The Uses and Futures of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies – PhD conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury 15th June 2018

The Uses and Futures of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies – PhD conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury 15th June 2018 – full details here; or website

Kent Law School is proud to launch and host the inaugural Interdisciplinary Legal Studies (ILS) Network and bi-annual Conference. The inaugural postgraduate research conference titled The Uses and Futures of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies aims to provide an initial forum towards the critical exploration of interdisciplinary research/studies in and of law, as well as the formation of an informal research network between cognate PhD students (Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Network – ILS) and Law Schools. The following Schools have already joined the ILS network: Kent Law School, Westminster Law School, Birkbeck Law School, Warwick Law School, Universidad de los Andes, Law School, Melbourne Law School, LSE Law School, Science Po, Law School and the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Law School.

The Conference will not follow the conventional pattern of papers and plenaries, but rather aim for collective discussion at first in small groups, and then more widely with the support of 6 Guest Scholars: Prof. Diamond Ashiagbor (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies); Prof. Kate Bedford (Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham); Prof. Emilios Christodoulidis (School of Law, University of Glasgow); Dr. Emilie Cloatre (Reader in Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent); Prof. Marieke de Goede (Department of Politics, University of Amsterdam); and Prof. Ambreena Manji (School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University).

In order to facilitate participation and collective reflection PhD students in law, as well as PhD students in other disciplines, with an interest in thinking about law, however widely conceived) are invited to submit:

(1) a 200-word summary of their doctoral research project; and

(2) a 200-word summary brief on their experience of/reflection on interdisciplinary research in/of law.

Please email your briefs to: by 15th March 2018

More details on the Conference, Travel, Accommodation and related matters will be regularly updated at the Conference’s site which can be visited at

If you have any questions please feel free to contact:

Thanos Zartaloudis at

Donatella Alesandrini

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David Harvey interview with Jeremy Scahill on The Intercept

David Harvey interview with Jeremy Scahill on The Intercept

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Adam Kotsko, Political Theology: A Reading List

Adam Kotsko, Political Theology: A Reading List

Some Facebook friends have asked me about my personal “canon” of political theology, and I decided it would make a good idea for a blog post. This list, like any attempt at a canon, does not simply reflect the state of a field but aims to change it. It is about what political theology is and also about what it could and should be. While some of my choices are presumably obvious, others reflect my conviction that political theology must grapple with questions of economics, race, gender, and sexuality, that our contemporary neoliberal order is an order of political theology, that political theology is a genealogical discipline, and that the root of political theology is not the homology between politics and theology but the problem that motivates both — in political terms, the problem of legitimacy, and in theological terms, the problem of evil. In other words, this could be taken as a reading list to understand the style of political theology I practice in The Prince of This World and Neoliberalism’s Demons. But more broadly, it is an attempt to group together a body of works that can be productively read with and against each other.

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Foucault at the Movies (Columbia UP 2018), translated and edited by Clare O’Farrell, edited Patrice Maniglier and Dork Zabunyan


Foucault at the Movies (Columbia UP 2018), translated and edited by Clare O’Farrell, French edition edited by Patrice Maniglier and Dork Zabunyan. Forthcoming in July, this is a translation of Foucault va au cinéma (2011).

Michel Foucault’s work on film, although not extensive, compellingly illustrates the power of bringing his unique vision to bear on the subject and offers valuable insights into other aspects of his thought. Foucault at the Movies brings together all of Foucault’s commentary on film, some of it available for the first time in English, along with important contemporary analysis and further extensions of this work.

Patrice Maniglier and Dork Zabunyan situate Foucault’s writings on film in the context of the rest of his work as well as within a broad historical and philosophical framework. They detail how Foucault’s work directly or indirectly inspired both film critics and directors in surprising ways and discuss his ideas in relation to significant movements within film theory and practice. The book includes film reviews and discussions by Foucault as well as his interviews with the prestigious film magazine Cahiers du cinéma and other journals. Also included are his dialogues with the noted French feminist writer Hélène Cixous and film directors Werner Schroeter and René Féret. Throughout, Foucault and those he is in conversation with reflect on the relationship of film to history, the body, power and politics, knowledge, sexuality, aesthetics, and institutions of internment. Foucault at the Movies makes all of Foucault’s writings on film available to an English-speaking audience in one volume and offers detailed, up-to-date commentary, inviting us to go to the movies with Foucault.

Via Foucault News

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Gregynog Ideas Lab VII – International Politics summer school, 8 – 13 July 2018, Newtown, Wales

We are delighted to be able to announce that the Gregynog Ideas Lab VII will take place from 8 – 13 July 2018 in Newtown, Wales, UK. Set up in 2012, the Gregynog Ideas Lab is a unique opportunity for graduate students and academics working in international politics from a range of critical, postcolonial, feminist, post-structural and psychoanalytic traditions to re-examine their own work and meet new people in an open space for thinking and generating new ideas. It offers guest professor seminars, round table discussions, methodology workshops and one-to-one tutorials with the guest professors. For more information, please see the documents attached.

Provisionally, our guest professors for 2018 are: Andrew Davison (Vassar), Jenny Edkins (Aberystwyth), Himadeep Muppidi (Vassar), Erzsebet Strausz (Warwick), Rob Walker (Victoria) and Andreja Zevnik (Manchester). More on Guest Professors to follow soon.

There is a reduced rate for bookings received before 20 February 2018.

For more information about the Ideas Lab, visit our blog at , join our Facebook group at  or email us on  .

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Video: Angela Davis — Abolition Feminism: Theories and Practices for Our Time

In December, Angela Davis delivered the annual Nicos Poulantzas Memorial Lecture at the Nicos Poulantzas Institute in Athens.

In the talk, Davis recounts the historical background to the development of the anti-racist, Marxist feminisms she calls “abolition feminism,” and unpacks some of their political and intellectual implications. Watch a full video of her presentation below.


(via the Verso blog)

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Forms of Living book series with Fordham University Press

Forms of Living book series with Fordham University Press

Edited by Stefanos Geroulanos, New York University, and Todd E. Meyers, New York University-Shanghai

In the introduction to Knowledge of Life, Georges Canguilhem writes that knowledge and life do not assume a hierarchical order, one preceding or constituting the other. Instead, Canguilhem argues that knowledge and life come to rest upon one another, even in moments when one seems to unmake or undo the other. Life is imbued with thought, entangled with it, and in the end, undiminished by it. Life–its subjects, forms, peoples, and geographies (both real and imagined, and regardless of scale)–can no longer (if ever) be thought of as singular.

In the tightly woven lattice of knowledge and life is found a common conceptual space for anthropology, history, biology, philosophy, art, and medicine. The Forms of Living series seeks to provide an outlet for theoretically and methodologically rigorous writing theorized and articulated through various disciplines, frames, and attempts. Thus the series promotes translations of important works in languages other than English, organizes edited volumes serving as introductions to scholars not well known to Anglo-American audiences, and delivers original and provocative writing from renowned scholars as well as first-time authors. By connecting works that may not otherwise be read alongside one another, Forms of Living eavesdrops on conversations already occurring between scholars, and begins new conversations on what is at stake between knowledge and life and the forms each takes.

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Foucault on Power and Government (2016)

Paul Patton on Foucault, Power and Government

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Paul Patton, Foucault on Power and Government
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Foucault’s lectures in 1976 open with the statement of an intellectual crisis. They proceed to a series of questions about the nature of power and the ways that he has conceived of it up to this point: what is power? How is it exercised? Is it ultimately a relation of force? Only some of these questions are answered in the course of these lectures. His answer to the conceptual questions about the nature of power and the appropriate means to analyze it is not forthcoming until after the discovery of ‘governmentality’ in 1978 and his lectures on liberal and neoliberal governmentality in 1979. This talk aims to retrace his answers to these questions in the light of the published lectures and to examine the consequences of these answers for his overall approach to the analysis power, and…

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Books received – Connolly, Scarry, Elborough & Gordon, Lefebvre, Bracke


William Connolly, Aspirational Fascism: The Struggle for Multifaceted Democracy under Trumpism; Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain; Travis Elborough and Helen Gordon, Being a Writer; Henri Lefebvre, Key Writings and Astrid Bracke, Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel. The Lefebvre book is a re-edition of the 2003 book which I co-edited, the first book of Lefebvre’s with which I was involved and a really significant moment in my career. Scarry was in part-recompense for review work; Bracke was kindly sent by the press.

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Legal terrain: the political materiality of territory – LRIL lecture now published

The article has now appeared in Vol 5 No 2 of the journal. It is subscription only, but as before if you’d like a copy please email me.

Progressive Geographies

m_lril_5_1cover‘Legal terrain—the political materiality of territory’ – my London Review of International Law lecture is now published. The journal requires subscription, but if you’d like a copy and can’t access through an institution, please email me.

This lecture sketches the contours of a political -legal theory of terrain. It argues that terrain is a useful concept to think the materiality of territory. Terrain is where the geopolitical and the geophysical meet, and it is therefore a helpful concept to make political -legal understandings of territory better account for the complexities of the geophysical.

The video of the lecture is also available online.

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