CFP for the Stream ‘Political Struggle and Performative Rights’
to be included within the Critical Legal Conference taking place at the University of Sussex (UK) on 4-6 Sept.
We are interested in exploring the suggestion, found amongst others in Zerilli's (2005) and Zivi's (2012) work, that the relationship between rights and democracy should be understood anew. In this stream, we hope to go beyond questions such as whether invoking rights is helpful at all for oppressed groups, or if they rather reconfirm relations of power. Instead, we invite papers keen to explore/critique/supplement how/whether rights claiming can be understood as a democratic practice that may open up the possibility for political engagement, demanding and reworking our ongoing political participation. Both theoretical and empirical explorations on political struggle and the perlocutionary dimension of rights claims, and related concerns or critiques, are very welcome.
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