Yale Holds Symposium on Cultural Studies and the Law

Yale Law School will host a two-day conference on “Cultural Studies and the Law: Beyond Legal Realism in Interdisciplinary Legal Scholarship?” on April 15 and 16.

The symposium aims to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue on issues relating to the law and the way law functions within our culture. Scholars from a number of colleges and universities and representing a variety of academic disciplines will participate in panel discussions. Jointly sponsored by the Law School and the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, the symposium is organized by Austin Sarat of Amherst College and Jonathan Simon of the University of Miami Law School.

Saturday, April 15
9 a.m. Opening Address, Anthony T. Kronman, dean, Yale Law School

9:30 a.m. Session 1: Approaches to the Cultural Study of Law
Paul Kahn (Yale Law School)
The Cultural Study of Law: Philosophy or Anthropology?

Paul Schiff Berman (University of Connecticut, Law)
Overcoming Suspicion: Notes Towards a Non-Skeptical Approach to Legal/Cultural Analysis

Naomi Mezey (Georgetown University, Law)
What We Talk About When We Talk About Culture

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Session 2: Deploying Law and Legal Ideas in Culture and Society
Wai Chee Dimock (Yale, American Studies and English)
The Rule of Law in Literature and Science

Peter Brooks (Yale, Whitney Humanities Center)
Law and the Culture of Therapy

Carol J. Greenhouse (Indiana University, Communication & Culture and Anthropology)
Texts and Contexts in U.S. Ethnography in the 1990s

3:45 p.m. Session 3: Reading Legal Events
Shoshana Felman (Yale, French and Comparative Literature)
A Ghost in the House of Justice: Death and the Language of the Law

Anthony Farley (Boston College, Law)
Psychoanalysis and Voting Rights: Sandra Day O’Connor, James Baldwin, Jacques Lacan and the Color Line

Toby Miller (NYU, Cinema Studies)
Letting in the Facts: Cultural Studies Theory and Practice

5:30 p.m. Reception

Sunday, April 16
9:00-10:45 Session 4: Law, Culture and the Other: AIDS, Slavery, and Identity
Alison Young (Melbourne University, Criminology)
Into the Blue: The Image Written on Law

Nahum Chandler (Johns Hopkins University, Humanities)
Figurations of the Exorbitant: Meditations on Law and Subjection

Kenji Yoshino (Yale Law School)
Judicial Performativity

11 a.m. Brunch

Members of the media are asked to pre-register for this event. For more information, please contact Kyle Pasewark, student coordinator, at [email protected].

Media Contact

Gila Reinstein: [email protected], 203-432-1325