Fellows’ Seminars

In the course of the semester, Visiting and Junior Visiting Fellows presents their research project in the Fellows’ Seminar. For the fellows, the seminars provide an opportunity to reflect on their current work and to get feedback from the Institute’s academic community.

 

June 2016

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Jun
2016

Experiments in Justice

This talk analyses the interactions between transnational liberal understandings of “the Rule of Law” and local non-state justice institutions in Bangladesh. Focussing on one specific project run by international donor agencies that aim at activating village courts in Bangladesh, I develop a critique of both top-down and bottom-up accounts of the diffusion of norms and …
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May 2016

25
May
2016

Banks, Gold, and Weddings

Development practitioners increasingly adopt interventions based on the findings of behavioral economics, which suggest that poverty is the result of poor’s impaired capacity to make efficient and long-term decisions. The solution to eradicate poverty, therefore, lies in teaching the poor to make better financial decisions. As a critique of this shift in development practice, I …
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19
May
2016

Signs of Power: Action, Expression, Institution

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Linguistic activity is permeated by power dynamics, and power is often either manifested or executed by means of language. Can a case be made for a stronger analogy, or indeed a direct link? The talk will outline an argument for a structural connection between linguistic self-awareness and the awareness of power, based on the essential …
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11
May
2016

Clumsy Democrats

20th-century Europe was marked by two extremes: the descent into war and genocidal dictatorship on the one hand, and the return to peace and democracy on the other.  Throughout much of the 1920s and 1930s democracy, the rule of law, and liberalism seemed outdated to many in Western and Central Europe as well as in …
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04
May
2016

Employees Who Do Not Work

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How do we understand the phenomenon of employees who do not work? Whilst there has been an abundance of scholarly attention to the reasons for employees’ commitment to their work, the question of why employees do not work has drawn comparatively less attention. One of the reasons for this relative neglect is the continued prevalence …
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April 2016

27
Apr
2016

From ‘is’ to ‘ought’… and vice versa

As a philosopher and an anthropologist, respectively, David Jenkins and Kathrine Miller start from different premises and commitments, spanning, for example, the gap between moral relativism and universalism. Both projects, however, address the relationship between moral systems and individual ethical subjects as well as interrogating the value of conceiving the moral primarily as a separate, …
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07
Apr
2016

Voodoo Economics EUro-Style

The talk will focus on one particular instantiation of the perplexing resurgence of neoliberal policies in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis: the single-minded pursuit of fiscal austerity as the sole cure for the perceived structural problems of the Euro area up to 2012. Drawing on my extensive archival research and interviews at the …
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March 2016

16
Mar
2016

Martyrdom and Democratic Politics

The notion of martyrdom is usually associated with religious meanings. This is unsurprising since it has been central to the constitution and sustenance of religious traditions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam. However, what if one thinks through the notion of martyrdom to apprehend socio-political phenomena that might be deemed relatively ‘secular’, such as democratic …
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02
Mar
2016

Postmemory / Bodily Memory: Holocaust at Present

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In recent years, there has been a growing public debate in Israel about a new and rather contested form of commemoration in which descendants of Holocaust survivors tattoo themselves with prisoner identification numbers— perhaps one of the most iconic emblems of Auschwitz. The talk will situate this act in the larger framework of postmemory, posing …
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February 2016

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Feb
2016

International Lawyers in the Aftermath of Disasters

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We are confronted today with seemingly relentless disasters that are producing a great amount of suffering and loss. How should an international lawyer conduct herself in their wake? Resisting the temptation to construct our times as entirely unprecedented this presentation will attempt to delineate, and drawn on, the conduct of two ancestral figures, Justice Radhabinod …
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January 2016

27
Jan
2016

Land and Violence in West Bengal

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West Bengal has a well documented history of violence from land related grievances. The last major land related violence occurred during the years 2006 to 2008 when the Left government tried to acquire land for industrialization. Given a dearth of empirical studies on the determinants of violence in West Bengal, the main objective of this …
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