113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Interruptions of Sovereignty

Session Chair: 
Marguerite Waller, University of California, Riverside
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
Columbia (PMCC)


  1. Marguerite Waller, University of California, Riverside
    Waller reads the Florentine episode of Roberto Rossellini’s iconic Italian neorealist film, Paisan (1946), as it temporarily empties the visual frames of Florence’s historic apotheosis of the logic and aesthetics of sovereignty in politics, philosophy, art, and architecture. Spectators are reminded of the violence in which Florentine humanism was rooted, while their own tendency to polarize figures into victims and perpetrators is harshly disrupted.
  2. Annmaria Shimabuku, University of California, Riverside
    Reportage has highlighted the spectacle of interracial sexual violence of the U.S. military against Okinawan women in order to legitimize Okinawa’s reintegration into the Japanese state as its periphery. Okinawa’s repatriation to the law in 1972, however, did not afford it justice; it merely suspended it once again into in a perpetual state of exception.
  3. Gulin Cetin, University of California, Riverside
    Irony as “permanent parabasis,” an interruption that never ceases to disrupt the coherence of a system, is crucial to understanding the Gezi Park Protests which took place in Turkey on a massive scale in June 2013. This paper will analyze the effect of irony used by protestors in the Gezi Park protests, calling attention to irony's power to interrupt and disrupt the discourse of authority both linguistically and performatively.
  4. Tanya Rawal, California State University at Los Angeles
    Tanya Rawal’s dissertation, “Debt Sentences: The Poetics and Politics of Credit Culture in India, Italy, and the Inland Empire, 1930-Present” (2015), raises key questions about the moral and monetary values that shape creditor-debtor relationships. Rawal has lectured at the University of Delhi and University of California, Riverside.
Session Cancelled: