Adam Kotsko, Agamben translator, on ‘The experience of translating’

Adam Kotsko, one of the key recent Agamben translators, reflects on ‘The experience of translating‘. I particularly appreciated the work of filling in the references and notes to texts in English. Here’s the first paragraph – well-worth a read, and the comments have some interesting discussion of style:

Seamus Heaney once said that the best part about translating is that you get to finish something you didn’t have to start. It’s a strange feeling, though, finishing up something for someone else — and not only that, finishing something that is always necessarily secondary and supplemental to that work by someone else. It is supplemental in the full Derridean sense, insofar as a mistranslation can become a “dangerous supplement” whose incorrect rendering replaces and obliterates the author’s original meaning.


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Virtual issue – Class, Politics, and Representation


Antipode virtual theme issue linked to their lecture at next week’s RGS-IBG conference.

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On Wednesday 27th August, Queen Mary University of London’s Gareth Stedman Jones and Jane Wills will discuss their work on class, politics and representation in London from the 19th to 21st century, exploring the similarities and differences between now and then. The 2014 Antipode RGS-IBG Lecture will take place between 16:50 and 18:30 (session 4) in the Ondaatje Theatre; it will be followed by a drinks reception sponsored by our publisher, Wiley.

Outcast_LondonA Professor of the History of Ideas, Gareth’s recently re-published Outcast London: A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society examines representations of the city produced by politicians, religious leaders, novelists and social investigators looking at the uncertainty and volatility of working class lives subject to the vagaries of the world economy, and explores their relation to charitable institutions and the nascent welfare state.

global_citiesA Professor of Human Geography, Jane’s research on labour politics, in-work poverty…

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# THE FUNAMBULIST PAMPHLETS /// Volume 10: Literature Is Now Published


Another volume of the excellent Funambulist papers – collecting materials from the blog – has been published by Punctum books.

Originally posted on The Funambulist:

The tenth volume of The Funambulist Pamphlets that gathers and edits past articles of the blog about literature is now officially published by Punctum Books in collaboration with the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons The New School. You can either download the book as a PDF for free or order it online for the price of $7.00 or €6.00. Next volume to be published will be dedicated to cinema. Click here to see the other volumes of The Funambulist Pamphlets.

Thank you to Eileen Joy, Anna Kłosowska, Ed Keller, Sophia Krimizi, Carla Leitão, Martin Byrne, Lucy Finchett-Maddock, Ethel Baraona Pohl, and Cesar Reyes.

Official page of The Funambulist Pamphlets Volume 10: LITERATURE on Punctum Books’ website.

Index of the Book

Introduction: Architectural Narratives
01/ By Revealing the Existence of Other Worlds, the Book is a Subversive Artifact
02/ Jack Kerouac: The Rooms, the Dioramas, the Maps by Sofia Krimizi
03/ Fernando Pessoa:…

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Israel-Palestine virtual theme issue


An excellent virtual theme issue of papers from the Society and Space archive, open access until November, compiled by Natalie Oswin.

Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:

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More than 1900 Palestinians and 66 Israelis have been killed since Israel launched ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in July 2014. Among the Palestinian dead are more than 1400 civilians. All but two of the Israeli dead are soldiers (the names of those killed as of August are published here, though many Palestinian dead remain unidentified). These figures attest to the constitutive destruction of a people and territory, of everything that makes life “liveable” in Judith Butler’s terms. Mosques, schools, residences, hospitals and clinics have been attacked with horrific force, and the UN estimates that the damage that has been done to Gaza’s infrastructure is more severe than the destruction caused by either of the last two Gaza wars (see the New York Times’ interactive maps that depict this devastation). Further, hundreds of thousands of persons have been internally displaced as the width of the ‘no-go zone’ bordering the Gaza strip…

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Gratton on Rancière’s Aisthesis


Peter Gratton reviews Rancière’s Aisthesis

Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:

rancierePeter Gratton reviews Jacques Rancière’s Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art (Verso, 2013).

Jacques Rancière has become the most discussed French philosopher over the last few years. From multiple introductory books and special journal issues to collected volumes, Rancière, whose work was often marginal in the 1970s and 80s, has come to be a major influence over artists and activists, pedagogues and geographers. His political writings are best known for placing at their core an axiom of equality among all, as well as a certain aesthetics of spatiality—every regime is but a policing of the distribution (partage) of the sensible. But while Rancière’s political writings have been central to his reception among English-language readers, over the last decade his work has almost completely focussed on aesthetics. Aisthesis comes as the culmination of such efforts.

Continue reading Gratton’s review here.

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Dictionary of Human Geography–new edition


Jeremy Crampton discusses the forthcoming sixth edition of the Dictionary of Human Geography, with Derek Gregory as editor-in-chief.

Originally posted on Open Geography:

The Dictionary of Human Geography has long been the gold standard for reference works in the field. The first edition was published in 1981 and was edited by Derek Gregory, Ron Johnston and David M. Smith. In a world of readers, encyclopedias, key thinkers, companions, and handbooks, the Dictionary occupies a special place. In an admittedly less crowded marketplace of the 1980s it was the one reference book many graduate students would actually pay for. (It’s still the one I recommend to grad students today.)

I’m very pleased therefore to say that I’ve agreed to be on the editorial team of a new, revised edition–the 6th. As Derek Gregory announced on his blog recently the other editors are Clive Barnett, Diana Davis, Geraldine Pratt, Joanne Sharp, and Henry Yeung. Derek remains as Editor-in-Chief.

Over the years the Dictionary has changed–most notably an increase in size (content) and contributors. One of…

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Carscapes reviewed by Martin Dodge


Carscapes reviewed on the Society and Space open site by Martin Dodge.

Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:

carscapesMartin Dodge offers his review of Kathryn Morrison and John Minnis’ Carscapes: The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape in England here.

This profusely illustrated book was published by Yale University Press in 2012 and won the Peter Neaverson Award for Outstanding Scholarship awarded by the Association for Industrial Archaeology and the Railway & Canal Historical Society’s Transport Book of the Year Awards 2014.

The book was also shortlisted for the 2014 Art Book Prize and for the Alice Davis Hitchcock 2014 Award sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

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