The Public Life of Private Law: Protest, Precarisation, Possibility

                                                                   

Event Date: 30 April 2014
The Institute of Advanced Study
Millburn House
Millburn Hill Road
University of Warwick Science Park
Coventry
CV4 7HS

The Kent Law School presents:

The Public Life of Private Law

An ESRC Seminar Series

Seminar 4: Protest, Precarisation, Possibility

Increasingly, private law appears in the the government of unruly political movement and resistance – through the privatisation of public space and the designation of protest as trespass; through the contractualisation of public services and the discipline of labour; through the generation of private spheres where government power is deployed in unanticipated ways.  How should we characterise the experience of government through private law? What vulnerabilities does  private law highlight in those it governs? To what extent does private law confer overlooked capacities on troublesome actors, which can generate new strategies of resistance?

Speakers will include: Lisa Adkins (Newcastle Australia), Kenneth Veitch (Sussex), Honor Brabazon (Oxford), Elena Loizidou (BBK), Tara Mulqueen (BBK), Antonia Layard (Bristol), Steven Hirschler (York), Brenna Bhandar (SOAS),  John Grayson (SYMAGG), Michael Segalov (Occupy Sussex), Chris Essen (Leeds) and Melanie Strickland (No Dash 4 Gas).

Programme:

Panel 1 – Chair – Emily Grabham

Mike SegalovOccupy Sussex

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Elena LoizidouDreams, Feelings and Disobedience

AUDIO HERE

Brenna BhandarPrivate Publics:  juridical conceptions of the public good

AUDIO HERE

Honor Brabazon –  Juridification, Technocratisation, and Strategies of Dissent in the Neoliberal Political Sphere

AUDIO HERE

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Panel 2 – Chair – Matthew Thompson

Melanie Strickland No Dash 4 Gas

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Antonia Layard –  Protecting (Urban) Public Spaces: Playing by the rules or playing out?

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Chris EssenThe Private Life of Public Law: a PFI Social Housing Case Study

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Tara Mulqueen –  Neither Public Nor Private: An Historical Perspective on Co-operatives and Mutuals

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Panel 3 – Chair –  Mairead Enright

Lisa Adkins –  Disobedient Workers, The Law and the Making of Unemployment Markets

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Kenneth VeitchWelfare and the Politics of Contract

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Steven HirschlerCOMPASS Housing: The asylum experience and modes of resilience

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John GraysonAsylum Housing Rights in Asylum Markets – the campaign against G4S

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