From our friends in Interpretation Theory:
Looking at the World Through the Lens of Torture
Monday, February 17, 2014
Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall
Professor of Sociology
University of California, Santa Barbara
Lisa Hajjar will address the significance of torture (and anti-torture) to understand historical developments in the relationship among law, state, and society. To illustrate, she will discuss the development of clandestine politics of American torture in the 20th century, and the ramifications of officially-sanctioned torture in the 21st century in the context of the “war on terror.” She will also highlight various forms of anti-torture work in the realms of law, media and popular culture.
Hajjar’s areas of expertise include sociology of law, law and society, international and global studies, and political sociology. Her research interests include human rights, international law, torture, war and
conflict. Her first book, Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza (University of California Press, 2005) is a sociological study of law and conflict in Israel/Palestine. She is
currently working on a book about anti-torture lawyering in the U.S. in post-9/11.
Sponsored by Interpretation Theory and Islamic Studies Programs, the French Section of Modern Languages, and Department of History