Law, Justice, and Power
Alain Badiou is Director of the Department of Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure. In addition to being a philosopher, Badiou is also a novelist, a dramatist, and a political radical. Among his philosophical writings, the most influential are L'être et l'événement (Le Seuil, 1988), his monograph on Saint-Paul (PUF, 1998), his essay on Deleuze (Hachette, 1999), and his recent trilogy Court traité d'ontologie transitoire, Petit manuel d'inesthétique, and Abrégé de métapolitique. His last novel is entitled Calme bloc ici-bas, and his recent theatrical pieces Ahmed le subtil and Ahmed philosophe (published by Actes Sud) have been performed many times in France and elsewhere.
John Brigham is Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the (American) Law and Society Association, a Fellow of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain, and chair of the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. He edited, with Christine Harrington, the series After the Law (Routledge Press). His most recent books are The Constitution of Interests: Beyond the Politics of Rights (1996) and States, Citizens and Questions of Significance: Proceedings of the Tenth Roundtable on Law and Semiotics (1997; coedited with Roberta Kevelson).
Sinkwan Cheng is Professor of Liberal Arts at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Prior to her career in Baltimore, she taught in New York and Berlin. Her awards and honors in the recent three years include a Rockefeller Fellowship, a DAAD Fellowship, a Carl H. Pforzheimer Fellowship, a Mayers Fellowship, and a Franklin Research Grant. She has published widely in Cardozo Law Review, Literature and Psychology, and American Journal of Semiotics on interdisciplinary legal and cultural studies, twentieth-century English and European literature and critical thought, and postcolonial studies. Along with Fredric Jameson, Russell Grigg, and Parveen Adams, she served on the Advisory Board of American-Lacanian-Link. A former member of the editorial board of Umbr(a) West, she now serves on the advisory board of (a), a new journal edited by Juliet Flower MacCannell and Dean MacCannell.
Peter Fenves, who holds the Joan and Sarepta Harrison Chair at Northwestern University, is Professor of German, Comparative Literary Studies, and Jewish Studies and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Political Science. He is the author of A Peculiar Fate (1991), "Chatter" (1993), Arresting Language (2001), and most recently Late Kant: Towards Another Law of the Earth, editor of Raising the Tone of Philosophy and "The Spirit of Poesy," and translator of Werner Hachmacher's Premises. He has also written numerous articles on literature, philosophy, and political theory.
Peter Fitzpatrick is Anniversary Professor of Law at Birkbeck in the University of London and has taught at universities in Europe, North America, and Papua New Guinea. He has practiced international commercial law both in England and in Australia, of which country he is a national. For many years he worked in the office of the prime minister in Papua New Guinea on development policy, the control of foreign investment, and the establishment of community corporations. However, most of his time has been devoted to academic life. He has published works on law and social theory, and on law, racism, and imperialism, a recent one being Modernism and the Grounds of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
Nancy Fraser is a political philosopher whose works have been translated into many languages. She is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Politics and Philosophy in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and coeditor of the journal Constellations. She has taught in Paris and Frankfurt and currently holds the Spinoza Chair in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Her books include Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange (with Axel Honneth); Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the "Postsocialist" Condition; Feminist Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange (with Seyla Benhabib, Judith Butler, and Drucilla Cornell); and Unruly Practices: Power, Discourse and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory.
Robert Gibbs is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the coauthor of Reasoning After Revelation (with Peter Ochs and Steven Kepnes, 1998), author of Correlations in Rosenzweig and Levinas (1992), and coeditor with Elliot R. Wolfson of Suffering Religion (2002). He has written extensively on postmodern Jewish thought. His most recent book, Why Ethics? Signs of Responsibilities (2000), frames a postmodern ethics of responsibility by way of commentaries on a wide range of intellectual traditions.
Martti Koskenniemi is Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki and Global Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law. He is also a member of the United Nations International Law Commission. Until 1995, he worked as legal advisor with the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His main publications are From Apology to Utopia: The Structure of International Legal Argument (1989) and The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: the Rise and Fall of International Law, 1870-1960 (2002). He has published extensively in the field of international law, legal theory, and the intellectual history of international law.
Julia Kristeva is a well-known figure in the fields of psychoanalysis, semiotics, philosophy, literary criticism, gender studies, and cultural criticism. She is Professor of Linguistics at the Université de Paris VII. Her many publications have been translated into a variety of languages and have made significant impact in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Africa, and Asia. Her most recent work consists of a trilogy called The Feminine Genius. Under the titles of Life, Madness, and Language, the three volumes are devoted, respectively, to examining the lives and works of Arendt, Klein, and Colette.
Ernesto Laclau is a political theorist and a philosopher whose works are widely read in different languages in South and North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. He is Professor of Politics at the University of Essex, and Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo. He is also Visiting Professor at the New School University. His many publications include Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (with Chantal Mouffe), New Reflections on the Revolution of our Time, Emancipation(s), and Contingency, Hegemony, Universality (with Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek).
Juliet Flower MacCannell is Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature at the University of California—Irvine. She has written a number of articles and books on political thought, modern culture, psychoanalysis, and women, including The Time of the Sign (with Dean MacCannell; Indiana University Press, 1980), Figuring Lacan (Nebraska, Routledge, 1986), The Regime of the Brother (Routledge, 1991), and her most recent, The Hysteric's Guide to the Future Female Subject (University of Minnesota Press, 2000). She has also edited several collections of critical essays, including Thinking Bodies (Stanford, 1994). She is immediate past editor of the American Journal of Semiotics and is currently editor of (a): the journal of culture and the unconscious, and interdisciplinary journal of art and analysis. In 1995, she was named president of the Society for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. In 1993 and 1994, she chaired the Division on Psychological Approaches to Literature of the Modern Language Association of America. She has recently been visiting graduate professor at Stanford University and at the University of California-Berkeley.
J. Hillis Miller is Distinguished Research Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California—Irvine. Before coming to Irvine, he taught at Johns Hopkins University and Yale University. His most recent publications include Others (2001), Speech Acts in Literature (2002), and On Literature (2002). Professor Miller's books and articles have been translated into many languages, including French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Rumanian, Chinese, Norwegian, and Japanese. He is past president of the Modern Language Association. He has been a member of editorial boards for a number of literary journals, including Victorian Studies, ELH, Studies in English Literature, and Diacritics. He has lectured extensively worldwide, including South Africa, New Zealand, and many countries in Europe and Asia.
Maggie O'Neill is Reader in Sociology and Cultural Studies at Staffordshire University, United Kingdom. She was coeditor (with Tony Spybey) of Sociology, the official journal of the British Sociological Association until December, 2002. She has published extensively on feminism, prostitution, and the law; responses to child/juvenile prostitution; participatory action research; and ethnomimesis. Her books include Adorno, Culture and Feminism (1999)—an edited collection of essays by an international group of feminist scholars on the work and life of Theodor Adorno; Prostitition: A Reader (coedited with Roger Matthews, 2002); and Dilemmas in Managing Professionalism and Gender in the Public Sector (coedited with Mike Dent and Jim Barry, 2003).
Slavoj Zizek, philosopher and psychoanalyst, is currently Senior Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His numerous influential writings have been translated into different languages. Among his most recent publications are Art of the Ridiculous Sublime, Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism?, The Fright of Real Tears, and On Belief.