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Asma Abbas is Assistant Professor of Politics and Philosophy at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The current essay draws from her recently-concluded project (that began as a doctoral dissertation at Penn State), forthcoming this autumn as Liberalism and Human Suffering: Materialist Reflections on Politics, Ethics, and Aesthetics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). As a follow-up to her work on the labour of suffering, her ongoing project broaches love (and not hope) as suffering’s materialist “double,” and triangulates it with terror and the margins of time.

Etienne Balibar is Emeritus Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at the University of Paris 10 Nanterre, and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is author or co-author of Reading Capital (with Louis Althusser) (1965), Race, Nation, Class. Ambiguous Identities (Verso, 1991, with Immanuel Wallerstein), Masses, Classes, Ideas (Routledge, 1994), The Philosophy of Marx (Verso 1995), Spinoza and Politics (Verso 1998), Politics and the Other Scene (Verso, 2002), and We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (Princeton, 2004).

Roger Berkowitz is Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Ethical and Political Thinking at Bard College, where he is an Assistant Professor of Political Studies and Human Rights. His book The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition was just published in paperback by Fordham University Press.

Wendy Brown is Emanuel Heller Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley where she is also affiliated with programs in Critical Theory and in Women, Gender and Sexuality. Recent books include Edgework (2005), Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Empire and Identity (2006) and Walled States, Waning Sovereignty is forthcoming with Zone in August 2010. Currently, she is working on a book about the relationship of Marx’s critique of religion to his critique of capital although much of her time at present is spent trying to preserve the University of California from destruction by neoliberalization.

Neve Gordon teaches politics at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. He is the author of Israel’s Occupation, University of California Press, 2008.

Pentti Määttänen is docent at The Aalto University, School of Art and Design, Helsinki. He has written three books and several articles on pragmatism, epistemology, cognitive science and philosophy of art.

Char Roone Miller, an Associate Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. His work focuses on political aesthetics and disciplinary technologies. He recently published, Cities on the Plains, which examined ‘divine’ violence. Currently, he is exploring ‘belief’ and money. He can be contacted at

Saul Newman is a Reader in Political Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research is in the area of continental and poststructuralist political thought, postanarchist theory, contemporary radical politics and politics in the ‘war on terror’. He is the author of From Bakunin to Lacan (Rowman & Littlefield 2001); Power and Politics in Poststructuralist Thought (Routledge 2005); Unstable Universalities (MUP 2007); Politics Most Unusual (Palgrave 2008); The Politics of Postanarchism (EUP 2010), as well as numerous journal articles.

Anne Norton is Edmund and Louise Kahn term professor of political science and comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books, most recently Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire and 95 Theses on Politics, Culture and Method. She is working on a book entitled On the Muslim Question which examines the figure of the Muslim in contemporary political and philosophic discourses and has several forthcoming articles on this subject.

George Shulman teaches political theory and American Studies at New York University. His most recent book, American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Politics, was published in 2008 by Minnesota University Press.

Zhivka Valiavicharska is a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. She works on various aspects of socialist and post-socialist material culture and intellectual thought. Her current project explores the ambiguities of the relationship between knowledge production and state control during socialism, recovering the multiplicity of Marxisms in the socialist philosophical traditions.

Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota...

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