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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…

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…