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Public Lecture: Making Sense of Transitional Justice

Thursday, May 15, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

2014 Summer Course on Refugees and Forced Migration (May 12-18, 2014)

Centre for Refugee Studies
York University

Maxine Kamari Clarke, Yale University

About the Speaker
M. Kamari Clarke is a professor of Anthropology and International and Area Studies at Yale University and a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale Law School. Her research explores issues related to religious nationalism, legal institutions, human rights and international law, the interface between culture, power and globalization, and their relationships to history, politics and cultural meanings.

Clarke  is a Canadian-American scholar with family roots in Jamaica and Cuba. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Anthropology and Africana Studies. She was the former Chairperson of the Council on African Studies at Yale (2007- 2010), one of the co-founders of the Leadership Enterprise for African Development (LEAD), and the former director and co-founder of the Center for Transnational Cultural Analysis at Yale.

For more than 15 years, Professor Clarke has conducted research on issues related to religious nationalism, legal institutions, human rights and international law, the interface between culture, power and globalization, and its relationship to race and modernity.

Among other works, Clarke is the author of Fictions of Justice: the International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa — explores the development of an emergent rule of law movement and its competing religious and ethnic politics of justice making in local and transnational contexts.