Launched in November 2014, the Transnational Law Institute at King’s College London hosts a regular reading and discussion forum on seminal and new writings in transnational law, governance, and political legal theory.
The READING LAB is an informal gathering to revisit or discover scholarly contributions to an emerging field of legal research, doctrine and practice and is open to anyone interested. There is only one rule: anyone attending ought to have read the assigned text.
We will read Carl Schmitt’s short but no less seminally influential text, Political Theology, first published in 1922 and since then numerously translated and cited. No doubt, we are dealing with one of the crucial texts in 20th and as the regulatory-ideological aftermath of 9/11 came to show – 21st century political theory. The text is being made available here in full PDF access. All are encouraged, however to still go a step further and make some time to ‘read up’ on its author, on the phenomenon he created and on the trajectories of his thought in different contexts, countries and discourses over time.
Please note that the next sessions will focus on Edward Said’s 1978 Orientalism (17 February 2016) and on The Invisible Committee’s 2014 treatise, To Our Friends (Engl. transl. 2015, semiotext(e)), to be discussed on 16 March 2016.
Drinks and snacks will be served.