The fourth book in the "Traces" series focuses on the problems of translation at the crossroads between economics, ontology, and politics in the globalizing world today. The international group of authors amply illustrates, both theoretically and empirically, that the concept of translation is far from being singularly determined, and how extremely difficult it is for philosophy to be distinct from translation. Here, translation is regarded as a general concept, by which the Eurocentric framework implicit in the existent academic practices of comparison is problematized, and according to which old questions are transformed into new ones and articulated to one another across disciplinary boundaries and regional or national borders. This book shows how the emerging global order might be viewed once we have been liberated from the Eurocentric perspective.
In addition to innovative reflection by some of the leading international theorists and philosophers, the volume also includes work spanning a variety of methodological stances, from sociology to gender studies, that deal, variously, with the system of international security networks, the foundation of international law and its unalienable connection to modern colonial violence, the various practices of translation in multiple locales, the philosophical discussion on translation, the sexual aspects of translational politics, and the foundational complicity between modern sovereignty and biopolitics. The volume will be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience of readers in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are concerned with the intersections among politics, economy, philosophy, postcoloniality, and translation studies, and it would above all attract interest from the emerging readership in biopolitics (under the field of comparative literature).
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Naoki Sakai is a professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Cornell University; Jon Solomon is an assistant professor in the Graduate Institute of Future Studies and the French Department, Tamkang University, Taiwan