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Aurelia Guo

Aurelia Guo

Aurelia’s research at The City Law School focuses on conceptual writing as a means for considering philosophical problems of law, focusing on the Tragodía trilogy by Vanessa Place

PhD Thesis Title: Conceptual Poetry and the Violence of Legality


Research Overview

Aurelia’s PhD research is focused on conceptual and experimental writing in relation to ways in which these practices can illuminate moral, political and philosophical problems of law. Her work centres on Tragodía (Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case and Argument, Insert Blanc Press, 2010-2011) by Vanessa Place, a contemporary American conceptual poet and criminal appellate attorney representing convicted sex offenders in the State of California.

Research Interests

Conceptual and experimental writing, law and philosophy, law and literature.


Aurelia Guo is a writer, PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at The City Law School. Prior to joining The City Law School, Aurelia was Editor and Publications Manager at Arcadia Missa (London). Aurelia graduated with First Class Honours in English Literature from the University of Sydney, having previously studied law, history, politics and literature at the Australian National University.


‘Rape in and out of Marriage: Place’s Tragodia and Jelinek’s Lust,’ More Laws, Less Justice, SOAS, University of London, London, 6 June 2019.

‘Parallax: Poetic Visions, Reader as Voyeur,’ Hauser and Wirth, New York, US, 18 December 2018.

‘Law as poetry and politics in Place’s Tragodia’ Cell Project Space, London, UK, 13 November 2018


‘The Uses and Futures of Interdisciplinary Legal Research,’ University of Kent, Canterbury, 15 June 2018 (attendee)

‘To Note: Notation Across Disciplines,’ RMIT University, Melbourne, 7-11 December 2015 (workshop participant)


Graduate Teaching Fellowship, City Law School, University of London (2017-2020)

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Travel Grant (2016)

Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship (2014)


Socio-Legal Studies Association, Member


Aurelia was a workshop leader in Foundations of Contract in 2018/2019. She has also taught Tort Law (LLB1 and LLB2), Legal Method (LLB1) and English Legal System (LLB1) modules.


English (native), Mandarin (can speak and understand spoken)