Kamari Clarke masterclass: Studying how law travels in multi-sited transnational spaces

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Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 14 October 2015


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Assoc. Prof. Kamari Clarke


Julia Wee
+61 (0)2 6125 3948

The Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) is pleased to announce a ‘Festival of International Law’ in October.

This masterclass is one of three Festival of International Law events looking at new research directions in international criminal law.

Events related to the role of international law in the relationship between Israel and Palestine are also part of this Festival.

Presented by Associate Professor M. Kamari Clarke, this masterclass is open to all, but will be of particular interest to HDR students of international law, socio-legal studies, anthropology and international relations.

Registration by 9am Tuesday 6 October, at this webform, is required for this event.

Kamari is a professor at Carleton University in International and Global Studies. She also teaches in the department of Law and Legal Studies and in the Anthropology department. Over her career she has taught at Yale University (1999-2012), the University of Pennsylvania (2012-2015), and the University Toronto (2015) and was the former chair of the Council on African Studies at Yale (2007- 2010) and the former director and co-founder of the Center for Transnational Cultural Analysis at Yale.

For more than 20 years, Kamari has conducted research on issues related to legal institutions, human rights and international law, religious nationalism and the politics of globalization. She has spent her career exploring theoretical questions of culture and power and in the field of law and anthropology detailing the relationship between new social formations and contemporary problems.

One of her key contributions to the various disciplines that she inhabits has been to demonstrate ethnographically the ways that religious and legal knowledge regimes produce practices that travel globally. By mapping the way that particular cultural forms travel, and by highlighting why and how some travel more than others, she has quickly established herself as a leader in this area and a central interlocutor into new ways of managing power and regulating social practices.

There are two readings for this masterclass:

  1. the introductory chapter of Mirrors of justice: law and power in the post-Cold War era, edited by Kamari Maxine Clarke and Mark Goodale (Cambridge University Press, 2009). This can be downloaded from the ANU library here.

  2. the introductory chapter of Human rights and gender violence: translating international law into local justice by Sally Engle Merry (University of Chicago Press, 2006). The hardcopy is available at the ANU library (Chifley branch). You can also email Julia Wee for access to this reading.

This event is supported by an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship (FL 100100176)

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