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Course on ‘Zombi and Politics of Representation’

September 7, 2012

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research has a new course “Zombi and the Politics of Representation” by Anjuli Raza Kolb , starting September 24th.

The course is basically exactly what I have been blogging about here at ZombieLaw for the past many months. The word zombie refers to questions of humanity that implicate cognition and free agency but despite the words ubiquity it is “quite a poor metaphor” because zombie is stands for too much (overdetermined) and too little (meaningless). And isn’t that precisely the issue with “human” (and other slogans of political identity)?

I am struck by the similarity of Kolb’s expression “We are human full stop” to Obama’s “Forward.” Poor metaphors can be good “lens for thinking”.

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