Critical Legal Conference 2011

Truth, critique and writing: Foucault, every-​day

Truth Critique and writing Foucault

The mys­ter­ious se­quence of these seem­ingly un­con­nected words made up the title of my present­a­tion for this year’s Critical Legal Conference. It took me a good few days after the con­fer­ence, how­ever, to fully grasp what I might have had in mind when I de­cided to as­semble these random words into some­thing. To un­der­stand what that some­thing was,…

The Derridian Performative & the Foundation of the Interim Transitional National Committee for Libya

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In March of this year Jean-​Luc Nancy pub­lished an art­icle en­titled “What the Arab Peoples Signify to Us” in the Libération news­paper. The art­icle sup­ported the NATO lead mil­itary in­ter­ven­tion in Libya. Alain Badiou penned an acerbic re­sponse, claiming that Nancy had mis­read the situ­ation in Libya en­tirely. The up­rising in Libya was not at…

Disrupting Links: Gender, Identity and Security

X-ray art by Nick Veasey

This paper is about, as the title in­dic­ates, dis­rupting cer­tain per­vasive and seem­ingly ob­vious links.[1] First, the link between gender and iden­tity, wherein gender is as­sumed to be a stable, re­li­able de­term­inant of an iden­tity that also as­sumed to be fixed. Following from the as­sumed fixity of iden­tity comes a link to se­curity, wherein the more precise…

Towards an Acoustic Jurisprudence

Anechoic Chamber

In the same building in which Bob Dylan re­corded much of his sem­inal album Blood on the Tracks, there is a room within a room within a room.[1] The out­er­most of these is lined with foot-​thick con­crete, the inner two have double walls of in­su­lated steel. The central cavity floats on I-​beams and springs and is lined with…

The Guise of Citizenship: Immigration & Liminal Spaces of Legality

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Like all ob­vi­ous­nesses, in­cluding those that make a word ‘name a thing’ or ‘have a meaning’ (there­fore in­cluding the ob­vi­ous­ness of the ‘trans­par­ency’ of lan­guage), the ‘ob­vi­ous­ness’ that you and I are sub­jects – and that that does not cause any prob­lems – is an ideo­lo­gical ef­fect, the ele­mentary ideo­lo­gical ef­fect (Althusser, Ideology and the Ideological State Apparatus [117]) I begin with this quote…

The Essence of Ecology: Uncanny Ipseities

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Full Title: Uncanny Ipseities: pres­en­cing been­ness – worlding-​rootedness/​rooted world­li­ness – polit­ical dif­f­erend : be-​ginning-​steering of the west as the be-​coming-​gliding of the east ** The main move of this paper is to con­ceive Heidegger as a thinker about the es­sence of eco­logy and to be at­tentive to, to glide at­tent­ively in, the tem­poral, ma­terial and polit­ical un­canny call of this essence,…

The Dis-​enclosure of Constituent Power: Tunisia, Agamben & Nancy

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In much of the con­ven­tional ana­lysis, con­stituent power is used to sig­nify an opening of con­sti­tu­tion­alism to its other. It is framed as an al­terity that le­git­im­ates and fa­cil­it­ates the con­sti­tu­tion. As such, the con­stituent mo­ment has an in­tensely tem­poral quality. It is either always-​already past or it is to come. Either way, its alterity…

Constitutionalism & the Time of the Political

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In his book The Idea of Public Law Martin Loughlin out­lines three ‘or­ders of the polit­ical’ that un­derpin and orient public law. The first order be­gins with Carl Schmitt’s famous for­mu­la­tion of the dis­tinc­tion between friend and enemy. Loughlin con­tends that it is this de­cision or ‘deed’ that forms the found­a­tions of the polit­ical, upon…

The Hyper-​Hermeneutic Gesture of a Subtle RevolutionR

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Drawing upon the thought of Giorgio Agamben, this paper fo­cuses upon the po­ten­tial of a single act to change a polit­ical order. Agamben’s writ­ings on the ex­cep­tion and the figure of whatever-​being re­tain the pos­sib­ility for a paradig­matic ges­ture that opens up a space for a politics not founded on a form of be­longing grounded in a par­tic­ular prop­erty or sub­stance, such…

Critical Legal Conference 2011 — Having Been Before the Law

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In a slight break from our usual style and ap­proach, and to cel­eb­rate the great suc­cess of the 2011 Critical Legal Conference (or­gan­ized by the Departments of Law and International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth), crit​ic​al​leg​al​thinking​.com will be posting a number of the pa­pers presented. We hope those of you who could not make it will enjoy…

CLC 2011 — The power of life’s excess (contesting sovereignty from sites that do not exist)

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The stream pro­poses to en­gage with the con­tem­porary pos­sib­il­ities of res­ist­ance to everything that is or that can be as­so­ci­ated with sov­er­eignty, power or dom­in­a­tion (sov­er­eign power, sov­er­eign prac­tices, sov­er­eign lan­guage, sov­er­eign thought and the law of the sov­er­eign) from the places, states and sites of what cannot be rep­res­ented, known, seen, or gov­erned. In…

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

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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 particular…

CLC 2011 — The Fetishisation of Man by the Machine

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 the…

CLC 2011 — Thou art a scholar: speak to it (The question of Derrida in the 21st Century)

April Hauntology Still from Julian House’s Phenomena And Occurences

Critical Legal Conference 2011 Derrida ends Specters of Marx with an in­junc­tion for the ‘scholar’ of the fu­ture: let the ghost speak, let the re­venant re­turn, learn how to live by keeping up com­pany with the specter. In the ‘age of tech­no­logy’ where human in­ter­ac­tion is in­creas­ingly fa­cil­it­ated by a series of spec­tral media and where…

CLC 2011 — Introducing Law (Perspectives and Methods)

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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 of the particular…

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

Kafka – Before the Law

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 and con­tro­ver­sial questions…

Critical Legal Conference 2011

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The 2011 Critical Legal Conference, to be held at Aberystwyth, has an­nounced its call for pa­pers and theme. Stream pro­posals due by 4th of April and Paper pro­posals by the 6th of June. The or­gan­izers write: The theme of this con­fer­ence in­vites par­ti­cipants to re­flect more pro­foundly on the fun­da­mental ques­tions faced by rad­ical thought in its…