The Agamben Effect

An issue of: South Atlantic Quarterly

The Agamben Effect
Journal Issue Pages: 224 Volume 107, Number 1 Published: 2008 An issue of South Atlantic Quarterly
Special Issue Editor: Mark Moberg
Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben—whose work has influenced intellectuals in political theory, political philosophy, legal theory, literature, and art—stands among the foremost intellectual figures of the modern era. Engaging with a range of thinkers from Carl Schmitt and Martin Heidegger to Jacques Rancière and Alain Badiou, Agamben considers some of the most pressing issues in recent history and politics. His work explores the relationship between the sovereign state and the politically marginalized Homo Sacer—exiles, refugees, prisoners of war, and others whom the state actively excludes from political participation and full humanity. Further, his critique of the increasing deployment of a “state of exception”—the declaration of a state of emergency that legitimizes the sovereign state’s suspension of law for the public good—as a dominant paradigm for governing has particular power in today’s global political climate.

Infused with the spirit of Agamben’s critical self-reflection, this special issue of SAQ examines his seminal works Homo Sacer (1995), The Open (2002), and State of Exception (2003). Some contributors use Agamben’s work to examine the history of abortion law in the West, the history of slavery, and women’s rights. Others analyze the connections between Agamben’s work and that of his contemporaries, including Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Žižek, and Jean-Luc Nancy. Still other essays identify new points of interdisciplinary communication between some of Agamben’s most provocative ideas and popular twentieth-century writing.

Contributors. Andrew Benjamin, Claire Colebrook, Jean-Philippe Deranty, Penelope Deutscher, Eleanor Kaufman, Adrian Mackenzie, Catherine Mills, Alison Ross, Lee Spinks, Ewa Płonowska Ziarek, Krzysztof Ziarek


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1. Introduction–Alison Ross

2. Playing With Law: Agamben And Derrida On Postjuridical Justice–Catherine Mills

3.The Saturday Of Messianic Time (Agamben and Badiou On The Apostle Paul)–Eleanor Kaufman

4. The Inversion Of Exceptionality: Foucault, Agamben, And “Reproductive Rights”–Penelope Deutscher

5. Particularity And Exceptions: On Jews And Animals–Andrew Benjamin

6. Bare Life On Strike: Notes On The Biopolitics Of Race And Gender–Ewa Płonowska Ziarek

7. Agamben: Aesthetics, Potentiality, and Life–Claire Colebrook

8. Except For Law: Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, and The Politics Of Exception–Lee Spinks

9. Suspended Animation: Thinking and Animality In Neurocultural Selfhood–

Adrian Mackenzie

10. Witnessing The Inhuman: Agamben Or Merleau-Ponty: Jean-Philippe Deranty

11. After Humanism: Agamben And Heidegger–Krzysztof Ziarek

12. Notes On Contributors

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