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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…

The Yellow Vest Movement: Between ‘ecological’ neoliberalism & ‘apolitical’ movements

CrimeThInc.com have very kindly allowed us to repost this really useful analysis of the Yellow Vest movement in France. The past weeks have seen a massive confrontational movement arise in France opposing President Emmanuel Macron’s “ecological” tax increase on gas. This movement combines many contradictory elements: horizontally organized direct action, a narrative of being “apolitical,”…

Workshop: Law and Politics in the Anthropocene, Birkbeck, 10 Dec 2018

Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities Workshop LAW AND POLITICS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: METHODS, ORIENTATIONS AND ENCOUNTERS 10th DECEMBER 2018 ROOM 101, 30 RUSSELL SQUARE Book Online Here Many now claim that we have entered a new climatic regime (the Anthropocene) that marks a transition from the previous geological epoch (the Holocene), a period of 12,000…

Book Launch: Farewell to Freedom, Westminster, 23 Nov 2018

The Westminster Law and Theory Lab invites you to the book launch and drinks reception for Riccardo Baldissone’s new book, ‘Farewell to freedom: A Western genealogy of liberty’, published open access by University of Westminster Press. Download free here. Date, Time, Place: Friday 23 November 2018, 6-8pm, University of Westminster, The Pavilion, 115 New Cavendish…

#We The Peoples of the World… Except you: Disaster Capitalism in Barbuda

Like a horrific traffic accident, the 2017 Hurricane season gripped much of the world with a morbid and awe-filled fascination. Through the remarkable advances of technology, Nature’s wrath as viewed from space was presented across all media in highest definition to date. As the first category 5 plus hurricane barrelled into the Caribbean Archipelago, Irma stunned…

Cfp: Redistributive Human Rights? Workshop 31 Jan–1 Feb 2019, UNSW-Sydney

Thursday 31 January and Friday 1 February 2019 Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales This workshop aims to consider the different ways in which the language and frameworks of human rights have been deployed and mobilized both to make redistribute justice claims or to contest economic inequalities, but also to close down political…

CfP: The League of Nations Decentred: Law, Crises and Legacies, 18-19 July 2019, Melbourne Law School

Almost a hundred years after the creation of the League of Nations, it is still commonly remembered as a failure in a period of chaos and disorder. Recently, however, a growing literature has begun a reappraisal of this historiography, looking at the role of the League of Nations beyond its frustrations and disillusionments in collective…

CfP: Literature and International Law at the Edge, Workshop Dec14-15, 2018, New York

The past decade has seen a steady increase in interdisciplinary scholarship interested in the relationships between literature and international law. Much of this scholarship has remained deeply rooted in the home disciplines of the scholars, who not only operate with the prevailing assumptions and methodologies of those disciplines, but also tend to treat the other…