Aug 12 2014

Lecture Announcement: Richard Perry on “A Law of Natures, Nations, Natives, and Narratives”

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Thumb PerryAs the last contributor to our lecture series of this year’s Osnabrück Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law, we are happy to announce Richard Perry. Prof. Perry will speak on “A Law of Natures, Nations, Nativs, and Narratives” on Thursday, 14 August 2014, at 9.30 am in room 11/212. Richard Perry is Lecturer-in-Residence and Senior Fellow in Legal Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Professor of Justice Studies at San Jose State University. His research currently focuses on questions of temporal ordering after the alleged end of history.


It is generally recognized that legal rights claims – whether private property rights, collective-cultural rights, or even the jus cogens of human rights claims – are speech acts that may “do things with words” by virtue of their illocutionary force that is made explicit in the lexical-grammatical forms in which they are uttered and as that force is rendered performatively intelligible against the background of the canonical discourse genre of “Narrating the Nation” (Bhabha 1990).

This presentation will reflect on Judith Butler’s recent accounts of performativity in politico-legal discourse (in Who Sings the Nation-State? with Spivak 2007, and in Dispossession: The Performative in the Political with Athanasiou 2013). Primary data considered will include legal cases from Calvin’s Case (1608) to the present time, as well as other materials. The audience is hereby cautioned that media may be mixed in your presence.


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