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Department of Anthropology
Goldsmiths, University of London
London SE14 6NW
Sari Wastell is first and foremost a legal anthropologist, with a broad range of interests in African ‘customary’ law, constitutionalism, international humanitarian law and comparative jurisprudence.
Dr Sari Wastell convenese the BA Anthropology programme.
She teaches the following courses:
Current PhD students supervised:
Sari Wastell is first and foremost a legal anthropologist, with a broad range of interests in African ‘customary’ law, constitutionalism, international humanitarian law and comparative jurisprudence. Her initial doctoral research was carried out in Swaziland, culminating in her forthcoming book, The Mouth that Tells No Lies: Kingship, Law and Sovereignty in Swaziland (Left Coast Press). This work concerned itself with the intersections of divine kingship, sociality and law and the sorts of knowledge practices and political improvisations that emerged from their interplay. Her more recent research focuses on war crimes prosecutions in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the war crimes prosecutions being conducted in the national jurisdictions of the ex-Yugoslav states. Additionally, she has worked in Euskadi (the Basque Country) for over a decade, predominantly around the topics of nationalism and historical consciousness.
'When is Law and Custom not Customary Law', Suomen Antropolgi, Vol 32, no 2, Summer 2007
Testifying to Trauma: The Codification of Atrocity in Humantiarian Law' with Kirsten Campbell and Hannah Starman, Cavendish/Routledge forthcoming 2008
The Mouth that Tells No Lies: Kingship, Law, and Sovereignty in Swaziland. Seattle: Left Coast Press. forthcoming 2008
'Being Swazi, Being Human: Constitutionalism, Custom and Human Rights in Swaziland' in The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law Between the Global and the Local. Mark Goodale And Sally Engle Merry (eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2007
'Introduction.' Thinking through Things: Theorising Artefacts Ethnographically. with Amiria Henare and Martin Holbraad. London: Routledge. 2006
'The Legal Thing in Swaziland: Res Judicata and Divine Kingship' in Thinking through Things: Theorising Artefacts Ethnographically. A. Henare, M. Holbraad and S. Wastell (eds). London: Routledge. 2006
'The Creativity of Social, Political and Religious Life' with M. Demian. in Creativity and Cultural Improvisation. Tim Ingold and Elizabeth Hallam (eds). London: Berg Publishers. forthcoming 2007
'Presuming Scale, Making Diversity: On the Mischiefs of Measurement and the Global/Local Metonym in Theories of Law and Culture.' Critique of Anthropology, 21 (2). 2001
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