Monthly Archives: August 2019

Arthur Bradley, Unbearable Life: A Genealogy of Political Erasure – Columbia University Press, October 2019

Arthur Bradley, Unbearable Life: A Genealogy of Political Erasure – Columbia University Press, October 2019 In ancient Rome, any citizen who had brought disgrace upon the state could be subject to a judgment believed to be worse than death: damnatio … Continue reading

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Todd Miller, Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border around the World, Verso, 2019

Todd Miller, Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border around the World, Verso, 2019 The United States is outsourcing its border patrol abroad—and essentially expanding its borders in the process. The twenty-first century has witnessed the rapid hardening … Continue reading

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Richard Seymour, The Twittering Machine, Indigo, 2019; reviewed by Will Davies in The Guardian

Richard Seymour, The Twittering Machine, Indigo, 2019; reviewed by Will Davies in The Guardian In surrealist artist Paul Klee’s The Twittering Machine, the bird-song of a diabolical machine acts as bait to lure humankind into a pit of damnation. Leading … Continue reading

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Books received – Neil Brenner, New State Spaces, and books from Duke University Press

A copy of Neil Brenner’s New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question, sent by Neil, and some books from Duke University Press in recompense for review work. They are Stuart Hall, Essential Essays and Cultural Studies 1983; Ann Laura Stoler, Duress, Ernesto Bassi, … Continue reading

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Teo Ballvé, The Frontier Effect: State Formation and Violence in Colombia – Cornell University Press, 2020

Teo Ballvé, The Frontier Effect: State Formation and Violence in Colombia – Cornell University Press, 2020 No details yet on the Cornell site, but it is part of the Cornell Series on Land: New Perspectives on Territory, Development, and Environment. Really … Continue reading

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Nidesh Lawtoo, (New) Fascism: Contagion, Community, Myth – Michigan State Press, August 2019

Nidesh Lawtoo, (New) Fascism: Contagion, Community, Myth – Michigan State Press, August 2019 Fascism tends to be relegated to a dark chapter of European history, but what if new forms of fascism are currently returning to the forefront of the … Continue reading

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Videos of Plenaries from Truth, Fiction, Illusion: Worlds & Experience’ Conference 2019 – Malpas, Elden, Margaroni, Mbembe, Stiegler

Full playlist here – plenaries by Jeff Malpas, Stuart Elden, Maria Margaroni, Bernard Stiegler, Achille Mbembe and discussion between Mbembe and Stiegler.

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Douglas Armato of University of Minnesota Press on ‘The Value of University Presses’ – statement and discussion

Douglas Armato of University of Minnesota Press on ‘The Value of University Presses’ – updated statement here; discussion here.

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Richard Polt, Time and Trauma: Thinking Through Heidegger in the Thirties reviewed at NDPR by Thomas Sheehan

Also at NDPR, Thomas Sheehan reviews Richard Polt’s Time and Trauma: Thinking Through Heidegger in the Thirties. In the Anglophone world, few if any know the Heidegger of the 1930s better than Richard Polt. His co-translation of three Heidegger courses … Continue reading

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Jacques Derrida, Theory and Practice reviewed at NDPR by Edward Baring

Jacques Derrida, Theory and Practice – his 1976-77 ENS lecture course – is reviewed at NDPR by Edward Baring, author of the excellent The Young Derrida and French Philosophy, 1945-1968. Jacques Derrida’s Theory and Practice, a seminar he taught at the École … Continue reading

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