Social Science Seminar 2016-17

On Monday, May 1, we will hear from Linda M. G. Zerilli of The University of Chicago, and a Member in the School, on Critique and the Realistic Spirit. The following week, Vanja Hamzić of SOAS, University of London, also a Member, will give a presentation entitled Interruption.

The Social Science Seminar meets each week on Monday from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m in the Dilworth Room. The presentation begins at 12:30 p.m.  Attendees, as in the past, include the Faculty, Members, Visitors and Research Assistants of the School of Social Science, those Members of the School of Historical Studies with related interests, and colleagues from the wider academic community.  If there are any questions regarding the Seminar, please contact Donne Petito at 609.734.8250 or We look forward to seeing you.

Seminar Schedule

2016 - 2017

September 26 Didier Fassin Why Do We Punish? Beyond Theories of Justification
October 3 Sida Liu The Ecology of Political Activism: Rights-Oriented Lawyering in China
October 10 Ayse Parla Precarious Hope, Migrant Legalization and the Limits of Affect Theory
October 17 Ruha Benjamin

The Emperor’s New Genes: Race, Science, Policy, and the Allure of Objectivity

October 24 Reuben Jonathan Miller Making Up the Ex-offender
October 31 Bernard Harcourt The Counterrevolution
November 7 Massimiliano Tomba Insurgent Universality: Journeying on the Roads Not Taken
November 14 Nick Cheesman Towards a New Theory of Torture
November 21 Karen Engle Carceral Human Rights
November 28 Lee Ann Fujii Show Time: Race-making through Violent Display
December 5 Andrew Dilts Abolitionist Killjoys and the Social Life of Social Death
December 12 Peter Redfield Humanitarian Design and the Scale of the Future
January 23 David Kazanjian Adam and Juan Patricio: Dis/Possessed
January 30 Jaeeun Kim Seeking Asylum, Finding God: Asylum-Seeking on Religious Grounds and the Politics of Deservingness in the Era of "Probationary Citizenship"
February 6 Emily Zackin The Honest But Unfortunate Debtor: Social Class, Statebuilding, and U.S. Law
February 13 Fadi Bardawil Emancipation Binds
February 27 Jonathan Morduch Markets and Social Action
March 6 Lalaie Ameeriar On Cultural Relativism: Forced Marriage and "Honor" Killings in London, U.K.
March 13 Pascal Marichalar Is Disease Part of the Job? Economic and Moral Restructuring in a French Factory
March 20 Céline Bessière Doing Wealth Inequality in the Family
March 27 Lori Allen Why Do We Investigate? The Political Epistemology of International Commissions of Inquiry
April 3 Marcello Di Bello Statistics in the Courtroom: Do They Threaten the Fair Trial?
April 17 Allegra McLeod Imagining Abolition
April 24 Juan Obarrio Law and Behold
May 1 Linda Zerilli Critique and the Realistic Spirit
May 8 Vanja Hamzić Interruption
May 15 Amr Shalakany  

Seminar subjects may vary from the personal statements of Members included on this site. Please refer to the descriptions above for exact topic of talk.