Horace E. Read Memorial Lecture

This year's speaker is Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Cornell Law School. She will discuss "The Sociality of the Platform." How might we rethink the architecture and potentiality of the digital public sphere? Riles will describe one experiment in doing so—Meridian 180, “a multilingual platform for policy solutions+experimentation”—as an attempt to infuse a different sensibility into the digital public sphere. Riles argues from this experience that the “platform” as a genre of techno-sociality demands not only a critical anthropology of digital culture but a new ethics of friendship.


Alumni & Friends, Faculty Interest, Speaker Series, Student Interest



Room 207



Additional Information

The Read Lecture series was inaugurated in 1975 to honour the memory of the late Horace E Read, OC, QC, who was Dean of Dalhousie Law School from 1950 until 1964, in recognition of his contribution to legal education and legal scholarship. Dr. Read's areas of interest were broad: law reform, legislation and the legislative process, conflict of law, labour law and legal education, and this is well reflected in the diversity of the lectures.