ANR Programme 2009-2013
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A Joint Programme on Justice and Governance in India and South Asia
(Hosted by Centre for Himalayan Studies)

Related: Panel "Of Doubt and Proof " (EASA Conference 2012 on "Uncertainty and Disquiet")

Starting May 20, 2012 - Ending April 20, 2023

This panel is part of the EASA conference on "Uncertainty and Disquiet", Nanterre, 10-13 July 2012.
Institutions which deal with the process of judging are directly concerned by the question of doubt. By putting ritual and judiciary settings into perspective we propose to discuss the techniques for casting and dispelling doubt and the role they play in the process leading to the final verdict.

Of Doubt and Proof: Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment
European Association of Social Anthropologists, 12th Biennial Conference "Uncertainty and Disquiet", Nanterre University, France, 10/07/2012 – 13/07/2012. The panel Of Doubt and Proof is on 12 July (three sessions: 11:30-13:00; 14:30-16:00; 16:30-18:00).

Convenors: Daniela Berti, Anthony Good,Gilles Tarabout

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Session 1: Judgments in question
  • Daniela Berti (Centre for Himalayan Studies, CNRS): The technicalities of doubting: temple consultations and district courts in India
  • Zachary Whyte (University of Copenhagen): In doubt: uncertainty and mistrust in the Danish asylum system
  • Jan Budniok (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz): When judges feel misjudged: (en)countering doubt in Ghanaian courts
Session 2: Doubting the Future
  • Anthony Good (Edinburgh University): 'The benefit of the doubt' in British asylum claims
  • Yasmine Bouagga (EHESS, Paris): Ritualizing uncertain rehabilitation: parole hearings in prison
  • Carolina Kobelinsky (EHESS, Paris): Emotions as evidences: an ethnographic exploration of the hearings at the French court of asylum
Session 3, Staging the Evidence
  • Stéphanie Homola (CEMC/EHESS, Paris): Judging destiny: how Taiwanese diviners cope with uncertainty
  • Véronique Bouillier (CEIAS,CNRS/EHESS, Paris): The different times of doubt in French Assises Courts
  • Gilles Tarabout (LESC, CNRS/U. of Nanterre): Religious uncertainty, astrology, and the courts. a case study from South India