The Department of Anthropology presents

"Religion, Race, Rights: Landmarks in the History of Modern Anglo-American Law"
with Eve Darian-Smith,  UCSB, Department of Anthropology

Thursday, October 28, 2010
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 3323

Darian-Smith’s talk will explore the connections between religion, race and rights in the development of modern western law, and directly confronts the assumption that law is an objective, rational and secular enterprise. Examining the wider historical context of the current Wars on Terror, she argues that the forces of religious fundamentalism and neo-liberalism together have resulted in a “re-racialization of the world”, and play significant roles in limiting the practical implementation of an international human rights discourse. Whether looking at contemporary issues of law and governance, or landmarks from the past, she concludes that it is the interconnectedness of religion, race and rights that must be examined in order to glean the wider contexts of western law’s positive and negative development.

This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact Theresa Collica,

Co-sponsored by the Department of Criminology, Law and Society

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