Power, Property and the Law of Trusts Revisited: Roger Cotterrell’s Contribution to Critical Trusts Scholarship

This symposium (25-26 October) will revisit themes and theoretical perspectives in Roger Cotterrell’s now canonical work in the field of trusts law, 30 years after the publication of this ground-breaking article. The symposium is organised by Nick Piška and Hayley Gibson as part of the Equity & Trusts Research Network and is sponsored by the SLSA, KLS Research Group Social Critiques of Law and KLS Workshop Fund.

Colloque “De la dictature à l’état d’exception”

Colloque organisé par Marie Goupy (Maitre de conférences (ICP) et directrice de programme au Collège International de philosophie), et Yann Rivière (Directeur d’études à l’EHESS), avec le soutien de l’IEA de Paris, du Collège International de philosophie et de l’EHESS (Programme de recherche interdisciplinaire “Terrains du droit”).

Critical Legal Conference 2016

“…there are no witnesses to changes of epoch. The epochal turning is an imperceptible frontier, bound to no crucial date or event.” The present is notoriously difficult to diagnose. Are we living at a decisive turning point for global and European history, politics and law? Are we witnesses to a new epoch? Or perhaps we just […]

The “Biological Turn” in Law – A Critical Appraisal (2015)

This symposium is interested in pursuing some of the implications of the “biological turn” in the human and social sciences as they touch upon jurisprudence and legal theory. Many studies show that with the increasing use of biological markers of identity (genetic, biometric, etc.), the traditional category of the legal (and moral) person is increasingly becoming unable to articulate or track the new interfaces between life and law. This symposium thematizes the empirical and normative transformations in the ideas of legal personhood, legal form, and subjective rights caused or motivated by the biologization of law and politics.

Benjamin in Palestine: On the Place and Non-Place of Radical Thought. International Workshop and Conference

Talking about Walter Benjamin in today’s Palestine is a political act. This project is part of the attempt to break the de facto cultural and academic boycott of Palestine, implemented and enforced by the occupation regime and its multi-layered web of checkpoints, territorial zones and other juridical-administrative measures. The project is comprised of three events: an opening event on Benjamin’s thought and life (Dec. 6), a workshop on key texts of Benjamin (Dec. 7-9), and an international conference (Dec. 10/11).

Foucault Madness Conference 2015

The Foucault Madness Conference is back for a second year! This year’s theme brings into critical light how current norms of cyber-based speech-acts create new technologies of selfhood.  Many early, and utopian, post-structural theorists of cyberspace, such as Donna Haraway (“A Cyborg Manifesto”), surmised that digital disembodiment might mean greater liberation from the categorizing limits of race, class, and gender.

International Conference Immunity and Modernity: Picturing Threat and Protection

International Conference “Immunity and Modernity: Picturing Threat and Protection”. 27-29 May 2015. Arts Faculty, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belgium. Keynote speakers: Roberto Esposito (University of Naples), Bracha L. Ettinger (European Graduate School), Arne De Boever (California Insitute of the Arts), Johannes Türk (Indiana University Bloomington).

Engaging Foucault

The conference “Engaging Foucault” will gather international and regional theorists who have engaged with Foucault’s work, either endorsing or disputing the main premises of his work. The intended aim of the conference is to open up space for a general discussion of the actuality of Foucault’s work.


Cartography of Exhaustion

Conference on Biopolitics “Cartography of Exhaustion” by Peter Pál Pelbart, School of Humanities and Languages and the Biopolitical Research Network.


Laurier Seminar on Italian Theory

Recently a debate has emerged about the “Italian difference.” In Italy, there is a growing consensus that what makes Italian Theory different is its permanent opposition to state and biopolitical forms of power, grounded engagement in the critique of capitalism and an internal disposition of productive conflict. Antonio Negri claims that what distinguishes Italian Theory is the constituent affirmation of difference, which does not lead to separation and isolation but to resistance and creative transformation (2005). Whereas Roberto Esposito argues that Italian Theory is characterized by the immanentization of antagonism because at its core it is a theory of conflict and struggle (2012).