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Call for Editorial Board Members: Feminist Legal Studies

GraduArt 2013, USQ Art Gallery; Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

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

Eliza Koch

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…

To Demonstrate a Right: Police Power Jurisprudence and the Rule of Law in Zuccotti Plaza

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Waller v City of New York, 2011 At ap­prox­im­ately 1:00 am on the morning of November 15, 2011 the NYPD entered Zuccotti Plaza with ar­mored vehicles, bar­ri­cades and bull­horns and an­nounced to ‘those oc­cupying Zuccotti Park’ that they were to im­me­di­ately re­move all prop­erty and leave the park or be sub­ject to ar­rest. Thus began a four-​hour long…

The Market as the Unique Site of Truth: On Foucault & Milk

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Whom would you ask in order to check if the milk you are drinking is fresh? This trivial ques­tion can be answered in mul­tiple ways. For ex­ample, one could ask a farmer, a bio­lo­gist, a chemist, or even a grand­parent that lives in a rural area. One could even rest upon his or her common sense, saying that prob­ably a…

PG Bursaries for ‘Power in a World of Becoming’ Conference, Warwick 2 – 3 June 2014

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We are de­lighted to an­nounce four travel and ac­com­mod­a­tion bursaries to sup­port the at­tend­ance of PhD stu­dents or fin­an­cially in­secure post-​docs at the Authority & Political Technologies 2014: Power in a World of Becoming, Entanglement & Attachment (University of Warwick June 2 – 3). The dead­line is Monday March 10th. Please in­clude a CV and an ab­stract. The ex­citing line…

CfP: Law and Boundaries, Sciences Po Paris, Conference 19 – 20 May 2014

Law & Boundaries

The con­fer­ence seeks to create a cross-​disciplinary and cross-​cultural dia­logue between stu­dents coming from European and for­eign uni­ver­sities. The pro­ject was ini­tially driven by the feeling that legal schol­ar­ship has re­mained largely si­lent in the af­ter­math of the eco­nomic crisis, es­pe­cially con­cerning the role of law­yers and legal tem­plates. Another un­der­lying im­petus is the con­cern over…

Some Reflections on the #ACCELERATE MANIFESTO

Xanti Schawinsky, Shakespeare Die beiden Veroneser, Räuberballett, 1925Xanti Schawinsky Estate © Xanti Schawinsky Estate

The Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics (MAP) opens by noting the depth of the cur­rent crisis – “cataclysm” – and a neg­a­tion of the fu­ture by “coming apo­ca­lypses”. No need for alarm how­ever: there is nothing political-​theological here what­so­ever, so those who came looking for that might as well stop reading now. Absent, too, is the usual re­frain about the…

What’s Going on in Venezuela?

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It’s dif­fi­cult to briefly ex­plain the situ­ation in Venezuela right now. The dif­fi­culty lies in the fact that it is com­plic­ated, like most things. No matter how various polit­ical prot­ag­on­ists, human rights groups and news media would like to paint things as simple, black and white, they are not. To un­der­stand one has to dig…

CfP: “Left” in the Dark? Postcolonial Conversations on Law, Neoliberalism and Queer-​Feminist Futures, Jindal Global Law School, Conference 15 – 18 October 2014

The artwork for "Left" in the Dark? has been created by Anirban Ghosh

Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat & NEW DELHI, India www​.jgu​.edu​.in/​l​e​f​t​i​n​t​h​e​d​a​r​k​2​014 “In the dark times will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing about the dark times.” — Bertolt Brecht “Where should we go after the last fron­tiers? Where should the birds fly after the last sky? Where should the plants…

#Accelerationism: Remembering the Future

Automat, 977 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan, 1936. Gelatin silver print.

For the last forty years the vision of our so­ci­eties as pro­gressive and heading in a better dir­ec­tion has been sys­tem­at­ic­ally eroded. Under the per­muta­tion of cap­it­alism that began in the 1970s, gained trac­tion in the 1980s, ap­peared vic­torious in the 1990s, and faced ser­ious prob­lems in the late 2000s — the fu­ture has been can­celled. Today, it…

The Insecurity of Public Interest: Criminal Law and Dumpster Diving

Paul May outside Iceland

The idea of in­sec­urity seems to have an ever in­creasing hold on our con­tem­porary so­cial ima­ginary, a tend­ency which is now reg­u­larly used by the au­thor­ities in order to le­git­imise a spe­cific no­tion of public in­terest. Last week, this no­tion came to the fore when the Guardian news­paper re­vealed that three men were ar­rested, de­tained and very…

For a Theory of Destituent Power

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A re­flec­tion on the des­tiny of demo­cracy today here in Athens is in some way dis­turbing, be­cause it ob­liges to think the end of demo­cracy in the very place where it was born. As a matter of fact, the hy­po­thesis I would like to sug­gest is that the pre­vailing gov­ern­mental paradigm in Europe today is not only…

Critical Legal Conference 2014: Power, Capital, Chaos

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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…

Touch: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray

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Touch is at the heart of Luce Irigaray’s dia­lectic of re­la­tions with the other. It is a ges­ture that re­sponds to the call of the (m)other.1 The dia­lectic of touch is based upon the ges­ture of re­spect and rev­er­ence to­wards the source or the ges­ture of vi­ol­ence if it seeks to ap­pro­priate the sub­jectivity of the…

CfP: London Conference in Critical Thought 2014, 27 – 28 June, Goldsmiths, University of London.

London Conference in Critical Thought

27 – 28 June 2014, Goldsmiths, University of London. CFP dead­line: 10 March 2014. LCCT 2014 Call for pa­pers (pdf) The third an­nual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) will offer a space for an in­ter­dis­cip­linary ex­change of ideas for scholars who work with crit­ical tra­di­tions and con­cerns. It aims to provide op­por­tun­ities for those who fre­quently find them­selves at…

A Generation Gaining its Voice

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I ended 2013 listening to Glen Greenwald’s key­note ad­dress at the Chaos Computer Club’s 30c3 con­fer­ence in Hamburg. Though Greenwald was con­vinced that change is pos­sible, he was cer­tain it would not arise through polit­ical de­bate or demo­cratic pro­cesses. Instead his op­timism is vested in the skills of his peers, and in en­cryp­tion tech­no­lo­gies such…

Badiou’s Jurisprudence: The Event of Law and The Law of The Event

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In a lec­ture pub­lished in the Cardozo Law Review in 2008, Alain Badiou ar­tic­u­lates his un­der­standing of Being, Event, and Simulacrum in re­la­tion­ship to Logic and Law. With an in­cred­ible power of pre­ci­sion, Badiou re­minds his audi­ence of Aristotle’s three main pil­lars of the pro­cess of thought (Identity, non-​contradiction, and the ex­cluded middle), which he then…

Masculine Subjects: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray

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Given that Irigaray’s philo­soph­ical pro­ject fo­cuses at large on re­thinking the re­la­tion­ships between women and men, within a cul­ture of sexual dif­fer­ence, as sub­jects in their own terms, it seems there­fore only lo­gical that sexual dif­fer­ence (in Irigaray’s later texts re­worked as sexuate dif­fer­ence) re­veal it­self as a fruitful frame­work for also en­ga­ging with the issue of…

CfP: Legal Bodies: CorpusPersonaCommunitas, Leiden 15 – 17 May 2014

The Trial of Bill Burn
by artist P. Mathews

LUCAS (the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society) will host a three-​day con­fer­ence on the various ways in which lit­erary and artistic texts have rep­res­ented, in­ter­rog­ated or chal­lenged jur­idical no­tions of ‘per­son­hood’. The con­fer­ence will take place from 15 until 17 May 2013. The guiding as­sump­tion be­hind our con­fer­ence is that ‘per­son­hood’ is not a…