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Critical Times 10235964.
Published: 19 September 2022
...Jeffrey Sacks Abstract This article addresses the work of the German-language philosopher and theorist Theodor Adorno and the Palestinian Artist Mona Hatoum in order to ask after the form of the subject and the sense of life privileged in critique. I consider the form of the subject and the sense...
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Critical Times 10235933.
Published: 19 September 2022
... detail is a broader exploration of how “other” languages take place in postcolonial theory—not only Said and Spivak’s German, but Abdelfattah Kilito’s Italian and Frantz Fanon’s Arabic. What is the place of translation in self-representation? How do instances of textual citation complicate the self...
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Critical Times 10235923.
Published: 19 September 2022
...Lucie K. Mercier Abstract Fanon considered that colonial alienation produced multiple forms of relational pathologies, many of which expressed themselves in and through blockages in communication rather than through explicit conflict. Exposing the role of language as a vector of racial violence...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 401–402.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Charles Hirschkind Abstract In the lead essay to this special section, Talal Asad explores some of the avenues opened up by Wittgenstein's work for students of religion. Highlighting some of the philosopher's key insights on the life of language, Asad argues that, instead of taking the opposition...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (3): 445–475.
Published: 01 December 2021
... that marks it even among the left, and open it instead onto those cases of anticolonial politics that did not play out, at least initially, as a desire for the forward march of progress and its terminus in the state form? In these cases, how do we move past the language, or more precisely, the grammar...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (2): 200–223.
Published: 01 August 2020
... it, but they do so by staying close to the kind of obscenity characteristic of sensationalism. The last segment of the essay revisits Elaine Scarry's seminal analysis of the relationship between language and pain. It offers a frame of interpretation for the most disturbing moments in sensationalism...
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Critical Times (2022) 5 (1): 129–138.
Published: 01 April 2022
...Misty G. Anderson Abstract If the twenty-first-century university is to repent of its racist past and present in order to become something other than an instrument of late capitalism, it will need conceptual space and language that break from the neoliberal and Enlightenment frameworks many faculty...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 403–442.
Published: 01 December 2020
... in the development of his later philosophical enquiries into the dependence of language and being on each other. 2 What I have learned from reading him is not only the need for thinking about the limitation of language in understanding the world but also the dissolution of language into everyday behavior, where...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 443–449.
Published: 01 December 2020
... in “learning to live another form of life and to speak another kind of language.” 4 Asad is of course renowned for his critique of “the pseudoscientific notion of ‘fieldwork,’” 5 for his “general opinion” that “the rich historical tradition of anthropology is unduly narrowed if it is defined simply...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 471–477.
Published: 01 December 2020
... practices in an earlier essay, he notes that, with repetition, “the language guiding practice becomes redundant.” 1 As one learns a skill, an activity, words lose their necessity, are left to wither away, perhaps, from lack of purpose. It is as if the arc of language, for Asad, was always bending toward...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 450–455.
Published: 01 December 2020
.... For the first, Wittgenstein is useful to him, and for the second, and to my mind the more crucial one, Asad needs to draw upon debates within Islam. The first strategy of persuasion here is to sensitize readers to the limits of the language of controlled scientific progress by presenting it as yet another...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 85–105.
Published: 01 April 2019
... of the world. It would amount to learning how to do x, where x remains uninterrogated and its status as knowledge unquestioned. It is useful here to consider an argument made by Peter Winch, who, writing about the relationship between language and reality, makes a distinction between two kinds...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 59–84.
Published: 01 April 2019
..., a change in the mode of production of meaning is taking place. Since language dictates that we must either be passively suffering from or the active agents of this change, we are suffering from a shift in our whole lexicon, a change in the meaning of all the words with which we made sense of the modern...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 464–470.
Published: 01 December 2020
... tradition has availed various resources—“native remedies”—for resolving possibly painful contradictions apparent in the revelatory language of the Qurʾan. I was able to count sixteen themes in the rotunda's first tier under the umbrella theme of persuasion: critique, tradition, belief in divine...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (2): 224–248.
Published: 01 August 2020
... violence, and discriminatory practices that have been constitutive of Turkish nation-state building and consolidation. Although artworks have been part of these waves of dispossession, Winchester's works register this loss at the site of language and with it literary practices and artistic expressions...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (1): 174–185.
Published: 01 April 2021
... from the Global South.” As if in a parody of YouTube marketing or instructional videos, rolling text offers aspiring artists ten ways to “maximize your impact” and “become great archival content,” while you, anchoring the video, make sounds that approximate language but that are actually unintelligible...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (1): 148–156.
Published: 01 April 2020
... novel until today, I have been thinking about literary writing, its force, its panic. How to turn language into writing and writing into an image and an image into a site for the proliferation of meanings. Because, in one of its senses, writing refers to a work along nonlinear paths, a work that takes...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (2): 314–320.
Published: 01 August 2021
... that Sithole is doing with language here, black language. And that marks out a particular project of its own particular time. The project seems to be about attending to the word and the written. In “1990,” David Rudder's song from which I draw my epigraph, Rudder looks toward the twenty-first century...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (3): 481–500.
Published: 01 December 2021
.... What, then, is this theory? What kind of thought does this theory comprise? It is a theory on the relationship between the individual mind and the official institutional discourse, which is a collective language, or a language of the collective. The individual's mind in this relationship—which...
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Critical Times (2022) 5 (1): 241–248.
Published: 01 April 2022
..., the articulation of common claims and demands shape transnational cognitive frames. 22 Through processes of political translation, facilitated by the use of digital communication, a specific language is developed and reproduced across borders. 23 Italian feminists adopted, for example, the Spanish slogan...