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Dispossession, Resistance and Legal Political Strategies, Workshop SOAS 24 June 2016

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A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP Friday June 24, 2016 10am to 5pm at SOAS, University of London (Room B111) Workshop conveners: Dr. Brenna Bhandar (School of Law, SOAS) and Dr. Rafeef Ziadah (Politics and International Relations, SOAS) You are invited to a one-day workshop with internationally renowned scholar-activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Gary Kinsman to present their decades-long…

Universal Basic Income and the Politics of Production

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Of late there have been a growing number of people who take seriously the promise of Unconditional Basic Income (“UBI”) policy programs. Roughly, these advocates propose that UBI can allay the harms and legitimate social anxiety caused by cycles of un- and under-employment thereby making persons less susceptible to predatory employers. In addition to addressing…

Reading Christian Human Rights in Latin America

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Samuel Moyn’s most recent book, Christian Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania University Press 2015), tells the story of the relationship between European Human Rights and Christianity, both during the interwar period and after World War II. Among other things, Moyn argues that Catholicism met human rights once the Church abandoned its prior authoritarian corporatist commitments…

Taxing Citizens: Hegel On Having the Right Attitude

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We hear a lot about tax, and about how people dislike paying it. But while there’s general agreement that there is a big difference between tax evasion (illegal:  breaching the law to escape paying tax) and tax avoidance (minimising one’s tax liabilities in a legal way), there seems to be a lot of confusion about…

What is DiEM25, really? A Reply to the Open Letter

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Note from the LeftEast editors: this is the reply of Yanis Varoufakis to the Open Letter by George Souvlis and Samuele Mazzolini about the Democracy in Europe Movement 2015 DiEM25, which appeared earlier this week on LeftEast. Varoufakis’s reply first appeared on the personal blog of Yanis Varoufakis. Shortly after DiEM25’s Rome launch, I received a splendid Open Letter from George…

An Open Letter to Yanis Varoufakis

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In the following open letter (republished on AnalyzeGreece), George Souvlis and Samuele Mazzolini respond to the recent DiEM25 launch in Rome. Dear Yanis,We decided to write you this letter after following closely the launch of DiEM 25 in Rome on 23 March. The missive aims to discuss a series of issues regarding your initiative that we found…

Open Letter: Calling all Students and Staff to Resist ‘Prevent Duty’ at their University

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Today, 1 April 2016 (this is no April fools) marks a key date in terms of institutionalising toxic policies regarding the Prevent duty at universities around the UK.  The 1 April 2016 marks an important date for the future of the university and the wellbeing of its staff and students. How many people knew that by this…

Focus on the Funk: Journeys… , Conference Birkbeck 20–21 May 2015

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2-day conference: 20 May 2016: 9.00am – 5.30pm & 21 May 2016: 10.00am – 6.30pm Sponsors: Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck School of Law, BIMI & Serpentine Galleries Organised by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Kojo Koram Journeys from the Caribbean and the Americas to Africa, the Middle East, and back … flights to the wreckage…

CfP: Law and the Senses II: Human, Posthuman, Inhuman Sensings, Westminster 17–18 November 2016

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What (who) is sensing? Do senses belong to the realm of the subjective and thus non sunt disputandum? Or are they objective, as the truth-validating paradigm of vision indicates? Can we touch without being touched? What remains of the subject/object dualism when we are immersed in the impersonal materiality of a soundscape? Are neurological phenomenologies…

Workshop: Imagining the State for Progressive Politics, University of Kent, 19–20 May 2016

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Supported by Social & Legal Studies University of Kent, Canterbury From 3.00 pm 19 May – 4 pm 20 May 2016 Registration Free to attend; please send an email indicating you wish to attend to KLSResearch@kent.ac.uk stating the name of the workshop and giving your name and institution Speakers Gianpaolo Baiocchi, NYU Chiara De Cesari, Amsterdam John Clarke, OU Davina Cooper, Kent…

Conference: Refugees, Migrants and Cosmopolitics, Bucharest 3–4 June 2016

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Call for Abstracts – Deadline: March 15, 2016 Conference, New Europe College, Bucharest, 3-4 June, 2016 Migration and cosmopolitanism are consubstantial. Cosmopolitanism means to be a citizen of the world, with no borders or, at least, with permeable borders. Migration means to move from one place to another. Thus, migration, without impediments, appears to be…

CfP: Persons/Things Workshop, University of Turku, Finland 12–13 May 2016

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In recent decades many of the foundational classificatory structures of law have been challenged by entities that are familiar to law but who appear in new functions. While robots are revolutionising trade and warfare, animals, embryos and corporations are knocking the doors of personhood with their multifarious rights reminiscent to those of natural persons. At…

Walter Benjamin in Palestine

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“The law which is studied but no longer practiced is the gate to justice. The gate to justice is study.” — Walter Benjamin, “Franz Kafka.”1 Walter Benjamin never did go to Palestine. Despite frequent invitations from his friend Gershom Scholem, who emigrated there in 1925, and despite the rapidly deteriorating situation for European Jews in…

Kent Summer School in Critical Theory, Paris 13–24 June 2016

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The Kent Law School’s Centre for Critical Thought have announced their second Kent Summer School in Critical Theory. It will run in Paris, from the 13–24 June 2016. The website has all of the relevant details, but the lineup looks fantastic. This summer school is organised by Maria Drakopoulou and Connal Parsley, and is run for early career researchers and…

Pirates in our public library: Why Indian scholars are closely watching a court case in Quebec

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The online library aaaaarg.fail, which is being sued for copyright violation, gives researchers access to a wealth of vital texts that are inaccessible in the subcontinent. Originally published on Scroll.in and republished here with permission. In 2005, Sean Dockray did what any sensible government should have done for its students. The American artist set up a sharing-enabled platform…

Critical Legal Conference 2016, Kent Law School 1–3 September 2016

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Kent Law School 1st – 3rd September Turning Points The Call for Stream Proposals is OPEN NOW – please send proposals of no more than 500 words along with short bios of the stream organisers to klsclc2016@kent.ac.uk. The Call for Stream Proposals closes 7 March 2016. “…there are no witnesses to changes of epoch. The…

Seminar: Critique of Law and Law of Critique, EALT, Goethe University Frankfurt, 25 January 2016

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Within the framework of the European Academy of Legal Theory hosted by the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, this is an open invitation to an introductory seminar on critical legal theory. Critique of Law and Law of Critique Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 25 January 2016 (14.15 – 17.00) Convened by Dr Gilbert Leung From Socrates to Freud and…