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Fiscal Crisis or the Neo-liberal Assault on Democracy

Of course, it is always possible, and very often the case, that the dominant media claims that a “fiscal crisis” has precipitated mass demonstrations, strikes, and new forms of political mobilization in Greece. Although it is true that there is fiscal crisis, it should not be understood as a periodic difficulty that a country or…

A Dictionary of Policing Protest

This is the second installment of the dictionary. I felt we needed new terms to help us describe the increasing intimidation of protesters in the UK. Kettle of First Resort: The use of ‘containment’ – holding people against their will and without intention to charge them – as a standard tactic rather than (as claimed)…

Be Unrealistic, Demand the Possible

There is a specter haunting Wall St, the specter of a people. We’ve got them spooked—that unholy alliance of closet fascists and pseudo-liberals who deny we exist: Bloomberg and Fox News, David Brooks and Larry Summers. Its high time that we speak for ourselves, that we take the mic and pass it around. Those who…

Summer School in Post-International Politics: Gregynog Ideas Lab

Gregynog, Wales: 9-14 July 2012 The inaugural Gregynog Ideas Lab’s Summer School in PostInternational Politics will take place 9-14 July, 2012. The Summer School will provide a unique opportunity for graduate students and academics to return to key texts and thinkers from critical, postcolonial, feminist, post-structural and psychoanalytic traditions, to re-examine their work and how it…

The Right to Protest

On 27 October the case against me for breeching Section 4 of the Public Order Act was dismissed less than half way through the hearing. The case arose out of the protest against David Willetts back in June. In total four people were arrested at that protest. The police and the security acted aggressively, threatening…

Race, Civility & A Good Cup of Tea: Tottenham

This is an exerpt; Full text available at Canadian Dimension … In response [to the summer’s riots], many observers tried to comment on the situation, drawing out grand theories of the political, social, and economic context behind the events. Some blamed social spending cuts brought on by the new Tory budget. Others drew attention to…

The Interdisciplinarity of Law & the Post-Humanist Turn

We are delighted to announce the Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos on the 16th of November 2011 at 6.00pm (The Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW). Please register here. Abstract: What does it mean to be interdisciplinary? How far from its disciplinary field must a discipline veer in order to accommodate calls…

Heirs of Marx

The 1996 book The End of Capitalism (as we knew it): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy authored by the duo (as one) of Katherine Gibson and Julie Graham (J.K. Gibson-Graham) spelt out the ways in which certain types of thinking have warped our thoughts on capitalism, and hidden its intrinsic ‘noncapitalist’ components (its ‘other’).…

Letter to Occupy Together Movement

I wish I could start with the ritual “I love you” which the Occupy Movement is supposed to inspire. To be honest, it has been a space of turmoil. But also, virulent optimism. What I outline below are not criticisms of the Occupy movement. I am inspired that the dynamic of the movement thus far…

The Pakistani Left is Re-Grouping

A consistent and contested debate reappears like weeds in a garden. Does the Pakistani Left actually exist? Some say no. These folks tend to belong to the Pakistani diaspora, disillusioned by the decline of the Left globally. Others say that it exists, but is fragmented and disunited. If the factions could unite, a socialist revolution…

The Most Important Thing in the World

I was honored to be invited to speak at Occupy Wall Street on Thursday night. Since amplification is (disgracefully) banned, and everything I say will have to be repeated by hundreds of people so others can hear (a?k?a “the human microphone”), what I actually say at Liberty Plaza will have to be very short. With…

Killing is the New ‘Justice’: The Murky Morality of Target Killings

Today’s news [Ed: 30 September 2011] of the killing of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki by US drones sparked a much overdue flurry of criticism and questions on the ethics and legality of Obama’s death-by-drone programme in the war on terror. Awlaki, al-Qaeda’s alleged ‘chief of external operations’ in Yemen (an upgraded title he received posthumously…

Will Sovereignty Ever Be Deconstructed – Malabou at Queen Mary

We are delighted to publicize a lecture by Professor Catherine Malabou, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University. With the discussants: Professor Jane Bennett, Department of Political Science, John Hopkins University and Professor Fred Moten, Department of English, Duke University. The event will be chaired by Dr Brenna Bhandar, Queen Mary, University of…

The Chilean Winter: Student Revolt

Originally baptised as the Chilean Winter, the student movement in Chile has demonstrated that it is far from being the consequence of a seasonal emancipating spirit. After four months of continuous and massive protests for the establishment of a fair and integrated educational system, the movement has achieved what no political party or political leader…

Disrupting Links: Gender, Identity and Security

This paper is about, as the title indicates, disrupting certain pervasive and seemingly obvious links.[1] First, the link between gender and identity, wherein gender is assumed to be a stable, reliable determinant of an identity that also assumed to be fixed. Following from the assumed fixity of identity comes a link to security, wherein the…

The Many Successes of Occupy Wall Street

The people who are occupying an enormously symbolic piece of ground are being criticized in some quarters for not doing enough. That may overlook some important accomplishments that have already happened, though. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is less than two weeks old but has already proved controversial, even though it has only received…

Towards an Acoustic Jurisprudence

In the same building in which Bob Dylan recorded much of his seminal album Blood on the Tracks, there is a room within a room within a room.[1] The outermost of these is lined with foot-thick concrete, the inner two have double walls of insulated steel. The central cavity floats on I-beams and springs and…

Announcement: Within law and without?

The Oxford Brookes Critical Approaches to Law Group is delighted to welcome Connal Parsley (Unversity of Melbourne) to speak this wednesday on: ‘Within law and without? Some remarks on critical approaches to law and jurisprudence’ On Wednesday 28th Sept; 2.00-3.00pm, Willow 2, Headington Hill Campus Abstract Amidst announcements of the ubiquity of politics by thinkers of a…

The Guise of Citizenship: Immigration & Liminal Spaces of Legality

Like all obviousnesses, including those that make a word ‘name a thing’ or ‘have a meaning’ (therefore including the obviousness of the ‘transparency’ of language), the ‘obviousness’ that you and I are subjects – and that that does not cause any problems – is an ideological effect, the elementary ideological effect (Althusser, Ideology and the Ideological…

The Heart of the World – Sovereignty & its Ground

This text appears as part of the exhibition For Inclusion in the Syllabi curated by Five Story Projects at the Pigeon Wing gallery in London (Sept 15th – 30th). The exhibition also features work by: Am Nuden Da, Ana Balona de Oliveira, Thomas Bush, Angus Cameron, Patrick Coyle, FSP, Tim Ivison and Julia Tcharfas, Sarah…