Diversity, Knowledge and Power

Samia Bano


In this paper, Samia Bano comments on Karin van Marle's keynote presentation at the Diversity and Legal Reasoning Workshop held at Queen Mary University of London on 23 November 2016, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity and the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context. Bano argues that in order for debates on diversity and legal reasoning not to become overly abstract or theoretical and therefore remain outside the social and cultural practices in which they operate, it is important that a critical rearticulation and reflection on the question of diversity and legal reasoning engages critically with questions of ontology, agency and the production and reproduction of resistant knowledges. This kind of critical engagement requires also a critique of internal power relations and knowledge claims made within communities and groups.


decolonising the curriculum; SOAS student protests; Judith Butler; cohabitation; Black feminist scholarship; intersectionality; resistance

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