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Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

TTIP SEMINARS

TTIP Information Network – Workshops on Saturday 11th October
Find out about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the European Day of Action on Saturday next – 11th October .

Organised by TTIP Information Network In the offices of Unite the union, 55-56 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.

Seminars will be held on the following TTIP – related subjects:

Workshops Details: 11.00am to 12.30pm:

Workshop 1: Food & Agriculture and Global South:
Oliver Moore, EU Correspondent with ARC 2020
Michael O’Brien, Comhlámh Trade Justice Group

Workshop 2: Climate Change & Fracking:
Oisín Coughlan, Director of Friends of the Earth (Ireland)
Barry Finnegan, researcher with ATTAC Ireland; lecturer media faculty Griffith College
Speaker TBC, No Fracking Dublin

Workshop 3: ISDS, Privatisation and Workers’ Rights
Dr. John Reynolds, Lecturer International Law, NUI Maynooth
Dr. Paul O’Connell, Reader in Law, School of Law, SOAS, University of London
Brendan Ogle, Education & Development Organiser UNITE trade union; Right2Water campaign

1.00 to 2.00pm: Launch of European Citizens’ Initiative Petition Against TTIP

The seminars are being organised by a coalition of civil society groups who’ve come together to share information and stimulate greater awareness of the undemocratic TTIP negotiations. They include the Peoples Movement, ATTAC
Ireland, An Taisce, Centre for Global Education, Ceartas – Irish Lawyers for Human Right, Comhlámh Trade Justice Group, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Environmental Pillar, Euro-Toques, Fracking Free Ireland, No
Fracking Dublin, Presentation Justice Network, Trade Union Left Forum, We’re Not Leaving, Young Friends of the Earth and others organised at the initiative of Comhlamh.

See: https://www.facebook.com/TTIPInformationNetwork

http://www.politics.ie/forum/events/230613-ttip-information-network-workshops-saturday-11th-october.html

http://www.irishleftreview.org/2014/10/06/ttip-trade-deal-bad-democracy/

 

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Dialectics

Dialectics

COMPLICITY

A two-day conference exploring issues of complicity, organised by the University of Brighton’s Understanding Conflict: Forms & Legacies of Violence research cluster.

Tuesday 31st March – Wednesday 1st April 2015
University of Brighton, UK

CALL FOR PAPERS

DEADLINE: 1st December 2014

The problem of complicity is a longstanding feature of everyday moral experience, and yet comparatively little work focuses explicitly on it. Furthermore, in an increasingly neo-liberal world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid complicity both in its creation of a particular model of the person and with its attendant demands on how we live, on what we do and do not do and on how we think. If Georgio Agamben is right to insist that ‘Today’s man … has become blind not to his capacities but to his incapacities, not to what he can do but to what he cannot, or can not, do’ (‘On what we can not do’, Nudities, 2011, p.44), then complicity is taking centre stage in our everyday lives. It thus requires our attention in terms both of practice and of theorization.

This conference will seek to begin that work. We invite proposals (max. 300 words) that address one of the broad inter-related themes outlined below:

DAY 1

What is complicity?
Issues might include:

– What counts as complicity and why? What counts as non-complicity and why?

– What are complicity’s logical limits? Is there anything that cannot be (re-)described as complicity?

– What to do? What to avoid? What to not do?

– If there are degrees of complicity, how might they be characterised?

Theorising complicity in relation to related moral-political issues
Issues might include:

– How does the problem of complicity relate to that of “dirty hands”?
– What are the relations between complicity, personhood and moral agency?
– Complicity versus integrity?* Reasonable and unreasonable excuses
– Chains of complicity: moral overload; moral distance; moral paralysis political overload;
political distance; political paralysis
– Commission and omission
– Complicity and the means/ends problem
– Complicity and/with violence
– Complicity and culpable ignorance
– The importance of moral disruption
– The relation of complicity to asymmetries of power; in or out of the tent?
– Complicity, hypocrisy and necessity
– Complicity and power

DAY 2

Empirical cases

Issues might include:

How to act on a committee
– Whistleblowing
– Voting
– Lifestyles; petitions; protest; charities
– Conflict resolution; conflict transformation
– Specificities of the neo-liberal world
– The egoism of non-complicity, Impotent self-flagellation versus principled refusal
– Accepting tainted money: research grants and the like

– Embedded journalism, War photography
– Anthropological research, charitable work
– The armed forces
– Trade, business and “the market”
– Research, advocacy and silence
– Bodies
– Gender, sex and their interconnections
– Making use of power one thinks one ought not to have.

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to a wide range of people working in and studying, among other areas, cultural studies, philosophy, political theory, media studies, photography and journalism, art practice and visual studies, film studies, the armed forces, international security, armaments, banking, finance and globalisation, politics and geopolitics, sociology, NGO and charitable sectors, colonialism and post-colonialism, health studies and NHS, queer theory, women’s studies and women and the family.

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be emailed by 1st December 2014 to conflictcluster@brighton.ac.uk

For more information on the work and scope of the University of Brighton’s Research Cluster

Understanding Conflict: Forms and Legacies of Violence

Visit http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research

Conference website: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/conflict/cluster-activities/complicity-conference

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenn_Rikowski?ev=hdr_xprf

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

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

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.co.uk/