11-12-13 May: Jesús R. Velasco on Torture

600full-the-battle-of-algiers-screenshotDear all,

the next two weeks will be devoted to Law and Performance. We will start with three lectures by Prof. Jesús R. Velasco (Columbia University in the City of New York). As you can see below, the classes will be very rich. You can find information on Prof. Velasco’s CV and activities on his beautiful website.

May 11th. Theory.

Bernstein, Jay M. Torture and Dignity: An Essay on Moral Injury. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2015.

Butler, Judith. “Giving an Account of Oneself.” diacritics. 31.4 (2001): 22-40.

Foucault, Michel. About the Beginning of The Hermeneutics of the Self. Lectures at Dartmouth College, 1980. Ed. Henri-Paul Fruchard & Daniele Lorenzini. Trans. Graham Burchell. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. French edition: Paris: Vrin, 2013. Lecture #2, “Christianity and Confession”, pages 53-92.

MacKinnon, Catharine A. “On Torture,” in Are Women Human?. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.


May 12th. Colonialism: France and Algeria.

Alleg, Henri. The Question. New York: George Braziller, Inc, 1958. Translation of Henri Alleg, La Question. Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1958.

Pontecorvo, Gillo, dir. La Bataille d’Algier. 1966. Online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGSxAkjkvH4


May 13th. New Colonialisms and Political Theologies: USA.

Jordan, Gregor, dir. Unthinkable. Film. 2010.

Slahi, Mohamedou Ould. Guantánamo Diary. New York: Little Brown, 2015.

The Torture Memos (selections). Online at: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/international/24MEMO-GUIDE.html


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