Guest Lecture by Professor of Anthropology Sally Engle Merry, NYU
“Counting the Uncountable: Constructing Human Trafficking through Measurement”
Tuesday 25th March from 15:00 to 17:00 in room 22.0.19 at CSS
The lecture examines the ongoing effort to count the number of trafficking victims globally, as part of a major human rights campaign, and the wildly diverse estimates that have been suggested. It argues that the fundamental nature of the phenomena being counted is highly diverse and that the process of counting and classifying imposes a homogeneity on this field, though an uneasy one. Thus, what trafficking is and how many victims there are is a product of systems of classification and measurement, with the dominant definition that produced by the dominant system of measurement. Practices of knowledge production are thus central to this social movement, as in social movements more generally.
Sally Engle Merry is a Professor of Anthropology, Law and Society at New York University. Her research interests include anthropology of law, human rights, governmentality and governance. Her publications include Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2006), The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law Between the Global and the Local (Cambridge University Press, 2007, co-edited with Mark Goodale), as well as several articles and book chapters. She is currently completing a book, titled The Seductions of Quantification: Human Rights and the Rise of Indicator Culture, that explores quantitative knowledge in the context of global governance.
The lecture is open to everybody. Registration is not required.
Arranged by The Danish Anthropological Association and Department of Anthropology