Not, not Contemporary: The Eye of the Storm

Saadawi, Ghalya. 2012. Not, not Contemporary: The Eye of the Storm. Third Text, 26(4), pp. 379-382. ISSN 0952-8822 [Article]

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In order to utter the double negative not, not Arab, a temporal dimension contrary to the one that dominates is implied: one that is other to the static identity claim of being or doing Arab and other than the discourse on Arabism as a set of founding and representational myths. Rather than the present of the actual, this essay proposes the contemporaneous as a present that gives the slip to the dominant and actual. The contemporaneous is argued as rupture with the dominant present and a temporality in which little is held in common and many tongues are spoken.

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Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, contemporaneity, Jacques Derrida, dominant temporalities, Friedrich Nietzsche, Alexander García Düttmann

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Visual Cultures > Centre for Research Architecture
Visual Cultures


12 July 2012Published

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