Davina Cooper

Dav­ina Cooper is Pro­fessor of Law and Polit­ical The­ory at Kent Law School, Uni­ver­sity of Kent.

On parents going to school in pyjamas

Sometimes, working late at the university, when it’s dark or raining I call my partner (who works there also) to drive and pick me up. She jumps in the car, in her “loungewear”, and is at the university within five minutes. I was reflecting on our own comfort levels, and the distinctions in what we…

A Labour Party of protest or government? Bringing politics back in

A party of protest or a party of government – according to Gordon Brown these are the options, the choices at stake, suggesting they are very different things, polarities even. Those who protest don’t govern and those who govern don’t protest. But is this right? Social movement organisations, the back-bone of the protest movement, also govern…

Imagining different worlds and other queer visions

What kind of world would you like to live in?   In September 2014, Antu Sorainen asked a handful of academics from different countries for their “queer vision” for a talk she was giving at the Turku Queer Conference in Finland on 27 September 2014. Antu’s talk posed questions about visions and directions for social…

Whose ideas are they anyway?

Do our academic creations belong to us? Should we think of them as property? Amidst debates about how to cite properly, and circulating fears of ideas being stolen, do we risk losing touch with wider questions about how ideas emerge and develop, and the limits of provenance? Public action may provide a better way of…

Should we value academic fashions?

Fashions come and go, but what about academic or intellectual fashions? Are they like any other, with the same pleasures and limitations? Or should ideas be protected from the vagaries and currencies of what is current? Googling the phrase “academic fashion” produces a lot of hits — almost all address the question of what to…

Improper attachments, or who do anti-abortion posters belong to?

The events discussed below took place at the University of California Santa Barbara, on 4th March 2014. I had planned to meet Mireille Miller-Young, a professor in Feminist Studies, who was chairing a talk I was giving. When I arrived, Mireille was in the seminar room looking upset and frightened, and visibly trembling. She’d just…

If the state isn’t a corporation, what might it become?

Can we use the dis­turb­ance of the nation-​state that neo­lib­er­alism is gen­er­ating to create space for other kinds of state paradigms?That British and other states are becoming increasingly privatised is the sad litany of our age. So too is the way states incorporate market principles of price and competition within their own internal governance structures.…

Question Everything? Rape Law / Free Speech

For many free speech advocates the only speech deemed harmful, and so impermissible, is the “no platform” demand. Speech, though, and not just “no platform” speech, is inextricably mixed with other kinds of action.“Question everything” is an injunction that regularly surfaces in libertarian political circles. But aside from the fact it rarely becomes the focus…