Stewart Motha

Reader, Birkbeck Law School, University of London

The Redundant Refugee

“In the first place”, Hannah Arendt wrote in 1943, “we don’t like to be called “refugees”.1 She had escaped Germany, survived the French internment camp in Gurs, and was living in the United States. For Arendt, “there is not and never was any club founded by Hitler-persecuted people whose name indicated that its members were…

The End of Sovereignty, in North Africa, in the World

Spare a thought for Alain Badiou. He must be busy tending to the sensitive instruments of his evento-graph. As with the seismographs of late – all ‘revolutionary event’ detectors have had a busy time. The anticipation must also be difficult to bear. Syria is unraveling. The Road to Damascus might soon yield another Paul, or…