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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…

The Black Atlantic: Notes on the Thought of Paul Gilroy

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Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, which was first published in 1993, remains remarkable for its introduction of the validity of ‘race’ as an analytical category in presenting the ‘Atlantic’ as a discrete geo-​political unit in the modern capitalist world-​system.1 The book elaborates a richly provocative critique of cultural nationalism, against which Gilroy posits black diasporic cultural and…

Three Questions for Hamas

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There is no doubt that Hamas has exhibited extraordinary resilience under the most difficult of conditions that have bedeviled its period of political leadership in the Gaza Strip that started in 2007. It also seems clear as persuasively argued by Sandy Tolan in a valuable Common Dreams article [Tolan, “Blown Chances in Gaza: Israel & U.S.…

CfP: Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory, 1 – 2 December 2014

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Melbourne Law School will host the seventh annual Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory on 1 – 2 December 2014. The Forum brings together research students from all academic disciplines to engage with social, political, theoretical, and methodological issues raised by law and legal theory. The workshop is a welcoming, collegial and supportive forum that aims to foster…

Seminar with Eduardo Mendieta, Birkbeck 11 – 12 September 2014

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Birkbeck Law School will be welcoming Professor Eduardo Mendieta for a two-​day Seminar on the 11th and 12th of September. Professor Eduardo Mendieta is a Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University. Born in Colombia, Professor Mendieta has become one of the leading voices in Latin American Philosophy. He is noted for his work with Enrique Dussel,…

CfP: Trafficking, Smuggling, and Illicit Migration in Historical Perspective, Birkbeck 18 – 20 June 2015

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Human trafficking, human smuggling, and illicit migration are some of the most politically volatile and pressing issues in the present day. They are also the subject of a growing amount of sociological, criminological, and historical research. This combined conference and workshop aims to bring together the growing number of scholars who are currently working on the…

CfP: Imagining Post-​Neoliberal Regulatory Subjectivities, Finland 15 – 17 Oct 2014

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The tide of neoliberalism lies at the heart of the modus operandi of Western societies. Its first wave pushed an agenda of deregulation. The second wave started a reflexive process of re-​regulation. Standards, codes of conduct, recommendations and other soft legal instruments proliferated to address the market failures and information asymmetry problems unearthed by the initial…

International Law 1914/​2014

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Looking back to mid-​1914 from mid-​2014, it is hard to see beyond the piles of bodies. History barely seems up to the task of grappling with this tumultuous interstice. Perhaps, rather than approaching this interval as a sequence of historical contexts, we might conceive of it – and our relationship to it – in terms of a welter of styles, or…

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…