Events

Speakers in the Colloquium present works in progress drawn from their current research. We post titles and papers close to the presentation date.

All seminars take place on Fridays in the Fraser Building (Law) Room 152 at 2:30pm. Pre-seminars are held one week in advance in the same room at 12:30pm.

All pre-seminars are held in Fraser 152, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

2018-19 Season

October 26 2018: Deva Woodly (New School)

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Seminar: Black Feminist Vision and the Politics of Healing in the Movement for Black Lives 

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The Movement for Black Lives (#BlackLivesMatter) has developed a political philosophy rooted in black feminist thought, which posits that it is only by centering the most marginalized that we will be able to imagine and enact just social practices and institutional/legal policies. This vision of "healing justice" inspires both the organizational practices and political action of the movement. To answer the interlocking structural oppression that the most marginalized face, movement actors begin by acknowledging that feelings are not the opposite of intellect and that care and affirmation are not only personal, but critically, political resources. In this paper I explore both the empirical impetus for this margin-to-center philosophy advocating healing justice and the theoretical and practical implications of basing a social movement's political philosophy on the treatment of trauma and the necessity of care. 

Biography:
Deva Woodly is an Associate Professor of Politics at the New School. A former fellow of the Institute for Advances Study (2012-2013), she is the author of The Politics of Common Sense: How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance (Oxford 2015). Her research covers a variety of topics, from media & communication, to political understandings of economics, to race & imagination, & social movements. In each case, she focuses on the impacts of public discourse on the political understandings of social and economic issues as well as how those common understandings change democratic practice and public policy. Her process of inquiry is inductive, moving from concrete, real-world conditions to the conceptual implications of those realities. In all cases, she centers the perspective of ordinary citizens and political challengers with an eye toward how the demos impacts political action and shapes political possibilities. Her current book projects are #BlackLivesMatter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements, an examination of the ways that social movements re-politicize public life in times of political despair and What We Talk About When We Talk About the Economy, a broad investigation of American economic discourse and its implications for politics and policy in the post-Great Recession era. 

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November 9, 2018: Mark Antaki (McGill University)

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Seminar: Legalities and Literacies

Mark Antaki graduated from McGill in 1996 under the National Programme with a B.C.L. and an LL.B. He has a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral thesis undertook a "Genealogy of Crimes Against Humanity".

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January 18, 2018: Dean Spade (Seattle University)

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Dean Spade is an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches Administrative Law, Poverty Law, Gender and Law, Policing and Imprisonment, and Law and Social Movements. Prior to joining the faculty of Seattle University, Dean was a Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA Law School and Harvard Law School.

In 2002, Dean founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color. SRLP also engages in litigation, policy reform and public education on issues affecting these communities and operates on a collective governance model, prioritizing the governance and leadership of trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming people of color.

Dean's book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law was published by South End Press in 2011. A second edition with new writing was published in 2015 by Duke University Press. Bella Terra Press published a Spanish edition in 2016.

In 2015, Dean released a one-hour video documentary, Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!, which can be watched free online with English captions or subtitles in several languages.  

Dean's videosarticles, interviewsbook chapters, and syllabi are available on his website.

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February 15, 2018: Kyle Whyte (Michigan State University)

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I am a professor and environmental activist working at Michigan State University (MSU). My website features general information and links about my research and projects, drafts of my published and forthcoming articles and short essays (including the Indigenous science letter), teaching and research materials on #NoDAPL and Indigenous climate justice, and places where you can followmy updates.

My work focuses on the problems and possibilities Indigenous peoples face regarding climate change, environmental justice, and food sovereignty.

I participate in some great and unique programs at MSU that I encourage you to check out, including Philosophy, Community Sustainability, American Indian & Indigenous Studies, Environmental Science & Policy, Environmental Philosophy & Ethics and the Geocognition Research Lab.

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March 8, 2018: Melvin Rogers ( Brown University)

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Professor Rogers has wide-ranging interests located largely within contemporary democratic theory and the history of American and African-American political and ethical philosophy. His first book, The Undiscovered Dewey: Religion, Morality, and the Ethos of Democracy, explored these issues through an interpretation of John Dewey's writings and the theme of human responsiveness central to his work. That book was haunted by the unpursued theme of racial injustice and its place in American democracy. Professor Rogers' second book--The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought--will be devoted to figures within American and African-American political thought; it will combine close readings of figures and historical contextualization to think through the themes of democratic responsiveness, redemption, and faith amid racial injustice.

In addition to his past published book and current book project, he has edited John Dewey, The Public and its Problems, is at work on African American Political Thought: A Collected History  (under contract: University of Chicago Press), a collection of 32 essays on figures in the tradition of African American political thought co-edited with Jack Turner, as well as a new edited project tentatively titled Race and the Imagination. His articles appear in major academic journals as well as popular venues such as Dissent, the Atlantic, Public Seminar, and Boston Review.

In addition to these past and current projects, Professor Rogers now serves as the co-editor of Oxford University Press New Histories of Philosophy series. The series attends to the unstudied resources in the history of philosophy. Although I'm interested in the entire series, I'm especially keen to build its list in Africana Philosophy.

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October 1, 2018: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University) please note that the location for this Colloquium is Cornett A 129

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Seminar: Resistance Self-Respect: Another Challenge for Liberalism

Biography:
Lori Gruen is the William Griffin Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University where she coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies. She is also Professor of Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Science in Society. She is the author and editor of eleven books, including Ethics and Animals: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2011), The Ethics of Captivity (Oxford, 2014), and Entangled Empathy (Lantern, 2015) and the forthcoming Critical Terms for Animal Studies (2018) She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center for Bioethics and a Faculty Fellow at Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Animals and Public Policy and was the first chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Center for Prison Education at Wesleyan. Gruen has documented the history of The First 100 chimpanzees in research in the US and has an evolving website that documents the journey to sanctuary of the remaining chimpanzees in research labs The Last 1000.

Her research lies at the intersection of ethical theory, political philosophy, and social practice. She has written on a range of topics and her current projects include exploring ethical and political questions raised by captivity and carceral logics.

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2017-18 Season (past seminars)

March 23, 2018: Christopher Lebron (Johns Hopkins)

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Seminar: The Duty To Imagine - Afrofuturism vs White Identity Narrative - Cancelled

Chris Lebron is Associate Professor of Philosophy. He specializes in political philosophy, social theory, the philosophy of race, and democratic ethics. His work has focused on bridging the divide between analytic liberalism and the virtue ethics tradition. His first book, The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice In Our Time (OUP 2013) won the American Political Science Association Foundations of Political Theory First Book Prize. His second book The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of An Idea (OUP 2017) offers a brief intellectual history of the black lives matter social movement. Chris is at work on his third book, From A Human Point of View: Re-Imagining Racial Egalitarianism, which is a direct follow-up to The Color Of Our Shame, and explores the uses of imagination for attending to morally problematic racial attitudes that bolster racial inequality. Chris has written a number of articles and book reviews. He ha also been an active public intellectual, writing numerous times for The New York Times's philosophy column, The Stone and for Boston Review, in addition to other outlets.

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February 2, 2018: Joel Bakan (UBC)

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Seminar: The Corporation II

Joel Bakan writes and researches in the areas of Constitutional Law, socio-legal studies, legal theory and economic law.  He studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and served as Law Clerk in 1985 for Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada.  He joined the Law Faculty in 1990 as Associate Professor after a year's visit from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he had been Assistant Professor since 1987.  Professor Bakan teaches Constitutional Law, Contracts, socio-legal courses and the graduate seminar.  He has won the Faculty of Law's Teaching Excellence Award twice and a UBC Killam Research Prize.

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January 19, 2018: Julen Etxabe (University of Helsinki)

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Seminar: Dialogism in the Courts: What’s in it for Law, Human Rights, and Democracy?

Julen Etxabe is docent in legal theory from the University of Helsinki and writes in the areas of legal and political theory, law and humanities, international human rights, and comparative constitutionalism. 

 As a Fulbright scholar, he completed his SJD at the University of Michigan Law School with James Boyd White. He has taught at the University of Michigan (2008-10) and at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki since 2010. He was a research fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2014-2017) and co-editor in chief of No-Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice from 2012 to 2017. 

 He is the author of The Experience of Tragic Judgment (Routledge 2013) and the editor of three other books, most recently Rancière and Law (Routledge 2018) and Cultural History of Law in Antiquity (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). His current book project entitled Judicial Dialogues and the Conversation of Democracy seeks to illuminate the adjudicatory practices of several high courts in the world through the Bakhtinian concept of dialogism. Beyond identifying a global shift towards increasingly dialogical forms of judgment, the book seeks to theorize how these changes are transforming inherited notions of legal reasoning, legal authority, human rights, and the rule of law more generally.

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November 3, 2017: Barbara Arneil (UBC)

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Seminar: Domestic Colonies and Colonialism vs Imperialism in Western Political Thought and Practice 

Barbara Arneil (Ph.D, London) is interested in the areas of identity politics and the history of political thought. As the author of John Locke and America (OUP, 1996) and many related articles, she has a specialization in the intersection between liberalism and colonialism. She is also interested in gender and political theory, publishing Feminism and Politics, Oxford Blackwell, 1999 (translated into Chinese and published by Oriental Press, 2005). In it she examines how gender shapes the definition and scope of ‘politics’. She has written a critique of social capital from the perspective of inclusive justice, entitled Diverse Communities: The Problem with Social Capital, Cambridge University Press, 2006 and has published a co-edited anthology entitled Sexual Justice/Cultural Justice, Routledge, 2006.
Her most recent work is in the areas of social trust and diversity, global citizenship and cosmopolitanism, the role of disability in political theory and domestic colonies. She has just published a co-edited book entitled Disability and Political Theory  with Cambridge University Press, 2016. Scholarly recognition includes the Harrison Prize (UK Political Studies Association award for best article published in Political Studies), Rockefeller Foundation Residential Fellowship in Bellagio Italy, shortlisted for the C.B. MacPherson Prize (Canadian Political Science Association award for best book published in political theory) UBC Peter Wall Early Career Scholarship and the UBC Killam Research Prize.

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October 13, 2017: Orit Kamir (Israeli Center for Human Dignity)

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Seminar: Escape from Dignity: The Honour Politics of Jihad, Social Media Shaming, and Trump.

Orit Kamir publishes, teaches and is socially active in three interdisciplinary areas: 1. Dignity, respect and honor as moral/ethical values, bedrocks of social structures, and foundations of legislation and policy making; 2. Law-and-Film: analysis of mutual influences of two powerful contemporary discourses, that have substantial impact on the creation and determination of individuals’ and societies’ forging of their self-perceptions and visions of their identities and futures; 3. Gender politics in societies, cultures and laws. She has authored six monographs and dozens of articles, mostly in these areas, in English and in Hebrew, and has taught in universities in Israel and the United States. She has participated in drafting legislation in Israel, and as founder and academic head of the center for human dignity in Israel she has worked with diverse audiences on implementing dignity and respect in daily life as well as institutional policy making. She earned her BA in law, philosophy and literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and her Masters and Doctorate in Law and Culture at the University of Michigan (under the supervision of the founder of Law and Literature, Prof. J. B. White). She is an active participant in Israel’s public discourse and a social activist in gender equality and human rights.

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September 22, 2017: Leslie Green ( Queens University)

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Seminar: The Normativity of Law: What is the Problem?

Leslie Green is the Professor of the Philosophy of Law and Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He also holds a part-time appointment as Professor of Law and Distinguished University Fellow at Queen's. After beginning his teaching career at Lincoln College, Oxford, he moved to Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He has visited and taught at many other law faculties, including Berkeley, Columbia, NYU, Chicago and, for some years, at the University of Texas at Austin. He writes and teaches in the areas of jurisprudence, constitutional theory, and moral and political philosophy. He serves on the board of many journals and is co-editor of Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Law.

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2016-17 Season (past seminars)

March 17, 2017: Avery Kolers (University of Louisville)

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Seminar: The Territorial Rights of Animals: Zoopolis and Beyond

Avery Kolers is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Social Change minor at the University of Louisville. Since completing his PhD at the University of Arizona, he has published widely in the areas of social and political philosophy and applied ethics. His first book, Land, Conflict, and Justice: A Political Theory of Territory (CUP 2009) was awarded the Canadian Philosophical Association's Biennial Book Prize. He is also the author of A Moral Theory of Solidarity (OUP 2016).

Professor Kolers’ particular research interests include issues surrounding territorial rights and solidarity. These highly “applied” issues touch on a wide range of problems, but also raise hard questions about how to navigate deep diversity in a shared world. His 2009 book Land, Conflict, and Justice: A Political Theory of Territory (Cambridge University Press) won the Canadian Philosophical Association’s biennial book prize. More recently, his 2012 article “Floating Provisos and Sinking Islands” received the Journal of Applied Philosophy prize, awarded for “the best article published in the year’s volume.”

Currently, Professor Kolers is working on a book on solidarity and further articles on territorial rights. He has initiated a research project on the emergence of a discourse of indigenous title in the 16th-century Spanish Dominicans Francisco de Vitoria and Bartolomé de Las Casas as they grappled with the moral and political implications of the Encounter with the “new world.”

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February 24, 2017: Patricia Williams (Columbia University)

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Seminar: On rights and reality: from stated exceptions to states of exception

Professor Williams received her B.A., Wellesley, 1972 & J.D., Harvard, 1975. She practiced as deputy city attorney, Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney; and as staff lawyer, Western Center on Law and Poverty. She has served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin School of Law, City University of New York Law School, and Golden Gate University School of Law and has been at Columbia since 1991.

Professor Williams is fellow, at the School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth College, and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. She has published widely in the areas of race, gender, and law, and on other issues of legal theory and legal writing. Her books include The Alchemy of Race and RightsThe Rooster's Egg; and Seeing a ColorBlind Future: The Paradox of Race. Columnist, The Nation. MacArthur fellow. Board of Trustees, Wellesley College.

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January 20, 2017: Brenna Bhandar (University of London)

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Seminar: Racial Regimes of Ownership: Thinking Through Property with Cedric J. Robinson

Professor Bhandar’s current research project explores the relationship between racial formations and modern property law in settler colonial contexts. She examines articulations of race and ownership that emerge through the appropriation of Indigenous lands, drawing on a combination of critical theory, archival sources, and interviews in Canada, Australia and Israel/Palestine.

Professor Bhandar is co-editor (with Jon Goldberg-Hiller) of the book Plastic Materialities: Legality, Politics and Metamorphosis in the work of Catherine Malabou (Duke University Press, 2015). The contributions in this volume assess the political and philosophical implications of Malabou's innovative combination of poststructuralism and neuroscience across the disciplines of legal theory, sociology, literature and philosophy.

She is also co-editor of a special issue of Darkmatter Journal, "Reflections on Dispossession: Critical Feminisms" (2016, with Davina Bhandar). This collection traces a path for contemporary critiques of neoliberal capitalism and colonial dispossession. The authors show the compelling need for complex strategies and tools to evaluate the interlocking or intersectional practices of dispossession, and their particular effects on racialised, Indigenous, sexualized, and gendered subjects.

Lastly, Professor Bhandar is co-editor of the Routledge Book Series, Law and the Post-Colonial: Ethics, Politics & Economy, and has served on the editorial board of Feminist Legal Studies and the International Advisory Board of the Law and Society Review.

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