Monthly Archives: November 2014

CFP: After Empire: The League of Nations and the former Habsburg Lands

Originally seen on ESIL’s interest group on the History of International Law blog (

Call for Papers:

CFP: After Empire: The League of Nations and the former Habsburg Lands (Vienna, 11-12 December 2015); DEADLINE: 31 January 2015

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If the Austro-Hungarian empire gave way to a new order of nation-states at the end of the First World War, the birth of that order coincided with a broader new international settlement with the League of Nations at its heart. Continue reading

Fi Read: “By killing himself, my father denied me the relief of justice. That’s why I can’t remain silent about his abuse”

This post is not about international law. However, it is about cultures around the world, and thus, does have something to do with ideas about justice and international thought. I can only imagine – sort of uncritical and probably unrealistic contemplation – exactly how much courage Fi Read had to have all these years. And then, to have even more courage and initiative to have taken more recent actions. She tells her story in the Guardian and in The Cornishman.

I am very happy that the author of those articles has found the courage to speak out and take action. In my view, it appears that neither “being silent” nor “speaking out” is a magic bullet to relieving the pain of abuse. To accept those choices promotes a way of thinking about abuse as one of problem solving. Like replacing a car battery. Human memories are quite different things. It is not a clear choice for victims. It is not a clear choice since life may not get any better for the victims of abuse after they take a stand, and, after they choose to be silent or to speak out.

However, her courage to take a stand and to speak up goes some significant way towards helping the rest of us become more aware. Aware of exactly how complicit we are in contributing to the stigma facing victims. Perhaps this awareness can be built upon, and all future victims will not feel stigmatized. Precisely, because the rest of us – the ones who watch, gawk and gossip – don’t make them feel so.

If you are a victim of sexual violence, you can contact 1800 737 732 (RESPECT) in Australia, RAINN in the US, Rape crisis in the UK.

In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Hotlines in other countries can be found here.

Stephen Samuel


The ‘beauty’ of the Internet and its images

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Modified use of photo under creative commons – see following link for more of the artists’ work:


There are two things the Internet does really well.

1. Reproduce the world onto a digital screen. (Or a hodgepodge of simulacra)

2. Reproduce us onto a digital screen. (Or a mirror of feelings subject to the screen image)

Their effects are both powerful – only needs ‘one occurrence’ to make long term and perhaps life-long memory. As well as intoxicating – engendering a need for ‘frequent occurrence’.

Should we be concerned with reproducing these kind of images and our consumption of them? Are there problems with this sort of lifestyle and such intensive media immersion? If so, exactly how would we address and define these ‘problems’? Continue reading