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AnarchaeologiesReading as Misreading$
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Erin Graff Zivin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286829

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286829.001.0001

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Toward a Passive University

Toward a Passive University

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(p.139) Toward a Passive University
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Anarchaeologies
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Erin Graff Zivin

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823286829.003.0010

The book’s final part, “Exposure and Indisciplinarity,” asks whether and how “anarchaeology,” misunderstanding literature, error, and the violence of ethics-against-politics, may be thought to provide a critique of the very institution that seems to make them possible as ways of thinking: the university. As a mode of conclusion to this book, Graff Zivin proposes the possibility of an institution whose foundation is passive, exposed responsibility. The idea of the “exposed” university would imply not only the university’s exposure to other institutions, or to other ethico-political demands, apparently exterior to the university, but also, crucially, an internal exposure, in which the exposure of one discipline to another would reveal the defective quality of the sovereignty or autonomy of each, the “points of untranslatability” that serve as the condition of possibility (and impossibility) for disciplinary thinking.

Keywords:   Aira, César, Derrida, Jacques, exposure, indisciplinarity, passivity, responsibility, university

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