Brenna Bhandar

Brenna Bhandar is Senior Lec­turer in Law at SOAS, Uni­ver­sity of London.

Law and Coloniality: An Interview with Brenna Bhandar

English version of interview with Brenna Bhandar* by Olivier Chassaing, translated by Chayma Drira for Période, the French online journal of Marxist theory, available here. Olivier Chassaing (‘OC’): By studying law, one can explore how capitalist societies rest upon and strengthen different social hierarchies: class, gender, race dominations, as well as persisting colonial structures and…

Book Launch | Plastic Materialities: Politics, Legality, and Metamorphosis in the Work of Catherine Malabou

You are cordially invited to the launch of Brenna Bhandar and Jonathon Goldberg-Hiller (eds) Plastic Materialities: Politics, Legality, and Metamorphosis in the Work of Catherine Malabou (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015) When: Thursday, 4th June 2015, 6:30pm Where: Blackwell’s Holborn, London, WC1V 6EP With presentations by: Brenna Bhandar, School of Law, SOAS, London Howard Caygill, CRMEP, Kingston University…

Workshop: Reflections on Dispossession, SOAS 24–25 Oct 2014

Reflections on Dispossession: Critical Feminisms This two-day symposium explores the relationship between the material, cultural, psychic and symbolic dimensions and effects of dispossession. Building on a range of critical feminisms, the papers, collective discussions and keynote addresses will take forward and build on the rich and dynamic traditions of black, indigenous and post-colonial feminisms, queer theory…

The Past and Future of the Legal Left: Celebrating Duncan Kennedy’s Scholarship | SOAS, 22 May 2014

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London This conference honors Professor Duncan Kennedy, one of the most influential legal theorists and left critics of our time. After teaching for more than four decades at Harvard Law School, Professor Kennedy announced his intention to retire. Kennedy’s brilliant contributions have challenged our thinking on law and its…

“We are not from another planet”: Justice 4 Cleaners Campaign and the Struggle for Recognition

A con­ver­sa­tion with SOAS cleaners ahead of their strike action, 4–5 March 2014 The on-going struggle of the SOAS Cleaners for acceptable working conditions and equality in the workplace has received some media attention since its inception in 2007–2008. For a thorough and engaging analysis of the history of cleaners’ labour activism across the city,…

A Right to the University

The use of injunctions to quash protest is an indicator of how deeply privatisation has taken root in British universitiesOn 4 December, the University of London was granted an injunction from the High Court that prohibits ‘persons unknown (including students of the University of London) from ‘entering or remaining upon the campus and buildings of University of…

Debating BDS (Boy­cott, Divest­ment, Sanc­tions): Fraser v UCU

On March 22nd, 2013 the Employment Tribunal (UK-London) rendered judgment in the case of Fraser v University & College Union (UCU). Ruling in favour of UCU, the Tribunal’s judgment brought immense relief to UCU members, BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists, and others who were anxious about the potential repercussions that a negative outcome might have for…

Austerity by way of the Colonies: Workfare in the UK

The taxi took an alternate route to the airport that day, the day before the Queen’s Jubilee parade, to avoid the very early morning rehearsals of military personnel, horses, and others involved in orchestrating the impending celebrations. Arriving at my destination 22 hours later, in a time zone 13 hours behind GMT, I went to…

Post-Colonies and Capitalism: Why the Colonial Still Matters

At a recent workshop organised by the Westminster International Law and Theory Centre, Doreen Massey and David Harvey both spoke about space, spatiality, and politics. While there are many significant differences in the intellectual projects of these two sages of critical geography, they also agreed about many things. Thinking spatially offers us a way of…