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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Law: between Theory and Critique, Conference Paris 23–24 March 2012

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Justice, Critical Theory, Post-conflict and Internationalism March 23rd Sciences-Po Paris March 24th 2012 Paris 1 University Reflection on law appears today to be one of the most productive themes of philosophy. The borders between law, morality, and politics are constantly being put into question. Critical theory has shown that law must, above all, make possible a…

CLC 2012: Critical Immigration, Asylum & Refugee Law Stream

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This stream aims to gather academics, graduate students and activists with an interest in immigration law and policy, asylum and refugee law (as well as refugee and migration studies more generally) in order to inaugurate a discussion on legal provisions and forms and practices of critique with, without or against the law. The stream calls for…

Vikki Bell: Oxford Brookes Guest Lecture

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Returning the Past: Public Intimacy in Argentina’s Courts and Spaces of Memory. This paper discusses the mega-causa (trial) of those repressors involved in the capture, torture and murder of thousands at ESMA, Argentina’s most notorious detention centre, in terms of the law’s processes of displacement (not only from the scene of the crimes to the…

Collaboration… With Our European Partners

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On Sunday there were massive demonstrations in Spain, with half a million people on the streets of Madrid and 450,000 in Barcelona, protesting against the labour ‘reform’ planned by the Partido Popular, the right-wing party that most closely represents the interests of the power elites that conserved their position when the transition from dictatorship to…

‘Bodies of Law / Law and the Body’ Conference, Westminster 30 March 2012

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An interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate and early-career academics in the area of law, gender and sexuality. Friday 30 March 2012. School of Law, University of Westminster, London, UK. Law mediates various power structures and is interwoven with numerous other knowledges that participate in the construction, normalization and regulation of bodies, such as medicine, social media, religion…