Law, Language, and the Words that Bind

Vendredi, 13 novembre, 2015 13:00à14:30
Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 202, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Conférence pour membres du corps professoral et les étudiants de cycles supérieurs avec Marianne Constable, University of California, Berkeley. (La pr. Constable prononcera également une conférence publique le soir précécent). Ceux et celles qui désirent assister à cette conférence devront préalablement lire un des chapitres du livre. Prière de confirmer sa présence d'ici le 1er november et recevoir une copie du chapitre en écrivant à constableatmcgill [at] gmail.com avec le mot ‘Seminar’ dans le titre de votre message.


(En anglais seulement) Marianne Constable will give a seminar for graduate students and faculty on her 2014 book Our Word is our Bond: How Legal Speech Acts. In this book, Constable argues that both law and language bind us, and that attending to law’s language enables us to recognize law not primarily as a matter of rules but of speech. Constable draws on Austin, Cavell, Reinach, Nietzsche, and others to show how claims of law are performative and passionate utterances or social acts that appeal implicitly to justice. Those who attend the seminar will be expected to read a chapter from the book. In the seminar, Constable will talk about how her work on legal rhetoric informs her new project on Chicago’s husband killers and will lead a discussion about the pre-circulated chapter.

La conférencière

(En anglais seulement)

Marianne Constable is Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and author of The Law of the Other: The Mixed Jury and Changing Conceptions of Citizenship, Law and Knowledge (winner of the Law & Society Association J. Willard Hurst Prize in Legal History); Just Silences: The Limits and Possibilities of Modern Law; and Our Word is Our Bond: How Legal Speech Acts (finalist for two Socio-Legal Studies Association (UK) book prizes).
Constable earned her B.A. in political science and philosophy, her JD, and her Ph.D. in Jurisprudence & Social Policy, from University of California, Berkeley.  As demonstrated through her publications and service in sociology, political science, anthropology, history, literature, and philosophy, she is committed to the study of law in its broadest sense. She was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in 2005-2006, taught a short course on law and language at Melbourne University in 2012, and was the Lenore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellow in Communication at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University in 2014-2015. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the James Boyd White Award from the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities (LCH).

Organisé par le professeur Mark Antaki (Faculté de droit, McGill) et la professeure Katherine Lemons (Dép d'anthropologie, McGill).

Sponsors: Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law, Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy, Dean of Arts Development Fund, Legal Theory Workshop, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Department of Anthropology, Critical Social Theory, Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas.

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