to the English-speaking Members of the Beck Community: as you know, the C.H.BECK group fora are predominantly in German. We nevertheless wish to encourage all English-speaking members of the community to join the groups, unless you have already done so. You may sign up for any of the groups by clicking the corresponding button in the left-hand menu ("Der Gruppe beitreten"). You might find the group on multisensory law of interest, since this group contains a lot of postings in English.