Guests of the Project Group Legal Pluralism


Lucy Finchett-Maddock, Birkbeck University gave an informal talk on her recent experience in a project that has been concerned with the appropriateness of a critical legal pluralist framework for understanding the complex relations between rural resources, law, stakeholders and their resultant actions, in a Payments for Environmental Services (PES) scheme in West Sumatra, Indionesia.

Tobias Kelly, University of Edinburgh gave a lecture on 'Law without Borders? English Courts and Afghan "Warlords"'.

Mariano Croce, SOAS London gave a lecture on 'Legal Puralism as a Theoretical Framework: the role of concepts in investigating law'.

Meike Rieger, University Göttingen presented a paper on 'Political Transformations and Inter-Religious Dynamics in Bali, Indonesia'.

Nikita Dhawan, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main gave a lecture on 'The 'Blackmail' of the Enlightenment: decolonization and democratization'.


Yazid Ben Hounet presented a paper on ‘Diya (blood money) and Sulh (reconciliation) in Algeria. Legal pluralism and national reconciliation context’.

Prof. Mark Goodale, George Mason University, Arlington, USA gave a lecture on 'The Violence of Ambiguity: consitutional revolution and the problem of radical social change'.

Mônica Maria Gusmao Costa, Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil visited the Institute to continue her research on anthropology of law.


Prof. Ellen Hertz, Institut d'ethnologie, Université de Neuchatel, gave a lecture on 'Getting To Soft, or Six Ways Not To Use Law To Regulate Working Conditions in the Chinese Computer Manufacturing Industry'.

Prof. Kenneth M. George, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, gave a lecture on ‘Ethics, Iconoclasm, and the Problem of Qur’anic Art: episodes from Indonesia’. During her sojourn at the MPI for Social Anthropology, Prof. Heidi Dahles from the University of Amsterdam started to co-write an article on the topic of religion and religious law in development together with Martin Ramstedt. With both Bertram Turner and Martin Ramstedt, she developed the idea for a jointly organized international workshop on the relationship between religion, law and economy. Last but not least, she took the opportunity to meet with members of Chris Hann's department who, like her, have been doing research on mainland Southeast Asia.

Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti, Regional Coordinator of the South Asia Regional Coordination Office of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South gave a lecture on 'Legal and Political Developments in Nepal after the Abdication of the King'.

Prof. Melanie Wiber, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, University of New Brunswick, Canada, spent three months at the Institute to continue the collaborative work with Bertram Turner on rural property issues writing a collective paper on the 'Ontological Politics of Sustainable Development'.


Prof. Tor Halfdan Aase from the Institute of Geography, University of Bergen, Norway gave a lecture on 'The Grammar of Honour and Revenge'.

Dr. Rano Ismaylova was invited in the frame of the research project 'The politics of customary law: Courts of elders (akskals) in Kyrgyzstan' by Judith Beyer with whom she worked together in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Prof. Vijay K. Nagaraj, Research Director of the International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP), Geneva presented a paper for an ICHRP research project on 'Plural Legal Orders and Human Rights'.

Prof. Anne Griffiths from the University of Edinburgh spent two weeks at the Institute to continue her work on collaborative book projects with Keebet and Franz von Benda-Beckmann on 'Spatialising Law' and 'Rules of Law and Laws of Ruling: On the Governance of Law'.

Prof. Jonathan Parry from the Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science spent some days at the Institute working jointly with Christian Strümpell on a comparative article on displacement.

Prof. Carla Risseeuw from the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies, Leiden University gave a lecture on "Changing Trajectories of Family and Friendship in the Netherlands"

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