Religion Framed: Indigenous Jurisdictions and the Generativity of Tradition
What do a suitcase and a micro-house have to do with religion? Professor Johnson’s presentation will explore two examples of living Hawaiian tradition—one concerning international repatriation and a suitcase, the other an ongoing land rights struggle that began with a micro- house and a flag—in order to illustrate how some contemporary jurisdictional disputes are a potent site of religious generativity. Further, a case will be made for comparative analyses of juris-diction (law speaking) and religion. To this end, “religion framed” is intended to convey four things. First, it is a reminder that all religious discourse is legally framed in the sense of being articulated in political-legal jurisdictions. Second, the shaping force of jurisdiction is highly variable. Third, “speaking law” is happening within some Indigenous communities with ramifications for the expression of tradition. Finally, Johnson will consider ways “framing”—in terms of the second order discourse of religion—remains powerful as an analytical and disciplinary ground that holds promise for public conversations of consequence.