Upcoming events

The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna invite applications for:

Relating Risks
6th Vienna Ethnography Lab, September 28-30, 2022

The laboratory offers a selected group of advanced PhD students and early post-doctoral scholars (max. 12 participants) the unique opportunity to discuss their work with two distinguished guest scholars and present their findings and ideas at an interdisciplinary forum.

Guest Scholars 2022
Prof. Michelle Murphy (Department of History, University of Toronto)
Dr. Michael Guggenheim (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London)

Prof. Tatjana Thelen (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vienna)
Prof. Janina Kehr (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vienna)
Prof. Maximilian Fochler (Department of Science and Technology Studies, Vienna)

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Past events

Panel organised by Daniele Cantini (University of Halle), Amal Abdrabo (Alexandria University), Bouchra Sidi Hida (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and David Mills (Oxford University) at the 17th EASA conference, Belfast, 26-29 July 2022


in association with the Commission on Legal Pluralism, Lisbon July 13-16, 2022

Bertram Turner; Keebet von Benda-Beckmann

Decolonizing the normative power of technology and materiality in postcolonial plural legal settings

Since early colonial times, technology, materiality and their encoded knowledge regimes have, largely unacknowledged, displayed their normative power within the plural legal configurations created by colonizing states for their colonies. Such processes of normative interference by other-than-legal means continue in the postcolony. Given the fact that legal pluralism today is propagated in various fields of legal studies, not as a sensitizing analytical concept but as a normative project that may provide an appropriate tool to decolonize the global legal order, unpacking these less obvious components of legal pluralism is an essential task. We discuss how materiality, technology and other-than legal-knowledge regimes are entangled with other ordering regimes that together make up plural legal constellations in the postcolony today.

From 9-12 July 2022 the Commission on Legal Pluralism in collaboration with The University of Lisbon Law School will organize a course on Legal Pluralism in Lisbon, Portugal about theories, knowledge and methodologies of legal pluralism. The purpose of the 4-day course is to familiarize the participants with the current international debates and insights on socio-legal studies and legal pluralism and to offer a comparative perspective that allows them to rethink their own research and practical work.

Application, Contact and More Information
Individuals interested in participating in the course are invited to apply by April 15, 2022. The application should include a cover letter, brief curriculum vitae and evidence of English proficiency. Applications should be emailed to Bertram Turner at turner@eth.mpg.de. Decisions will be made by May 1, 2022. Applicants who have a need to know whether they are admitted earlier than April 15, for instance to apply for funding, are encouraged to submit early and indicate their need for an earlier answer on acceptance.

The course will precede the Global Meeting on Law & Society which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from July 13-16, 2022.

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Panel organised by Daniele Cantini (University of Halle) and Tommaso Trevisani (Università di Napoli – L’Orientale) at the XV SeSaMO conference, Napoli, 22-24 June 2022


The University of Hong Kong’s book talk with Abigail Neely and Stacey Langwick, entitled Reimagining Social Medicine from the South (originally scheduled for March 25) has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and will announce the new date as soon as possible.