Join us for our final Classification Seminar of the year on May 8th at 1:00pm.
Law as Tablet vs. Law as Tool: Interpreting Legal Authority within City Enforcement Agencies
Laws have complex lives beyond their ratification; the people and organizations tasked with implementing those laws interpret their meaning and make choices about what constitutes compliance with those laws. This paper, part of a larger project on how city government agencies enforce local labor law, examines the conditions under which enforcement agency employees understand the legal authority they have for enforcement. Drawing on interviews with agency management and staff, and documents produced by the agencies, I examine how these offices come to understand the law and develop an orientation toward the laws the enforce: is law a tablet or a tool? I consider the role of the local political and bureaucratic context in allowing for or constraining certain approaches toward legal authority.
Religious Delinking: Unarticulated Refusal and Religious Conversion Among the Arab minority in Iran
Through exploring the experience of religious change among the Arab minority in Iran, I will introduce religious delinking as a mode of indigenous refusal. Religious delinking, I argue, is a response to the state’s strategy of linking Shia-Islam with a Persian-centric nationalism in order to rectify the national imaginary and build homogeneity. The origins of religious delinking and its various manifestations will be discussed.
The event will take place at the Center for Cultural Analysis:
Academic Building, West Wing
15 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 8901
Open to the public. Lunch served beforehand; reception to follow.