Human Rights Happy Hour: Samera Esmeir to speak on “Temporalities of Struggle: National Liberation Movements and International Strategies of Rule,” November 8, 2010

On Monday, November 8, 2010, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host Professor Samera Esmeir, associate professor of rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, who will present a lecture entitled “Temporalities of Struggle: National Liberation Movements and International Strategies of Rule.” Derek Jinks, the Marrs McLean Professor in Law, will serve as respondent to her talk.

The event will be held from 3:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m., in a new location at the Law School: Jones Hall 5.206. This space is part of the new Susman Academic Center, and can be accessed by taking the elevators by the library entrance in the Susman Godfrey atrium to the fifth floor.

Esmeir’s research interests span issues around British rule in Egypt; violence, war, and the security state in regard to the contemporary Middle East; and legal history, including the colonial histories of “comparative law” and the legal history of treason in Israel.  Her recent publications include “The Violence of non-Violence: Law and War in Iraq” (Journal of Law and Society, March 2007), “On Making Dehumanization Possible” (PMLA: The Journal of Modern Languages Association, October 2006), “In the Name of Security: Introduction” (Adalah’s Review, 2004), and “1948: History, Memory, Law” (Social Text 75, Summer 2003).  Esmeir received a PhD in Law and Society from New York University. She has worked as a lawyer and cofounded and coedited Adalah’s Review, a sociolegal journal published in Arabic, Hebrew, and English, focusing on Palestinian rights in Israel.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

More information on Esmeir can be found on the Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series page on the Rapoport Center website. If you would like a copy of the paper on which her lecture is based, please contact Sarah Cline at


Sarah Cline, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 512-232-4857,

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