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Anthropology and Law - a Conversation

Oct 24, 2017 | 06:15 PM - 08:00 PM

Law & Society Lecture Serie

This event is hosted by the Law & Society Institute Berlin. Despoina Glarou and Gabriele d'Amico of HRUP will participate in a discussion following a talk by Mark Goodale.

The event is dedicated to the presentation and discussion of Mark Goodale's recently published book Anthropology and Law. A Critical Introduction, which provides a comprehensive overview of the anthropology of law in the post-Cold War era and introduces the central problems of the field. In the discussion, it is aimed for a broader interdisciplinary conversation on a number of core questions and themes at the interface of anthropology and law.

After an opening statement by the author, there will be a series of comments on individual chapters by speakers with various disciplinary backgrounds. While these chapters are dedicated to specific themes (such as human rights, justice, law & gender and law & indigeneity), comments and the ensuing general discussion will provide room for exploring overarching methodological and conceptual questions.


Mark Goodale, Laboratory of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Lausanne

Despoina Glarou, Faculty of Law, Freie Universität Berlin

Jonas Bens, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

Alik Mazukatow, Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Gabriele d'Amico, Faculty of Law, Freie Universität Berlin



Larissa Vetters, Law & Society Institute Berlin

Mark Goodale is an anthropologist, sociolegal scholar, and social theorist. He is Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Lausanne. Before moving to UNIL, he was on the faculties of George Mason University and Emory University, where he was the first Marjorie Shostak Distinguished Lecturer in Anthropology. He conducts ethnographic research on law, social and political change, and culture and is currently writing an ethnography of justice, ideology, and practice in Bolivia based on several years of research funded by the US National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. He has authored or edited numerous books, including Letters to the Contrary: A Curated History of the UNESCO Human Rights Survey (ed., Stanford UP, 2018), Anthropology and Law: A Critical Introduction (NYU Press, 2017), Neoliberalism, Interrupted: Social Change and Contested Governance in Contemporary Latin America (coed. with Nancy Postero, Stanford UP, 2013), Human Rights at the Crossroads (ed., Oxford UP, 2012), and Mirrors of Justice (coed. with Kamari Maxine Clarke, Cambridge UP, 2010) and is the Series Editor of Stanford Studies in Human Rights.

Time & Location

Oct 24, 2017 | 06:15 PM - 08:00 PM

Law & Society Institute Berlin
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 9
Room E25

Further Information


Freie Universität Berlin
The Minerva Center for Human Rights
Menschenrechtszentrum Uni Potsdam
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Dahlem Research School