“Now if there is a law, and thus a history, for subjective wars, there is none for objective violence, which is without limit or rule, and thus without history.
The project ‘Fifth Geneva Convention’ consists of a series of roundtable conferences designed to debate the ethical, political and material dimensions of the legal means of protection of the ‘natural environment’ in times of armed conflict as defined by international humanitarian law.
“The deliberate, massive environmental damage in the recent Gulf conflict calls for a distinct law concerning, inter alia, state responsibility and international criminal law. (…) This calls for a new convention, rather than a protocol to the existing Geneva Conventions, because it essentially marks a new departure within Geneva Law”
While freedom has been the most important motif of accounts of human history since the Enlightenment, there has never been an awareness of the geological agency human beings were gaining through processes linked to their acquisition of freedom. Whatever the rights we wish to celebrate as our freedom, we cannot afford to destabilize conditions that work like boundary parameters of human existence.
RT3 January 25 – 26, 2013
Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths | London School of Economics and Political Science (detailed program and participants'bios in the right column)
just a test
Evil media studies is not a discipline, nor is it the description of a category of particularly unpleasant media objects. It is a manner of working with a set of informal practices and bodies of knowledge, characterised as stratagems, which pervade contemporary networked media and which straddle the distinction between the work of theory and of practice. Evil media studies deliberately courts the accusation of anachronism so as to both counter and to enhance the often tacit deception and trickery within the precincts of both theory and practice.
In an excerpt from his acclaimed book The Slave Ship: A Human History, historian Marcus Rediker describes the deep−sea sailing ship as linchpin of the emergent transatlantic economic order and instrument of terror for slaves brought from Africa to the Americas. In a subsequent interview, he discusses the role played by European harbour cities in the slave trade and their responsibilities in reckoning with its moral legacy.
Can spatial practice become a form of research? This innovative practice-driven PhD programme invites applications from architects, artists, filmmakers and other interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners dealing critically with issues of spatial analysis and politics who would like to develop long-term practice-based research projects. The PhD groups we have put together operate in an innovative and robust exchange and a peer-to-peer mode.
Can spatial practice become a form of research? Might the notion of architecture be expanded to engage with questions of culture, politics, conflict and human rights? This new and innovative research centre brings together architects, urbanists, filmmakers, curators and other cultural practitioners from around the world to work collaboratively around questions of this kind.
In jointly approaching Marxism and anarchism to draw from them intellectual and strategic resources for contemporary anti-capitalism can we avoid the tiresome alternative between the production of sterile doctrinal hybrids, on the one hand, and the neurotic revisiting of the primal scene of separation, on the other? The wager of this talk is that turning to anarchist and Marxist lineages in geographical thought might help us to avoid the dull commonplaces of polemic – whether this will define new frontlines or forge unexpected alliances, I leave open.