Out now! Radically Legal: Berlin Constitutes the Future by Joanna Kusiak

21 June, 2024

We are proud and excited to share that Radically Legal: Berlin Constitutes the Future by the 2022/23 Nine Dots Prize winner, Joanna Kusiak, is now available in bookshops and online, published by Cambridge University Press.

A PDF of the book is available for free via Open Access, or you can purchase a physical copy from the Cambridge University Press Bookshop. Please note, the PDF will be downloaded as multiple files, and is not yet available for download as a single PDF. This will be made available soon.

A work of creative non-fiction, Radically Legal tells the story of a grassroots movement that deployed a forgotten clause in the German constitution to secure and win a referendum to take 240,000 homes back from multi-million Euro corporations.

Moving between political, historical and philosophical analysis and her own personal story, Kusiak analyses strategies for turning popular anger into a constructive force that can radically transform the system, rather than simply destroying it, and explains the success of a movement that has built mass support across partisan divisions.

For a taste of what to expect from Radically Legal, Joanna spoke about its important ideas with BBC Radio 4 Start the Week just a few days ago. You can listen to her interview here.

The launch was celebrated with an event at King’s College, Cambridge, where Joanna is a junior research fellow. She was interviewed by King’s College Provost, Gillian Tett, and carried the hopeful message that radical change is possible through the ’emotional alchemy of transforming anger into joy’.

On 26th June, she will discuss her book with Katharina Pistor in an online event hosted by our partner, the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH). For more information and to register, visit the CRASSH website.

We hope you enjoy reading Radically Legal, whether you buy a physical copy from a bookshop, or if you choose to read it online for free. Let us know what you think of its bold ideas on X.

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