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Australians overseas are calling for international protests against mandatory detention of asylum seekers

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For decades Australia has been the subject of international institutional condemnation that has focused on Australia’s policies of mandatory detention and off-​shore processing of asylum seekers. In 2002 in the aftermath of Tampa, SIEV X, the spurious ‘children overboard’ allegations and beginning of the ‘Pacific Solution,’ the UN High Commission for Refugees articulated concern about…

Being Social: Ontology, Law, Politics

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We are pleased to announce that Being Social: Ontology, Law, Politics, edited by Tara Mulqueen and Daniel Matthews, and published by COUNTERPRESS, is now available. Being Social brings together leading and emerging scholars on the question of sociality in poststructuralist thought. The essays collected in this volume examine a sense of the social which resists final determination and…

Today (12/​3) Warwick Summit on Protest

The summit, organised by Warwick Law School’s Centre of Human Rights in Practice in the wake of police brutality on campus, will be held in the Arts Centre Cinema today, 12 March between 4-​6pm. Speakers will include the University Vice Chancellor, Nigel Thrift, Registrar Ken Sloan, Coventry Police commander Chief Superintendent Claire Bell, Student Union…

International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism, University of Southampton 17 – 19 April 2015

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Conference Dates: 17 —19 April 2015 About the conference: This conference will be the first of its kind and constitutes a ground-​breaking historical event on the road towards justice and enduring peace in historic Palestine. It is unique because it concerns the legitimacy in International Law of the Jewish state of Israel. Rather than focusing on Israeli…

Kent Summer School in Critical Theory (KSSCT) 29 June – 10 July 2015

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The Kent Summer School in Critical Theory (KSSCT) is a rare opportunity for doctoral students and early career researchers to work intensively with a leading critical scholar in their field. Applicants are welcomed from all critical disciplinary perspectives. The school will be held in Paris this summer, 29 June to 10 July 2015. The school will take the form of two parallel intensive…

CfP: Arts and Literature. Copyrighted, Jagiellonian University, Seminar 5 – 6 June 2015

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Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Department of Literary Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland Date: 5 – 6 June, 2015 Application deadline: 15 March, 2015 Contemporary debates on copyright and authors’ rights, however wide and intense, usually shift towards questions of global economy of intellectual property, public access to information,…

Rally in solidarity with the Greek People against austerity and EU blackmail, Sunday 15 February, 1.pm, Trafalgar Square

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The Greece Solidarity Campaign, Syriza London and other organisations are calling for a mass rally in support of the people of Greece on Sunday 15th February at 13.00 in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. This is part of an international wave of rallies and protests in support of Greece taking place across Europe. Come…

Greece and Europe: A First Account of a Radical Government, Roundtable BIH, 18 March 2015

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This roundtable discussion will begin with a screening of a 15 minute film made by Paul Mason: Greece: The End of Austerity? Speakers: — Costas Douzinas (Wiki); — Paul Mason (Channel 4 News) (Wiki); — Slavoj Zizek. Starts: Mar 18, 2015 07:30 PM Finishes: Mar 18, 2015 10:00 PM Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Room B01, Clore Management Centre Free entry but registration is…

Syriza’s new contract between Greece and Europe

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On Sunday 8 February 2015, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras explained the government’s policy commitments. Thanks to AnalyzeGreece and GreekReporter, we are happy to publish excerpts from his statement. The new contract between Greece and Europe which will be reflected in a Medium Term Plan for National Reconstruction, respects the Eurozone operating rules, but does not condemn the Greek economy…

Cfp: Memories of Struggles, Struggles of Memories, Workshop Sarajevo 28 – 29 May 2015

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2nd International Workshop on Law and Ideology In his L’histoire comme champ de bataille Enzo Traverso points out that memory as a socially relevant phenomenon appeared widely after 1989. The fall of the Soviet empire and the ensuing defragmentation of the world led to a situation in which a multitude of recollections, hitherto retained only in private, could enter…

A Right to Breathe

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The air is taken away from us; “we cannot breathe”. This is a commentary which draws inspiration from an evocative piece of writing by Jerome Roos which appeared earlier in Reflections on a Revolution. The title of his text, “From New York to Greece, we revolt ‘cus we can’t breathe”, describes how the lack of lack of…

Populism and Emancipation(s): The Political Legacy of Ernesto Laclau, Symposium Essex University, 12 February 2014

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Ernesto Laclau died in Seville on the 13th April 2014. By a sort of historical irony, the Argentinean political theorist missed by only a few weeks the stunning success of a newborn Spanish political party, PODEMOS, which by consciously drawing on his work, became a surprise success at the European elections. Within five months of its foundation, PODEMOS managed…

Postpolitics and Neoliberalism, Conference, Birkbeck 21 March 2015

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Politics is either dead, dying, or changing into something new. The word ‘ideology’ has become a term of abuse, associated especially with the ‘utopian’ old left. Commitment and belief have become ‘tribalism’ and ‘dogma’. Technocracy, pragmatism, and single-​issue campaigns are the order of the day. As the public tune out and turn away, politicians perform increasingly…

Rewinding the Battle of Algiers in the Shadow of the Attack on Charlie Hebdo

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In the classic 1966 film Battle of Algiers, Ali, a young, illiterate, unemployed bricklayer and draft dodger is arrested in Algiers for petty street crimes (he is a card swindler). In jail, Ali meets, unbeknownst to him, a member of the Algerian FLN (National Liberation Front) who recruits him after his release by putting a gun in his hand to…

‘Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone’? Modern Ireland, Inauthenticity and the Request to Revise Ireland v UK

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In 1971 the Hillside Singers, in a song designed to inspire worldwide unity, sang of how they’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony; apparently the inspiration for the song came from the writers’ experiences while delayed at Ireland’s Shannon Airport. Documents recently unearthed by the Irish human rights NGO The Pat Finucane…

Homo Sacer: The Last Act (L’Uso dei Corpi)

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Giorgio Agamben has abandoned Homo sacer. By his own admission in the foreword to his book, and having so acknowledged in the first lecture of his 2014 seminar at the European Graduate School, his latest L’uso dei Corpi — forthcoming in English translation as The Usage of Bodies — will be the last chapter of his 20-​year-​long research. Abandoned, he said…

Warwick occupation served with injunction

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*** Management takes student occupation to court *** Two students have been threatened to have to pay for legal costs *** Similar injunctions have previously been condemned by Amnesty International for breaching human rights University management are seeking to evict the occupiers of the Rootes building, serving them with an injunction without engaging in any negotiations over…

The Hunger Strike of Nikos Romanos

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We are currently witnessing one of the most beautiful and tragic moments of resistance in human history. Please join with us and sign the solidarity statement (link below) alongside educators, artists, philosophers and activists. We have now arrived at the 25th day in the hunger strike of political prisoner Nikos Romanos. He is still alive and fighting…

The Further Criminalisation of Student Protest

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The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement has served as a reminder of the wider politics of austerity and its beneficiaries in the form of tax cuts and those at its detriment experiencing wage freezes and cuts in services and benefits. It was also a reminder of how the reforms to higher education and the introduction of full fees is part of…