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CfP: Critical Legal Conference 2014: Power, Capital, Chaos, 4 – 6 September 2014 University of Sussex

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By ‘Power, Capital, Chaos’, we refer to a context of ongoing global economic crisis, the neo-​liberal destruction of social democracy and the ever-​widening entrenchment of inequalities of wealth, power and technology within and between a global ‘North’ and global ‘South’. A contemporary political situation marked by austerity and privatisation, by security and responsibility, by racist political reaction, class-​war…

The Prospect of Harmony and the Decolonial View of the World: Weihua He Interviews Walter Mignolo

Knowledge is always situated. As a young scholar from China working on western theories, I always felt frustrated with the eurocentrism embedded within them. The frustration comes first because they are not addressing the problems lingering in my mind; and second at the moment I realized that I had the wrong expectations: why should theories developed to deal with…

Registration: The Politics of Legality in a Neoliberal Age, Conference UNSW, 1 – 2 August 2014

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For anyone in the vicinity, this looks like a brilliant event: The organisers tell us that registration for the event is important. Registration is free and can be done by emailing gtcentre@​unsw.​edu.​au with the subject line ‘Neoliberalism Symposium’. They say: Please hurry as spaces are limited! Neo-​liberalism is not simply an eco­nomic theory but a polit­ical philo­sophy that has legality…

Evaluations: Cases, experiments and models as tools of appropriation and valuation, Conference Lucerne 12 – 13 June 2014

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International conference organised by Hyo Yoon Kang (Lucerne) & Jose Bellido (Kent) at University of Lucerne, 12 – 13 June 2014. Practices of commodification of scientific and cultural knowledges by intellectual property have been widely analysed from the perspective of balancing public and private interests. Although this trend has been well known, less attention has been paid to the ways…

The Slave Ship Embodies the Whole Story of Slavery

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The man refused to eat. He had been sick, reduced to a ‘mere skeleton.’ He had apparently made a decision to die. Captain Timothy Tucker was outraged, and probably fearful that his example might spread to the other 200-​plus captives aboard his ship, the Loyal George, as it made its way across the Atlantic to Barbados…

Deconstruction is/​in Law: Derrida Anniversary Event, Birkbeck 2 July 2014

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This year marks the tenth anniversary of Jacques Derrida’s death. From the earliest days of Critical Legal Studies to contemporary scholarship, Derrida’s thought has provided a rich resource for critical engagements with the law. From his provocative assertion that “deconstruction is justice” to his important interventions on questions of sovereignty, hospitality and (through his posthumously published…

A Walk in Yarl’s Wood

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On a fine winter’s day, the first fine day after weeks of storms and rain, I went for a walk in the country. I found myself in a typical English rural landscape, driving down hedge-​lined lanes that grew progressively narrower. A couple of dead badgers lay whitening on the edges of the road. At the gate of a farm the road turned abruptly…

Workshop: Governing through ‘Post-​’: Post-​Disaster, Post-​Conflict, Post-​Crisis?

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What is the significance of ‘post’ in post-​disaster, post-​conflict and post-​crisis, and how might we analyze the similarities in the governmental responses to economic, infrastructural and societal disruption? We contend that, despite disciplinary boundaries which separate the study of war, economy and disaster, important insights can be gained through an interdisciplinary exploration of the way…

Bodies, Buses, and Permits: Palestinians Navigating Care

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In May 2013, I traveled to Palestine for six months to collect data for a research project that examines the cultural and visual productions of natalist images, including pregnancy and birth. During the time I spent traveling throughout the West Bank and Israel, I took account of the various modes of (re)production of Palestinian women’s bodies. I am interested in…

It is our belief that Palestine is a feminist issue .…

So long as antiwar activists denounce the U.S. occupation of Iraq, but not Israel’s occupation of Palestine, I will keep drawing the parallels. So long as Western feminists denounce the oppression of Arab women as a result of Islamic fundamentalism, but not as a result of Israeli occupation, I will raise my voice. I will explain that Palestinian women are without any…

Palestinian Feminist Critique and the Physics of Power: Feminists Between Thought and Practice

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The Palestinian woman in the Jewish state is a woman who confronts and defies bio-​political, geopolitical and necropolitical Zionist settler colonialism, as well as socio-​patriarchal oppression. The various forms of oppression facing Palestinian women, and the discrimination that violates their rights (Rouhana, 1997), along with the Israeli state’s structural violence (Rouhana and Sultani, 2003) have proliferated.…

Timely Measures, Symposium SOAS 20 June 2014

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20 June 2014 10am – 5:30pm SOAS (University of London) College Buildings, Room 116 This symposium invites reconsideration of contemporary questions of the measure and of the measures of law and the forms of life that can be lived through law. It addresses the timeliness or otherwise of our present technical means of measurement: of legal forms of persons,…

European Days of Action 15 – 24 May 2014

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Solidarity beyond borders – Building democracy from below The programs of austerity and privatizations imposed by the Troika decide on the lives of millions of people in Europe. Together with people in Europe and the whole world we resist the rehabilitation of capitalism on the backs of employees as well as unemployed, retirees, migrants and the youth. Together…

CfP: Lacuna

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Lacuna la-kū’na n. a gap, a hiatus What is Lacuna? Lacuna is an online magazine at www​.lacuna​.org​.uk that challenges indifference to suffering and promotes human rights. Its aim is to fill the gap between the short-​term immediacy of daily journalism and long-​term academic analysis. It will publish credible, accessible and compelling content that enables concerned readers to gain…

CfP: Dissensus, Hardbakka Ruins Project, Bergen Norway, June – July 2014

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Since the 1990s, there has been a considerable push in art practice towards socially-​engaged, participatory methods. Instead of removing art from the ‘useless’ domain of aesthetics and relocating it into praxis or politics, this year’s Hardbakka Ruins Project aims to think about art as existing in an ambiguous territory that deals with complex social concerns like political engagement,…

Notes for a Non-​Statocentric Politics

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The statocentric gaze proposes to think of social change as a conflict between the political class (“chancers, crooks, liars”) and a “we” that is essentially healthy (“the real people”, “decent folk”, “the multitudes”). It would be sufficient for “the good guys” to reach power (through their representatives) to change the state of things. But neoliberalism is in fact a co-​production. With different levels, but we all produce it among ourselves (by entering into competition with our neighbour, by speculating, etc.). It is not enough to be against “the bad guys” as if there were about the place somewhere a “good us” that already existed. A new reality has to be created (and we have to change with it).

Six Theses on Anxiety & the Prevention of Militancy

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Today’s public secret is that everyone is anxious. Anxiety has spread from its previous localised locations (such as sexuality) to the whole of the social field. All forms of intensity, self-​expression, emotional connection, immediacy, and enjoyment are now laced with anxiety. It has become the linchpin of subordination. One major part of the social underpinning of anxiety is the multi-​faceted omnipresent web of surveillance. The NSA, CCTV, performance management reviews, the Job Centre, the privileges system in the prisons, the constant examination and classification of the youngest schoolchildren. But this obvious web is only the outer carapace. We need to think about the ways in which a neoliberal idea of success inculcates these surveillance mechanisms inside the subjectivities and life-​stories of most of the population.

CfP: Law, Social Justice and Global Development Colloquium, University of Warwick 30 June 2014

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We are pleased to invite the submission of abstracts for the first Law, Social Justice and Global Development colloquium ‘An Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Social Justice,’ hosted by the Global Research Priority Programme on International Development at the University of Warwick on the 30th June 2014. The Journal of Law, Social Justice & Global Development (LGD) was established…

Call for Editorial Board Members: Feminist Legal Studies

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Feminist Legal Studies celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2013. After two decades of operating successfully from Kent Law School, 2013 also marked the debut of a newly constituted editorial board made up of members from other UK universities. The editorial board continues to operate as a collective and to publish interdisciplinary, theoretically engaged feminist scholarship relating to…

Cupcake Fascism: Gentrification, Infantilisation and Cake

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The Cupcake as Object The cupcake is barely a cake. When we think about what “the cake-​like” ideal should be, it is something spongy, moist, characterized by excess, collapsing under its own weight of gooey jam, meringue, and cream. It is something sickly and wet that makes your fingers sticky. The cupcake is none of these…