Banishes: The New Social Control in Urban America (Oxford University Press, 2010)
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 4:00pm
Katherine Beckett is Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Law, Societies & Justice Program at the University of Washington in Seattle and co-author of The Politics of Injustice: Crime and Punishment, 2E (2004) and Making Crime Pay: Law and Order in Contemporary American Politics (OUP 1997).
Steve Herbert is Professor in the Department of Geography and Law, Societies & Justice Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of Citizens, Cops, and Power: Recognizing the Limits of Community (2006) and Policing Space: Territoriality and the Los Angeles Police Department (1997).
Derek Attridge is a Professor of English at the University of York. A scholar of remarkable range and sensitivity, Attridge is known as a leading interpreter of James Joyce, J.M. Coetzee, and Jacques Derrida as well as a brilliant theorist of poetic form and literary language. He is the author of nine books, including How to Read Joyce (2007), Poetic Rhythm: An Introduction (1995), and The Singularity of Literature (2004), winner of the 2006 European Society for the Study of English Book Award.
Rafael’s lecture will inquire into the historical, political, and pragmatic relationship between translation and empire. Drawing attention to the complex ethics of translation practices, he examines how iterations of translation consolidate and confound imperial projects. Through a consideration of the language initiatives and policies attending the so-called War on Terror, Rafael probes the ways in which the demand for translation induces and intensifies the war of meanings, the confusion of address, and the crisis of identities in U.S.-occupied Iraq.
Wendy Brown is known for her subtle and sophisticated interpretations of political theory and practice. Her work elucidates the contemporary knots tying subordination and freedom, exclusion and equality, markets and democracy, state institutions and social movements.
Brown’s lecture will address the curious phenomenon that finds nation-states building physical walls at their borders. In an ostensibly connected global world, such walls raise a series of questions. What is the relationship between these walls and the erosion of national sovereignty by transnational forces? Do the walls assert sovereignty or confess its failures? What is the relationship of economy and security at the site of walls? And what transformation in democracy do the new walls herald?