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CLC 2011 – Time as Technology: Law? Justice? Atomic Fission?

Critical Legal Conference 2011 The relevance of time and temporality seems particularly pertinent for critical legal scholars interested in themes of memory, trauma, forgiveness, and post/colonialism. However, time also plays an important role in cases that are not overtly concerned with “history” as such. For example, ideals of justice are often oriented according to a…

CLC 2011 – The Fetishisation of Man by the Machine

Critical Legal Conference 2011 From a classical perspective, early societies worshipped divinities, pursued grand narratives and ideas, then moved on to fetishising machines and this stage has arguably been succeeded by the fetishisation of man by the machine. In this age of late modernity, the machine transfers its functions onto man, as man has become…

CLC 2011 – Introducing Law (Perspectives and Methods)

Critical Legal Conference 2011 Most law degree courses start with one or more introductory course to law. It is within these courses that students get acquainted with law, where it comes from, what it does and how a legal system is organised and structured. Usually, the focus is on positive law – the existing law…

CLC 2011 – Being Before The Law (Radical Thought in the Age of Technology)

Critical Legal Conference 2011; General Stream Aberystwyth University, September 9 – 11 2011 The theme of this conference invites participants to reflect more profoundly on the fundamental questions faced by radical thought in its confrontation with law. Whilst participants are engaged in a problematization of the present age of technology, of ‘modernity’ or ‘post-modernity’, difficult…

Greek Politics from Below

Few people would want to be in the shoes of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou these days. Faced with an ostensible mutiny in the ruling social-democrat PASOK party, his worries have been exacerbated by the appearance of an unprecedented, continuous wave of protests in the streets of Athens by thousands of people – who had…

Time & Money; Prof Esther Leslie

London Consortium Event: Prof. Esther Leslie, Friday 24 June, 6.30 pm Birkbeck College, Room B20, Malet Street, Bloomsbury London WC1E 7HX Time and money , as the old adage goes, are co-articulated. This paper considers in particular the watch and the clock as they come to the fore in the writings of Georg Simmel and…

Event: The Rise of the Indignant

Wednesday 22nd, June: 6.30pm Room B04 Birkbeck Main Building: Free – open to all – no registration When Stephane Hessel wrote in Time for Outrage! that indignation with injustice should turn to ‘a peaceful insurrection’ perhaps he did not expect that the movement of ‘indignados’ in Spain and ‘aganaktismenoi’ (outraged) in Greece would take his advice…

Charging Protestors

Last Thursday and Friday saw around forty-two people in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on charges relating to the protests before and after Christmas (10th, 24th and 30th November, 9th December 2010 and 26th March 2011). The court were clearly in a rush to get all the pleas entered – they saw almost all…

Ten Years After…. On-line Streamed Conference

The events of 11 September 2001 enabled western states to radically transform their counterterrorism practices. This conference aims to critically engage with this transformation; to map how the ‘war on terror’ is changing and shaping new areas of our everyday lives and identify the challenges ahead for those fighting for human rights across the security…

The New School for Privatised Inquiry

In 1919, John Dewey and others founded The New School for Social Research, intended to offer a democratic and general education for those excluded by existing structures. On the faculty side, this meant a staunch defence of academic freedom in the face of increasing censorship and a climate of intellectual fear. For students, it meant…

Reanimating Human Rights

It seems that the discussion over intervention in Libya and revolutions in Arab countries is over. In the midst of discussion over legality or righteousness of the intervention in Libya, the problem of the victims of the situation that lead to the intervention (and earlier to the uprising) seems to disappear. Arguments are concentrated around…

Indignants at Syntagma – Greece

Following the Spanish los Indignados protests, a number of days ago a facebook page suggested a similar protest in Syntagma Square in Athens on the 25th of May, at 6pm. Similar events are occuring in Thessaloniki, Patras and Heraklion. The live feed (click the picture) is amazing to watch. We wish them luck.

Class and Gender in Super-Injunctions

For the past three weeks, the media has been swamped with tales of superinjunctions. The press claim superinjunctions curtail freedom of speech, while celebrities and their lawyers argue that they are necessary to protect individual privacy. In my view, the claim to privacy is inconsistent. If it applied to all individuals equally, there might be…

Call for global solidarity with the people of Spain

Solidarity protests and sit-ins are spreading around the world like a wildfire — find a rally near you and join the revolution! From Santiago de Compostella to Shanghai, and from Wellington to Washington, D.C., over 520 cities in the world are witnessing protests in solidarity with the people of Spain this weekend. Like Tahrir Square…

Ghost Manifesto – Spain’s Real Democracy Now

Items of agreement for the plural manifesto prepared during the morning of the 18th of May in Puerta del Sol. Those assembled in Puerta del Sol, aware that this is an action in progress and of resistance, have agreed to declare the following: After many years of apathy, a group of citizens of different ages…

In Athens, austerity puts revolution back on the menu

What were the finance ministers of Germany, France and Greece thinking when they met each other at a Luxembourg castle for ‘top-secret’ dinner talks on the resurging Greek debt crisis last weekend? As their five-star banquet was being served, did they discuss the human tragedy that is currently unfolding in Greece? Did they consider the…