February 1, 2002
Media Relations Assistant

AMHERST, Mass.—Theory and Event, the political journal edited by Amherst College Professor of Political Science Thomas Dumm, has released a special issue focusing on the September 11 attacks and the ensuing war in Afghanistan. The symposium, also edited by Wendy Brown, William Chaloupka and Paul Patton, includes the work of noted political theorists and emerging thinkers. see the Theory and Event's Website.

Comprising a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives on the events of the Fall 2001, the contributions to Theory and Event range from probing the meaning of jihad and contextualizing the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks within bids for hegemony in the Arab world, to analyzing American state discourses of war and evil, and assessing the kind of citizenship that is being configured by current American foreign policy.

The symposium features 17 essays, including "Untimely Reflections" by European historian Arno Mayer; "Robert Fisk’s Newspapers," by Paris-based philosopher and journalist Michel Feher; "Brave New World" by American political theorist Sheldon Wolin; "Explanation and Exoneration, or What We Can Hear" by philosopher and social critic Judith Butler; "The New Manicheans" by comparative political theorist Roxanne Euben; and "The War of Networks" by international relations theorist James der Derian.

Sankaran Krishna reviews William E. Connolly’s Why I Am Not A Secularist; Kathy E. Ferguson reviews Cynthia Enloe’sManeuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives; and Robin Wagner-Pacifici reviews Luc Boltanski’s Distant Suffering: Morality, Media and Politics. Contributors also include Giorgio Agamben, David Campbell, Jodi Dean, Kathy E.Ferguson, Peter Fitzpatrick, Larry George, Michael Hardt, Sankaran Krishna, Neal Milner, Paul Passavant, Tim Rayner, Corey Robin, Michael Shapiro and Lon Troyer.