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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…

Greece 2008

Following from Hara’s post yesterday, we thought it might be a good idea to refresh our minds of some of the thinking behind and beyond the Dec 2008 Greek protests. We are republishing the statement of the occupied Athens School of Economics and Business and the statement of those protestors that occupied the State TV…

University For Strategic Optimism – Course on Capital Vol I

The University For Strategic Optimism, in conjunction with the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, is pleased to announce a semester long course on Vol I of Karl Marx’s Capital. The course will be led by Professor John Hutnyk (Goldsmiths) and our very own visiting lecturer Dr. Theolonius Weisengrund (UfSO). The course is free…

What we are reading…

This is a quiet time on the blog, with most of our contributors preferring to spend time in front of home fires rather than those lit on Parliament Square. To fill in some of the empty space on the blog, we want to run a series over the holidays on what we are reading…. These are…

Towards a Radical Anti-Capitalist Schizophrenia?

Internet shopping has entered mainstream culture. Every major corporation in the world has a web site offering product information, interactive advertisements, and, increasingly, the ability to buy products on-line. Discount books, pizza delivery, stocks, and just about anything else you can imagine are available for purchase in cyberspace. Internet based commerce exemplifies and extends the…

Biblioclasm and the Book Bloc

Biblioclasm: biblio- comb. form + Greek – klasmos breaking Born in Rome during the student protests of December 2010, and again in London’s demonstrations of that same month, the Book Bloc would not normally figure in a chronology of libricide. After all, no actual books were destroyed. But, as we shall see, it’s not all about…

The Violent Vocabulary of Policing

Those of us living in the so-called advanced democracies such as the United Kingdom often forget that Police is an integral part of coercive capacity of the state. Yet, what should make a democracy democratic is accountability of the state to the people. People matter. It is not enough that in Britain, there are organizations…

London Book Bloc

On this day, despite the protests, the plan to raise the cap on tuition was carried by 323 votes to 302. Like the Wu Ming in Italy, would anyone like to have a go at summarising a message of protest from the names of the books on their shields?  Feel free to use the comments…

The Life and Death of the University

In the last few weeks, much emphasis has been placed on the impact that the unprecedented increase in tuition fees will have on the life of the university and, beyond the university’s boundaries, on the life of future students themselves. But oddly it seems that the real import of the cuts to Higher Education proposed…

Protest: Wu Ming

It could be interesting to look closely at the classics the students chose to put on their shields. Let’s look at the frontline. Boccaccio’s Decameron, which is about people sharing stories while waiting for the plague to end. Asimov’s The Naked Sun, which is the description of a world where humans no longer touch each other. Melville’s Moby…

You have the right to protest ineffectually!

The right to protest ineffectually is enshrined in the Irish Constitution and we are here today to exercise that right. To ensure that the demonstration will have no effect whatsoever ICTU [the Irish Congress of Trade Unions] have taken certain sensible measures. The demonstration is on Saturday. The demonstration will be addressed by boring windbags who…

Manifesto of Legal Surrealism

First Manifesto (1988)  The pedagogy of the imaginary: perspectives of late surrealism for legal teaching Not long ago I took part in an academic selection for the chair of Political Science at the University of Buenos Aires. The examining board expressed that it could not assess my pedagogic proposal for it was too innovative, its…