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Centre for Social and Political Thought Research Seminars: October 3rd, Lucy Finchett-Maddock (Sussex): ‘Protest, Property and the Commons – Being Naughty with Law’.

October 1, 2014

Dear Everyone,

For our inaugural research seminar we are hosting a talk by Lucy
Finchett-Maddock (Sussex University) on the subject “Protest, Property and the Commons – Being Naughty with Law’.

The Seminar will take place on Friday, October 3rd in Arts A108 from
15:00-17:00. All are welcome. Please find attached an abstract of the talk:

‘Protest, Property and the Commons – Being Naughty with Law’
In this seminar will be discussed the central themes of the upcoming monograph ‘Protest, Property and the Commons: Performances of Law and Resistance’ (Routledge, 2015). Emanating from a PhD thesis on squatting in London, the central elements of the book are concerned with the manner in which state law manifests itself and is used in resistance movements, as well as the other way around; the constitutional understanding of law as the law of the peoples originating with its constituents and in resistance itself. By choosing to focus on squatting and ‘social centre’ movements, the role of ‘occupation’ of space and place in understanding the construction of property is important, whereby literature on both spatial and temporal understandings of law and resistance are most useful in seeing the movement of law within struggle and vice versa. What has become clearer, by thinking law and resistance as a series of performances (and through using poststructuralist as well as posthumanist performativity theories), is the inevitable importance of not only space but time (or indeed ‘space-time’) in the institutionalisation of protest as it becomes forms of legality, most lucidly property as the focus on squatting and social centres describes so clearly. Recent work on liminality and ‘naughtiness’ will be referred to in order to elucidate these movements between resistance and law, and their theatrical, oft mischievous elements.

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