Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Integrative Research Institute Law & Society (LSI)

Law & Society Lecture Series

Anthropology and Law - a Conversation

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
das Law and Society Institute Berlin (LSI Berlin) lädt sehr herzlich zur ersten Law & Society Lecture Series im Wintersemester 2017/2018 ein.



Anthropology and Law - a Conversation with Mark Goodale

Dienstag, 24. Oktober 2017, um 18:15 Uhr 
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Juristische Fakultät
Altes Palais, Unter den Linden 9, Raum E 25

Diese Veranstaltung findet auf Englisch statt. 


About the lecture:
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 our discussion, we aim 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.


Dr. Despoina Glarou, LL.M, MBA, is Managing Director of, and Senior Lecturer at the Freie Universität Berlin ‘Human Rights Under Pressure-Ethics, Law and Politics’ Programme and an internationally established expert in public international law, international affairs, and human rights, with long-standing experience as an educator, scholar, and lawyer.

Alik Mazukatow, M.A., is interested in policy, law, other normativities, and their interplay in social practice. He currently conducts ethnographic reseach on German antidiscrimination law and policies.


Gabriele D'amico, MSc.. A criminal lawyer by training, Gabriele D'amico works at the intersection of human rights, philosophy and cultural economics and proposes UNESCO as a platform for dialectically managing the conflict between cultural diversity and human rights. 


Jonas Bens is a postdoctoral researcher at the Affective Societies research cluster and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin. He specializes in legal anthropology, political anthropology, indigenous studies, transitional justice and theories of democracy.




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