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Anthropology and Human Rights: the Impact of Sally Engle Merry
November 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Join us at NYU School of Law for a discussion among leading experts on current issues and the far-reaching impact of Professor Sally Engle Merry’s defining contributions to law and anthropology.
Human Rights and Anthropology — 9:00–10:15 a.m.
Julie Billaud (Graduate Institute, Geneva) Strategizing for Relevance: NGO’s Submissions to the Universal Periodic Review
Jane Cowan (University of Sussex) Words, Numbers, Culture: Thinking with Sally Merry at the Universal Periodic Review
Mark Goodale (Lausanne) Vernacularization as Anthropological Ethics
Sam Martinez (U Conn) Beyond the Vanishing Point: What Can Ethnography Add to Today’s Anti-Slavery Efforts?
Fred Myers (NYU Anthropology) Rites of Culture: Legal Frameworks, Indigenous Protocols, and the Circulation of Culture in Australia
Gender — 10:15–11:30 a.m.
Hilary Charlesworth (University of Melbourne) Visual Images of Women in International Organizations
Dorothy Hodgson (Brandeis University) ‘We are Not Birds’: Land Dispossession, Collective Protest, and Gender Justice in Tanzania
Miriam Ticktin (The New School University) Gendered Innocence
The Local Futures of Human Rights — 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meg Davis (Geneva) The Noble Lie: Data on the Fast Track to the End of AIDS
Cesar Rodriguez-Garavíto (NYU) Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and the Climate Crisis
Jack Snyder (Columbia) Vernacularizing Rights: Necessary but Dangerous
Indicators — 2:00–3:15 p.m.
Meg Satterthwaite (NYU) The Seductions of Quantification Rebuffed? The Curious Failure of UN Treaty Bodies to Engage Human Rights Data
Beth Simmons (Penn) The Power of Ranking: The Ease of Doing Business Indicator and Global Regulatory Behavior
Benedict Kingsbury (NYU) Knowledge Infrastructures
Kevin Davis (NYU) Missing Legal Indicators
International Justice — 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Kamari Clarke (UCLA) Indicators, Treaties, and Regional Courts
Richard Wilson (U Conn) Towards an Ethnography of International Justice Institutions
Richard Abel (UCLA) The Fate of the Rule of Law in the US ‘War on Terror’: The Trump Years
Pablo de Greiff (NYU) The Future of the Past: the Current State and Prospects of Transitional Justice
Closing Session — 5:00–5:45 p.m.
Interview with Sally Engle Merry — Philip Alston
Reception to follow