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  • Editors' Note

CR: The New Centennial Review is devoted to comparative studies of the Americas. The journal's primary emphasis is on the opening up of the possibilities for a future Americas that does not amount to a mere reiteration of its past. We seek interventions, provocations, and indeed, insurgencies that release futures for the Americas. In general, CR welcomes work that is inflected, informed, and driven by theoretical and philosophical concerns at the limits of the potentialities for the Americas.

Such work may be explicitly concerned with the Americas, or it may be broader, global and/or genealogical scholarship with implications for the Americas. CR recognizes that the language of the Americas is translation, and that therefore questions of translation, dialogue, and border crossings (linguistic, cultural, national, and the like) are necessary for rethinking the foundations and limits of the Americas.

For 45 years, CR has been a journal committed to interdisciplinarity, and we continue to encourage work that goes beyond a simple performance of the strategies of various disciplines and interdisciplines, and that therefore interrogates them. [End Page vii]

This special issue of CR, "Living On: Of Martin Hägglund," collects several of the essays presented at the Cornell University symposium devoted to Hägglund's important recent book, Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life (Stanford, 2008). The Editors wish to thank Professor Richard Klein for organizing the symposium and for offering CR the opportunity to publish the responses. The kindness of Professor Klein's invitation was matched only by his remarkable generosity as the host of the event. In addition to the responses presented at the symposium, this issue of CR includes two texts by Martin Hägglund: his response to the various challenges to Radical Atheism as well as a new essay, which challenges the dominant psychoanalytic theories of desire and proposes to rethink desire according to the chronolibidinal logic of survival.

We currently are soliciting work for Special Issues or Special Sections on the following topics, among others:

  • • African Americans in Japan

  • • Borges, Benjamin, Kabbalah

  • • Transnational Triage/Hassan

  • • Digital Aesthetics, New Media and Philosophy [End Page viii]



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