6. Mai 2020, 18.00 Uhr IFK@Zoom
Übertragung des Montagsvortrags des IFK über zoom meeting.
Die Abteilungen Kulturwissenschaft und Zeitbasierte Medien laden zum wöchentlichen IFK Kino.
THE KILLING OF AL-BAGHDADI. TRANSLATING FROM LIBERAL LEGALITY TO NECROPOLITICAL LAW
On 27 October 2019, President Trump announced that US Special Forces had killed the leader of ISIS. What does this killing – an extraterritorial, extrajudicial assassination – mean for law? This lecture argues that events like this killing effect a translation of liberal legality into necropolitical law.
What does this killing – an extraterritorial, extrajudicial assassination – mean for law? Conventionally, positivist thinking regards law as boundaried and binaried, such that law’s other is “illegal” or “not law.” Against this conventional understanding of law, critical theorists perceive all that we embody, enact, and engender, including cultural texts, as expressing law and legal meaning. What then is the law brought into existence by the assassination of al-Baghdadi? Drawing on Achille Mbembe’s highly influential theorising of necropolitics (2003; 2019), Jothie Rajah argues that contemporary forms of imperialism, alongside narratives of American exceptionalism, have effected a translation from liberal legality to necropolitical law.
The meeting room will be open from 6.00 p.m. CET/MEZ on, the lecture will start at 6.15 p.m. CET/MEZ.
Meeting-ID: 875 8237 7023
Jothie Rajah is a Research Professor with the American Bar Foundation, Chicago. She studies the relationship be- tween law, language and power, attending to trans- lations effected between power interests and law through the medium of language. She is especially interested in the role of images, words, and affect in translating de-democratizing narratives of legitimacy and authority. She is currently IFK_Senior Fellow..
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