The Aporetic State
In recent publications, both single-authored and with my collaborator Mete Hatay, I have developed the concept of the aporetic state to describe de facto political entities that are perceived to be "real," even as their "citizens" and the international community declare them to be unrealizable.
Looking to the Five Finger Mountains past the Nicosia buffer zone. Photo by M. Hatay.
Sociality Under Siege
In the Agambenian critique of sovereignty, those who are banned from the political life of the state become "bare life," persons who may be killed but not sacrificed. Yet, persons living in ghettoes, enclaves, and camps develop social structures and hierarchies, engage in political participation, and have their own cultural and linguistic practices. In various works, I have explored how enclavism and confinement may entail solidarity and even "enjoying one's exception."