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A Right to Breathe

RIght to Breathe

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 12 February 2014, Essex University

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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…

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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An oft told tale at the start of international economic law modules is the failure of the Havana Charter of 1946 to establish the International Trade Organisation (ITO). Unlike its sister the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, the ITO failed to launch. This failure was largely down to the US’s reluctance to…

Critical Legal Conference 2015 : ‘LAW, SPACE AND THE POLITICAL’, University of Wrocław, Poland, 3 – 5 September 2015

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The Critical Legal Conference (CLC) – an annual gathering of critical and radical legal scholars from all over the world – was inaugurated in 1984 at the University of Kent. Since then, the CLC has been held every year, mainly in the UK, but also in South Africa, India, Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the Netherlands. The CLC, in contrast…

CfP: Philosophy, Power, Potentialities; Kingston University 21 – 22 May 2015

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In a contemporary discourse suffused with the theme of ‘crisis’ – political, economic, educational, social, ecological, technical – what are the resources of philosophy at this moment for thinking power relations and potentialities? ‘Power’ has long been a central concept for philosophy and critical thought. The theme gained particular influence in the wake of Michel Foucault’s studies of the 1970s and ’80s,…

CfP: Openness and Intellectual Property, Workshop Pennsylvania 22 – 24 July 2015

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The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property will hold its 7th annual workshop at the University of Pennsylvania, July 22 – 24, 2015. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the US Constitution, which empowers Congress to create IP laws that “promote the progress of science and the useful arts.” And the University of Pennsylvania…

Legal infrastructure, differentiated space and the spectacle of ‘lawful protest’: The Australian G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013

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Queensland is this year host to various G20 meetings, most prominently the Finance Ministers’ Meeting that was held in Cairns on 20 & 21 September and next month’s Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane on 15 & 16 November. At a cost of over $450 million, a massive security operation is being coordinated by the Commonwealth Government Taskforce (G20

London Review of International Law Book Symposium, LSE 22 Nov 2014

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Book Symposium: Mark Neocleous’s War Power, Police Power (EUP, 2013) will be discussed by Claudia Aradau, Illan Rua Wall, Caroline Holmqvist, and Yari Lanci, with a response by Mark Neocleous. LSE, Thai Theatre, Nov 22 6-​8pm. From waste to drones and no-​fly zones. Why is liberalism so obsessed with waste? Is there a drone above you now?…

A Taste for the Secret: Interview with Mark Neocleous

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This interview was originally conducted in March 2014 for Kampfplatz (a journal of philosophy, published in Turkish in Ankara, Turkey) and its Turkish translation was first published in the 6th issue of the Kampfplatz in May 2014. More information about Kampfplatz can be found on their website (in Turkish). Kampfplatz also annually co-​organizes State and Law Symposium (devletvehukuk​.blogspot​.com — in Turkish…

General Organology: The Co-​individuation of Minds, Bodies, Social Organisations and Technē, Conference Kent 20 – 22 Nov 2014

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Marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Bernard Stiegler’s landmark book, La Technique et le temps 1, which first outlined the project of a general organology, this conference aims to survey the range of twentieth-​century and contemporary philosophical accounts, scientific theories and technical innovations that intersect an organological dimension. Within this overarching theme, the goal of the conference is…

CfP: Intercultural Talks in the Global South: Decolonization, Law and Politics in Debate, Brazil 17 – 21 November 2014

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Intercultural Talks in the Global South: Decolonization, Law and Politics in Debate in debate intends to be a space to encourage the academic community and public in general to discuss specific problems of the global South, especially in Africa and Latin America, from the decolonial theoretical framework. The decolonial theoretical framework points to a colonialism that is still…