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Valentino Cattelan (Madrid/Bonn): From the Island of Stone Money to the Archipelago of Islamic Finance. Reading Mangan’s Limits to Growth as an Exploration into Law, Economy and Cultures


This lecture undertakes a voyage into law, economy and cultures by using the arts and humanities as heuristic vehicle and the ‘pure energy’ of money (Simmel) as fuel to cross intra- and inter-social boundaries.

More in detail, this journey is divided into three main parts.

To start, Part I explores Western intra-social borders by entering the ‘theatre of modernity’ as the meta-language underpinning the dichotomy with the East (Said) and the theatrum mundi of capitalism as a Western space where “all are ‘brothers’ in being equally others” (Nelson). Within this frame, Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice will be featured to contribute to the explanation.

After experiencing Hamlet’s ‘play within the play’ (ultimate affirmation of the ‘self’, self-reflective agency and vehicle of intermedial and intercultural transformation: Fischer & Greiner), a visit to Mangan’s Limits to Growth will represent the transcultural core of the trip (Part II). Mangan’s artwork, as we will see, gives rise to a complex interaction between matter and energy – materials and labor – through a generative project that reformulates the value of money in time, space and cultures. For this purpose, his installation consumes the ‘wealth’ produced by a bitcoin mining ring to print large-format photographs of rai stone, the ancient currency of the island of Yap; accordingly, the representation of others’ value(-s) is reformulated from one exchange medium to another, while alluding to the necessity of circulation in any currency. This transformative process will later be applied to interpret Islamic finance as an archipelago of meaning: Here, monetary (religious?) value, although originally carved via (closed) criteria of shari‘ah compliance, is converted to the (open) market through state-law mechanisms, practices of standardization, and secularisation (while secular (?) money is converted to shari‘ah compliance as well) in a trans-social space characterized by the inescapable effects of cross-cultural hybridization.

Through Mangan’s Limits to Growth, Part III, in a circular itinerary, will lastly draw some conclusions on the nature of money as an ‘absolute symbol’ (again, Simmel) and the diverse ‘value within the value’ that can exist in an archipelago where sailors (either ‘merchants of Venice’ or ‘merchants of Mecca’) navigate strong winds of cross-cultural interaction. In particular, by paraphrasing Messick’s ‘calligraphic state’, the canon of shari‘ah compliance entextualized in Islamic finance will be critically interpreted as conducive to a ‘typewritten market’ where (abstract) securitization de facto replaces (actual) socio-economic relations.

Dr. Valentino Cattelan

Curriculum Vitae

Valentino Cattelan (Ph.D in Law & Economics, Siena 2009) is a legal scholar with a specific interest in comparative studies and a focus on Islamic law, economics and finance. Since 2016 he has been Research Associate at the Saudi-Spanish Center for Islamic Economics and Finance (SCIEF), IE Business School (Madrid, Spain).  Prior to this he held research and teaching positions at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (2010-2013); the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (2014); and the University of Florence (2015). In 2017 he served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Department of Law & Anthropology) in Halle (Germany); he also taught the module “Islamic Law, Ethics and Society” in the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.
Dr. Valentino Cattelan holds an LL.B.+LL.M. (Laurea in Italian Law), and an LL.M. (Comparative Law) from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He later earned a Ph.D. in Law & Economics (2009) from the University of Siena, with a dissertation on the topic Babel, Islamic Contract Law and Derivatives. How to Structure Shari‘ah-Compliant Financial Options. During the time of his doctoral degree, in 2008, he was also a visiting researcher at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London.
He is the author of several journal articles and book contributions on Islamic classical fiqh, the law of Islamic finance, Islamic property rights and the epistemology of Islamic economics. Moreover, he is the editor of the volumes Islamic Finance in Europe: Towards a Plural Financial System (Edward Elgar, 2013) and Islamic Social Finance: Entrepreneurship, Cooperation and the Sharing Economy (Routledge, forthcoming 2018).

Since April 2018 Dr. Valentino is Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”.


Call for papers : (Post-)Colonial Settling and Native Staying: Indigeneity and Land Rights in the Americas [LAW NET]

EASA2018: Staying, Moving, Settling

(Post-)Colonial Settling and Native Staying: Indigeneity and Land Rights in the Americas [LAW NET]


  • Jonas Bens (Freie Universität Berlin) email
  • Antje Gunsenheimer (University of Bonn) email

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Chair Dr. Antje Gunsenheimer

Short abstract

How are « staying, moving, and settling » translated under colonial and postcolonial conditions into legal relationships between indigenous and settler communities to regulate land in the Americas? How are these legalities constructed, transformed, mobilized, and challenged?

Long abstract

From the early 15th century on, people from all over the world have settled in the Americas. The colonial endeavor transformed the newcomers into settlers and those who already inhabited the Americas into natives. From the very beginning, settler and indigenous communities negotiated — violently or on agreement — some kind of legal relationship defining the rights to land. Today, these legal issues continue as indigenous territories still are occupied by internal refugees and agro-industrial enterprises, often supported by the state. Legal relationships between indigenous and settler communities have varied over time under changing socio-economic conditions and varying shapes of colonial and postcolonial power relations; but they were always highly unequal, giving rise to tensions and violent conflicts. Although most recently international legal regimes for the protection of indigenous land rights have emerged, these land rights conflicts between settlers and natives have not lost their prevalence. Against that background, the panel invites papers with either an ethnographic or ethnohistorical perspective (or a combination of both) on indigeneity and land rights in the Americas. In accordance with the conference theme, the panel shall address how « staying, moving, and settling » under colonial and postcolonial conditions have been and still are translated into legal relationships to regulate land in the Americas and, how this endeavor causes further legal dilemma. Papers should focus on how and by whom these legalities between indigenous and settler communities have been and still are constructed, transformed, mobilized, and challenged in the context of conflicts over land.

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Panel AAA : The Role of Language and Class in Legal Identity Formations

The Role of Language and Class in Legal Identity Formations

Session Title: The Role of Language and Class in Legal Identity Formations

Deadline : March 26, 2018

Co-organizers: Nathan Madson and Jessica López-Espino (New York University)

Our proposed panel for the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting is focused on the role of language and class in shaping the resistance, resilience, and adaptation of actors within legal systems. We are particularly interested in exploring the ways in which class and linguistic practices shape legal identities from expatriate communities (Beaverstock 2002, 2011; Hindman 2013; Fechter 2007; Ong 2007), migrant and working-class litigants in bilingual and heritage language settings (Coutin 2000; Ng 2009; Richland 2008), and other transnational and multilingual actors in local and international legal settings. Class and language use can dictate how individuals are recognized and move through legal systems (Conley and O’Barr 1990; Merry 1990; Phillips 1998). From a more macroscopic perspective, which classes and/or linguistic groups enact law? How do these limited voices use law to reify, disrupt, or reshape inequalities that result from class and language differences? How do race and ethnicity intersect, run parallel to, or contradict class and language use in legal settings? Finally, who are the gatekeepers of law and how do their own classed and linguistic identities restrict or open access to others?

We invite papers that discuss the intersection of language and class in the experience of the law and legal institutions. This panel is open to linguistic and sociocultural anthropologists, but will be submitted under the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology. All papers must address the three main foci of the panel: language, class, and law.

Please send your proposed abstract (max 250 words), along with affiliation, current status, and contact information to Nathan Madson ( and Jessica Lopez-Espino ( by March 26, 2018 3PM EST.

Accepted panel presenters will be required to be paid Annual Meeting registrants (by April 16 at 3 pm EST) AND have AAA memberships active through November 18. Anthropologists outside of the U.S. or Canada, or non-anthropologists, may request a Membership Exemption, but meeting registration is still required. Membership exemptions must be requested by Thursday, March 29. For financial assistance with registration, please complete the Program Chair Waiver application prior to Thursday, March 29. The completion of an application does not guarantee a waiver will be awarded.

X Congreso de la Red Latinoamericana de Antropología Jurídica. RELAJU. 9 al 13 de octubre de 2018 Santiago – Temuco – Chile

Los desafíos de la diversidad y el pluralismo: a 20 años de la creación de la Red Latinoamericana de Antropología Jurídica. RELAJU.

 En homenaje a Rodolfo Stavenhagen,

Primer Relator de Naciones Unidas para los derechos de los pueblos indígenas.


La Red Latinoamericana de Antropología Jurídica – RELAJU-, la Universidad Católica de Temuco y la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile, tienen el agrado de invitar a los miembros de la Red, académicos/as, estudiantes, miembros de comunidades indígenas y afro descendientes, organizaciones de la sociedad civil, defensores de los derechos humanos, miembros del poder judicial y a todas aquellas personas interesadas, a participar en el X Congreso de la Red Latinoamericana de Antropología jurídica.

1. Antecedentes.

La Red Latinoamericana de Antropología Jurídica surge en 1997, en el marco del 49º Congreso Internacional de Americanistas realizado en la ciudad de Quito, Ecuador. La Red está integrada por antropólogos/as, abogados/as, sociólogos/as y otros especialistas en ciencias sociales de diferentes partes del mundo que trabajan en Latinoamérica en el estudio y promoción del derecho de los pueblos indígenas y otras minorías, del pluralismo jurídico con una visión crítica, social y antropológica del derecho.

Entre sus objetivos se encuentra impulsar el análisis, estudio y difusión de los derechos propios de los pueblos indígenas que configuran el pluralismo jurídico, así como propiciar un espacio para el debate de problemas teóricos y prácticos derivados de la diversidad y la relación entre el derecho estatal y otras formas no estatales de derecho, de sus múltiples interacciones, y de las nuevas modalidades de relación que surgen en el contexto de la transnacionalización de la ley y los derechos.

Desde su creación, RELAJU se reúne cada dos años en diferentes países, con la finalidad de propiciar espacios para el debate y el intercambio de conocimiento en torno a los complejos procesos que conciernen a los pueblos indígenas en América y el mundo.

El primer encuentro se realizó sobre el tema “Pluralismo Jurídico en América Latina”, que tuvo lugar en la ciudad de Quito, Ecuador, en agosto de 1997; posteriormente, bajo el lema “Derecho Consuetudinario y Pluralismo Jurídico: Desafíos en el Tercer Milenio” se realizó el Segundo Encuentro Internacional en la ciudad de Arica, Chile, en marzo de 2000. En el año 2002 la sede del Tercer Encuentro fue Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, con el tema “Pluralismo Jurídico: Presente y Futuro”. En agosto del año 2004, se realizó el Cuarto Encuentro de RELAJU con el lema “Globalización y Pluralismo jurídico: luchas sociales y legales en la construcción de estados interculturales” en la ciudad de Quito, Ecuador. El Quinto Encuentro se realizó en el 2006 en Oaxtepec, México con el tema central “Justicia y diversidad: retos de la globalización”. En octubre de 2008 se realizó el VI Congreso en Colombia relativo a “Diversidad étnica y cultural desarrollos constitucionales, políticas y prácticas nacionales”. En Lima, Perú se realizó el séptimo encuentro el año 2010 denominado “Identidades, interculturalidad, pluralismo jurídico y derechos colectivos”. En el 2012 se realizó el octavo encuentro relativo a “El pluralismo jurídico en América Latina: Visiones críticas desde la teoría y la práctica” en Sucre, Bolivia. Finalmente, en Pirenópolis, Brasil (2015), se realizó el noveno encuentro con el tema “Sociedades plurales y estados nacionales: límites y desafíos para la efectividad de los derechos”.

RELAJU está vinculada con la Comisión de Derecho Consuetudinario y Pluralismo Legal (Commissionon Folk Law and Legal Pluralism) integrada por especialistas del derecho, la antropología y la sociología de diferentes partes del mundo. La Comisión es también parte de la Unión Internacional de Ciencias Antropológicas y Etnológicas (IUAES) desde 1979, que a su vez se integra a la Asociación Internacional de Ciencias Legales (IALS) en la oficina principal de la UNESCO.

  1. Presentación temas centrales.

 En las últimas décadas las demandas de reconocimiento y autonomía de los pueblos indígenas generaron transformaciones sociales y culturales que han incidido de forma directa en el panorama político y jurídico y han producido cambios estructurales al interior de las sociedades latinoamericanas, tras la necesidad de un efectivo diálogo intercultural que asegure el reconocimiento y la valoración de la diversidad étnica y cultural en Latinoamérica.

En la actualidad el análisis y estudio de los conflictos se ha complejizado debido a fenómenos sociales cada vez más masivos como la migración y a la emergencia de movimientos sociales que confluyen con las demandas históricas de los pueblos indígenas. Lo anterior crea nuevos retos para el diseño de planteamientos teóricos y metodológicos que permitan realizar un cabal entendimiento de la realidad latinoamericana y para la generación de propuestas que permitan solucionar las dificultades derivadas de la relación entre el Estado y la sociedad.

Así, a 20 años de la creación de la Red Latinoamericana de Antropología Jurídica, es necesario realizar un balance jurídico, antropológico y politológico en torno dichos procesos sociales, proponer contribuciones teóricas y prácticas a las problemáticas sociales actuales y analizar la incidencia de la RELAJU en las transformaciones sociales e institucionales para realizar propuestas a futuro.

Siguiendo el esquema de los encuentros anteriores, se llevará a cabo un Curso pre-congreso en la Universidad de Chile (Santiago) los días 9 y 10 de octubre de 2018, el cual pretende cubrir demandas formativas sobre herramientas teóricas y metodológicas en torno a la antropología jurídica, pluralismo jurídico, interculturalidad y derechos indígenas. Posteriormente, del 11 al 13 de octubre de 2018, se realizará en la Universidad Católica de Temuco, en la ciudad de Temuco, el X Congreso propone privilegiar el diálogo y la discusión abierta e interdisciplinaria de temas actuales de la Antropología, el Derecho, la Ciencia Política y disciplinas afines.

Ejes temáticos

Se propone que los contenidos de las mesas y simposios versen sobre los siguientes ejes temáticos:

  1. Los retos de las identidades y diversidad cultural en las sociedades latinoamericanas del siglo XXI.
  2. Antropología jurídica latinoamericana, los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, los afrodescendientes y otras minorías.
  3. Movimiento indígena y participación política.
  4. Tierras, territorios, autonomía y mecanismos de reparación.
  5. Proyectos de inversión en territorios indígenas y consulta previa.
  6. Demandas indígenas, conflictos, violencia, criminalización y tratamiento de las víctimas.
  7. Pluralismo jurídico, interlegalidad y derecho propio.
  8. Acceso a la justicia, diversidad cultural, peritaje antropológico, estándares de debido proceso.
  9. Plurinacionalidad y nuevo constitucionalismo.
  10. Desafíos en temas de género, etnicidad y procesos migratorios.
  11. Medio ambiente, cambio climático y reasentamiento de pueblos indígenas.
  12. Antropología, Derecho y Ciencias Sociales: debates y desafíos emergentes de las disciplinas a 20 años de la RELAJU.

Continuando con la tradición que los Congreso de RELAJU, se organizarán tres actividades:

  1. Una fase formativa a través de la participación en el Curso pre-congreso. Este será organizado por el Programa de Antropología Jurídica (PRANJU) de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile, en la ciudad de Santiago, entre los días 9 y 10 de octubre. Ver Anexo Nº 1.

  1. b) El Congreso RELAJU propiamente tal, tendrá como sede la Universidad Católica de Temuco, entre los días 11 al 13 de octubre del 2018. El Programa comprenderá:

* Conferencias Magistrales

* Paneles de expertos o dirigentes indígenas y otras minorías

* Simposios (mesas temáticas) conformados por ponencias académicas.

  1. c) Lanzamiento de libros, actividades culturales y de extensión que serán comunicadas en las próximas circulares.

El Anexo Nº2 de esta Primera Convocatoria contiene información sobre la presentación de propuestas de Simposios.




Coordinación nacional:


  • Milka Castro Lucic, Programa de Antropología Jurídica (PRANJU), Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de Chile.
  • Rosamel Millamán Reinao, Presidente Colegio de Antropólogos de Chile, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Católica de Temuco.
  • Juan Jorge Faundes Peñafiel, Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas, Económicas y Administrativas, Universidad Católica de Temuco.

Consejo consultivo internacional:


Xavier Albó

Fernando Antônio de Carvalho Dantas

Fernando García Serrano

Rebecca Igreja

Carlos Federico Marés

Ramiro Molina

Esther Sánchez Botero

María Teresa Sierra

Raquel Yrigoyen Fajardo

Magdalena Gómez

Comité Académico Internacional:

Amaya Alvez, Morita Carrasco, Cristóbal Carmona, Sergio Fuenzalida, Armando Guevara Gil, René Kuppe, Juan Carlos Martínez, Silvina Ramirez, Rachel Sieder, Laura Valladares, Soraya Yrigoyen, Maria Teresa Sierra, Esther Sánchez, Sandra Nascimento, Luisa Fernanda García, Maria Teresa Zegada, Vladimir Aguilar, Raquel Yrigoyen, Fabien Le Bonniec, Milka Castro, Juan Jorge Faundes.

Comité ejecutivo:


Rosamel Millaman, Juan Jorge Faundes, Natalia Cárdenas, Angélica Lezano, Liz Vallejos Roa, Ximena Alarcón, Marcelo Berho, FabienLe Bonniec, David Almagro, Bárbara Sordi, Fátima El Fakih, Natalia Caniguan.



  • General U$ 50 ($30.000.- pesos chilenos)
  • Estudiantes U$ 25($15.000.- pesos chilenos).

Estos valores se podrán pagar al inicio del Congreso, o anticipadamente, online, y en este caso tendrá un descuento del 20%[1].

Todos los participantes del Congreso deben cancelar inscripción, incluidos miembros de RELAJU, panelistas, coordinadores de mesas de trabajo y expositores en los Simposios.

La organización considerará invitaciones especiales y becas a conferencistas, expertos no integrantes de la Red y dirigentes o integrantes de comunidades indígenas y otros grupos minoritarios y a estudiantes inscritos como colaboradores voluntarios, las que les serán informada de manera personal.

La organización no cuenta con recursos para becas de pasajes o estadía. Sin embargo, eventualmente, en la medida que se gestionen recursos externos con este fin, se informará oportunamente, señalando los requisitos necesarios para calificar.



  • Envío de la Convocatoria general: enero 2018.
  • Llamado a propuestas de simposios: enero 2018
  • Cierre de recepción de propuestas de simposios: 31 marzo 2018
  • Apertura convocatoria para envío de ponencias para simposios: abril 2018
  • Recepción de resúmenes de ponencias para simposios: junio 2018
  • Aceptación de ponencias para simposios: agosto 2018
  • Recepción de ponencias terminadas: septiembre 2018.


  • RELAJU, Sección Chile
  • Universidad de Chile.

Programa de Antropología Jurídica, Facultad de Derecho,

  • Universidad Católica de Temuco

Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas, Económicas y Administrativas.

Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades.



Curso Pre-Congreso, RELAJU CHILE 2018

Santiago, 9 y 10 octubre 2018.

 Organización y coordinación general:

Milka Castro Lucic.

 Coordinación ejecutiva:

Patricia Albornoz Guzmán


Dirección: Av. Santa María 076, Piso 5º,

Providencia, Santiago, Chile

                   Congreso RELAJU Temuco, RELAJU CHILE 2018

Temuco, 11, 12 y 13 octubre 2018.

Organización y coordinación general:


Equipo coordinación ejecutiva:

  • Natalia Cárdenas
  • Angélica Lezano
  • Liz Vallejos Roa


Dirección: Manuel Montt 56, Temuco, Chile

Teléfono: +56 9 88043364; 56452205497

Patrocinios Nacionales (confirmados):

  • Proyecto Fondecyt “El derecho fundamental a la identidad cultural de los pueblos indígenas en Chile, debates y problemas a la luz de la jurisprudencia conforme al Convenio N° 169 de la OIT”. N° 11161079.
  • Proyecto Fondecyt “Justicia e interculturalidad en la Macroregión sur de Chile. Un estudio de las transformaciones del campo jurídico y de la cultura jurídica chilena ante la emergencia del derecho a la identidad cultural”. N° 1170505.
  • Proyecto Fondef-Idea “Protocolo de atención con pertinencia cultural a usuarios mapuche en los tribunales de la Araucanía”. N° ID16I10424

Patrocinios internacionales (por confirmar en Segunda Convocatoria)


  • Programa de Derechos Humanos, Universidad Central.
  • Instituto de Estudios Indígenas e Interculturales, Universidad de la Frontera.
  • Colegio de Antropólogos de Chile
  • Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Sociedad, Perú – IIDS-

X Congreso de la Red Latinoamericana de Antropología Jurídica. RELAJU.


9 al 13 de octubre de 2018

Santiago – Temuco


Los desafíos de la diversidad y el pluralismo: a 20 años de la creación de la Red Latinoamericana de Antropología Jurídica. RELAJU.


En homenaje a Rodolfo Stavenhagen,

Primer Relator de Naciones Unidas para los derechos de los pueblos indígenas.




Los desafíos de la diversidad y el pluralismo en el nuevo paradigma de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y afrodescendientes.

9-10 octubre, 2018

El Programa de Antropología Jurídica de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile, será la entidad organizadora y sede del Curso pre congreso, del X Congreso de la Red Latinoamericana de Antropología jurídica. Ha sido una tradición que un curso previo al congreso ofrezca a jóvenes académicos la oportunidad de familiarizarse con las principales teorías, temas y metodologías del los desafíos de la diversidad y el nuevo paradigma de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y afrodescendientes.

El curso contempla un total de 20 horas, tendrá una modalidad on line y otra presencial. Será de carácter intensivo de un día u medio, impartido por reconocidos académicos y profesionales internacionales expertos en los temas que se abordarán. El cuerpo docente será comunicado en la Circular Nº 2. Este curso, está dirigido a estudiantes de las carreras de Antropología, Derecho y otros/as disciplinas, interesados/as en la discusión teórico-metodológica de la  antropología jurídica, en los temas de identidades culturales, demandas indígenas y respuestas del Estado, sistemas de justicia e interlegalidad, interculturalidad y el nuevo paradigma del pluralismo jurídico.

Metodología. Los alumnos interesados deberán enviar un formulario con sus antecedentes, lo que avalará una selección. Quienes sean seleccionados recibirán textos de lectura que deberán leer antes de iniciar el curso. Las clases contemplarán un tiempo para la participación de los alumno/as que recoja experiencias de los diferentes países que representen, como insumo para análisis comparado. Esta intervención estará bajo la coordinación del/a docente.

Horas presenciales



Total hrs. presenciales
Martes 9 octubre 09.00 a 13 hrs. 4
  14.30 a 18.30 4
Miércoles 10 de octubre 09.00 a 13.00 4
Total horas presenciales   12


Horas no presenciales: Se contempla 8 horas de lectura de los textos que serán enviados por correo antes de iniciar el curso.

Total horas: 20 hrs. Se otorgará una certificación a los alumno/as que aprueben los requisitos de lectura y horas de clases presenciales


  1. La inscripción tendrá el valor de U$50 ($30.000 pesos chilenos).
  2. Fecha de inscripción: 19 marzo 2018 al 4 de septiembre 2018.
  3. Comunicación de participantes aceptados 7 septiembre 2018.

Curso Pre-Congreso, RELAJU CHILE 2018,

Santiago, 9 y 10 octubre 2018.



Programa de Antropología Jurídica.

Facultad de Derecho. Universidad de Chile



Organización y coordinación general:

Milka Castro Lucic


Coordinación ejecutiva:

Patricia Albornoz Guzmán



Dirección: Av. Santa María 076, Piso 5º,

Providencia, Santiago, Chile


X Congreso de la Red Latinoamericana de Antropología Jurídica. RELAJU. Chile



9 al 13 de octubre de 2018

Santiago – Temuco








Los desafíos de la diversidad y el pluralismo: a 20 años de la creación de la Red Latinoamericana de Antropología Jurídica. RELAJU.




Para participar como coordinador/a de un simposio (o mesa de trabajo, la propuesta se debe enviar hasta el 12 de abril de 2018, Esta propuesta deberá contener lo siguiente:

  • Nombre del coordinador/a o coordinadores del simposio
  • Institución a la que pertenece el coordinado/a del simposio
  • Título propuesto para el simposio
  • Línea temática escogida para la inscripcióndel simposio
  • Abstract o resumen del simposio, incluyendo las principales referencias bibliográficas.
  • Resumen curricular del coordinador/a o coordinadores propuestos
  • Títulos de ponencias y autores que compromete para el simposio
  • Datos de contacto

Deberá presentarse en formato Word tamaño carta, Times New Roman 12, interlineado 1.5, márgenes 2.5, máximo dos páginas en total (incluidos los datos requeridos y resumen).

El título del archivo debe indicar una palabra del título y el apellido del coordinador principal.

Los simposios propuestos serán evaluados por el Comité Académico Internacional.

Las propuestas deberán subirse a la página web del Congreso, en el mes de marzo, fecha en que estará operativa.

Líneas temáticas conforme Convocatoria:

  1. Los retos de las identidades y diversidad cultural en las sociedades latinoamericanas del siglo XXI.
  2. Antropología jurídica latinoamericana, los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, los afrodescendientes y otras minorías.
  3. Movimiento indígena y participación política.
  4. Tierras, territorios, autonomía y mecanismos de reparación.
  5. Proyectos de inversión en territorios indígenas y consulta previa.
  6. Demandas indígenas, conflictos, violencia, criminalización y tratamiento de las víctimas.
  7. Pluralismo jurídico, interlegalidad y derecho propio.
  8. Acceso a la justicia, diversidad cultural, peritaje antropológico, estándares de debido proceso.
  9. Plurinacionalidad y nuevo constitucionalismo.
  10. Desafíos en temas de género, etnicidad y procesos migratorios.
  11. Medio ambiente, cambio climático y reasentamiento de pueblos indígenas.
  12. Antropología, Derecho y Ciencias Sociales: debates y desafíos emergentes de las disciplinas a 20 años de la RELAJU.

La Organización del Congreso, conforme la evaluación del Comité Académico Internacional, podrá ubicar las propuestas de simposios en líneas temáticas diferentes y o reagrupar varios simposios conforme las líneas afines, todo lo cual será debidamente informado al aceptar los simposios respectivos.

Consultas y comunicaciones:

[1] En los próximos documentos de convocatoria informaremos el procedimiento para el pago online.

Judith Beyer – « Being Muslim in contemporary Myanmar. On community and the problem with ‘communal violence' »

« Being Muslim in contemporary Myanmar. On community and the problem with ‘communal violence' »

Judith Beyer, Professeure à l’Université de Constance (Allemagne)

6 mars, 17h-19h – séance exceptionnelle du Séminaire de l’équipe « Anthropologie comparative des sociétés  et cultures musulmanes » (LAS)

Salle des étudiants de l’IISMM, 1er étage, 96 bd Raspail 75006 Paris.

Abstract : In my talk, I take the example of Muslim communities in Yangon, the former capital of Southeast Asian Myanmar, in order to investigate the various groups’ strategic useage of their religious property (mosques and graveyards) as a form of material, symbolic and political capital. I argue that it is through their religious property that Muslims in Yangon make claims to their right of existence as communities in the public sphere. They thereby manage to fend off both the Buddhist majority, the state and private investors. In a time of increasing ethnonationalism, which results in the destruction of mosques and the writing of discriminatory laws against religious Others, property becomes part and parcel of these communities’ survival strategies. While the creation of ‘communities’ along ethno-religious lines had been part and parcel of colonial and post-colonial state-making, some communities who understand themselves in this way or have come to present themselves in this way, are now being pushed to the very margins of their own society and their own country. Some of them have been denied not only citizenship, but with it the right to exist and their name to even be mentioned. However, religious minorities were among the first inhabitants of Yangon in the 19th century. Burma, as the country was called formerly, had been part of the British Empire during the colonial period of 1824-1948 and was under colonial legislation of British India. Muslims were brought to the country from India in 1840. They worked in the colonial administration, as soldiers or as unskilled workers on the shipping docks. Around 1880, Burma became the third largest destination for Indian workers worldwide. This lecture questions the contemporary portrayal of communities in the country in terms of  ‘communal violence’ only. It traces the historical development of the ‘community’ concept from British colonial times to the contemporary era. Using ethnographic fieldwork data gathered between 2013 and 2018 as well as textual data, legal documents and other sources, I explore why the current invocation of  ‘the Muslim community’ has made living together in Myanmar more difficult.


Amrith, Sunil. 2013. Crossing the bay of Bengal: The furies of nature and the fortunes of migrants. Boston: Harvard University Press.

Bauman, Zygmunt. 2009. Community. Seeking safety in an insecure world. Polity.

Cheesman, Nick (ed.) 2017. Interpreting communal violence in Myanmar. Special Issue of Journal of Contemporary Asia.

Freitag, Sandria. 1989. Collective action and community. Public arenas and the emergence of communalism in North India. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Tönnies, Ferdinand. 2005 [1887]. Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft. Grundbegriffe der reinen Soziologie. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.

Yegar, Moshe The Muslims of Burma: A Study of a Minority Group, Otto Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, 1972



Conférence et cycle – Didier Fassin : Le désir de punir. Une anthropologie du châtiment (2 mars 2018)

Conférence et cycle

Le désir de punir. Une anthropologie du châtiment

vendredi 2 mars 2018



Les sociétés contemporaines sont entrées depuis plusieurs décennies dans un moment punitif, c’est-à-dire dans une période de plus grande sévérité de leur appareil pénal sans corrélation statistique avec l’évolution de la criminalité et de la délinquance. Ainsi la France a-t-elle aujourd’hui la population carcérale la plus nombreuse de son histoire en temps de paix. Plutôt que de commenter directement cette évolution, il peut être utile de retourner en quelque sorte aux sources du châtiment, en nous demandant ce que c’est que l’acte de punir, en nous interrogeant sur ce qu’en sont les justifications, et en nous attachant à en comprendre la distribution sociale. Cette triple approche s’appuiera à la fois sur des enquêtes ethnographiques conduites depuis une dizaine d’années sur la police, la justice et la prison et sur un questionnement généalogique mobilisant des travaux historiques, ethnologiques et philologiques. Elle mettra donc à l’épreuve les lectures normatives de la philosophie morale et de la théorie juridique en dévoilant la part d’ombre du châtiment et notamment la signification de cet étrange désir de punir qui anime les sociétés contemporaines.



15h00 : Intervention de Didier Fassin, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton et EHESS, Paris

18h00 : Fin de la conférence

Didier Fassin est titulaire de la chaire de sciences sociales à l’Institute for Advanced Study et de la direction d’études en anthropologie politique et morale à l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Médecin, sociologue et anthropologue, il est le cofondateur de l’Iris, Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux (Université Paris 13-EHESS-CNRS-Inserm). Visiting Professor à l’Université de Princeton, il a été professeur invité dans de nombreuses universitésdont celles de Hong Kong, de Johannesburg, de Buenos Aires, de Cambridge et de Bruxelles. Récipiendaire de la Médaille d’or de l’anthropologie à l’Académie royale des sciences de Suède, il a donné les Tanner Lectures à l’Université de Californie, Berkeley, et les Conférences Adorno, à l’Université Goethe de Francfort. Ancien vice-président de Médecins sans frontières, il préside aujourd’hui le Comede, Comité pour la santé des exilés. Il est membre du Conseil scientifique de la Ville de Paris et du Comité d’éthique de l’Institut Pasteur. Il est l’auteur d’une vingtaine d’ouvrages, traduits en six langues, dont les plus récents, publiés au Seuil, sont La Raison humanitaire. Une histoire morale du présent (2010), La Force de l’ordre. Une anthropologie de la police des quartiers (2011), L’Ombre du monde. Une anthropologie de la condition carcérale (2015), Punir. Une passion contemporaine (2017) et (2018)

Contact :

Institut d’études avancées de Paris
Hôtel de Lauzun
17 quai d’Anjou
75004 Paris

Barbara Berardi-Tadié : « La double contrainte : paradoxes des droits humains au Népal »

Séminaire Centre d’études himalayennes – 7 mars 2018
dans le cadre de l’atelier Systèmes normatifs et conflits de valeurs

Barbara Berardi-Tadié (associée CEH) « La double contrainte : paradoxes des droits humains au Népal »

Horaire : 15h00 – 17h00
Salle de la Rotonde, Bâtiment C,
Campus CNRS, 7, rue Guy Môquet, Villejuif

A ceux d’entre vous qui n’êtes pas du campus CNRS de Villejuif : prière de noter qu’il vous faudra laisser une carte d’identité à l’entrée (plan Vigipirate).

La double contrainte :
paradoxes des droits humains au Népal

L’affirmation de la culture internationale des droits humains peut être considérée comme un des phénomènes majeurs de l’histoire récente du Népal. Elle a eu un impact multidimensionnel tant sur les dispositifs normatifs que sur les systèmes de valeurs. De fait, la culture des droits a transformé non seulement le cadre juridique et constitutionnel du pays, mais aussi l’expression de l’éthique, de l’identité et de la « tradition » : en un mot, la formulation des valeurs (morales) collectives.

Or, cette affirmation résulte aussi d’un processus de vernacularisation complexe, que groupes, individus et activistes ont mis en place afin d’adapter la « culture » globale des droits aux différents contextes locaux ou, d’un autre point de vue, de reformuler les valeurs morales et éthiques préexistantes dans les termes du langage des droits.

Une analyse de ce processus de vernacularisation du discours international sur les droits humains au Népal révèle les économies morales que ces droits mobilisent et recomposent. En même temps, elle fait aussi ressortir les frictions entre ces différentes économies morales, ainsi que les contradictions engendrées par l’adoption de la culture des droits dans le cadre népalais.

Je voudrais donner trois exemples de ces doubles contraintes.

Le premier concerne la revendication des droits de genre menée par un type spécifique d’associations de femmes, que l’on trouve au micro-niveau territorial : les collectifs de mères (ama samuha). J’essaierai de montrer en particulier comment certaines caractéristiques propres à la « culture des droits » (en premier lieu sa dimension individualiste) se heurtent aux économies morales de genre propres à ces femmes, traditionnellement construites autour d’une dimension relationnelle de l’identité féminine. Ce n’est qu’au prix d’une négociation investissant les notions éthiques de service social, d’honneur et de devoir que ces collectifs de femmes parviennent à intégrer, du moins partiellement, le discours sur les droits dans le cadre de l’économie de genre qui leur est propre.

Le deuxième exemple, qui intéresse les groupes dalit, montre comment les stratégies globales de lutte contre la discrimination encouragées par les activistes dalit, centrées sur le discours international sur les droits humains, peuvent se trouver aux antipodes de celles développées localement par ces groupes. Il en résulte des conflits interpersonnels et communautaires autour de plusieurs questions : quelle est la forme « juste » et légitime de lutte contre la discrimination ? Qui détient l’autorité de l’imposer aux autres ?

Le troisième exemple se situe à l’intersection entre la formalisation juridique des droits et leur exercice effectif : il s’agit plus spécifiquement d’explorer l’écart entre l’obtention du droit à la propriété ancestrale pour les femmes, que les activistes ont obtenu au bout de 25 ans de luttes juridiques et sociales, et sa jouissance réelle aujourd’hui. Cet exemple permet en particulier de comprendre pourquoi de nombreuses femmes renoncent à ces droits, à cause des conflits affectifs et intra-familiaux que leur revendication déclencherait.

Ces exemples permettent de cerner les différentes dimensions du paradoxe de la culture des droits, dont le pouvoir peut être à la fois émancipateur et contraignant.

Link :


Workshop « Taking nature to the courtroom in South Asia »

Workshop organised in Edinburgh on 15-16 June 2017 by Daniela Berti (CNRS/CEH) and Tony Good (University of Edinburgh)

With the support of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the University of Edinburgh, the Centre for Himayan Studies (CNRS/CEH) and the Centre for South Asian Studies (CEIAS)

The aim of this third workshop is to explore three contexts in which environmental issues, and the relationship between ecology and religion, come to the fore in contemporary South Asia : (i) development projects and territories of the gods ; (ii) protected areas and people’s rights ; and (iii) ’animal rights’ and religious reforms. Its distinctive focus, differentiating it from other work on development, environment or religion in South Asia, is on legal aspects of these issues, where possible on actual litigation in appellate and other courts.

Lieu : St Trinnean’s Room, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh
Thursday, 15 June

09.30-10.00 Introduction, Daniela Berti and Anthony Good

10.00-10.50 Domenico Amirante, University of Campania

The National Green Tribunal of India : a legal forum at the crossroads between science, environment and society

Discussant : Jamie Cross, University of Edinburgh

11.20-12.10 Sudha Vasan, University of Delhi

Green courts and the production of socio-ecological assemblages in India

Discussant : Jamie Cross

12.10-13.00 Anuj Bhuwania, South Asian University, New Delhi

On the ‘misuse’ of law in India : The case of anti-cow slaughter statutes

Discutant : Gilles Tarabout, CNRS/LESC

14.00-14.50 Rohit De, Yale

Cows and constitutionalism : from religious rites to economic rights

Discussant : Gilles Tarabout

14.50-15.40 Nayanika Mathur, University of Sussex, England
The government of crooked big cats in India, 1972-2017

Discussant : Heid Jerstad, University of Edinburgh

16.00-16.50 Diane Philiponet, Université de Toulouse – Jean-Jaurès

‘Monkeys come from the forest.’ State management of problems linked to monkeys in North Indian cities

Discussant : Heid Jerstad

16.50-17.30 Synthesising discussion : Sally Engle Merry (New York University)

Friday, 16 June

09.10-10.00 Anthony Good, University of Edinburgh

Animal sacrifice and the law in Tamil Nadu, South India

Discussant : Filippo Osella, University of Sussex

10.00-10.50 Daniela Berti, CNRS/CEH

Animal sacrifice under judicial scrutiny. Moral reforms and religious freedom in India

Discussant : Filippo Osella

11.20-12.10 Raphaël Voix, CNRS/CEIAS

Animal sacrifice in West Bengal ; practice, contestation and the state

Discussant : Véronique Bouillier, CNRS/CEIAS

12.10-13.00 Chiara Letizia, Université de Quebec, Montreal & Blandine Ripert, CNRS Paris/CSH Delhi

“Not in the name of religion.” A Supreme Court verdict on animal sacrifice in Nepal

Discussant : Véronique Bouillier

14.00-14.50 Joëlle Smadja, CNRS/CEH

A chronicle of law implementation in environmental conflicts : the case of Kaziranga National Park in Assam (North-East India)

Discussant : Tobias Kelly, University of Edinburgh

14.50-15.40 Kelly D. Alley & Tarini Mehta, Auburn University, USA

Draining activism : delay and persistence in India’s legal discourse

Discussant : Tobias Kelly

16.10-17.15 Synthesising discussion : K. Sivaramakrishnan, Yale

Workshop Timetable : workshop_timetable-2

Recht als Kultur : Mirjam Künkler (Uppsala/Bonn): Women as Judges, Jurists and Legal Advisers in the Islamic Tradition (6 feb. 2018)


The field of religio-legal authority, whether in Islam, Catholic and Eastern Christianity, or Judaism, is still by and large a field that lacks gender diversity. Rarely are women accepted as interpreters of religious law, as prayer leaders in front of mixed congregations, or as religious leaders whose advice is sought beyond questions pertaining to the private sphere. But in Islam the field is slowly changing, and has been for the better part of a decade now, as in several states programs are underway that train women as Islamic juristic authorities: the women ayatollahs of Iran come to mind, as do the murshidat of Morocco, female jurists that have joined fatwa boards in pre-war Syria and Indonesia, and women who have been appointed judges to Sudanese and Malaysian courts applying Islamic law.

This lecture will offer an overview of new initiatives promoting women’s juristic authority in Islamic law and the jurisprudential as well as political justifications that are given in each of these contexts. It will discuss the extent and forms of these programs and offer a typology of what type of authority women tend to be trained in. It will be suggested that contrary to public perceptions, in many of these contexts local Islamic legal traditions are more permissive regarding women’s religio-legal authority than current social practices would indicate.

  • Datum: 06.02.2018
  • Ort: Max-Weber-Vortragsraum des Käte Hamburger Kollegs „Recht als Kultur“
  • Uhrzeit: 18:00 Uhr

Coutumes et droit écrit en Afrique noire aujourd’hui : inversion de suprématie ?

Mercredi 14 février 2018
Université Toulouse Capitole
Salle des Thèses
11 Rue des Puits Creusés
31000 Toulouse



La question des rapports entre les coutumes et les droits écrits en Afrique noire s’est posée dès que les puissances coloniales ont introduit leur droit dans cet espace.
A cette époque elle était réglée par une volonté de faire prévaloir les droits écrits sur les coutumes, notamment par l’organisation d’une cohabitation des deux droits en dénigrant les coutumes pour mieux faire apparaître les mérites des droits écrits.
Cette volonté s’est poursuivie après les indépendances avec l’adoption par les Etats des solutions de cohabitation visant à terme la disparition des coutumes. Simplement, elle s’est heurtée, et se heurte encore à une résistance discrète mais omniprésente des coutumes, avec parfois des situations claires d’application des solutions coutumières au détriment des règles écrites. Peut-on sur la base de cette observation parler d’inversion de hiérarchie ? Les coutumes seraient-elles en réalité le droit réel à codifier et les droits écrits d’application exceptionnelle en Afrique noire ?
Au-delà d’un simple bilan, cette conférence interroge l’état actuel des rapports entre les droits écrits et les coutumes dans les Etats d’Afrique noire, avec pour ambition d’en tirer des enseignements en termes de processus de production des normes ayant des chances de s’appliquer effectivement dans un espace juridique donné.




10h00 : Intervention de Monsieur Pierre-Etienne KENFACK, Professeur, Université Yaoundé 2, Cameroun


(Monsieur Kenfack a fait ses études à l’Université de Yaoundé 2 où il a obtenu un doctorat de troisième cycle, avant de s’inscrire à l’Université Toulouse 1 pour la préparation d’une thèse de doctorat, finalement soutenue à l’Université Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne).

Reçu major à la section droit privé du concours d’agrégation CAMES de 2011, il enseigne à l’Université Yaoundé 2 la théorie du droit, le droit international privé, le droit foncier et le droit OHADA. Ses champs privilégiés de recherches sont : les sources du droit, le droit foncier et le droit des ressources naturelles. Il est Professeur invité à l’Université Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne), à l’Université de Caen (Basse Normandie) et dans plusieurs Universités Africaines.)

Inscription gratuite par mail à Cécile Petit : 

Inscription supplémentaire et obligatoire sur ADUM pour les doctorants

Reprise des cours de Philippe Descola au Collège de France : « la composition des collectifs. Formes d’hybridation »

Forum Law as Culture : Matthias Herdegen (Bonn): The International Law of Biotechnology: Personhood and Human Rights, Risk Management and International Trade

Matthias Herdegen (Bonn): The International Law of Biotechnology: Personhood and Human Rights, Risk Management and International Trade


The international law of biotechnology reflects a complex interplay of legal values, individual rights and social interests. The debates on in vitro fertilization, cloning, stem cell research, gene therapy or transgenic crops highlight conflicting normative concepts and societal perceptions. Human rights, individual autonomy as well as traditional concepts of personhood and family life inspire regulatory models in the field of bio-medicine and reproduction techniques. Human dignity, referring to the individual person or to mankind at large, operates as common roof for legal and ethical standards. In international trade and environmental law, scientific corroboration of risks, commercial interests and different approaches to precaution compete and often conflict with socio-cultural considerations, especially in highly risk-averse societies. Patents may bar access to genetic resources as encoded information and to transgenic organisms. Human rights treaties as well as free trade regimes have become the battleground for political choices in heterogeneous societies and for different regulatory approaches adopted by states. Current discussion is driven by conflicting claims to ‘rationality’ and the difficult quest for value judgments based on an international consensus.

Prof. Dr. DDr. h.c. Matthias Herdegen

Curriculum Vitae

Matthias Herdegen is Director of the Institute of Public Law (Institut für Öffentliches Recht) and Director at the Institute of Public International Law (Institut für Völkerrecht) of the University of Bonn. His main areas of research are, inter alia,  in the fields of German and foreign constitutional law, European law, international business law, international law and biotechnology law.

After studying law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cambridge, Matthias Herdegen gained his doctorate in Heidelberg in 1983. For his habilitation treatise “Gewissensfreiheit und Normativität im positiven Recht“ (Freedom of Conscience and Normativity in Positive Law), he received a special award for constitutional law from the German Federal Ministry of Science. Following his work as a research fellow for foreign and international law at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, he took on a professorship at the University of Bonn and, shortly after, was appointed professor at the University of Konstanz. Since 1995, Matthias Herdegen holds the chair for public law in Bonn. He has been a visiting professor at, inter alia, New York University (Global Law School), the University of Paris I (Sorbonne), the Universidad Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Tel Aviv, as well as adjunct professor at the City University of Hong Kong. Matthias Herdegen is honorary professor at the Pontifical Javeriana University and at the university Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Bogotá. He is Director at the Interdisciplinary Latin America Center of the University of Bonn, executive co-editor of the Grundgesetz-Kommentar Maunz/Dürig (Maunz/Dürig Commentary on German Basic Law) and member of the Human Rights Committee of the International Law Association.

From October 2012 to April 2013, Matthias Herdegen was fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” and continued his fellowship in October 2013. Since October 2017 he is again Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center.


  • Date: 23.01.2018
  • Place: Max Weber lecture room of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”
  • Time: 18:00 h

Call for participation (PhD students in all disciplines) : The Uses and Futures of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies

Call for Participation (PhD students in all disciplines)

The Uses and Futures of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies


A one-day Conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury

15th June 2018

Kent Law School is proud to launch and host the inaugural Interdisciplinary Legal Studies (ILS) Network and bi-annual Conference. The inaugural postgraduate research conference titled The Uses and Futures of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies aims to provide an initial forum towards the critical exploration of interdisciplinary research/studies in and of law, as well as the formation of an informal research network between cognate PhD students (Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Network – ILS) and Law Schools. The following Schools have already joined the ILS network: Kent Law School, Westminster Law School, Birkbeck Law School, Warwick Law School, Universidad de los Andes, Law School, Melbourne Law School, LSE Law School, Science Po, Law School and the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Law School.

The Conference will not follow the conventional pattern of papers and plenaries, but rather aim for collective discussion at first in small groups, and then more widely with the support of 6 Guest Scholars: Prof. Diamond Ashiagbor (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies); Prof. Kate Bedford (Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham); Prof. Emilios Christodoulidis (School of Law, University of Glasgow); Dr. Emilie Cloatre (Reader in Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent); Prof. Marieke de Goede (Department of Politics, University of Amsterdam); and Prof. Ambreena Manji (School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University).

In order to facilitate participation and collective reflection PhD students in law, as well as PhD students in other disciplines, with an interest in thinking about law, however widely conceived) are invited to submit:

(1) a 200-word summary of their doctoral research project; and

(2) a 200-word summary brief on their experience of/reflection on interdisciplinary research in/of law.

Please email your briefs to: by 15th March 2018


Conference Theme

Arguably, modern legal scholarship is today more vibrant, complex and inter-disciplinary than ever before. Legal studies and legal practices are increasingly informed by a wide range of complex interdisciplinary borrowing, interaction and cooperation. Furthermore, different approaches to legal research and education, as varied as doctrinal, neo-realist, socio-legal, feminist, neo-Marxist, law-in-action, critical, contextual and so forth, appear to concur, often through a growing degree of self-criticism, that the emergence of sophisticated interdisciplinary scholarship amidst various political perspectives, methods and disciplines has influenced or, at least, to an extent challenged legal teaching, learning, researching, decision-making, concept-constructing and vocational practice. Our primary concern in this conference is with inquiring into the manner and purpose of the interdisciplinary research experience in contemporary broad-minded legal studies.

Interdisciplinary practices and aims have been subject to contention, as well as variation and recalibration, for many decades. Is it, for instance, disciplinary integration and/or interaction that are aimed at? Is it, instead, juxtaposition, coordination, and the rigorous ability to read parallel sequences (often categorized as falling under ‘multidisciplinarity’)? Is it the critique of the structural formation of knowledges, or the ultimate transcending of a discipline that is aimed at (its transformation, often categorized under the name of ‘transdisciplinarity’)?

What if, however, interdisciplinary legal research aimed at neither a mere self-sufficient juxtaposition, nor an over-ambitious synthesis? Who would be the audience and what would be the purpose of interdisciplinary research and study of law and in law? It is often observed, for example, that interdisciplinary attempts in legal research borrow methods or material (however successfully) from another discipline in order to then near-exclusively address a legal audience, without manifesting, in fact, a genuine attempt to study as well as engage with that other discipline’s audience. What, then, if interdisciplinarity begins only once it admits that distinctions run through disciplines as much as between them and that therefore one has to study them rigorously in all sorts of ways (be they methodological and theoretical, instrumental and critical, endogenous and exogenous etc.)?

Academic disciplines are indeed contingent and highly permeable products of complex historical processes. Distinctions and synergies between disciplines are equally contingent on different histories and cultures (for example, history is the foundational social science in France, while in Britain it is categorized under the humanities; equally we can ask: is law a social science or a part of the humanities?). Lacking some kind of absolute consistency, disciplines differentiate their functions through transforming knowledges and practices, in the self-defining and self-serving interior dynamics. Disciplines are however a recent modern invention and, more than it is usually admitted, they have always remained in a state of almost permanent ‘crisis’, flux and cognitive (as well political or social) challenge. Within the institution of the University disciplinary self-definition and self-defense has intensified, often forgetting that disciplines themselves are re-created or redefined through collisions between differing cognitive spheres.

Interdisciplinarity, it is then proposed, may be neither a panacea for all the problems one encounters in legal research and higher education more widely, nor an unnecessary opportune distraction from the rigor of a disciplinary program of study. In addition, interdisciplinarity, in its multiple and complex formations and deformations, should not be constrained by the success of its hype. Too often, as a mostly managerial or marketing buzzword without much challenging substance, it has infiltrated Universities to the point that now almost all departments and all disciplines aim to foster interdisciplinarity in research and education. While it is most challenging a climate in which we find ourselves, we think that there has not been a better time to consider, anew, and with persistent care, the paths, claims and challenges of inter/disciplinarity in legal research (and by extension education more broadly). If interdisciplinarity is not to be or remain an empty signifier, yet another fashionable façade of progress and innovation (or even the latest desperate attempt to de-socialise and isolate knowledge), we need to ask what becomes of/in interdisciplinary formations and deformations of knowledge?


Registration Fee: £35


More details on the Conference, Travel, Accommodation and related matters will be regularly updated at the Conference’s site which can be visited at:


If you have any questions please feel free to contact:

Thanos Zartaloudis at

Donatella Alesandrini


Socio-legal studies/sociologie du droit: methods, traditions, theories in France and the UK


This workshop stems from several observations: first, that socio-legal scholarship as a whole is strongly influenced by both institutional contexts and local scholarly traditions, which has led it to adopt very varied forms across jurisdictions. Second, that this diversity is both an interesting object of study to understand the possibilities and forms of socio-legal research and critique, and an obstacle to some cross-jurisdictional conversations. Third, that this is particularly noticeable and interesting in the context of France and the UK. While socio-legal studies have significantly developed over the past few decades, both in the UK and (though arguably to a lesser extent) in France, cross-channel conversations across relevant communities have remained limited. In addition, the forms that socio-legal scholarship has adopted in those two contexts are strikingly different (see: Renaud Colson, Stewart Field, “Socio-legal Studies in France: Beyond the Law Faculty”, Journal of Law and Society, vol. 43, no. 2, 2016, p. 285-311).

Although various bridges and connections have been made – through common projects, borrowing of ideas, methods or theories, or occasional encounters at conferences or within topic-specific contexts – there has historically been limited efforts to engage more broadly the growing socio-legal communities in France and the UK. Such conversations on a broader scale, however, could be highly interesting at several levels. In spite of shared aspirations, UK socio-legal studies and its French equivalents have developed in very different ways, sharing some theoretical and methodological traditions, while differing in many others. In addition, the institutional settings in which each movement has developed are in stark contrast, which in turn has certainly influenced the shape of scholarship itself. Reflecting on those different contexts, and their influences is useful in a context of continuous pressure on the development and maintenance of interdisciplinary legal scholarship, both in research and teaching.

In this workshop, we want to reflect on those different trajectories, and what they have to tell us about ‘socio-legal studies in context’, but also aim to bring together this scholarly diversity in order to explore ways forward, in terms of collaborations, and in terms of methodological and conceptual explorations.
Therefore, this workshop positions itself both as a first step towards a broader set of discussions and as a significant opportunity to reflect on the impact on our own traditions on the forms of knowledge produced.

The workshop has three key aims:

1) To reflect on how different institutional contexts and traditions have shaped socio-legal thought and scholarship in France and the UK
2) To bring together contrasting approaches developed by those traditions
3) To foster future exchange and research across communities in France and the UK and facilitate new collaborations

The workshop will be held in English.

Format/call for contributions

The workshop will to be based around 4 sessions. In the first three sessions, short papers will be given by keynote speakers, followed by longer questions, discussions and exchange.

For the final session, we would like to invite contributions from early career scholars (including PhD students), in the form of very brief presentations of 8-10 mins, offering an overview of a project, with particular attention the methodological/conceptual approach adopted. An abstract of 200 words should be submitted by email to by the 8th December 2017. We will endeavour to respond by the 15th December.


To register for the conference, A small fee of £50 will be requested for registration for participants other than speakers.
We may be able to offer limited financial support for ECRs for travels or accommodation. If you would need such support in order to attend the conference, please let us know as soon as possible.


IDAES, UNSAM invita a la charla: La invisibilización de un crimen: feminicidios en contextos indígenas en Chiapas.

La Universidad Nacional de San Martín y Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales invitan a la charla: La invisibilización de un crimen: feminicidios en contextos indígenas en Chiapas.

Impartida por la Dra. Perla Orquídea Fragoso Lugo, catedrática CONACYT/ CESMECA-UNICACH, México.

El Jueves 30 de noviembre a las 18:00hrs.

En Sede Edificio Volta

Av. R. S. Peña 832, piso 6, CABA

Aula 605