Faisal Devji

Born 1964, Tanzania
Lives in New York


The Rogue State:
A panel discussion

Monday, March 9, 2009 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The New School, Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College Building
Admission: $8, free for all students as well as New School faculty, staff and alumni with ID

“Rogue state” is a term for a state that threatens world peace. Usually a rogue state meets specific criteria: it is ruled by an authoritarian regime that severely restricts human rights, sponsors terrorism, and seeks or utilizes weapons of mass destruction. This panel examines the concept of popular sovereignty, the rogue as the new image of the enemy, and the suspension of law in a state of emergency—branded “the war on terror.” Using art, philosophy, and history as a framework for inquiry, panelists discuss the fundamental (in)divisibility of sovereignty.

Participants include Ayreen Anastas, artist and co-founder of the open platform 16 Beaver; Michael Naas, philosopher, translator and Derrida scholar; and Jason Smith, philosopher, writer and faculty member, MFA Program, Art Center College of Art and Design. Moderated by historian and Eugene Lang College faculty member Faisal Devji.