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Norms in the Margins and Margins of the Norm

The Social Construction of Illegality


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October 25th, 2012 - Royal Museum for Central Africa (Historical Ballroom, Colonial Palace)

Plenary session

8h45-9h30: Registration and welcome buffet

9h30-9h40: Welcome address by Guido Gryseels, director general of the Royal Museum for Central Africa
9h45-9h55: Address by Cristiana Panella (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium)
9h55-10h40: Keynote address: Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA):
                        When Being Good Requires an Excuse: Ethical Reversals and Cultural Intimacy

10h40-11h10: Coffee break

11h10-11h40: Keynote address: Béatrice Hibou (Centre for International Studies and Research, Paris, France):
                          Le néolibéralisme au concret, enchevêtrement de formalités et d’informalités/Neoliberalism in Concrete Terms: an Entanglement of Formalities and Informalities (translation available in print).
11h40-12h30: Debate with the two speakers

12h30-14h00: Lunch

14h00-14h30: Tracey Heatherington (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA):
                           Delinquent Zones: Notes from Terra Gramsci

14h30-15h00: Alan Smart (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada):
                           Anthropological Shades of Grey
15h00-15h30: Debate

15h30-16h00: Coffee break

16h00-16h30: Ralph Austen (University of Chicago, Chicago, USA)
                           Scandals of Empire: Illegalities and Norms in the Representations and Legacies of Colonial Regimes in Africa and South Asia. 
16h30-17h00: Danielle de Lame (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium)
                           The Arts and the City: Norms and Representations in Nairobi Paintings
17h00-17h30: Debate
18h00-19h00: (Guided) tour: renovation project Royal Museum for Central Africa

19h00: Walking dinner (main rotunda, Museum building)


October 26th, 2012 - Free University Brussels (Institute of Sociology)


8h45-9h00: Welcome coffee and opening address by Pierre Petit (Free University Brussels, Brussels, Belgium)
9h00-9h30: Opening lecture by Jean-François Bayart (Centre for International Studies and Research, Paris, France):
                      La production des normes en « situation thermidorienne » contemporaine : régimes néo-révolutionnaires et libéralisation économique/ The production of norms in a contemporary ‘Thermidorian situation’: Neo-revolutionary Regimes and Economic Liberalization (translation available in print)
9h30-9h45: questions

9h45-10h00: Coffee break

10h00-12h00: Panels

  • Panel 1: The Ethics of Illegality
    Panel organizer: Kedron Thomas (Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
    - John Osburg (University of Rochester, USA), The Hidden Rules of Officialdom: Elite Social Networks and the Moral Economy of Corruption in Contemporary China
    - Laurens Bakker (Radboud University, The Netherlands), Illegality for the General Good? Social Responsibility among Regional Militias in Indonesia
    - Kedron Thomas (Washington University in St. Louis, USA),The Ethics of Informal Enterprise: Security, the State, and Indigenous Citizenship in Guatemala
    - Steffen Jensen (Rehabilitation and Research Center for Torture Victims, Denmark), Sacrificial Violence as Performance in a Manila Fraternity
    - Delila Amir (Tel-Aviv University, Israel), The Legality of Prostitution and Illegality of Abortion in Israel: Law, Normativity, and Strategies of Silencing

    Discussant: Rivke Jaffe (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

  • Panel 2: Extra-Legal Practices in Socialist and Postsocialist States
    Panel organizers: Filippo Zerilli (University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy) and Alan Smart (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada).
    - Jane Guyer (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA) and Kabiru Salami (University of Ibadan, Nigeria), Gaps, Innovations and Casuistic Reasoning in Currency Dynamics: Nigeria, Eastern Europe, North Korea and their Connection.
    - Ellen Hertz and Marylène Lieber (University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland), Hotline fever (rexian re): Technologies of Selving and Rights Consciousness in Transnational Chinese Enterprises.
    - Janine Wedel (George Mason University, Fairfax, USA), Financial Legerdemain: What the Informal Practices of Post-Communism Reveal about Wall Street Today
    - Alan Smart (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Extralegality in China: Socialist Norms, Capitalist Practices and the Consequences of Corruption
    - Filippo Zerilli (University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy), Building the Rule of Law through Extra-Legal Practices: Ethnographic Explorations within the International Legal Cooperation in Post-Socialist Europe
    Discussant: José Carlos Aguiar (University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands)
  • Panel 3: Legality and Illegality in Contemporary China
    Panel organizer: Françoise Lauwaert (Free University Brussels, Brussels, Belgium).
    - Isabelle Thireau (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France), Contesting Illegitimate Situations, Reassessing Shared Norms in Contemporary China
    - Adam Chau (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK), Putting Religion in its Place: Spatialising Illegality in Contemporary China.
    - Eric Florence (University of Liege, Liege, Belgium), Illegalisation, Visibilisation and Appropriation: a Few Thoughts on the Politics of Migrant Labor in South China
    - Lisa Richaud (Free University Brussels, Brussels, Belgium), Chinese Propaganda and the Social Construction of “Disorder”.
    - Ying Xing (China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China), Grassroots Mobilization and the Mechanism of Interest Expression of the Peasants Group: A comparative study of Four Cases.

12h00-13h30: Lunch

13h30-15h30: Panels

  • Panel 4: Illegality and Order in Contemporary Youth Practices and Mobilizations
    Panel organizers: Armando Cutolo (University of Siena, Siena, Italy) et Stefano Boni (University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena & Reggio Emilia, Italy)
    - Stefano Barone (University of Siena, Siena, Italy), Revolution and constituent power in Tunisia: from Informality to Communitas
    - Moussa Fofana (University of Bouaké-Abidjan, Ivory Coast), Illégalité et parcours d’insertion sociale pour jeunes ex-rebelles en Côte d’Ivoire
    - Kojo Sebastian Amanor (Institute of African Studies/University of Ghana, Ghana), Legality, Livelihoods and Expanding Global Timber Markets in the Ghanaian Forest Sector
    - Armando Cutolo (University of Siena, Siena, Italy), Street Parliaments of Côte d'Ivoire. Oratory and Apparatus among the jeunes patriotes in Abidjan
    - Stefano Boni (University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy), Legal Hyper- Invasiveness and Anti-Legal Practices in Contemporary Italy
  • Panel 5: Norms, Networks, and Informality in the Global South: Unmapping Urban Space
    Panel organizer: Karen Tranberg Hansen (Northwestern University, Evanston, USA)
    - B. Lynne Milgram (OCAD University, Toronto, Canada), Repositioning Used Clothing Sales from the Edge: The Politics and Legality of Street Vending in the Philippines.
    - José Maria Muñoz (University of Edinburgh, Scotland), Making Contracts Public in Cameroon.
    - Walter E. Little (University of Albany - SUNY, New York, USA), Façade to Street to Façade: Negotiating Public Urban Spatial Legality in a World Heritage City
    - José Carlos Aguiar (University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands), Illegality Mesh: Global Circulation and the Spatial Entanglement of Criminal and Informal Activities in Urban Latin America.
    - Gordon Mathews (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Where the Global South Comes to Buy: Informality and Illegality in a Developed-World 'Neoliberal Paradise'.
    Discussant: Alan Smart (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada).
  • Panel 6: The Neoliberal Effect: Normalization, Exclusion and Resistance
    Panel organizers: Mathieu Hilgers (Free University Brussels, Belgium) & Benjamin Rubbers (University of Liege, Belgium)
    - Géraldine André (Fonds National de Recherche Scientifique – University of Liege, Belgium) & Marie Godin (Free University Brussels, Belgium), Childhood and Work at the Neoliberal Age: Ethnography of Child Work in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in the Katanga province (DRC)
    - An Ansoms (Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), The Bitter Fruit of a New Agrarian Model: Large-scale Land Deals and Local Livelihoods in Rwanda
    - Mathieu Hilgers (Free University Brussels, Belgium),Urban gGovernance and Neoliberalism in Africa
    - Benjamin Rubbers (University of Liege, Belgium), African Reactions to Neoliberalism. The Reform of the Mining Sector in Katanga (D.R. Congo)
    Discussant: Béatrice Hibou (Centre for International Studies and Research, Paris, France)
  • Panel 7: Blurred spaces, Negotiable Norms and the Governmentality of Crime: the Case of Italy
    Panel organizer: Bjørn Thomassen (University of Roskilde, Roskilde, Denmark). 
    - James Walston (The American University of Rome, Rome, Italy), Clientelism, Corruption, Organized Crime and the Law: New Roads to Rome?
    - Ferro Trabalzi (The American University of Rome, Rome, Italy), Illegality and Competitiveness: The Paradox of Regional Development in the Age of Globalization. The Case of Buffalo Mozzarella in Campania
    - Francesca Cantarella (Legal Office, Francesca Cantarella, Rome, Italy), The Construction of Crime and the Criminal: Pathologies of the Italian Legal System
    - Isabella Clough-Marinaro (John Cabot University/The American University of Rome, Rome, Italy), Rome's 'Legal' Camps for Roma: The Construction of New Spaces for Illegality
    - Fiona Rose-Greenland (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US), Crimes against Archaeology: Illicit Cultural Practices and the Struggle for Italian Antiquity
    Discussant: Piero Vereni (University of Rome - Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy)

15h30-16h00: Coffee break

16h00-18h00: Panels

  • Panel 8: Sustainable (il)legalities. Daily Life Interstices of the Law, Chains of Arrangement and Gradients of 'Loss'
    Panel organizer: Cristiana Panella (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium)
    - Bjørn Thomassen (University of Roskilde, Roskilde, Denmark), Begging Rome. Norms from the Margins, Norms of the In-between
    - Andrew Walsh (University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada), Lost and/or Left Behind: Compromising Responsibly in a Malagasy Mining Town
    - Cecilie Ødegaard (University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway), Sovereign Loss, Sovereign Things: The Smuggling of Energy Resources between Bolivia and Peru
    - Rivke Jaffe (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), The Hybrid State: Crime and Citizenship in Urban Jamaica
    - Dario Gaggio (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA),Valuing Place/Placing Value: The Elusive Normativity of Landscape in Rural Tuscany
    Discussant: Josephine Smart (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
  • Panel 9: The New Museum
    Panel organizer: Ciraj Rassool (University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, RSA)
    - Leslie Witz (University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa), Observing and Disobeying the Signs: The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, a Heritage Park in Cape Town
    - Corinne A. Kratz (Emory University, Atlanta, USA), Boundaries, Margins, and Blurred Genres
    - Larissa Förster (University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany), The Power of Bones: Repatriation and the Remaking of Museum Norms and Practices
    - Gary Minkley (University of Fort Hare, Alice (Western Cape), RSA), The Museum and the Image: Re-Looking at the Visual in Eastern Cape Museums
    - Susan Legêne (VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Tools of Empire, Tools of the Nation State?(or: the Old Museum…)
    Discussant: C. Rassool (University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, RSA)
  • Panel 10: Beyond Corruption. Practical Norms in Public Services Delivery
    Panel organizers
    : Giorgio Blundo (EHESS, Marseille, France) & Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan (LASDEL, Niamey, Niger)
    - Alena Ledeneva (University College London, UK): From the Economy of Favours to the Economy of Kickbacks: the Case of Russian Sistema
    - Richard Crook (IDS, University of Sussex): The State and the Norms of Local Justice in Ghana: Hybridity, Legitimacy and Popular Values
    - Mohamed Mebtoul (Université Es-Sénia, Oran, Algérie): Déconstruction des normes professionnelles et discours de «victimisation» des acteurs de la santé
    - Emmanuel Kasongo Mungongo  (Université de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, DRC) & Tom De Herdt (Antwerp University, Antwerp, Belgium): La gratuité de l'enseignement primaire : attentes et revers de la médaille
    - Thomas Cantens (World Customs Organization & Centre Norbert Elias EHESS Marseille): Is « Fuel Money » a Custom? Official Rules and Normal Practices in African Customs Administrations
    Discussant: Giorgio Blundo (EHESS, Marseille, France)

Free evening


October 27th, 2012 - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
(Raadzaal Social Sciences, room next to entrance main building Faculty Social Sciences)

9h45: Opening address by Filip De Boeck (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

10h00-10h45: Closing lecture by Vincenzo Ruggiero (Middlesex University, London, UK): Crime, Economics and Military Strategy

10h45-11h45: Closing debate

12h00-14h00: Closing reception in reception hall main building Faculty Social Sciences

Afternoon: Visit  Museum M, Leuven

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