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2018 ICSI Public Lecture: Jean and John Comaroff

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Johnson/Kaplan Auditorium 63 5th Ave, New York, NY

The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry will open part of its programming to the public – a series of lectures taught by this Summer's faculty cohort of Richard J. Bernstein (NSSR), Nilüfer Göle (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), and Jean and John Comaroff (Harvard University).

Jean and John Comaroff's lecture is entitled "Crime, Sovereignty, and the State: the Metaphysics of Global Disorder."

This lecture explores the global preoccupation with criminality in the early twenty-first century, a preoccupation strikingly disproportionate, in most places and for most people, to the risks posed by lawlessness to the conduct of everyday life. Ours is an epoch in which law-making, law-breaking, and law-enforcement are ever more critical registers in which societies construct, contest, and confront truths about themselves. The Comaroffs argue that, as the result of a tectonic shift in the triangulation of capital, the state, and governance, the meanings attached to crime and, with it, the nature of policing, have undergone significant changes; also, that there has been a palpable muddying of the lines between legality and illegality, between corruption and conventional business – and between crime-and-policing, which exist, nowadays, in ever greater, hyphenated complicity.

About the Institute:
The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) is designed to provide advanced graduate students and junior faculty from around the world with the opportunity to spend one week at the New School’s campus in Greenwich Village working closely with some of the most distinguished thinkers shaping the course of contemporary social inquiry. Each of these scholars will teach a week-long seminar on a foundational thinker or topic of contemporary concern in a series of hands-on, intensive, and intimate sessions.

Sponsored by The New School for Social Research.

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