"Executive Time: the Death Penalty's Appropriation of the Instant"
The death penalty's programmed interruption of ordinary mortal time brings about, I argue, a thorough reconfiguration of human temporality. In particular, once capital punishment is separated from torture, and becomes a "punctual" operation rather than one involving duration, then it is required to manage the instant, which remains an obsessive concern for American death penalty jurisprudence even in most recent Supreme Court decisions. My paper will examine the version of instantanization that takes place with the introduction of the guillotine, in the context of the broader question of what it means to know--thanks to the state--the moment of one's death.
(Professor of French Studies and Comparative Literature, Brown University) Enlgish Dept event, cosponsored by CCCCT and IRWGS)
The co-editors of Love, InshAllah and Salaam, Love will join a panel of contributors to and readers of these groundbreaking essay collections in a university-wide conversation about love, sex, and intimacy. Stay after the event for a reception with the speakers, where copies of the book will be available for purchase.
This event is the first in a series on aspects of Muslim sexualities. This Spring 2017, we will continue with “Intimacies I: Sexuality in Contemporary Muslim Societies” and “Intimacies II: Exploring Queer Affects in Contemporary Muslim Societies.”