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219.81 sec. 001 - Collaborative Research Seminar: Law & Humanities (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Marianne Constable  
Instructor: Leti Volpp  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Bryan Wagner  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


W 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 20, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 20, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 5
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 5
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

This is a seminar team-taught by three faculty members from different departments: Marianne Constable in Rhetoric, Bryan Wagner in English, and Leti Volpp in Law. We anticipate that students will enroll from an array of departments across campus. The course builds upon a long-standing effort to bring together scholars of law and humanities on the UC Berkeley campus, as exemplified by the volume, Constable, Volpp and Wagner, eds., Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places: Justice Beyond and Between (Fordham University Press, 2019).

This is a UC Berkeley Collaborative Research Seminar supported by the Division of Arts & Humanities. The impetus behind these seminars is to integrate the arts and the humanities with UC Berkeley's signature initiatives, which identify key themes that tackle societal grand challenges. In particular, this course will engage directly with the signature initiative, "The Future of Democracy." Class meetings will correspond with initiative areas "Citizenship and Migration," "Democratic Speech Cultures," and "Making Democracy Work."

The seminar understands law as a force that often reveals itself in realms in which it is supposed to be absent. By considering poetry and theater, painting and photography, folklore and popular culture along with more conventional legal documents, we will explore questions that are central to both law and humanities - including who we are, what to do, and how we know. We will be thinking about a range of topics, which may include: crime and punishment; personhood and property; language and medium; representation and interpretation; status and contract; violence, trauma, and testimony; retrospection, clues, and conjecture; and migration, borders, and citizenship.

Students will work collaboratively and will hone skills of team-teaching, presenting their own research, and responding to others' work.

Participants selected for the seminar will receive a $1,300 Research Stipend.

To submit an application for the course, apply online by November 6, 2020, at

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: General Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Legal History

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