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

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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

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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,…

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), criticallegalthinking​.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

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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 — 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)

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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…