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Dušan Bjelić: "Radical Criminality and Criminal Legality"

Toward Democratic Distribution of Un-punishable Crimes
When Apr 23, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where SSH1246
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Abstract: The pyramid of wealth and power produces a reversed pyramid of punishment whereby at its bottom we have the concentration of punishment while crimes at its top pass un-punishable. Under the banner of “too big to fail” and “heroes” of the “war on terror” we are forced to accept crime as the modus operandi of the very system itself. Give that neoliberalism is in the permanent state of exception, that the state does not function within its legal definition, and that commerce poses planetary threat to evolution, we should re-consider the Hobbsean paradigm of the Social Contract as a condition of war waged by means of Law.

Bio: Dušan Bjelić is a professor in the Criminology department at the University of Southern Maine. He holds a PhD in sociology from Boston University and teaches courses in social theory, film, and ethnomethodology. Among his many publications on ethnolomethodology, history of science, media and culture are three books: Balkan as Metaphor: Between Globalization and Fragmentation (MIT Press, 2002); Galileo's Pendulum: Science, Sexuality and the Body-Instrument Link (SUNY Press, 2003); and Normalizing the Balkans: Geopolitics of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis (Ashgate, 2011)

Lunch provided. Please RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/DusanBjelic

This talk is co-sponsored by Technocultural and Cinema Studies, CSIS and STS

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