étienne balibar
is Emeritus Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at the
University of Paris X, Nanterre, and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at
the University of California, Irvine. His numerous books include Reading Capital
(with Louis Althusser, 1965), On the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (1976), Race,
Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities (with Immanuel Wallerstein, 1991), Masses,
Classes, Ideas (1994), The Philosophy of Marx (1995), Spinoza and Politics (1998),
Politics and the Other Scene (2002), We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Trans-
national Citizenship (2004), Extreme Violence and the Problem of Civility (forthcom-
ing), and Citoyen Sujet: Essais d’anthropologie philosophique (forthcoming).
geoffrey bennington
is Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought
at Emory University. He is the author of a dozen books, including Sententiousness
and the Novel in Eighteenth-Century France (1985), Legislations (1995), Frontières
kantiennes (2000), and more recently a number of electronic volumes, including
Other Analyses: Reading Philosophy (2005). He is currently working on a book of
political philosophy and is a member of the group of scholars preparing Jacques
Derrida’s seminars for publication in French and English.
wendy brown
is a Professor of political science at the University of California,
Berkeley. Her books include Manhood and Politics (1989), States of Inquiry (1995),
Politics Out of History (2001), Left Legalism / Left Critique (2002, coedited), Edge-
work (2005), and Regarding Aversion (2006). She is currently working on a book on
the several formulations of critique in Marx, and another on contemporary nation-
state walling considered through the lens of sovereignty.
judith butler
is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and
Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author
of numerous books, including Gender Trouble (1990), Bodies that Matter (1993),
Excitable Speech (1997), The Psychic Life of Power (1997), Antigone’s Claim (2000),
Precarious Life (2004), Undoing Gender (2004), Giving an Account of Oneself (2005),
and most recently, Who Sings the Nation-Sate? (with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak,
2007). Her current work focuses on contemporary politics and Jewish philosophy,
in particular post-Zionist critiques of state violence.
pheng cheah
is a Professor in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of
California, Berkeley. He is the author of Spectral Nationality: Passages of Freedom
from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation (2003) and Inhuman Conditions:
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