CfP: “Left” in the Dark? Postcolonial Conversations on Law, Neoliberalism and Queer-​Feminist Futures

The art­work for “Left” in the Dark? has been cre­ated by Anirban Ghosh

The Conference “Left” in the Dark? Postcolonial Conversations on Law, Neoliberalism and Queer-​Feminist Futures, will be or­gan­ised from October 17-18, 2014 at the campus of the Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat and venues in New Delhi, India.

The dark times of neo­lib­er­alism are not only about the dev­ast­a­tion that hyper-​capitalism has un­leashed on the living and la­bouring “pre­cariat” (Guy Standing: 2011). It is also about the ways in which neo­lib­er­alism and its miso­gynist vi­cis­situdes in imperial-​militarism are ap­pro­pri­ating the agendas of left move­ments, marking the emer­gence of their own dark sides. Many left move­ments — par­tic­u­larly the queer and fem­inist move­ments — have been at the re­ceiving end of a soph­ist­ic­ated co-​option of their politics by the se­duc­tions of neo­lib­eral cap­ital and sec­ular law, es­pe­cially in post­co­lo­nial and set­tler co­lo­nial nation-​states.

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Attending to the main political project of the conference, some of the topics that can be explored are:

  • The per­sist­ence of sexual violence
  • Human rights law in a neo­lib­eral world
  • Freedom, pro­ductivity, the market
  • Sex(ual) labour/​put­ting sex to work
  • Pleasure, he­donism, de­sire, rights
  • Solidarities, fis­sures, col­lective struggles
  • The elastic state
  • Scholarship, act­ivism and its neo­lib­eral complicities
  • Location, voice, rep­res­ent­a­tion and the postcolonial
  • Taking a Break – pos­sib­il­ities and perils
  • Queer-​feminist schol­ar­ship in the neo­lib­eral legal academy
  • Failure, des­pair, redemption
  • Affect, an­archy, aesthetics
  • (Trans)bodies, (dis)abilities, (il)legalities
  • Contamination, con­ta­gion, virality

Organisers will provide ac­com­mod­a­tion and food for the days of the con­fer­ence. Some travel bursaries may be avail­able for participants who are based at uni­ver­sities in non-​Western loc­a­tions.

Submissions of abstracts and panel proposals must be sent by March 31, 2014.

It is also possible to apply for the Re­search Work­shop from October 15-16, 2014 themed ‘Doing Law Differently: The Possibilities, Perils and Pleasures of Critical Legal Scholarship’, for doc­toral scholars and early ca­reer aca­demics. The work­shop will be an oppor­tunity to get de­tailed feed­back from es­tab­lished scholars and peers on works-​in-​progress and also plan an in­nov­ative publica­tion pro­gramme with the par­ti­cipants.

Furhter informacion can be found in Critical Legal Thinking.

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