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Ali Aslam is a Lecturer in the Writing Program at Princeton University. His contribution to this issue of Theory & Event is part of a book length manuscript entitled The Rough Ground of Politics that explores the public philosophy initiated by ordinary citizens. The manuscript examines how citizens, acting together, unsettle the seemingly unchangeable political and economic circumstances that constitute their experience of the world in order to reshape their imagination and knowledge of that world and its possibilities. The manuscript develops a theory of embodied citizens’ practices that challenges theories of sovereign power that consider citizens superfluous. Ali can be reached at

Sammy Badran is a graduate student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His research focuses on contentious politics and social movement theories in relation to the Egyptian revolution of 2011. Sammy can be reached at

Javier Burdman holds an MA in Comparative Literature from SUNY Buffalo and is a PhD student in Political Science at Northwestern University. His research focuses on the intersection of German idealism and post structuralism for analyzing the problems of action, universality, and evil. Javier can be reached at

Marco Deseriis is Assistant Professor of Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern University. His current research explores forms of authorship and subjectivity that are neither collective nor individual, but rather “co dividual” or “trans individual.” His work has appeared in Subjectivity, the Journal of Communication Inquiry, and Mute. Marco can be reached at

Mladen Dolar is Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, and an advising researcher in theory at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (Holland). His main areas of research are psychoanalysis, contemporary French theory and German idealism. He is the author of over hundred papers in scholarly journals and collected volumes. His book publications most notably include A Voice and Nothing More (MIT 2006). The full bibliography is available at Mladen can be reached at

Mario Feit is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. His book Democratic Anxieties: Same-Sex Marriage, Death, and Citizenship (Lexington Books, 2011) examines how Jean Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Hannah Arendt attempt to come to terms with the existential dimensions of democratic citizenship. Feit argues that an affirmation of mortality is crucial for further pluralizing democracy and for challenging the heteronormativity of democratic citizenship. This article is part of a book project on democratic impatience. Mario can be reached at

Kennan Ferguson teaches political theory at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is the author of All in the Family: On Community and Incommensurability; William James: Politics in the Pluriverse; and, The Politics of Judgment. Kennan can be reached at

Colin Koopman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. He works primarily in political theory from the perspective of the philosophical traditions of genealogy and pragmatism. His book Genealogy as Critique: The Problems of Modernity in Foucault is forthcoming with Indiana University Press in February of 2013. His first book, Pragmatism as Transition: Historicity and Hope in James, Dewey, and Rorty was published by Columbia University Press in 2009. He has two articles on Foucault forthcoming in 2013 in Critical Inquiry and Constellations. Colin can be reached at

Alexander Livingston is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. He is currently completing a book project on William James and late nineteenth century American political thought, tentatively titled Damn Great Empires! The Anarchist Vision of William James. His essays have appeared in Political Theory and Philosophy and Rhetoric. Alexander can be reached at

Nicolae Morar is a Faculty Fellow in the Department of Philosophy and in the Environmental Studies Program at University of Oregon. His work provides an analysis of the ways in which current biotechnologies are altering traditional conceptions of human nature. Nicolae has several on going projects concerning the role of biology and genetics in applied ethics, as well as the role of disgust in our society...

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