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Harvesting

FOOD CRISIS

CALL FOR PAPERS

“The Food Crisis: Implications for Decent Work in Rural and Urban Areas”

The International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) Annual Thematic Conference –University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany, July 4-6

In recent years, food prices have gone up to prohibitive levels for many of the world’s poor. They have remained high and volatile. While many poor city dwellers have had to switch their diets to include only very basic foods, the vast majority of those who are hungry in the world today (over half a billion) are working in agriculture, either as small landholders or as waged agricultural workers. This paradox has sparked a lively debate about the reasons for food price increases. However, the implications for the Decent Work agenda have received less attention. The four dimensions of the Decent Work concept (creating jobs, guaranteeing rights at work, extending social protection and promoting social dialogue) do not explicitly cover the issue of rising food prices. On the one hand, price increases for the most basic household items threaten any gains achieved through the Decent Work agenda. On the other hand, increased food prices may in principle provide an opportunity for agricultural labour, yet the majority of the food producers seem not to have benefited from rising prices. Apparently, the bargaining power of many producers has been weakened vis-à-vis the buyers of agricultural produce. This development points to another dimension not explicitly addressed by the Decent Work agenda: power relations along the food chain. TheInternationalCenterfor Development and Decent Work (ICDD) wants to commit its Annual Thematic Conference “The Food Crisis: Implications for Decent Work in Rural and Urban Areas” to an exploration of the origins of the food crisis, its implications for the Decent Work agenda, and strategies for addressing the crisis.

The general themes to be discussed are:

Assessing the Scope of the Food Crisis: Is there a rural – urban divide? What is the impact on workers and small landholders? What are the implications for the Decent Work agenda?

Origins of the Food Crisis: Financialization, land grabbing, climate change and soil degradation, agribusiness, agro-fuels, EU trade policies, demography, productivity obstacles, and other relevant topics.

Remedies for the Food Crisis: Increasing agricultural productivity, improving logistics, empowering agricultural workers, food sovereignty, and other relevant topics.

We encourage potential contributors to include a gender-sensitive analysis whenever possible.

If you would like to present a paper in one of these areas, please send a brief abstract (less than half a page) by April 1, 2012 to: ATC2012Kassel@icdd.uni-kassel.de

Please include the following information:

Name:

Country:

Organization:

Professor Dr. Christoph Scherrer, “Globalisierung & Politik”, FB 5 – Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Universität Kassel, Nora-Platiel-Straße 1, D-34127 Kassel, Tel.: +49 (0) 561 804 3253 Sekr., scherrer@uni-kassel.de

Fachgebiet: http://www.uni-kassel.de/fb05/fachgruppen/politikwissenschaft/globalisierung-und-politik.html

InternationalCenterfor Development and Decent Work: www.icdd.uni-kassel.de

MA Global Political Economy: http://www.uni-kassel.de/go/gpe

MA Labour Polices & Globalisation: www.global-labour-university.org

Promotionskolleg Global Social Policies and Governance: www.social-globalization.uni-kassel.de

ENGAGE – Certificate Course on Global Economic Governance: http://www.global-labour-university.org/216.html

IKSA – InternationalKasselSummerAcademyon the World Economy: http://www.uni-kassel.de/go/sommerakademie

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Victor Rikowski

‘THE LAMB’ BY WILLIAM BLAKE – SET TO MUSIC BY VICTOR RIKOWSKI

Back when I was in Havering Sixth-Form College, at the age of 17/18, I remember setting this poem by Blake to my own song. Although I haven’t played it since then, the tune always remains within my mind. This is a revisit to that song that I wrote 7/8 years ago now. This might not be exactly as it was then, but the opening tune is the one that stuck with me for all these years.

Victor Rikowski

Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed
By the stream and o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice? Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee, Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee:
He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and he is mild;
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb.
We are called by his name. Little Lamb, God bless thee! Little Lamb, God bless thee!

Arrangement and performance by Victor Rikowski

It can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

 

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Revolt

RIGHT OF RESISTANCE: THEORY, POLITICS, LAW

Brunel University–London, 8th-9th February 2012

RIGHT OF RESISTANCE: Theory, Politics, Law (16th-21st century)

The connection between the right of resistance, the pluralism of rights, powers, and jurisdictions, weakens after the sunset of the medieval legal system in the early modern age. On the one hand, the forces that resisted the establishment of the power of the modern state and that played a major role within the political conflict of the earlier ages, were progressively ejected from the sphere of legitimacy. On the other hand, reflection on the right of resistance became the principal argument of opposition against the theoretical and legal positions supporting the construction of the modern State.

Theories of the right of resistance are very diverse, depending on the authors and the contexts within which they have been developed. Generally though, they become a theoretical point of attraction for alternative discourses that oppose the formation of the State and the establishment of an exclusive link between sovereignty and normative production.

With the crisis of the feudal world in the early modern age, the right of resistance becomes a theoretical counter-power against new forms of dominion, while the bourgeois revolutions bring the conception of resistance exercised within the constitutional framework. Here, the right of resistance finds its most evocative expression within the dialectic of the two paradigms of constituent power and constituted power.

The affirmation of the fundamental principles of liberal constitutionalism (characterized by alternative and conflicting perspectives on constitutional modernity as well as on constituent capacity causes the right of resistance to be absorbed and neutralized within the typical warranties of the rule of law. The constituent power itself is absorbed by the modern bourgeois idea of representation.

With the social tensions, struggles for recognition, and constitutional integration in the 19th and 20th century we see the rising of different theories of opposition, transferring older practices of resistance to new legal institutions and bodies. Thus: the tension between democracy (intended as power and absolute government) on one hand, and constitutionalism (intended as a theory and practice of limited government) on the other, remains latent yet present.

We witness today the crumbling of the exclusive link between the State and the production and interpretation of norms. This process is taking place within the more general crisis of the modern conception of sovereignty, intended as suprema potestas. In this crisis, theoretical lines of fracture resurface: social, ethnic, religious, and political fractures that give birth to new practices of resistance, veto, and opposition within the framework of both local and global phenomena of contestation of new and traditional forms of oppression.

Therefore, the claiming and oppositional dimension of early constitutionalism, popular sovereignity, and tutelage of fundamental rights suggests the possibility of recovering that “negative source” of sovereignity that faded away during the establishment of the modern state.

Here lies the proposal of a fresh reflection on theories of resistance between the early modern and the contemporary period. Within those theories, we aim to individuate alternative proposals to the formation of the modern state, as well as to understand the elements of affinity and continuity with today’s oppositional and conflictual practices on a global scale.

PROGRAMME

Wednesday 8th February Session 1: LC-004-006 – 9.30

Chair: Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University – London)

Justin Fisher (Head of School of Social Sciences) – Welcome

Mario Ascheri (Università di Roma Tre) – The Roots of the Resistance: Main Forms of Medieval Contractualism

Mario Turchetti (Université de Fribourg/Universität Freiburg) – The Right of Resistance: Classical Foundations and Modern Applications by Catholics and Protestants in the Western Christendom

Riccardo Rosolino (Università degli Studi di Napoli – L’Orientale) – Resisting Monopolists: Theological and Juridical Thought in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century

Session 2: LC-004-006 – 3.00

Chair: John Roberts (Brunel University)

Susanne Sreedhar (Boston University) – The Hobbesian right of resistance

Marco Fioravanti (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”) – Slave Poisoner: Resistance to slave order and the invention of the inner enemy in the 19th century French Caribbean

Warren Montag (Occidental College – Los Angeles) – Kelsen, Schmitt and the question of lawful resistance to law

Thursday 9th February

Session 3: LC-004-006 – 10.00

Chair: Mark Neocleous (Brunel University – London)

Vivienne Jabri (King’s College – London) – Embodiment and Mass in the Revolutionary Subject

Hourya Bentouhami (Université de Paris VII – Denis Diderot) – Civil Disobedience and Non-Violence: a Passive, Feminine Way of Defense vs a Manly, Revolutionary Armed Resistance?

Andreas Dimopoulos (Brunel University – London) – The right to resistance “à la grecque”: IMF bail-out and social unrest in today’s Greece

Session 4: LC-004-006 – 3.00

Chair: Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University – London)

Sandro Mezzadra (Università degli Studi di Bologna) – Resisting the Margins: Border Struggles in the Contemporary World

Toni Negri (Uninomade) – Esperienze di resistenza e (nuova definizione del) potere costituente

Conference organiser: Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University – London)

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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