SYMPOSIUM: Regulatory Translations: Expertise and Affect in Global Legal Fields; Istanbul, Turkey; May 16-18, 2013
Guest Editors: Türem Ziya Umut & Andrea Ballestero
The workshop and this special issue attempt to mobilize “translation” as a heuristic to observe, understand, and explain regulatory circulations. The goal has been to work with translation as a lens through which we can analyze the politics of legal and regulatory change in different parts of the globe at different temporalities. The authors attempt to show the potential that joining the two concepts, regulation and translation, offers for critical reflection. As a concept that so firmly grasps the imagination and practice of both subjects and objects of social scientific research, translation offers a productive window to analyze the politics of law and regulation and the sharing of technical questions, theoretical resources, and practical concerns between social commentators and practitioners.
We consider this special issue a contribution to an effort to think about the complex phenomenon of regulatory movements by using translation as an analytic frame. This exploratory introduction to regulatory translations speaks to the curiosity of scholars and practitioners interested in the ongoing transformations of regulatory regimes, legalities, and forms of globalization in which we participate.
Excerpt from the introduction.
Türem Ziya Umut is Assistant Professor, Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Boùaziçi University. His research examines global circulation and production of legal and economic technologies in the neoliberal era such as competition laws, and independent expert agencies.
Andrea Ballestero is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rice University. Her research examines the ethical, technical, and economic entanglements through which the human right to water is constituted in Latin America.
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