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Research Focus Group Meeting: Defiant Worship: How Conservative Christian Legal Organizations are Changing Legal Culture

6056 HSSB UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

In this RFG meeting, Moore will discuss her new paper that offers a critical analysis of religious freedom discourse engendered by the coronavirus pandemic. Restrictions on indoor religious gatherings during the first nine months of the pandemic were challenged in courts, and their constitutionality was addressed by the Supreme Court over the summer of 2020. This historic period—with lockdowns, testing, contact tracing, and vaccines, not to mention its prohibition on public gatherings—provide a unique opportunity ...

Research Focus Group Workshop: The Power of Positionality: Self-Identification in Empirical Legal Writing

4429 SSMS, Anneberg Conference Room UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

What is the impact on and influence of the researcher in law and society? Drawing in part from the author's empirical research and professional experience, this workshop will discuss a paper that investigates the benefits and burdens of positionality. Positionality is the disclosure of how an author's racial, gender, class, or other self-identifications, experiences, and privileges influence research methods. A statement of positionality in a research paper can enhance the validity of its empirical data ...

Research Focus Group Workshop: Rehearsals for Reparations

4065 HSSB HSSB, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

In this workshop, the Legal Humanities RFG will discuss Giuliana Perrone's new paper, "Rehearsals for Reparations." This pre-circulated paper considers a set of lawsuits in which emancipated people sued to have their enslavers’ bequests to them honored. It contends that we should see these suits as contests over reparations. By exploring this unappreciated history of reparations, this article argues that enslavers themselves believed reparations were due and were willing to pay them, there was a ...

Research Focus Group Talk: Writing Human Rights Across Borders

2623 South Hall Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Over the last two decades, the figure of the migrant has become the central imaginary subject of human rights precisely because the universal acknowledgement of migrancy as a human rights issue has been lacking and inconsequential. During the same time, a global literature of migration has emerged as an important medium that transcends national boundaries and calls for more universal formations of the legal status and acknowledgment of migrants as subject(s) of human rights. Such ...