Theory in Crisis Seminar - Brenna Bhandar, ‘Warfare, Property, Law: Colonial Continuities’

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Theory in Crisis Seminar - Brenna Bhandar, ‘Warfare, Property, Law: Colonial Continuities’

A whirlpool cloud. Photo by USGS from Unsplash

Image credit: Photo by USGS from Unsplash

Price
Free
Organiser
University of London Institute in Paris
Address
Online Event
Event dates
, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CET)

What is the role of critical theory today and who is it for? What kind of maps can theory provide in the context of entrenched capitalist crisis? These are some of the questions posed by  this Theory in Crisis seminar series.

In this talk, Brenna Bhandar will explore some of the conceptual analogies between warfare and laws of private property. 

Abstract

International laws prohibiting population and property transfers by an occupying power under the Geneva Convention certainly reveal how the domains of international law and the lived realities of ownership on the ground are connected. On the other hand, ‘international law’ and the domestic sphere of private law are part of a globalised liberal legal order that seeks to separate these spheres out from one another. As Eric Alliez and Maurizio Lazzarato argue in their book War and Capital, “from the beginning, liberalism has been a philosophy of total war.” The bifurcation of liberal legality into international and domestic, private and public, serves to obfuscate the warfare of primitive accumulation and colonial dispossession. I want to suggest that we consider both the conceptual analogies and the historical relationship between warfare and private laws of property. 

Speaker 

Brenna Bhandar is Associate Professor at Allard Law Faculty, UBC, Vancouver. Prior to joining UBC she was Reader in Law and Critical Theory at SOAS, University of London. She is author of Colonial Lives of Property: Law Land and Racial Regimes of Ownership (DUP: 2018) and co-editor (with Rafeef Ziadah) of Revolutionary Feminisms: Conversations on Collective Action and Radical Thought (Verso: 2020). 

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