Tag: Critical Legal Conference

The Guise of Citizenship: Immigration & Liminal Spaces of Legality

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…

The Essence of Ecology: Uncanny Ipseities

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…

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

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

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

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…

Critical Legal Conference 2011 – Having Been Before the Law

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…

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

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?

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…

CLC 2011 – The 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…

CLC 2011 – Introducing Law (Perspectives and Methods)

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…

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

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…

Critical Legal Conference 2011

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…

We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: A Cannibal, Surreal & Subaltern Approach to Human Rights

This paper explores – briefly – four ideas: the concept of the ‘turn to emotions’, the notion of a cannibal theory, legal surrealism and the subaltern perspective on human rights. How we are to think and feel human rights today? This question is situated in a specific historical context, that of our times, which is…

Nomadic Thinking

This presentation is a few notes on a question. The question being: What does it mean to say: the free space of thinking? As my title suggests, I would like to relate the free space of thinking to what one might simply call nomadic thinking. To this end, I will draw upon Deleuze and Guattari’s Nomadology…

Great Expectations: Multiple Modernities of Law

Critical Legal Conference 10-12 September, Utrecht 2010 Since 1984, every first weekend in September, the Critical Legal Conference brings together critical and radical legal scholars from all over the world. It has been a phenomenal success despite its modesty. The CLC is also exactly that: a conference. No organisation, presidents and secretaries, members and subscriptions.…