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Call for Contributions: Key Concepts

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The idea behind CLT’s Key Concepts page is to provide an overview of the specialized vocabulary / terms of art used by many of the contributors to CLT, and which will be helpful to non-specialist readers as we well as other researchers within the critical legal field and beyond. Since we started it, the page has…

The Rise of Luxury Communism

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In a post-capitalist world how will we establish a system which provides for the needs of all? The solution to this in a world with mechanized labor is clear: luxury communism The failing of the American liberal lies not in his or her message, which purports to be one that is anti-oppression and anti-capitalism. The…

Critique, Contradiction and the Law: Brit Crit History – The 1986 CLC

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In 1986, people were wearing shoulder pads, watching Neighbours, and listening to Bananarama. Spain and Portugal had just joined the EEC (there was no EU), the London Stock Market had its big bang (massive deregulation), computers looked like the one below, and Margaret Thatcher was at the height of her powers, declaring a year later that ‘……

Ethics, Art and Moving Images, Symposium Kent 3 June 2016

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A symposium in collaboration between the University for the Creative Arts, the Centre for Critical Thought at Kent Law School (University of Kent) and the Whitstable Biennale This transdisciplinary symposium explores how ethics can figure eminently in the generation of art and images after modernism and postmodernism, starting from the premise that in the Anthropocene, the…

Dispossession, Resistance and Legal Political Strategies, Workshop SOAS 24 June 2016

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A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP Friday June 24, 2016 10am to 5pm at SOAS, University of London (Room B111) Workshop conveners: Dr. Brenna Bhandar (School of Law, SOAS) and Dr. Rafeef Ziadah (Politics and International Relations, SOAS) You are invited to a one-day workshop with internationally renowned scholar-activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Gary Kinsman to present their decades-long…

Universal Basic Income and the Politics of Production

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Of late there have been a growing number of people who take seriously the promise of Unconditional Basic Income (“UBI”) policy programs. Roughly, these advocates propose that UBI can allay the harms and legitimate social anxiety caused by cycles of un- and under-employment thereby making persons less susceptible to predatory employers. In addition to addressing…

Reading Christian Human Rights in Latin America

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Samuel Moyn’s most recent book, Christian Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania University Press 2015), tells the story of the relationship between European Human Rights and Christianity, both during the interwar period and after World War II. Among other things, Moyn argues that Catholicism met human rights once the Church abandoned its prior authoritarian corporatist commitments…

Taxing Citizens: Hegel On Having the Right Attitude

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We hear a lot about tax, and about how people dislike paying it. But while there’s general agreement that there is a big difference between tax evasion (illegal:  breaching the law to escape paying tax) and tax avoidance (minimising one’s tax liabilities in a legal way), there seems to be a lot of confusion about…

What is DiEM25, really? A Reply to the Open Letter

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Note from the LeftEast editors: this is the reply of Yanis Varoufakis to the Open Letter by George Souvlis and Samuele Mazzolini about the Democracy in Europe Movement 2015 DiEM25, which appeared earlier this week on LeftEast. Varoufakis’s reply first appeared on the personal blog of Yanis Varoufakis. Shortly after DiEM25’s Rome launch, I received a splendid Open Letter from George…

An Open Letter to Yanis Varoufakis

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In the following open letter (republished on AnalyzeGreece), George Souvlis and Samuele Mazzolini respond to the recent DiEM25 launch in Rome. Dear Yanis,We decided to write you this letter after following closely the launch of DiEM 25 in Rome on 23 March. The missive aims to discuss a series of issues regarding your initiative that we found…

Open Letter: Calling all Students and Staff to Resist ‘Prevent Duty’ at their University

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Today, 1 April 2016 (this is no April fools) marks a key date in terms of institutionalising toxic policies regarding the Prevent duty at universities around the UK.  The 1 April 2016 marks an important date for the future of the university and the wellbeing of its staff and students. How many people knew that by this…

Focus on the Funk: Journeys… , Conference Birkbeck 20–21 May 2015

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2-day conference: 20 May 2016: 9.00am – 5.30pm & 21 May 2016: 10.00am – 6.30pm Sponsors: Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck School of Law, BIMI & Serpentine Galleries Organised by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Kojo Koram Journeys from the Caribbean and the Americas to Africa, the Middle East, and back … flights to the wreckage…

CfP: Law and the Senses II: Human, Posthuman, Inhuman Sensings, Westminster 17–18 November 2016

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What (who) is sensing? Do senses belong to the realm of the subjective and thus non sunt disputandum? Or are they objective, as the truth-validating paradigm of vision indicates? Can we touch without being touched? What remains of the subject/object dualism when we are immersed in the impersonal materiality of a soundscape? Are neurological phenomenologies…

Workshop: Imagining the State for Progressive Politics, University of Kent, 19–20 May 2016

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Supported by Social & Legal Studies University of Kent, Canterbury From 3.00 pm 19 May – 4 pm 20 May 2016 Registration Free to attend; please send an email indicating you wish to attend to KLSResearch@kent.ac.uk stating the name of the workshop and giving your name and institution Speakers Gianpaolo Baiocchi, NYU Chiara De Cesari, Amsterdam John Clarke, OU Davina Cooper, Kent…

Conference: Refugees, Migrants and Cosmopolitics, Bucharest 3–4 June 2016

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Call for Abstracts – Deadline: March 15, 2016 Conference, New Europe College, Bucharest, 3-4 June, 2016 Migration and cosmopolitanism are consubstantial. Cosmopolitanism means to be a citizen of the world, with no borders or, at least, with permeable borders. Migration means to move from one place to another. Thus, migration, without impediments, appears to be…

CfP: Persons/Things Workshop, University of Turku, Finland 12–13 May 2016

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In recent decades many of the foundational classificatory structures of law have been challenged by entities that are familiar to law but who appear in new functions. While robots are revolutionising trade and warfare, animals, embryos and corporations are knocking the doors of personhood with their multifarious rights reminiscent to those of natural persons. At…

Walter Benjamin in Palestine

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“The law which is studied but no longer practiced is the gate to justice. The gate to justice is study.” — Walter Benjamin, “Franz Kafka.”1 Walter Benjamin never did go to Palestine. Despite frequent invitations from his friend Gershom Scholem, who emigrated there in 1925, and despite the rapidly deteriorating situation for European Jews in…