Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought

2014-2015 Lecture Series - LAW and/as PERFORMANCE


The LAW and/as PERFORMANCE  lecture series is sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought at Amherst College.

A few words about our theme. 

Law – at least law legitimated in a democracy that holds certain commitments to transparency – inevitably and constitutively has a public dimension.  And in public, law wears different guises:  the congressional hearing, the published opinion, the presidential signing, the trial process, and so forth.  While many scholars have taken up the question of law’s public nature, few have conceived of it as embodied in performances, played out in front of various audiences, with specific communicative effects derived from its liveness, its dialogism, and its theatricality.  In this series we wish to explore what difference it might make to conceive of law as performance.  How might such a frame help us analyze legal aesthetics and reconceive the dynamics of law’s legitimization?   What kinds of audiences does law imagine and constitute?  What is left behind the curtain, so to speak, while those audiences are preoccupied with the performances in front of them?

Please Mark your calendars for these speakers!

 

 
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  September 22, 2014 - Monday  
 4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Julie Peter, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

"Theatres of Punishment: Dramaturgy, Spectacle, and Spectatorship from the Guillotine to Abu Ghraib"
 
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October 29, 2014 -  Wednesday  
 4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Ryan Hartigan, PhD Candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies, Brown University

Staging the Time of The Law - "There Will Be No Performance in My Courtroom!"

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December 3, 2014  - Wednesday
4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Lara Nielsen, Assistant Professor of Theater & Dance, Macalester College
"Freedom with Silence: Performance and the Afterlives of Legal Things in Feminist Poetics Against Violences in the War on Drugs"
 
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Feb. 19, 2015 -   Thursday CXLD RESCHEDULED to April 20 - Monday
4:30pm
Clark 100
Ann Pelegrini and Karen Shimakawa, Performance Studies
New York University

" Reenactability"

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     March 25, 2015  -  Wednesday
5:00pm   
Clark 100
 
Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson, Asst. Professor of Performance Studies
Northewestern University
"How to Listen to a Scream: Anti-Black Violence & the Right of Resistance"

   
 
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May 4, 2015 - Monday
4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Catherine Cole,  University of California Berkeley

"Statements Before and After Arrests:  Performing at Law's Edge in Apartheid South Africa"

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