Law and Humanities Workshop

The Reichman University Law and Humanities Workshop is a researchers workshop aiming to generate exciting intellectual engagements within and across the law and the humanities, in such fields as history, literature, the visual and performing arts, critical sociology and anthropology, hermeneutics, and cultural studies.


Organizers: Prof. Lior Barshack, Dr. Ruth Zafran, Dr. Ayelet Libson, Dr. Anat Rosenberg, Prof. Yoram Shachar, Dr. Galia Schneebaum and Dr. Adam Shinar


About the Workshop


The workshop hosts scholars engaged in inter- and multidisciplinary work in law and the humanities and encourages in-depth explorations of new possibilities for thinking about the relations between law and other cultural practices, and between the study of law and the study of human existence in the humanities.


We seek conversations across disciplines and fields into essential concerns of human experience, including basic institutions of social organization and the allocation of material and symbolic resources; struggles over identities; routes of available expression, interpretation, and meaning-making; and perceptions of reality.


The workshop meets 3-4 times each semester to discuss the work of scholars in fields of interest, each time involving in the conversation invited commentators and an audience of researchers from various disciplines in the Israeli academia.


Researchers from all disciplines are welcome.


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2021-2020    |      16.06.21 - The event will take place remotely  

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  • 16:30
    A Symposium on Eric Nelson's The Theology of Liberalism: Political Philosophy and the Justice of God

    A Symposium on Eric Nelson's The Theology of Liberalism: Political Philosophy and the Justice of God Commentators: Prof. Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study Prof. Paul Horwitz, University of Alabama Dr. Ayelet Hoffmann Libson, Reichman University Prof. Micah J. Schwartzman, University of Virginia

2015-2016    |      10.02.21   

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  • 16:30
    Discussion on a chapter from Elizabeth S. Anker future book

    Commentators: Prof. Lior Barshack, Reichman University Prof. Emilios Christodoulidis, University of Glasgow Dr. Irena Rosenthal, University of Amsterdam Prof. Christian Volk, Humboldt University of Berlin Chapter Summary: This chapter, “Critiquing Rights and the Anti-Legalism of Theory,” poses three main questions. First, why have rights almost uniformly been understood by critical theorists and humanists working on law as having “only paradoxes to offer”? Second, what thinkers and theories helped to engrain that genre of analysis, and what sorts of conclusions has it dictated? Finally, why have theorists (within the legal academy and beyond) subscribed to various forms of “anti-legalism”? In answering these questions, the chapter offers an intellectual history of “rights skepticism” that canvasses philosophical debates about the status of rights beginning in the late eighteenth century and continuing through influential “biopolitical” and critical race theory today. Its ultimate argument is that an emphasis on the paradoxes and contradictions of rights has actively instilled such an antilegalistic mindset, and it therefore ventures a number of critiques of such reasoning.