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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Social Anthropology Seminar Series

‘Exploring the nature of justice’

Seminar convenor: Marloes Janson (mj19@soas.ac.uk)

This seminar series seeks to explore competing conceptions of justice at play in key areas of legal, political, social and cultural life. Conflicting notions of justice come into play in a variety of social domains including, but not limited to: (a) the law: how is justice seen and experienced in different legal jurisdictions, and by judges and those being judged; (b) in court: does court architecture constrain due process; (b) in international development: how are the rights of local people affected by extractive industry; (c) in politics: are politicians accountable to the electorate; and (d) in everyday life: how do the rights of women stack up against the power of men. At a time when access to justice and recognition of a person’s entitlements depend increasingly on the possession of wealth, the contributors explore competing conceptions of, and experience of seeking, ‘justice’ in the contemporary world.

A 45-50 minute presentation will be followed by an open discussion.

Admission free. No booking required.

Previous Events in this series

Looking from the outside in: The Kakfaesque experience of seeking asylum in the UK

Dr John Campbell, SOAS

19 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Exploring the Moral Panic around FGM in the UK

Dr Tamsin Bradley, University of Portsmouth

12 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Legal Inscriptions: The Potential Problem of International Criminal Law's Complicity with Ethno-nationalist Politics. The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr. Sari Wastell, Goldsmiths

5 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Professor Anne Griffiths, Edinburgh

26 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

When the Village Meets The Hague: Competing Conceptions of Transitional Justice in the African Great Lakes

Dr Phil Clark, SOAS

5 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Architects of Justice? Exploring the links between design and due process

Professor Linda Mulcahy, The LSE

29 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Force and Right: Money, violence and consent in Kinshasa's 2011 elections

Dr Joe Trapido, Anthropology & Sociology, SOAS

22 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

What happens to justice when the courts start to sponsor settlement?

Professor Simon Roberts, The LSE

15 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Rights of Others: conflicting concepts of ownership, family and wealth in areas impacted by the extractive industries

Dr Emma Gilberthorpe, School of International Development, UEA

8 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mission to a Prodigal Continent! An Ethnography of Religious Mutation and Mobility – the Case of African Christianities

Afe Adogame, University of Edinburgh

11 December 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Creolization, Ritual, and Syncretism

Charles Stewart, University College London

4 December 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Keeping the Secret, Losing the Secrets: Sufism, Esoterism, and the State in Libya

Igor Cherstich, SOAS

27 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

‘Secular’ Politics in the Age of ‘Religion’: Soka Gakkai and the Clean Government Party (Komeito)

Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen, SOAS

20 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

On the Jugaad Image: Embodying the Mobile Phone in India

Amitabh Rai, Queen Mary University (joint with SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies)

13 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

New and Not-Quite-So-New Religious Movements

Eileen Barker, London School of Economics and Political Science

30 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ghosts and Ancestors in the Modern West

Fenella Cannell, London School of Economics and Political Science

23 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

What Happened to Soviet Atheism?

Mathijs Pelkmans, London School of Economics and Political Science

16 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The ‘Witchcraft of the House’ Going Global: Occult Aggression, Intimacy, and Transcontinental Migrants from Africa

Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam (joint with SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies)

9 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Crisis and Famine in Island Greece: Sovereign Debt, Political Violence, and Topologies of Memory in Chios

Nicolas Argenti, Brunel University

2 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Militant Masks: Youth and radical insecurity in the Niger Delta

Dr. David Pratten, Oxford University

13 March 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Pacific presences: Oceanic art and European museums

Prof. Nicholas Thomas, University of Cambridge

6 March 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Westminster MPs at work: performance and relationships

Dr. Emma Crewe, SOAS

27 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Disciplining the everday state: anti-corruption activism in Delhi'

Dr. Martin Webb, Sussex

20 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Multidisciplinary Anthropology: film, history, arts and media

Dr. Giulia Battaglia, SOAS

6 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Urban community building and planning and residents’ responses in contemporary China

Prof. Stephan Feuchtwang, LSE

30 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Trans-sptial Protest: The Geography of Iranian Post-election Protest in the age of Web 2.0

Dr. Reza Masoudi-Nejad, SOAS

23 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Anthropological approaches to the study of drug consumption and drug control?

Prof. Axel Klein

16 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Post Independence Displacement in Eritrea: causes and consequences'

Gaim Kibraeb

5 December 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Contested Memories: the Shahid Minar and the struggle for diasporic space

Claire Alexander (Department of Sociology, University of Manchester)

28 November 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Transnational Connections and Development Disconnections: stories from Sylhet

Katy Gardner (Social Anthropology, University of Sussex)

21 November 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Self in the World and the World in the Self: Contributions to anthropological theory from anthropology of travel, tourism, and pilgrimage

Prof. Tom Selwyn, SOAS

31 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

'The Art of Capture: Hidden Jokes and The Native Reinvention of Animistic Ontologies in Southwest China'

Dr. Katherine Swancutt, Oxford University

24 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Amra shob shoman" (We are all the Same): Being Hindu and Muslim on the Bangladesh/India Border

Dr. Delwar Hussain, University of Cambridge

17 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Anthropology and 'land grabs' : reflections on our history of activism

Prof. James Fairhead, University of Sussex

10 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Between Development and Clinical Trials: Generating evidence for maternal child health programme interventions in Nepal

Dr. Ian Harper, University of Edinburgh

21 March 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Halal Frontier: Muslim Consumers in a Globalized market

Dr. Johan Fischer, Roskilde University, Denmark

14 March 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The changing mediascape of Spain's 15-M movement: a processual analysis

Dr. John Postill, Sheffield Hallam University

7 March 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

What are the Ethnic Options of Chinese/White young people in Britain Today?

Prof. Miri Song, University of Kent

29 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Jews and Palestinians: Separate or Together?

Dr. David Wesley, Tel-Aviv University

22 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

How mana/qi concepts shape sociality: the example of the Shuhi house in Southwest China

Prof. Elisabeth Hsu, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford

8 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Money-Go-Round: Personal Economies Of Wealth, Aspiration And Indebtedness In South Africa

Prof. Deborah James, LSE, University of London

1 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Uncertainty of Nationalism: Alienation, the Middle Class and Narrative in Maputo

Dr. Jason Sumich, University of Pretoria

25 January 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Word and Image: an ethnography of the religious imagination in Central Africa

Dr Ramon Sarrò

18 January 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

“An ethics of the rough ground of the everyday: the struggles and entwinements of life in post-invasion Iraq”

Mr. Hayder Al-Mohammad University of Kent at Canterbury

14 December 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

“Father Mao and the Country-Family: Affection for the Chinese State”

Dr Hans Steinmuller. London School of Economics

7 December 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

“Globalization, multiculturalism and ‘the autochthonous’ working-class: Comparing two steel-towns in Brazil and Britain"

Dr Massimiliano Mollona Goldsmiths, University of London

30 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

"Fields of desire: Poverty, policy and aspiration in the south of Laos"

Dr Holly High, University of Cambridge

23 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

“Politics, prostitution and the emergence of a new popular audience in 1920s Lagos”

Professor Karin Barber University of Birmingham

2 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

“Facebook and Digital Anthropology’”

Professor Daniel Miller, University College London

26 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

“The Birth of the Word: language, force, and Mapuche ritual”

Dr Magnus Course, University of Edinburgh

19 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

“Answering the 'so what?': Applying Anthropology to Defence and Security”

Dr Andrew Gee, Anthropologist, Influence Analysis Team - Strategic Analysis Group, Policy and Capability Studies Department

12 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For a life of virtue: Knowledge and morality in an Islamic academic setting in contemporary Malaysia

Mahnaz Marashi (SOAS)

16 March 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

'What stinks?': Perfume & the productivity of smell

Dr Kit Davis (SOAS)

9 March 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Astana: Making a Kazakh City? Power and New Identity in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan

Aigul Zabirova (SOAS)

2 March 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Processions of grief: Shii ritual, everyday life and sectarian difference in urban Pakistan

Paul Rollier (SOAS)

23 February 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The land of gold: Rupture and social change in East Timor

Dr Judith Bovensiepen (University of Kent)

9 February 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Insights from the Maoist Revolution in India

Alpa Shah and George Kunnath, (Goldsmiths)

2 February 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The tell-tale heart: emotion and conversion in Nias

Dr Andrew Beatty (Brunel University)

8 December 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Making Mela in Brick Lane

Dr. Nicola Frost (Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies and Centre for Food Studies)

(joint seminar with the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies)

1 December 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Comparisons for the anthropologist: when organ and tissue donations are matters of concern

Prof. Marilyn Strathern (University of Cambridge)

24 November 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The land of gold: rupture and social change in East Timor

Dr Judith Bovensiepen (University of Kent)

17 November 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Can the thing speak?

Dr Martin Holbraad (UCL)

3 November 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Balandier and the postcolonial messiahs

Dr Ruy Blanes (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon)

27 October 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

From the mouth of god: divine kinship and charismatic legitimation across India and Venezuela

Dr Lucia Michelutti (Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford)

20 October 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Cultivating 'good people': volunteering, giving and the ongoing political crisis in Thailand

Nattaka Chaisinthop (PhD candidate, SOAS)

13 October 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The hidden dimensions of polygyny

Professor Paul Spencer (SOAS)

17 March 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The work of law in controlling ‘terrorists’ in the UK

Dr. John Campbell (SOAS)

This paper looks at the case of an individual held under the UK Prevention of Terrorism Act (2005) on a ‘control order’.

10 March 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Between deciding and justifying: Islamic judges in England and Aceh

Professor John Bowen (Washington University in St Louis/LSE)

3 March 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Rethinking Democracy: New Politicians in Uttar Pradesh, India

Dr Craig Jeffery (University of Oxford)

24 February 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Silent Voice: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Activism and Resistance

Anne de Jong (SOAS)

10 February 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Beyond 'Relationalist Cultures': Towards Another Anthropology of Human Rights

Dr Harri Englund (University of Cambridge)

3 February 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Messages from Paradise followed by discussion with its makers: Dr Samuli Schielke (ZMO) and Daniela Swarowsky

Dr Samuli Schielke (ZMO) and Daniela Swarowsky

27 January 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The travails of the secular: gender and citizenship in Turkey

Professor Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS)

20 January 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Power of Secrets in Nepal

Professor David Gellner (University of Oxford)

13 January 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The theatre state of North Korea

Heonik Kwon (London School of Economics)

9 December 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brahmans, society and the state in colonial and post-colonial Tamilnadu, South India

Chris Fuller (London School of Economics)

2 December 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The future of human rights: Torture, boredom, and doubt at the United Nations

Toby Kelly (University of Edinburgh)

25 November 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Odessa: Pogroms in a cosmopolitan city

Carrie Humphrey (University of Cambridge)

18 November 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Splitting hairs: Horse breed classification and inter-disciplinarity

Rebecca Cassidy (Goldsmiths College)

4 November 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Islam of power and the Islam of powerlessness

Nico Martin (London School of Economics)

28 October 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Arts of the possible: culture, agency and subjectivity

Henrietta Moore (University of Cambridge)

21 October 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Something for posterity or hostage to fortune? some problems around archiving anthropological field material

Pat Caplan (Goldsmiths College)

14 October 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ghettoizing a matriarch and a city: An everyday story from the Palestinian/Israeli borderlands

Tom Selwyn

7 October 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM