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Law & Critique: “Life is not simply fact” – aesthetics, atmosphere & the neoliberal university

What should we understand under neoliberalism in the context of the university? Anderson (2016:735) argues that neoliberalism should not be seen as something ‘singular, coherent … with a simple origin point. … New hybrids are formed as neoliberal styles of reasoning and techniques encounter diverse political-economic forms and logics of governing’ (2016, p. 735). He…

Extinction Rebellion: Credit, Criticism & Cops

Last thursday at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, London, Extinction Rebellion (XR) drew their ‘phase one’ of protest to a close with a ceremony which – like the rest of their efforts over the previous 11 days – was moving, peaceful, and emphatic. The scale of the XR achievement is huge and difficult to overstate.…

CfP: Workshop on Feminist Data Protection, Berlin 20 Nov 2019

  Forum Privacy (‘Forum Privatheit’), a German research project, is hosting an exploratory, multi-disciplinary, one-day workshop on feminist approaches to data protection. The workshop is organized with the support of the Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz (ULD) Schleswig-Holstein, the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) and the Center for Gender and Diversity…

Critical Legal Conference 2019: Alienation

The University of Perugia would like to invite streams and papers for the 2019 Critical Legal Conference. The event will take place between 12–14 September 2019. The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 15th of July. Theme: Alienation The 2019 Critical Legal Conference main theme will circle around the concept of “alienation”, a quite ambiguous word,…

CfP: Law, Power, and Justice in Game of Thrones

HBO’s award-winning adaptation of George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels has become one of the most watched televisions shows and elevated the cult fantasy novels to social phenomenon. Academic attention has focussed on its rich themes and deconstruction of medieval society as a font for exploring contemporary issues relating to power, gender, war,…

Law & Critique: In the service of a total market: the Future of Legal Craft

In recent years, the growth of financial markets, the spread of information technology and institutional changes in democracies have often been associated with the rise of populist politics. Such developments, sometimes characterised as transformations resulting from reactions to the deepening of “globalization”, and the spread of its “neoliberal” ideological and regulatory scaffold through international cooperation…

Michel Foucault: Discipline

Key Concept Discipline is one of Foucault’s most intriguing and widely discussed concepts. This explanatory post broadly examines discipline and disciplinary power by considering how Foucault conceptualises the panopticon (and panopticism) to articulate it, how it differs from juridical-sovereign power, and its (contentious) interrelation to law and liberalism. The hope is to suggest and gesture…

CfP: Archiving Protest – From the Afterlives of the Event to Archives of Instantaneity, Workshop Warwick, 13 May 2019

Over the last decade we have seen protests and revolts that have resonated globally: from Tahrir Square and Gezi Park to the Indignants in Greece and Spain, to the Gilet Jaunes or Occupy Wall Street or the Umbrella Movement. One of the key elements of these events has been their online circulation which has flowed from…

Open University School of Law PhD Studentship 2019: Critical intersections between blockchains, law and regulation

For the academic year beginning 1 October 2019 the Open University Law School is inviting applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships.  The studentships are based at the Milton Keynes campus and students are normally expected to live within commuting distance of Milton Keynes. The studentships cover tuition fees, a generous research training support grant and…

Giorgio Agamben: Stasis

Key Concept At a time when the world seems to be rejecting the universalist neo-liberal logic of governance to embrace various modes of cultural, political, socio-economical, and juridical nationalisms, an engagement with Giorgio Agamben’s concept of stasis becomes all the more urgent. If there is indeed one message to be taken from Agamben’s study of…

Gilles Deleuze: Ethics and Morality

Key Concept The place of ethics and morality in Deleuze’s thought The task of talking about ethics and morality, in relation to the philosophical thought of one of the most significant French philosophers of the 20th century, Gilles Deleuze, is not an easy one. This is because – and despite the vast multiplicity of subjects…

Sex, Gender and the Trans Debate

The recent debate on gender recognition reform, as played out in the press and on social media, has been painful to behold. With passions running high, much of the discourse has been marked by a lack of regard for the viewpoints of others, on occasion spiralling into professional and even personal abuse online. That the…

CfP: Division, Difference and Democracy, Conference, Kent 16 March 2019

Kent Critical Law Society Annual Conference 2019 Saturday 16th March Grimmond, University of Kent “Division, Difference and Democracy” Call for Papers Kent Critical Law Society (KCLS)  is a student law organization, which promotes the aims of critical legal studies and critical legal thought. Our annual flagship event, the Critical Law Conference, attracts academics, practitioners, and…

The “Yellow Vests” Show How Much the Ground Moves Under Our Feet

Reposted from InfoShop News: If one feature of any truly revolutionary moment is the complete failure of conventional categories to describe what’s happening around us, then that’s a pretty good sign we’re living in revolutionary times. It strikes me that the profound confusion, even incredulity, displayed by the French commentariat—and even more, the world commentariat—in…

The Problem with ‘Populism’

Last month, The Guardian published a series of articles on populism, which were accompanied by much hype from the newspaper’s social media accounts. They started the series with the front page splash, ‘Revealed: One in Four Europeans Vote Populist’. This series included articles discussing the ‘rise of populism over the last 20 years’ and an…