Osgoode hosts lecture on generational segregation, March 29

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Osgoode Hall Law school

Osgoode Hall Law School will host a lecture on “Analogy, Resistance, and Generational Segregation” on March 29 from 12:30 to 2pm.

Hedi Viterbo
Hedi Viterbo

The talk features guest speaker Hedi Viterbo, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at SOAS, University of London who will examine analogies between North America, Australia and Isreal/Palestine that invoke the figure of the settler, or the indigene, or both.

First, the legal-political effects of such analogies will be discussed, as evidenced by the resistance they have faced, fuelled, or sought to suppress across dominant and counter-dominant discourses since the 19th Century

Second, the potential and pitfalls of critiques based on analogies between Canada, the United States, Australia, and Israel/Palestine will be investigated, particularly regarding contexts of generational segregation – the systematic separation of children from adults. The focus of this discussion will be on indigenous child removal on both sides of the Pacific (including Canada’s Indian residential schools), Palestinian prisoners’ encounter with critical accounts of this issue through an academic course recently banned by the Israeli authorities, and the growing generational segregation – differently but with significant parallels – of these prisoners themselves.

Viterbo received his PhD in Law from the London School of Economics, his LLM from Tel Aviv University, and was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and a visiting researcher at Columbia University. His main research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of law, childhood, state violence, and sexuality.

Among his recent publications are Seeing Torture Anew: A Transnational Reconceptualization of State Torture and Visual Evidence (Stanford Journal of International Law, 2014) and The Age of Conflict: Rethinking Childhood, Law, and Age through the Israeli-Palestinian Case (in Michael Freeman ed., Law and Childhood Studies, Oxford University Press, 2012).

All are invited to attend, and lunch will be provided. Kindly RSVP to www.osgoode.yorku.ca/research/rsvp.

For additional information contact event organizer Jody-Ann Rowe at jrowe@osgoode.yorku.ca.