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SOMA | Rose Partiff

Updated: Jul 27


Rose Partiff

Thursday, 16 July

12:00 Mex – 13:00 EST – 10:00 PST— [19:00 South Africa]


‘Covid as Multiplane: Liberty, History and the Pandemic.’



As the death toll rises, the monuments to imperialism are coming down. This is no

coincidence. However, the powerful demands for social justice that Covid-19’s

manifestly unequal impact has triggered are coming up against a very 21st Century

problem. This is the problem that the language of freedom and equality used to

express them funnel them directly into the trenches of the same endless, brutally

superficial war of conceptual attrition. The assertion that Black Lives Matter is

reprimanded on the grounds that ‘all lives matter’; lock-down measures aimed at

protecting the community are undermined in defence of individual freedom;

Indigenous rights are accused of encroaching on Catholic rights, and so on, and so

on...until the material reality of structural injustice has been all but buried under an

avalanche of formal equivalences.

Rose Parfitt is a Senior Lecturer at Kent Law School in the UK. Her research responds to the role of law in creating sustaining astonishing inequalities of wealth, power and pleasure. She has published widely on topics including Fascist colonial architecture in Libya; Futurism, the First World War and contemporary fashion; The Eurocentrism of international law’s inbuilt historiography; among others.

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