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CSLS Speaker Series: SORA HAN

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for the Study of Law and Society 
is pleased to announce the next speaker in the Spring 2019 CSLS Speaker Series




Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society & Affiliated Faculty of Law at University of California, Irvine


Speaking on her research

“Res Nullius Loquitur: Black Life and the Problem of Self-Evidence”


This paper examines a rhetoric of self-evidence underwriting the current public critique of racial profiling and police violence captured by audio-visual recording devices and disseminated across news and social media outlets. Analyzing this rhetoric allows us to think more deeply about why, despite a certain ubiquity of evidence of historical and institutionalized racism in policing available to us, the civil rights gains of the mid-twentieth century continue to be administratively weakened and made seemingly obsolete. In this talk, I hope to demonstrate how the rhetorical demand that the law submit to the self-evident nature of audio-visual recordings of racial profiling and police violence, like that of Sandra Bland’s 2015 arrest, produces its own structure of blindness and deafness. This presumption of a form of evidence so obvious it negates further evidence or inquiry occludes and distorts the fact that this evidence, upon closer examination, effaces the “self”, an ipsa, on behalf of which such evidence is thought to speak. This effacement, an ex nihilo, is formally, if bizarrely, encoded into the very audio-visual, legal and philosophic discourses circling around each eery recording.



Please join us on Monday, April 15 from 12:45-2:00p in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave. 


Coffee and water are provided. We invite you to bring your own “bag lunch.”
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!


Jonathan Simon, Faculty Director

Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director



Monday, April 15, 2019
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Center for the Study of Law and Society


Philip Selznick Seminar Room
2240 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720-2150 United States
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