War Under Erasure: Contretemps, Disappearance, Anthropophagy, Survivance

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Interlacing collateral damage, political disappearance, state anthropophagy and survivance, this essay anatomizes the Derridean contretemps-the essential accident-as the time out of time of wartime. The contretemps fractures teleocratic optics while escalating the sovereign right to be without right in war. Accidentalized violence does not speak to war as inconvenienced by mishaps but rather to the political mobilization of the accidental as war by other means. Collateral damage and enforced disappearance constitute a temporal counter weight to the indivisibility of sovereign force, crosscutting the latter with shape shifting inde-terminacy that preempts critical witnessing and political dejusti-fication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-203
Number of pages29
JournalTheory and Event
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Philosophy


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