Elena Loizidou

Elena Loizidou is a Reader in Law and Political Theory at the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London.
Humour, Security and the Stansted 15

Humour, Security and the Stansted 15

‘Humour is not resigned; it is rebellious.’ Sigmund Freud ‘Humour’ On 28 March 2017, activists known as the ‘Stansted 15’ obstructed a charter airplane, preventing it from taking deportees back to their countries of birth. The Stansted...

Lauren Berlant as Cynical Philosopher: An Introduction

Lauren Berlant as Cynical Philosopher: An Introduction

If body, then everything can follow (Berlant, Cruel Optimism, 266) ‘Stray dogs have knowledge,’ the late Greek writer Margarita Karapanou writes, ‘because they have suffered pain… Pedigree dogs in relation to stray dogs are still unborn’ (my translation). In this...

Ask not what you can do for your country but what we can do for each other

I am thinking of the 77 year old Greek pensioner who took his life earlier today in Syntagma square, Athens. I am thinking of JFK’s 20th of January 1961 inaugural address speech where he uttered these well cited words: “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” The Greeks are not Americans. J.F. Kennedy in this inaugural speech was talking about a new world, where poverty, disease and injustice could be obliterated globally and where, “a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved”. And of course such a world could not be motivated into existence through this speech, nor does it exist […]

Strike for the Present, Perhaps This Is All There Is

José Saramago’s Death at Intervals (2008) tells the story of Death going on Strike. In Saramago’s imagined country ‘since the beginning of the new year, or more precisely since zero hours of the first day of January’ that there is ‘no record of anyone dying’ (2008:3)....

Disobedience Workshop

20 – 21 May 2011 Birkbeck College, University of London Malet Street, Rooms G15 & 416 For reservation please contact V.kelley@bbk.ac.uk Friday 20 May Malet street, G15 11.00 – 11.15 Welcome & Tea/Coffee (Elena Loizidou) 11.15 – 1.00 Session 1: Chair: Carolina...