This issue of InTensions engages Fanon's and Hartmann's meditations on the relationship among violence, law, and ethics. Both Fanon and Hartmann grapple with fungible slave and colonial violence to address the crisis and the terror of the times. Both authors challenge the view that the rule of law within a liberal framework guarantees protection against both contingent and gratuitous violence. They disrupt the “functional surrogac[ies]” (Wacquant, 2000, 2002), “metaphoric transfers” and “disqualification of black resistance” (Sexton, 2010: 42) in order to authorize social claims about violence and suffering that has as its constitutive elements agonistic politics. Taking as their starting point the forces of exploitation and ontological extinction inscribed in politics, they examine the many journeys in life and of memory that defatalize the past. Thus, in this issue, we ask: How do we defatalize the present? How do we respond to the terror of the times, which are so intertwined with mutuality, pleasure, solidarity and also seductive promises to come?
The past is shaped not only by events but also by (in) tensions that disrupt the present and engender politics on behalf of radical alternatives. Worldwide, peoples' imagination and creative activity illuminates but also interacts to find leverage points of transformation. New visual art, music, movements of solidarity, audiovisual and literary narratives of young people, and graffiti push us to recognize multiple worlds and the multiple shifts, and this recognition in turn demands that we create new transitions that draw further on mutuality, pleasure, solidarity rather than terrorization, murder, or captivity through inescapable violence..
Regarding the terror and violence of slavery, Hartmann states “Terror was captivity without the possibility of flight, inescapable violence, precarious life. There was no going back to a time or place before slavery, and going beyond... [slavery and contingent colonial forms of violence] no doubt would entail nothing less momentous than [many more] revolution[s]” (Hartman, 2008: 40).
This issue calls for pieces including various media that creatively engage revolutionary interventions and/or theorize the simultaneous disruption and the stopping at the root of the foundational gratuitous violence upon which contingent colonial and imperial violences are erected; pieces that engage the disruption of the transfers and displacements of struggle; and works that disrupt the violence against daily revolts (i.e., to disrupt slavery) as political interventions of (author)ization and existential affirmation.
For more information, please contact the guest editors of this issue: Anna M. Agathangelou and Kyle D. Killian.
Submission deadline: March 15th, 2011.
Style and submission guidelines can be accessed and downloaded at http://www.yorku.ca/intent/submissions.html.
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