This event spans multiple dates:
18 Oct 2023 12:00 - 14:00 CRASSH Meeting Room
1 Nov 2023 12:00 - 14:00 CRASSH Meeting Room
15 Nov 2023 12:00 - 14:00 CRASSH Meeting Room
29 Nov 2023 12:00 - 14:00 CRASSH Meeting Room
13 Dec 2023 12:00 - 14:00 Cancelled



Joanna Kusiak (2023/24 Nine Dots Prize Winner)


This closed work in progress seminar will see the 2023/24 Nine Dots prize winner Joanna Kusiak discussing the chapters of her writing as it progresses.

A Cambridge-based researcher and scholar-activist Joanna Kusiak has been announced as the winner of the 2022/23 Nine Dots Prize for her ‘exciting’ and ‘provocative’ response to the Nine Dots Prize question: ‘Why has the rule of law become so fragile?’ She receives US$100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press for her winning entry.

Close to 600 potential books were submitted in response to the 2022/23 question, from over 50 different countries around the world. They were judged anonymously by the Prize’s board of leading academics, journalists and thinkers.

Kusiak’s winning essay argued that the rule of law has always been fragile, a result of its paradoxical foundations which bind together law and politics. Taking the case of the 2021 Berlin referendum, in which voters decided to expropriate more than 240,000 properties from corporate landlords into public ownership, Kusiak demonstrates the potential of radically legal politics as a path to deepen our democracies and renew the rule of law through a variety of topics.

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18 October

Property, freedom, and the corporation

1 November

Law as a tool for democratic mobilisation

15 November

The tension between state power and economic power (historically and under globalisation)

29 November

Towards practical utopia – socialized housing and the real sharing economy

13 December

The rule of law’s ‘Mid-life Crisis’: Politics as the shadow of law


Joanna Kusiak is a scholar-activist who lives in Berlin and works at the University of Cambridge. Born in Poland, she has been equally shaped by the emancipatory tradition of the Solidarność movement and by the brutality of the neoliberal transformation. Her work focuses on urban land, housing crises, and the progressive potential of law. In 2021 she was one of the spokespeople of Deutsche Wohnen & Co enteignen, Berlin’s successful referendum campaign to expropriate stock-listed landlords. She also writes and performs poetry.

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