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Dr Sari Wastell MA, PhD

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PositionLecturer
Department Anthropology
Email s.wastell (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7848
Dr Sari Wastell MA, PhD

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.

Teaching

Dr Sari Wastell convenes the BA Anthropology and Sociology programme.

She teaches the following courses:

  • General Principles of Social Anthropology
  • Methodological and Philosophical Issues in Anthropology and Sociology

Areas of supervision

Current PhD students supervised:

 

Research Interests

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.

Publications

Book

Testifying to Trauma: The Codification of Trauma in Humanitarian Law
Campbell, Kirsten; Starman, Hannah and Wastell, Sari. 2015. Testifying to Trauma: The Codification of Trauma in Humanitarian Law. London: Routledge Cavendish. ISBN 978-0-415-45947-1

The Mouth that Tells No Lies: Kingship, Law, and Sovereignty in Swaziland
Wastell, Sari. 2008. The Mouth that Tells No Lies: Kingship, Law, and Sovereignty in Swaziland. Seattle: Left Coast Press.

Thinking Through Things
Wastell, Sari; Henare, A. and Holbraad, M.. 2007. Thinking Through Things. Routledge Press. ISBN 9781844720713

Book Section

Missing Persons Ossuaries and Societal Safety - When Security and Justice Have No Gender
Jugo, Admir; Wastell, Sari and Alic, A M. 2013. Missing Persons Ossuaries and Societal Safety - When Security and Justice Have No Gender. In: D Arsenijevic and T Flessenkamper, eds. What is the Gender of Security? Sarajevo: Sarajevo Open Center/EUPM, pp. 199-220.

Being Swazi, Being Human: Custom, Constitutionalism and Human Rights in Swaziland
Wastell, Sari. 2007. Being Swazi, Being Human: Custom, Constitutionalism and Human Rights in Swaziland. In: Goodale and S. Merry, eds. The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking law between the Global and the Local. Cambridge University Press, pp. 320-341. ISBN 0521683785

'The Creativity of Social, Political and Religious Life'
Wastell, Sari. 2007. 'The Creativity of Social, Political and Religious Life'. In: Tim Ingold and Elizabeth Hallam, eds. Creativity and Cultural Improvisation. London: Berg. ISBN 978-1845205270

'The Legal Thing in Swaziland: Res Judicata and Divine Kingship'
Wastell, Sari. 2006. 'The Legal Thing in Swaziland: Res Judicata and Divine Kingship'. In: Amiria Henare; Martin Holbraad and Sari Wastell, eds. Thinking through Things: Theorising Artefacts Ethnographically. London: Routledge, pp. 68-92. ISBN 978-1844720712

Article

When is Law and Custom not Customary Law?
Wastell, Sari. 2007. When is Law and Custom not Customary Law? Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 32(2), pp. 71-84. ISSN 03553930

Presuming Scale, Making Diversity: On the Mischiefs of Measurement and the Global: Local Metonym in Theories of Law and Culture
Wastell, Sari. 2001. 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), pp. 185-210. ISSN 0308275X

Conference or Workshop Item

Primary, secondary and tertiary mass graves in Bosnia
Jugo, Admir and Wastell, Sari. 2012. 'Primary, secondary and tertiary mass graves in Bosnia'. In: Corpses and Destruction: Destroyed, Hidden, Profaned and Displayed Corpses. Paris, France 12-14 September 2012.

Report

Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Campbell, Kirsten and Wastell, Sari. 2008. Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Technical Report. Wenner Gren Foundation.