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Annual Law and Society Lecture: Sally Engle Merry, The Seductions of Quantification

Dec 2, 2013, 2:30pm-4pm

The Seductions of Quantification: Human Rights, Trafficking and the Rise of Indicator Culture

Sally Engle Merry is Silver Professor of Anthropology at New York University, Faculty co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law and president of the American Ethnological Society. Her recent books include Colonizing Hawai‘i (Princeton, 2000), Human Rights and Gender Violence (Chicago, 2006), Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective (Blackwells, 2009) and The Practice of Human Rights (co-edited with Mark Goodale; Cambridge, 2007). She received the Hurst Prize for Colonizing Hawai‘i in 2002, the Kalven Prize for scholarly contributions to sociolegal scholarship in 2007 and the J.I. Staley Prize for Human Rights and Gender Violence in 2010. She received an honorary degree from McGill School of Law in 2013. She is currently writing a book on indicators as a technology of knowledge used for human rights monitoring and global governance.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Social Science, the Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies and the Nathanson Center on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Society.


Location:Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building
Sponsor:Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies
Posted by:Joanne Blake
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