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CSLS Visiting Scholars Speaker Series – ANTHONY ALFIERI & YOAV MEHOZAY
Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
CSLS Visiting Scholars Speaker Series
Friday, March 22, 2019
University of Miami School of Law
“Black, Poor, and Gone: Civil Rights Law’s Inner-City Crisis”
54 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2019)
In recent years, academics committed to a new law and sociology of poverty and inequality have sounded a call to revisit the inner city as a site of cultural and socio-legal research. To understand the crisis of civil rights law in failing to alleviate poverty and ameliorate segregation in the nation’s urban and suburban areas, and no less in failing to envision fair housing in the broader terms of environmental health and justice, this Article maps the current landscape of poverty, displacement, and segregation in American metropolitan areas, examines fair housing litigation theories of disparate impact and segregative effect liability, and evaluates the promise of fair housing law reform campaigns in combating concentrated poverty and residential segregation, and in integrating a vision of environmental health and justice.
University of Haifa
“The Spirit of Social Control: A Theological Reading of Positivist Criminology”
In this talk I will present a prospective book project on the history of positivist criminology. Relying on the analytical framework of civil religion and political theology the book rereads its non-linear history as a quest for sovereignty over knowledge production. Based on the shared and well-founded idea that every regime of social control, if it is to succeed and thrive, must be based on a binding spirit, the book examines the role of positivist criminology as an incarnation of a spirit of sorts, in which its praise as truth is based on empirical determinism. The book seeks to subvert the concept of methodological atheism and to unpack the domestication of theological conceptions that are woven into the fabric of this scholarship. The presentation will introduce the rationale, analytical framework and the outline of the book.
PLACE Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue
TIME 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Beverages and light refreshments provided.
Jonathan Simon, FACULTY DIRECTOR I Rosann Greenspan, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.
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