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Bailiffs Used Against Anti-Cuts in London

At around 4:30pm on Thursday 3rd March, bailiffs entered a property in Bedford Square owned by Royal Holloway, University of London in order to violently evict protesters. This is the first use of bailiffs against students by their own university in Britain in decades. Students and activists had taken over the property to create an…

The Invisible Wall or Different Ways to Spend your Summer on a Small Island


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Withdrawing Consent

For the last month, we have been witnessing, in Tunisia and Egypt, the first revolution of the twenty-first century. We are indeed fortunate to live in the presence of such a world-making event, even if we are not in the streets together with those who are making it a reality in daily life. Hastening to…

Fight Back! A Reader on the Winter of Protest

Available now as a free e-book (see below). The first book to be produced by an ‘editorial kettle’ – all seven of its editors are under 30 and have been kettled by the police – Fight Back! features 350 pages of reports, analysis, images, reflections and overviews on the UK’s winter of protests by 43 authors…

The People’s Revolution for Freedom and Human Dignity

People who revolt against a hostile, dependent and unjust dominion in Tunisia, Egypt and other parts of the Arab world are establishing a new social contract and values and are unified through an unconditionally prevailing normative-ethical principle. This principle, which can be termed “human dignity”, articulates an individual’s entitlement to be recognized as a subject…

From Tute Blanche to the Book Bloc

What thread links the political experience of Tute Bianche with the Book Blocs we have seen last autumn on the streets of Rome and London? What is the link between the alter-globalisation movement of Seattle and Genoa and the student and youth movements that are now setting Europe on fire? These two movements belong to…

Slavoj Zizek & Tariq Ramadan on Egypt

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Symposium: Agamben & the Future of Law, Politics & Philosophy

Newcastle Law School; Wednesday 9th March 2011: 9.30am – 4.15pm Newcastle Law School are running a one-day symposium focusing on the thought of the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. Agamben’s work has received a huge amount of exposure over the past decade, mostly centring on his Homo Sacer project. This symposium brings together an international panel…

Law & Space: Unity & the Multiplication of Law’s Places

A Workshop hosted by the Oxford Brookes Critical Approaches to Law Research Group – Friday 6th of May 2011 The ordering of space, a derivative of intellectual conceptualism, is an act of violence executed through aesthetic means. (Ronen Shamir, 2001) This workshop brings together a number of different trajectories, disciplines and perspectives to explore the recent…

Societies of Control – Blacklisted

A quick suggestion of reading from here: In the report we aimed to provide a comprehensive review of the development and implementation of the ‘terrorism lists’ over the last decade and document the crisis of legitimacy that is currently facing. Since the inception of the regimes, Courts and human rights advocates have pointing out that…

Call to support 300 migrant workers’ hunger strike in Greece

In this period of economic crisis and neoliberal attack on labour and social rights in Greece, we also face a generalized attack on migrants’ rights, a broad campaign by the PASOK government and the mass media to use migrants as scapegoats for social insecurity, unemployment and ‘criminality’. The Frontex Regional Office in Piraeus, the Rabits…

Foucault, Anti-Humanism & Human Rights

Responding to recent engagements with the late work of French Philosopher Michel Foucault, I will argue that he does not submit to the ‘moral superiority’ of humanism and introduce a liberal humanist subject, as is often argued. Rather, Foucault’s late investigations of subjectivity constitute a continuation and not a radical departure from his earlier positions…

CrisisJam – Ireland

There is a superb new project in Ireland that we would like to suggest: As the prolonged period of economic boom came to a close, it might have been anticipated that there would be an opening up of public discourse in Ireland, that space would become available for new ideas and fresh thinking. In reality,…

Intimate Dissidence: Assange, Foucault and (Feminist) Rape Discourse

At Critical Legal Thinking, Narnia Bohler-Muller takes issue with the narrow legalism of the often ‘surreal’ commentaries on the Assange controversy. In amongst the denunciation and counter-denunciation she detects an undercurrent of disciplinary power. On this account, the apparently ‘very broad’ rape laws of Sweden, like efforts in South Africa to force HIV tests on…

Four of the Remaining Thessaloniki 7 Appear in Court 14/01/2011

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Dreams of Arson & the Arson of Dreams: Surrealism in ‘68

In a society that has abolished every kind of adventure the only adventure that remains is to abolish that society. —Anonymous striker graffiti, Paris (May, 1968) …and this ol’ world ain’t got no back door. —The Marvelettes, “Destination: Anywhere” (1968) So many studies of surrealism’s activities after the Second World War portray the events of…

The fake jump of the diver: Greece 11 Months on…

How fast does time run? A bit of a silly question, one might think. Surely time always runs at a steady pace – the ticking of a wall clock testifies to this, at every single second. The passage of days, weeks and months; pages flying one after the other off a wall-calendar… The pace of…