Husband-Killing in Chicago and the New Unwritten Law

Jeudi, 12 novembre, 2015 17:00à19:00
Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 312, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Une Conférence publique en droit et en anthropologie avec Marianne Constable, University of California, Berkeley. Veuillez confirmer votre présence d'ici le 6 novembre 2015 en écrivant à constableatmcgill [at] gmail.com.

Cette conférence est accréditée pour 2 heures de formation continue obligatoire par le Barreau du Québec (No. 10104747).


(En anglais seulement) Between 1866 and 1931, over 250 women in Chicago killed their partners, but all-male coroner’s juries, grand juries and petit juries exonerated most women under a "new unwritten law". Marianne Constable unearths the stories of some of these women, and explores the various possible meanings of this new unwritten law, among them self-defense, temporary insanity, and battered woman syndrome. Her research investigates the ways in which history and law privilege writing as sources, evidence and authority, and it analyzes the turn-of-the-century emergence of an account of law based on social, statistical, and psychological knowledge.  As a contribution to legal philosophy, the project shows how claims about a new unwritten law marked a period in which imperfect and incomplete understandings of law came to be articulated through the formal speech acts that are now often taken - mistakenly - to be wholly determinative of law.

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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