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Dispossession, Resistance and Legal Political Strategies, Workshop SOAS 24 June 2016

A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP Friday June 24, 2016 10am to 5pm at SOAS, University of London (Room B111) Workshop conveners: Dr. Brenna Bhandar (School of Law, SOAS) and Dr. Rafeef Ziadah (Politics and International Relations, SOAS) You are invited to a one-day workshop with internationally renowned scholar-activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Gary Kinsman to present their decades-long…

Universal Basic Income and the Politics of Production

Of late there have been a growing number of people who take seriously the promise of Unconditional Basic Income (“UBI”) policy programs. Roughly, these advocates propose that UBI can allay the harms and legitimate social anxiety caused by cycles of un- and under-employment thereby making persons less susceptible to predatory employers. In addition to addressing…

Reading Christian Human Rights in Latin America

Samuel Moyn’s most recent book, Christian Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania University Press 2015), tells the story of the relationship between European Human Rights and Christianity, both during the interwar period and after World War II. Among other things, Moyn argues that Catholicism met human rights once the Church abandoned its prior authoritarian corporatist commitments…

Taxing Citizens: Hegel On Having the Right Attitude

We hear a lot about tax, and about how people dislike paying it. But while there’s general agreement that there is a big difference between tax evasion (illegal:  breaching the law to escape paying tax) and tax avoidance (minimising one’s tax liabilities in a legal way), there seems to be a lot of confusion about…

Workshop: Intellectual Property and the Politics of Knowledge, London 20 May 2016

Although the elusive character of intellectual property’s subject matter might have been a productive dilemma for the development of legal doctrine, the specific mutability of this form of property has also made it into a particularly contested and sensitive area where different arguments about its legitimations collide. It is in this sense that intellectual property…

What is DiEM25, really? A Reply to the Open Letter

Note from the LeftEast editors: this is the reply of Yanis Varoufakis to the Open Letter by George Souvlis and Samuele Mazzolini about the Democracy in Europe Movement 2015 DiEM25, which appeared earlier this week on LeftEast. Varoufakis’s reply first appeared on the personal blog of Yanis Varoufakis. Shortly after DiEM25’s Rome launch, I received a splendid Open Letter from George…

An Open Letter to Yanis Varoufakis

In the following open letter (republished on AnalyzeGreece), George Souvlis and Samuele Mazzolini respond to the recent DiEM25 launch in Rome. Dear Yanis,We decided to write you this letter after following closely the launch of DiEM 25 in Rome on 23 March. The missive aims to discuss a series of issues regarding your initiative that we found…

Open Letter: Calling all Students and Staff to Resist ‘Prevent Duty’ at their University

Today, 1 April 2016 (this is no April fools) marks a key date in terms of institutionalising toxic policies regarding the Prevent duty at universities around the UK.  The 1 April 2016 marks an important date for the future of the university and the wellbeing of its staff and students. How many people knew that by this…

Focus on the Funk: Journeys… , Conference Birkbeck 20–21 May 2015

2-day conference: 20 May 2016: 9.00am – 5.30pm & 21 May 2016: 10.00am – 6.30pm Sponsors: Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck School of Law, BIMI & Serpentine Galleries Organised by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Kojo Koram Journeys from the Caribbean and the Americas to Africa, the Middle East, and back … flights to the wreckage…

CfP: (Dis)assembling State Spaces: Conceptualising the New Geometries of Power, Warwick 19–20 May 2016

  Borders are breaking, ecology is unruly, bodies are suspect, walls are rising, information is clouded, and thoughts are crowded. The relation between states and space appears to be in constant contestation on a variety of fronts. We are witnessing the financialized dislocation of economies and ecologies, the subordination of the state to processes of…

CfP: Law and the Senses II: Human, Posthuman, Inhuman Sensings, Westminster 17–18 November 2016

What (who) is sensing? Do senses belong to the realm of the subjective and thus non sunt disputandum? Or are they objective, as the truth-validating paradigm of vision indicates? Can we touch without being touched? What remains of the subject/object dualism when we are immersed in the impersonal materiality of a soundscape? Are neurological phenomenologies…

Workshop: Imagining the State for Progressive Politics, University of Kent, 19–20 May 2016

Supported by Social & Legal Studies University of Kent, Canterbury From 3.00 pm 19 May – 4 pm 20 May 2016 Registration Free to attend; please send an email indicating you wish to attend to KLSResearch@kent.ac.uk stating the name of the workshop and giving your name and institution Speakers Gianpaolo Baiocchi, NYU Chiara De Cesari, Amsterdam John Clarke, OU Davina Cooper, Kent…

CfP: Spectacular Law – Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia Conference, 8–10 December 2016, University of Hong Kong

The Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, 8-10 December 2016 The LLH Association of Australasia invites researchers working at the intersection of law and the humanities to Hong Kong in 2016 to explore the complex relations between law, theory, culture and visuality. This conference invites participants to re-affirm the enduring capacity of interdisciplinary,…

Conference: Refugees, Migrants and Cosmopolitics, Bucharest 3–4 June 2016

Call for Abstracts – Deadline: March 15, 2016 Conference, New Europe College, Bucharest, 3-4 June, 2016 Migration and cosmopolitanism are consubstantial. Cosmopolitanism means to be a citizen of the world, with no borders or, at least, with permeable borders. Migration means to move from one place to another. Thus, migration, without impediments, appears to be…

CfP: Legacies of the Tricontinental, 1966-2016: Imperialism, Resistance, Law; Conference Coimbra 22–24 Sept 2016

The conference organisers invite paper proposals for a transdisciplinary conference marking the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Tricontinental Conference. The conference aims to reflect on the Tricontinental’s enduring political, legal and economic importance, while also bringing together academics and activists to reflect on broader issues of imperialism and anti-imperial resistance. We welcome papers on both the…

CfP: Persons/Things Workshop, University of Turku, Finland 12–13 May 2016

In recent decades many of the foundational classificatory structures of law have been challenged by entities that are familiar to law but who appear in new functions. While robots are revolutionising trade and warfare, animals, embryos and corporations are knocking the doors of personhood with their multifarious rights reminiscent to those of natural persons. At…