Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

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Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Introduction

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From October 1-4, 2014, at the University of Manitoba, Mosaic hosted its fourth international interdisciplinary conference, A matter of lifedeath. Over the months since the conference, I have come to appreciate, increasingly, just how fine an event it was. In part, my appreciation owes to memory--of the sessions I attended and of the many wonderful people I met. Some 108 presenters (50 of them students) representing 13 different countries participated in the conference, along with five featured keynotes speakers: Andrea Carlino, Histoire de la Medecine, Universite de Geneve; Framboise Dastur, Archives Husserl, Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris; David Palumbo-Liu, Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University; H. Peter Steeves, Department of Philosophy, DePaul University; and Elisabeth Weber, Department of Germanic, Slavic & Semitic Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Good memories, added to which, given my duties as Editor, I have had the privilege of reading papers that were presented at the conference and submitted for publication in the journal. Despite my apprehension after issuing the conference Call for Papers as to whether the lifedeath theme might be too difficult or too specialized, I continue to be astonished at how diverse, intelligent, creative, and important the papers are. Mosaic offers readers a treat, then, with the three proceedings issues it is publishing, this special issue being the first.

The issue opens with keynote speaker Elisabeth Weber's "Ages of Cruelty: Jacques Derrida, Fethi Benslama, and their Challenges to Psychoanalysis," an unparalleled essay that treats the theologically informed political-subjective concept of sovereignty as pre-eminently the power to decide over life and death. …

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