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April 11, 2008 / conceptbin

Agamben on Political Tattooing

For my Technoculture students, this is what we will be discussing on Monday: Look at the New York Times report from 2004 of Agamben’s cancellation of a US visit in protest at the policy of fingerprinting arriving visitors and employees from other countries. Malcolm Bull discussed this refusal in the context of his book State of Exception in a London Review of Books article, the text of which is available here. His open letter “No to Political Tattoing”, first published in Le Monde (11 Jan 2004), explains his reasons for refusing to travel to the USA.

Agamben’s faculty page at the European Graduate School lists some very good resources, including a bio, bibliography, some lectures, and videos.

Slavoj Zizek, “Knight of the Living Dead”, New York Times op-ed critiquing the normalization of torture in US politics (March 2007), referencing Agamben.

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