We previously cross-posted an essay by Helge Årsheim on bureaucracy and religion. In the following, also cross-posted from The Religion Factor, Méadhbh McIvor, Assistant Professor in Religion, Law and Human Rights at the University of Groningen, responds by reflecting on sex, politics, and legal tedium.
My first thought upon reading Årsheim’s call to engage with legal tedium and bureaucracy was of an academic tool that is equally dull, but highly useful: the trusty footnote. More specifically, I thought of a two-sentence footnote buried in the second chapter of my PhD thesis. Continue reading