Author-ity

Amit Assis
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Author-ity

The etymological relation between author and authority implies the hierarchical authority inherent in the texts' addressor. The authority of the writer of the text stems from his perception as the source of the text, similar to the perception of the signified in general as the source of the sign. Therefore I wish to capture...
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Confession

Roee Rosen
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Confession

"A dictionary begins when it no longer gives the meaning of words, but their tasks." Thus Georges Bataille begins his definition of "the formless." In this spirit, the definition of "confession", which I am proposing for the lexicon of political thought, is the act of confession in the film "The Confessions of Roee Rosen.
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Life

Nitzan Lebovic
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Life

Over the past decade, an old question has resurfaced, gliding above the map of radical philosophy: the question of Life in general and—in particular—Life in relation to the question of Time or temporality (Life is always measured in terms of its cessation), Life in relation to the question of political power and authority (Life...
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Photography

Ariella Azoulay
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Photography

The most frequent response to the question "What is photography?" is latent in the etymology of its name and recurs from the very inception of photography until the present, or at least until the advent of digital photograph. In this etymology, photography is a “notation in light.” Writing in light is what transpires when...
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Refugees

Itamar Mann
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Refugees

This definition is meant to intervene in the globalized conversation on the nature of the nation state. Whether in political theory, the social sciences, or law, this conversation has already internalized processes which, during the 20th century, have turned the Earth into one political unit.
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Translation

Liron Mor
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Translation

Translating means always questioning—what does this mean, what does that mean? It is an incessant pursuit after the sense of things, which proliferates further and further as we try to explain it. Just like the “large bright thing” Alice is chasing with her eyes in the Sheep’s shop: whenever she looks hard at any...
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Witnessing/Testimony

Michal Givoni
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Witnessing/Testimony

Since the 1980s, testimony has formed the subject of or provided the analytical framework for numerous books and essays in continental philosophy, cultural studies, literature, art theory and historiography. This prolific literature has canonized testimony as the subversive idiom of oppressed and subaltern groups and as the primary medium of moral sensibility towards victims...
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