“Visualizing Brotherhood: Mafia, Freemasons, and the changing criminalization of ritual relationships in Sicily” with Naor Ben-Yehoyada (USC CLHC)

Wednesday, January 22 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Musick Law Building (LAW), 118
699 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Columbia University)
“Visualizing Brotherhood: Mafia, Freemasons, and the changing criminalization of ritual relationships in Sicily”
Room 118/120, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Visual Anthropology


Our semester will kick off with a workshop by Naor Ben-Yehoyada, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, co-sponsored by the USC Department of Anthropology, on January 22 from 12-1 pm (lunch served at 11:50), in Room 118/120 of the Law School.

Naor’s paper, “Visualizing Brotherhood: Mafia, Freemasons, and the Changing Criminalization of Ritual Relationships in Sicily,” explores how Italy’s aggressive attempts to prosecute the Mafia poses fascinating legal, political, and anthropological dilemmas. With his sharp ethnographic eye, Naor’s work takes us far beyond the usual treatment of the Mafia as romanticized brotherhood or demonized criminality. He shows how other ritualized relationships—particularly freemasonry—become entangled with laws aimed at prosecuting the Mafia, and how these laws offer their own challenges for the definition of crime.

Naor is one of the leading anthropologists of the Mediterranean. His first book, The Mediterranean Incarnate; Transnational Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II (Chicago Press, 2017), won the Vinson Sutlive Book Prize in Historical Anthropology and was awarded an Honorable Mention for the William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology. He is currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton.

Please RSVP to clhcserv@law.usc.edu if you are planning to attend the workshop.

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus



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