Traces 4: Translation, Biopolitics, Colonial Difference
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU
Title Page, Copyright
Statement of Purpose
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List of Editors
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Introduction: Addressing the Multitude of Foreigners, Echoing Foucault
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Since its inception, Traces has explicilly sought to provide readers with the elements for a strategic intervention into the neo-colonial distribution of theory and data.1 Naturally, such a vast project requires multiple interventions, yet what is unique to Traces, we think, is the temporal gambit implicit in a multilingual revue. ...
Part 1: Translation and Philosophy
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Translation as Disemination: Multilinguality and De-Cathexis
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For whom do various languages exist today? And, in order to express one's own thinking today, what kind of linguistic abilities are we acquiring, and how are we being compelled to adapt ourselves to various language systems? In other words, what are the conditions that make it possible for us to say "I" ...
Translated from the Philosophical: Philosophical Translatability and the Problem of a Universal Language
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By what right does one raise the problem of translation as far as philosophy itself is concerned, within what limits is it possible to reduce philosophy to a language or para-language? Into which other non-natural language can one claim to translate it? These two question go together here. ...
From a Postcolonial to a Non-Colonial Theory of Translation
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As A. Berman has remarkably demonstrated in his critique of the ethnocentric practice of translation (Berman 1999) and T. Niranjana in her analysis of the subverted use of translation made by the British colonial authority (Niranjana 1992) as well, translation and power are intimately linked. ...
Part 2. Sovereign Police
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A Sovereign Game: On Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale (2001)
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In a Japan in economic collapse, with record rates of unemployment, over 800,000 youths opt to desert the now useless sites of learning. The terrified authorities promulgate a law, "Battle Royale," which is liable to "reform" the education system: the students of a randomly selected class sent off to an island, where they must kill each other off; ...
Globalized-In-Security: The Field and the Ban-Opticon
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The discourses that the United States and its closest allies have put forth asserting the necessity to globalize security have taken on an unprecedented intensity and reach.1 They justify themselves by propagating the idea of a global "insecurity," attributed to the development of threats of mass destruction, ...
The Market and the Police: Finance Capital in the Permanent Global War
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One of the more deplorable aspects of the recent installment of "permanent global war" in Iraq was the constant media banter on the reaction of financial markets. The parading of instant experts, who at once performed the roles of military and financial analyst, seemed almost too consciously to distract from that which the embedded reportage could not show ...
Part 3. A New Imperial Nomos
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The Rule of Imperialism and the Global-State in Gestation
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Although the global State does not yet exist, its manifestations are nonetheless with us already. Like the obverse image of a dead star, whose light we receive long after its disappearance, we are already, one way or another, under the influence of this global State even though it has not yet been born. ...
Carl Schmitt and War: On the Nomos of the Earth
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The Nomos of the Earth how does one describe this book? Published in 1950, it is seen as Schmitt's representative work from the post-war era. Should we therefore consider this text to be the great compilation of Schmitt's thought extending over several decades? Or should we look at It as a sign of his accommodation to the situation ...
Against the Closure of the World: What is at Stake in the New" Great Transformation"
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We have, until now, deliberately ignored the sequence in which The Nomos of the Earth unfolds, and this has meant that we have consciously driven into the background the central themes of the work. The Nomos of the Earth opens with the following proclamation. The earth is the mother of the law"; law is first law in its proper location. ...
Part 4. The Multitude and the Foreigners
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The So-Called/Self-Saying People
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The social contract, and the sovereignty that it produces Or creates, provides the solution to the insolvable problem (it therefore does not provide the solution ... ) of a self-presence that the multitude retains outside of any presentable and sui-presentable self. The people can only say self to itself ...
Anthropos and Humanitas: Two Western Concepts of "Human Being"
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There exist two families of term that signify "human being" within European languages. The first is "human" or "humanity" in English and "humain" or "humanité" in French. The second is "anthropos" as it is employed in "anthropologie." The former stems from the Latin word signifying human being (homo, humanus), ...
Ecocentric Movies: Bisexual and Italian Transculturations in Turn-Of-The-Millennium Cinema
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In ecological discourse, indigenous cultures are often seen as sources of sustainable knowledge; communion with nature is reflected in one's bond with the land.1 By reflection, immigrant and transcultural persons turn out to be constructed as speckles of a generalized "pollution," "foreigners" suspended from, and not knowledgeable about, the territory. ...
Bodies and Tongues: Alternative Modes of Translation in Francophone African Literature
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Translation is often seen as a key component of what is called world literature, which to many readers is a promising venue for cultural dialogue. But is translation a way of communicating across the frontiers of language, or is it Ihe very act of translation that defines where one language begins and another ends? ...
A Rift in Empire? The Multitudes in the Face of War
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The February 15 antiwar demonstrations proved it: the self-organization of free singularities is possible on a planetary scale. And that was an event, despite all that followed. In a manifesto-text written just after those demonstration, I used the language of Negri and Hardt to say that the multitudes could create a rift in Empire. ...
Appendix: Sovereign Police. Global Complicity: Addressing the Multitude of Foreigners
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Page Count: 360
Publication Year: 2006
Series Title: Traces