Lectures

Lectures Delivered 1995 – 2014

2015 The Violence of International Legal History: Structural Injustice, Responsibility, and Historical Memory in an Uneven WorldLaw and Society Association Annual Meetings
Seattle, Washington

2015 International Law, Politics, and Aesthetics.Cambridge Law School, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK

2015 Africa and the International Criminal Court: Structures of Emotion in Decision-Making
CODESRIA

2015 ARethinking Culpability through the Impunity Gap: Proximity, Legal Time, and the Challenge with Historical Time, African Legal AID—Africa and the ICC: Lessons Learned and Synergies Ahead
Johannesburg, South Africa

2014 International Law, Politics, and Aesthetics.Kent Law School, University of Kent
Canterbury, UK

2014 International Law, Politics, and Aesthetics.Kent Law School, University of Kent
Canterbury, UK

2014 The ICC Impunity Gap: Disjunctures in Assigning Perpetrator GuiltThe Centaur Jurisprudence Conference: The Legalization and the Enculturation of Law. McGill University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2014 Rethinking Culpability through the Impunity Gap: Proximity, Legal Time, and the Challenge with Historical TimeThe Asser Institute
The Hague, The Netherlands

2014 Africa & the International Criminal Court: Structures of Emotion in Decision-MakingUniversity of California-Berkeley Law School
Berkeley, CA

2014 Africa & the International Criminal Court: Pushing Back with New Geographies of Justice.The Brenthurst Foundation
Johannesburg, South Africa

2013 Is the International Criminal Court (ICC) targeting Africa inappropriately?UCLA School of Law
Los Angeles, CA

February 2013 Anthropology’s Human Rights Turn (and what is desperately missing). Affective Geographies of Justice.University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

November 26, 2012 Transforming Ethnographic KnowledgeUniversity of Pennsylvania Colloquium Series
Philadelphia, PA

June 2012 Expert Knowledge and Evidentiary Challenges Religion and the Limits of the Law Anthropology Association
London, England

May 2012 Interrogating Transitional JusticeYork University Refugee Center Summer School
Toronto, Ontario

November 2011 Anthropology’s Human Rights TurnJohn F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

November 2011 The Presence and Absence of Black Cultural CitizenshipAmerican Anthropological Association Annual MeetingsMontreal, Quebec

June 2011 Global Law and Policy Workshop, ProseminarHarvard Law SchoolCambridge, MA

May 2011 Moving Targets: Resituating the Contemporary Social FieldAmerican Anthropological Association
March 2011 Knowledge, Domination and the Public in AfricaDahlem Konferenzen, Free University of BerlinBerlin, Germany

March 2011 Religion and the Limits of the LawUniversity of Toronto—Religion Seminar SeriesToronto, Ontario

January 2011 Can Africa Claim the 21st Century: Change Management in the Public and Private Sector, Keynote LectureICAN-LEADJohannesburg, South Africa

November 2010 Religion and the Limits of the LawAmerican Anthropological Association MeetingsNew Orleans, LA

November 2010 Law, Anthropology and Subjectivity: Questions of Evidence and IntentionAmerican Anthropological Association MeetingsNew Orleans, LA

May 2010 Religious Ontologies: the State of the FieldReligious Formations Conference, Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA

May 2010 Rethinking Human RightsThe Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio CenterBellagio, Italy

April 2010 Understanding the Study of Religion and the Law w/Zareena Grewal AACC—Yale Dessert & Discussion, Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT

February 2010 Engaged AnthropologyRutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, NJ

February 2010 Pondering the Realities of Engaged AnthropologyRutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, NJ

January 2010 The Underside of Global Governance and Transnational Law International Law Compliance and Human Rights IndicatorsArizona State University Law SchoolPhoenix, AZ

December 2009 Justice-Making and the Politics of Incommensurability Department of Anthropology, University of TorontoToronto, Ontario

November 2009 Rethinking Africa through its Exclusions: The Politics of Naming Criminal ResponsibilityMax Planck InstituteMunich, Germany

October 2009 Fictions of Justice: The ICC and Classifying Criminal ResponsibilityCenter for Refugee Studies – CRS-CERIS Fall Seminar SeriesYork University

October 2009 Race and Anthropology at the CrossroadsDepartment of African Studies, University of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI

October 2009 The Spectacle of the Victim After Truth: Justice, TRCs and Related AftermathsNew York UniversityNew York, NY

October 2009 Blackness in an Age of Global Capitalism: Humanitarianism and the Challenge of Assigning CulpabilityFlorida International UniversityMiami, FL

October 2009 Diasporic HegemoniesUniversity of TorontoToronto, Ontario

October 2009 How Law Travels: Making Sense of The International Criminal CourtUniversity of Toronto Law SchoolToronto, Ontario

October 2009 Law and the Politics of IncommensurabilityDepartment of Anthropology, University of ColoradoDenver, Colorado

September 2009 Re-Reading African Suffering: Toward a Critical Transnational Legal AnthropologyDepartment of Anthropology, Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA

September 2009 Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa, Book LaunchYale University Bookstore—Public LectureNew Haven, CT

June 2009 Transnational Law and the Underside of the SocialUniversity of Pittsburgh Law SchoolPittsburgh, PA

April 2009 The ICC Unraveled: Rule of Law and Its LimitsDepartment of International Studies, Central Connecticut State UniversityNew Britain, CT

April 2009 Law and the Politics of IncommensurabilityDepartment of International Studies, Central Connecticut State UniversityNew Britain, CT

March 2009 Gender and Human RightsAmerican Society of International LawWashington, DC

March 2009 The ICC ReconsideredAmerican Society of International LawWashington, DC

December 2008 Racial Formations: Thinking at the Limit Conference, DiscussantYale UniversityNew Haven, CT

November 2008 Religion and Human RightsFaiths and Globalization Initiative w/Tony Blair, Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT

November 2008 Toward a Critically Engaged Ethnographic Practice–Presidential SessionAmerican Anthropological Association Annual MeetingsSan Francisco, CA

November 2008 On the Usefulness of Diaspora: Rethinking the Place of Black Atlantic Slavery—Invited SessionAmerican Anthropological Association Annual MeetingsSan Francisco, CA

October 30, 2008 Fictions of Justice: The African Victim and the Limits of Legal PluralismUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI

October 27, 2008 American Leadership—Race and Globalization Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT

October 2, 2008 Rethinking Globalization through Multiple Trajectories SeriesDiscussant and co-ConvenerYale University
New Haven, CT

April 2008 Socio-Legal Methods in International LawUniversity of Pittsburgh Law SchoolPittsburgh, PA

April 2008 New Developments in the ICCLaw and Society Annual Meetings (LSA)
April 2008 In Between Conversation and Critique: African American Studies and the Other DisciplinesNorthwestern UniversityEvanston, IL

March 2008 Pondering Black Atlantic TraditionsIfa Conference, Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA

February 2008 Humanitarian Diasporas and the Formation of the New Public SphereBarnard UniversityNew York, NY

January 2008 Toward a Critically Engaged Ethnographic PracticeWenner Gren Conference The Anthropologist as Social Critic:Working Toward a More Engaged Anthropology
New York, NY

December 2006 Crafting the Victim, Crafting the Perpetrator: Toward a Critical Transnational Legal AnthropologyDepartment of Anthropology, University of TorontoToronto, Canada

November 2006 “The Hand Will Go to Hell”: Religion, Faith and the Crafting of Spiritual SelfAmerican Anthropological Association MeetingsSan Jose, CA

November 2006 What Universals Exclude: Uganda, The International Criminal Court and the Underside of ViolenceUniversity of Toronto Law SchoolToronto, Ontario

September 2006 Justice in the Making: The International Criminal Court and the Cultural Politics of RightsMiami UniversityMiami, Ohio

July 2006 What Universals Exclude: Uganda, the International Criminal Court and the Underside of ViolenceLaw and Society Annual MeetingBaltimore, MD

May 2006 Human Rights at the Crossroads? –DiscussantCanadian Anthropology Meetings CASCA/AESMontreal, Canada

April 2006 Internationalizing the Specter: Biopower, NGOs and the Necropolitics of the New InternationalismThe New African Diaspora Conference, State University of New York—BinghamtonBinghamton, NY

January 2006 What Universals Exclude: Uganda, the International Criminal Court and the Underside of ViolenceDepartment of Anthropology/Center for Race and Ethnicity, Columbia UniversityNew York, NY

October 2005 Gender, Shariaization, and The ICCCenter for Human Rights, University of Connecticut, Storrs.
Storrs, Connecticut

October 2005 Law on the Move: The Challenges and Controversies of the Anthropology of Human RightsUniversity of Connecticut, Storrs. Center for Human Rights.
Storrs, Connecticut

October 2005 Law on the Move: The Challenges and Controversies of the Anthropology of Human RightsDepartment of Anthropology , University of Colorado
Boulder, CO

September 1-3, 2005 Complex Systems of Justice: Shariaization and the ICC Paths to International Justice, University of Sussex, Faculty of Law Conference
Brighton, England

July 22-23, 2005 Complex Systems of Justice: Shariaization and the ICC MURAP Summer Institute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Durham, NC

April 15, 2005 Gender, Shariaization, and The ICCSeminar on Women and Security, City University of New York, Graduate Center
New York, NY

April 7, 2005 Report on Course Design for Law and Society John Gaddis and Cheryl Doss, Yale University International Affairs
New Haven, CT

April 8, 2005 Cultural Anthropology for Africa and the DisciplinesYale University, Center for African Studies
New Haven, CT

March 17, 2005 Complex Systems of Justice: Shariaization and The ICCDepartment of Anthropology Colloquium, York University
Toronto, Ontario

March 2005 The Dos and Don’t of Social Science Grant WritingYale University South Asia Colloquium
New Haven, CT

January 27-28, 2005 Complex Systems of Justice: Shariaization and The ICCUSC Walker Institute Campus Lecture, University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

November 26, 2004 Shifts in International Law, Religious Rule, and the Challenges of SecularismReligion and Law Series Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

November 25, 2004 Transformations in National Sovereignty: Contemporary DilemmasThe Division of Social Sciences, Law and Society, and Center for African Studies Lecture Series, York University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

November 25, 2004 Mapping Yoruba Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational Communities, Canadian ReleaseThe Women’s Bookstore—Book Launch
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

October 22, 2004 Shifts in International Law, Religious Rule, and the Challenges of SecularismCenter for the Humanities and Institute for African Studies Seminar Discussion, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

October 21, 2004 Mapping Transnational Networks: Rethinking DiasporaInstitute of African Studies/ICIS Public Lecture, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

October 16, 2004 Mapping Yoruba Networks: Rethinking DiasporaThe Committee on the Comparative Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity (CCSREI), Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

October 13, 2004 Release of Mapping Yoruba Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational CommunitiesYale Bookstore—Book Launch/Public Lecture
New Haven, CT

October 9, 2004 Mapping Yoruba Networks: Rethinking DiasporaHistory Department and Kuumba Center, The University of West England
Bristol, England

October 7, 2004 Seminar discussion on: Shifts in International Law, Religious Rule, and the Challenges of SecularismCenter for Social Sciences and the Department of Anthropology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Maynooth, Ireland

October 7, 2004 Mapping Yoruba Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational Communities, Class LectureDepartment of Anthropology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Maynooth, Ireland

October 6, 2004 Mapping Yoruba Networks: Rethinking DiasporaDepartment of Anthropology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Maynooth, Ireland

September 28, 2004 Guest lecturer–Introduction to African American Studies, Class LectureYale University
New Haven, CT

April 23, 2004 Human Rights Revisited: The International Criminal Court and the Cultural Politics of Treaty ImplementationDepartment of Anthropology, Goucher College
Baltimore, MD

April 16, 2004 Rethinking the Transnational: Religion and LawGlobalization Conference, Seattle University
Seattle, Washington

April 8, 2004 Africa and Disciplines, Guest LecturerYale Center for African Studies
New Haven, CT

March 31, 2004 Human Rights Revisited: The International Criminal Court and the Cultural Politics of Treaty ImplementationDepartment of Anthropology, Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT

March 30, 2004 Human Rights Revisited: The International Criminal Court and the Cultural Politics of Treaty ImplementationCenter for Human Rights, University of Connecticut, Storrs Law SchoolStorrs, CT

March 27, 2004 The Political Economy of Sango Africanization: Aesthetics as Cultural PoliticsInternational Yoruba Conference – Panel: Shango in North America, University of Texas, Austin.
Austin, Texas

March 23, 2004 Transformations in Competing Justice Regimes: The ICC, The Shari’a and the Politics of GenderWomen and Gender Studies and Feminists and Friends,Yale University
New Haven, CT

March 8, 2004 Articulations of Competing Justice Regimes: The ICC and the Shari’aJustice Across Cultures ConferenceInternational Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

February 1, 2004 Local Crime and Transformation of Transnational JusticeWits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Collaboration (WISER) and the Interdisciplinary Network on Globalization (ING), University of Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa

December 2003 On Sovereignty: NGOs and the Transformation of Universal PersonhoodYale Center for Globalization, Faculty Conversations, Yale University
New Haven, CT

December 2003 African Cities: Remaking the Urban World: A Strategic Initiative, DiscussantYale Cities and Globalization Project, Yale University
New Haven, CT

November 2003 Anthropological Approaches to Human Rights: Rethinking Hierarchies of PunishmentAmerican Anthropological Association Annual MeetingsChicago, IL

November 2003 South Asian Studies Twentieth Century Colloquium, Discussant.Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT

September 20, 2003 Doing Transnational and Multi-Sited ResearchYale Ethnography and Policy Symposium,Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT

May 2003 Yale Cities and Globalization, DiscussantYale UniversityNew Haven, CT

April 2003 Transnationality and Contemporary Approaches to Religion and Law Boalt Hall Law School, University of California—BerkeleyBerkeley, CA

April 2003 Transnationality and Contemporary Approaches to Religion and LawUniversity of California—IrvineIrvine, CA

January 2003 Is the “human” in “human rights” the same as the “devotee” in “religious rights”? Crime and Spiritual Authority in NigeriaDepartment of Anthropology, University of California—Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

May 17, 2002 Ritual Sacrifice Legal Norms and the Politics of ClassificationChicken Conference, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
New Haven, CT

March 27, 2002 Rethinking Diaspora: Race, Capitalism and Global ConsumptionDuke University
Durham, NC

March 20, 2002 Rethinking Diaspora: Roots, Race, and the Modernity of EthnicityHarvard University
Cambridge, MA

February 1, 2002 Some ReflectionsCelebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Anthropology Graduate Program at UCSC, University of California—Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

October 14, 2001 Globalization, History, and Formations of Post-Cold War Transnational Movements: Yoruba RevivalismPrinceton University
Princeton, NJ

October 2001 Rethinking Diaspora: Religion and Social ChangeDepartment of African American Studies, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

October 2001 Guest lecturer—Africa and DisciplinesYale Center for African Studies
New Haven, CT

October 2001 Post September 11th: What does the Invasion of Afghanistan Have to Do with Women and the Taliban?Yale University Women and Gender Studies
New Haven, CT

November 2001 Globalization, History, and Formations of Post-Cold War Transnational Movements: Yoruba Revivalism American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings
Washington, DC

August 15, 2001 Rethinking Nigerian Democracy: Religion, Law, and NGOsNigerian Democracy Roundtable
Lagos, Nigeria

March 1, 2001 Rethinking Cultural Citizenship and National Reclassification: Yoruba RevivalismCenter for International Studies, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

November 2000 Notes on Transnationalism and Ethnographic PracticeAmerican Association of Anthropology Annual Meetings
San Francisco, CA

November 2000 Rethinking Diaspora: Questions of Citizenship and Social ChangeDepartment of African American Studies, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

September 12, 1999 Understanding Incremental Change in Yoruba Transnational DivinationAfricana Studies, Florida International University
Miami Florida

June 1999 Shifts in Studying the Local: Transnationalism and Locality in AnthropologyPresident’s Post Doctoral Conference Center, University of California—Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

March 1999 Shifts in Studying the Local: Transnationalism and Locality in Anthropology
Department of Anthropology, University of California—BerkeleyBerkeley, CA
April 1999 Transnationalism, Diaspora and Modernities: Anthropology at its CrossroadsDepartment of Anthropology and African American Studies, Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT

March 1999 Gender as a Slippery Variable in Studying Community RevivalismDepartment of African and African-American Studies, Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

March 1999 “To Reclaim Yoruba Traditionalism is to Reclaim the Queens of Mother Africa”: Gender Revisited in Village StudiesDepartments of Anthropology and Sociology, Davidson College
Davidson, NC

November 1998 Rethinking the Global in Studying the Local: Transnationalism and Anthropological MethodsAmerican Association of Anthropology Annual Meetings
Philadelphia, PA

October 1998 Yoruba Ritual and the Re-routing of Descent in Afro-Atlantic WorldDepartment of History, University of Maryland—College Park
College Park, MD

June 1998 Engendering Repatriation and Black Atlantic NationhoodCanadian Sociology & Anthropology Association (CSAA) Annual Meeting
Ottawa, Canada

May 1998 The Broken Vase as a Signifier of Sameness: Yoruba Transnationalism and Genealogies of Trans-Atlantic SlaveryAmerican Ethnological Society (AES) Meetings, University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

May 1998 Troubling Signifiers: Yoruba Practitioners as Flexible CitizensCanadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) Meetings
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

May 1998 “To Reclaim Yoruba Tradition is to Reclaim the Gods of Africa”: Oyotunji Village Women Rethink Women’s TraditionsSchool of Education (OISE), University of Toronto
Ontario Toronto, Canada

February 1998 The Broken Vase as a Signifier of Oneness: Transnationalism and Genealogies of Trans-Atlantic SlaveryDepartment of Anthropology, Colby College
Watertown, ME

March 1998 Religious Ritual and Incremental Change in Oyotunji Village, South CarolinaDepartment of Anthropology, Yale University
New Haven, CT

March 1998 “To Reclaim Yoruba Traditions is to Reclaim the Gods of Africa”: Oyotunji Village Women Rethink Women’s TraditionsDepartment of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin
Austin, Texas

November 1997 Constructing Yoruba National HistoryAmerican Anthropological Association Annual Meetings
Atlanta, GA

May 1997 Divining Roots, Invoking the Past: Narrativizing Trans-Atlantic Slavery in Oyotunji African VillageDepartment of African and African American Studies, University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

March 6, 1997 Authenticating Transnational “Belonging”: “Becoming” Yoruba and Signifying Yoruba “Tradition”American Ethnological Society (AES) Meetings
Seattle, WA

March 3, 1997 Gender and Social Change in Oyotunji African VillageDepartment of Anthropology, University of California—Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

January 1997 Negotiating the Meaning of African Redemption in Transnational ContextsDepartment of History, University of California—Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

August 1996 Oyotunji African Village and the Controversies of Reconstituting Tradition through Divination NarrativesDepartment of Anthropology, University of California—Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

November 1995 Imagining Home: Fashioning African American Historical NarrativesAmerican Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meetings
Washington, DC

November 1995 Imagining Home: Oyotunji African Village and the Construction of Historical Narratives Using DivinationUniversity of South Carolina, Columbia
Columbia, South Carolina

October 1995 Oyotunji African Village: The Making of an African Community in AmericaUniversity of South Carolina
Aiken, SC