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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…

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…