Divine Detection: Crime and the Metaphysics of Disorder
10th Annual Center for Law, History and Culture Distinguished Law and Humanities Lecture
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- Thursday, September 6, 2012 09/06/2012 16:00:00 09/06/2012 17:30:00 6 Divine Detection: Crime and the Metaphysics of DisorderUniversity of Chicago Professor John Comaroff considers the relation of law enforcement and sovereignty in post-apartheid South Africa.University Park Campusfacserv@law.usc.edu
- 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
- University Park Campus
- Town and Gown (TGF)
- (213) 821-1239
Walter Benjamin famously insisted that modern police wielded a “ghostly,” all-pervasive violence, called upon at points at which the state was unable to govern by legal means. Yet many African post-colonies are haunted by a different specter: the waning efficacy of enforcement, the ambiguity of authority, and the apparent abandonment of subjects by the state.
This lecture, part of a larger work titled “The Truth About Crime,” examines the relation of law enforcement and sovereignty in post-apartheid South Africa. It focuses on the “metaphysics of disorder” palpable in popular culture there, and the kinds of forensic fetishes that are conjured in its wake.