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New CLC Stream: Vulnerability: Is there a Choice

‘Neoliberalism solves its problems by moving them around geopolitically’ David Harvey (2005). This stream aims to create a space for dialogue about the issues that are pertinent to current geopolitical, neoliberal and socio-economic issues. We invite papers from all disciplines to address the concept of vulnerability as an embodied experience but also as a material…

Blockupy and The Politics of Crisis

The politics of crisis speaks among other things to the inherent crisis within the capitalist process. Nonlinear studies of capitalism, for example, take a far more honest approach to their subject matter. One can read the theology that is neoclassical economics and despair that even the first steps of scientific method are ignored. The primary…

Total Blockupy ban met with 14 May protest

The complete ban on any form of Blockupy protest, the proposed clearing of the peaceful Occupy camp, the Frankfurt council’s stonewalling manner, and now the setting up of an exclusion zone (see picture) for named individuals across inner Frankfurt has forced party members and activists to speak of the need to defend the “basic right…

As expected, Frankfurt Blockupy-ban used to clear Occupy camp

The activists must “temporarily” evacuate their camp in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt next week. The reason for this declaration of Frankfurt’s Public Order Administration is the upcoming Blockupy protests – the one’s the same administration have already banned from even taking place. The Occupy movement needs to evacuate their camp before…

Stop the neo-liberal crisis politics – dispossess the beneficiaries!

New international call to Blockupy from attac academic advisors and others. Reposted from www.stop-neoliberal-crises-politics.org (in DE, FR, IT, ES there): We are experiencing the deepest crisis of capitalism since the great depression of the 30s – and the European governments continue to pour oil on the fires! From the very beginning, some governments have prevented…

Blockupy in Frankfurt: Die Linke seek to overturn Blockupy ban

The City of Frankfurt has attempted to close down demonstations planned for 16-19 May in the city’s banking district by requiring that any public order discussions prior to general approval only be entered into if organisers guarantee that no violence or other illegal activity will occur, and indeed waive their right to organise effective civil…

Critical Legal Conference, 14–16 September 2012: Complete List of Streams

International law, Genocide and Imperialism: The Colonial Origins of Human Rights? We Need to Talk About Human Rights The Question: Gardens without Gardeners? Gardeners without Gardens? Conveners: Oren Ben-Dor (Southampton) & Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (Westminster, London) We take up the conference theme in earnest, looking at gardens as the place of questioning. We invite you to…

Notes on the ‘Loss of Sovereignty’

A standard justification for the cuts to public services, the policy of prioritising the repayment of private speculator debts over funding for hospitals and schools, the policy of converting private speculator debt into sovereign debt, is that ‘we’ have lost our sovereignty, or, in a more refined version, ‘we’ have lost our ‘economic sovereignty’, as…

Democracy and Resistance, Conference Giessen 18–20 June, 2012

Monday June 18, 14.00 – 20.15 Aula, University Main Building, Ludwigstraße 23, Giessen Democracy in Crisis? Democratic Alienation Austerity Politics and Sacrificial Citizenship Wendy Brown (University of California Berkeley) The Politics of Speed and the Loss of Resonance: How Social Acceleration Causes Democratic Alienation Hartmut Rosa (Schiller University Jena) Resistance and the Crisis Athens Revolting:…

Toxic Mega-mining in Mexico: Death and Despoilment 500 Years On

On 15 March this year, when many families were preparing to get away for the bridge weekend (or in reality the few able to), Bernardo Vázquez Sánchez, leader of the committee of the United Peoples of Ocotlán (Coordinadora de Pueblos Unidos del Valle de Ocotlán, CPUVO) was killed in a shooting that also left Rosalinda Canseco and Andrés Vázquez Sánchez wounded. The gunmen – clearly identified by the community – were sent by the Mayor of San José de Progreso, Alberto Mauro Sánchez who, accused of assassinating another opponent of the mining project on 18 January 2012, is a fugitive from justice. But it was the Canadian mining company, Fortuna Silver Mines (operating in Mexico under the name Minera Cuzcatlán) that was responsible directly for guiding the fingers that pulled the trigger, not to mention the impunity and disdain that holds sway in the administration of Gabino Cué, Governor of the state of Oaxaca […]

Coup de Genre: The Trials and Tribulations of Bülent Ersoy; Berlin 11 May 2012

This presentation takes as its subject the real and fictional trials of Bülent Ersoy – a fantastically outrageous Turkish transgender singer/film star, whose public gender ‘transition’ coincided and collided with the 1980 military coup d’état in Turkey and its aftermath. There is a confused but fascinating feature film that came out in 1981, starring Ersoy…

‘Democracy in Crisis – Critiques of Democracy’ Conference Cfp, Gießen 21–22 June 2012

Given the profound reverberations contemporary economic crises have had in established democracies, a new phase of post-democracy appears to have emerged, severely constraining processes of autonomous decision-making and traditional modes of contestation. At the same time, democracy as purportedly the best possible form of government has not lost its appeal, as is evidenced by the…