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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…

Walter Benjamin in Palestine

“The law which is studied but no longer practiced is the gate to justice. The gate to justice is study.” — Walter Benjamin, “Franz Kafka.”1 Walter Benjamin never did go to Palestine. Despite frequent invitations from his friend Gershom Scholem, who emigrated there in 1925, and despite the rapidly deteriorating situation for European Jews in…

Kent Summer School in Critical Theory, Paris 13–24 June 2016

The Kent Law School’s Centre for Critical Thought have announced their second Kent Summer School in Critical Theory. It will run in Paris, from the 13–24 June 2016. The website has all of the relevant details, but the lineup looks fantastic. This summer school is organised by Maria Drakopoulou and Connal Parsley, and is run for early career researchers and…

Pirates in our public library: Why Indian scholars are closely watching a court case in Quebec

The online library aaaaarg.fail, which is being sued for copyright violation, gives researchers access to a wealth of vital texts that are inaccessible in the subcontinent. Originally published on Scroll.in and republished here with permission. In 2005, Sean Dockray did what any sensible government should have done for its students. The American artist set up a sharing-enabled platform…

Critical Legal Conference 2016, Kent Law School 1–3 September 2016

Kent Law School 1st – 3rd September Turning Points The Call for Stream Proposals is OPEN NOW – please send proposals of no more than 500 words along with short bios of the stream organisers to klsclc2016@kent.ac.uk. The Call for Stream Proposals closes 7 March 2016. “…there are no witnesses to changes of epoch. The…

Seminar: Critique of Law and Law of Critique, EALT, Goethe University Frankfurt, 25 January 2016

Within the framework of the European Academy of Legal Theory hosted by the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, this is an open invitation to an introductory seminar on critical legal theory. Critique of Law and Law of Critique Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 25 January 2016 (14.15 – 17.00) Convened by Dr Gilbert Leung From Socrates to Freud and…

CfP: Birkbeck Law Review, Deadline 18 January 2015

Call for Submissions The Birkbeck Law Review is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the first issue of its fourth volume, to be released in April 2016. The Editorial Board invites submissions from all areas of law. As part of the selection process, priority will be given to articles presenting a critical or…

The Gardens of Atocha: Pablo Iglesias’ Election Night Speech

Kindly translated by Richard McAleavey over on the superb Cunning Hired Knaves. Translator’s Note: This is a translation of the speech given by Pablo Iglesias following the election results on Sunday night. I do not have a satisfactory English translation for ‘patria‘ (‘Fatherland’ has other connotations) so I’m leaving as is. There are two words in…

Open Letter to the Australian Government

The following open letter was sent to Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. It was signed by 600 refugees who are currently indefinitely imprisoned in the detention centre pursuant to Australia’s ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’. 30/11/15 Hello Dear Mr Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton. As the refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Manus Island detention we wold like to…