The Scaffolding of Sovereignty: Global and Aesthetic Perspectives on the History of a Concept by Zvi Ben-Dor BeniteThe Scaffolding of Sovereignty: Global and Aesthetic Perspectives on the History of a Concept by Zvi Ben-Dor Benite

The Scaffolding of Sovereignty: Global and Aesthetic Perspectives on the History of a Concept

EditorZvi Ben-Dor Benite, Stefanos Geroulanos, Nicole Jerr

Hardcover | June 13, 2017

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What is sovereignty? Often taken for granted or seen as the ideology of European states vying for supremacy and conquest, the concept of sovereignty remains underexamined both in the history of its practices and in its aesthetic and intellectual underpinnings. Using global intellectual history as a bridge between approaches, periods, and areas, The Scaffolding of Sovereignty deploys a comparative and theoretically rich conception of sovereignty to reconsider the different schemes on which it has been based or renewed, the public stages on which it is erected or destroyed, and the images and ideas on which it rests.

The essays in The Scaffolding of Sovereignty reveal that sovereignty has always been supported, complemented, and enforced by a complex aesthetic and intellectual scaffolding. This collection takes a multidisciplinary approach to investigating the concept on a global scale, ranging from an account of a Manchu emperor building a mosque to a discussion of the continuing power of Lenin's corpse, from an analysis of the death of kings in classical Greek tragedy to an exploration of the imagery of "the people" in the Age of Revolutions. Across seventeen chapters that closely study specific historical regimes and conflicts, the book's contributors examine intersections of authority, power, theatricality, science and medicine, jurisdiction, rulership, human rights, scholarship, religious and popular ideas, and international legal thought that support or undermine different instances of sovereign power and its representations.

Zvi Ben-Dor Benite is professor of history at New York University and the author of The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History (2009) and The Dao of Muhammad: A Cultural History of Muslims in Late Imperial China (2005).Stefanos Geroulanos is associate professor of history at New York University and the author of An Atheism That Is Not Human...
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Title:The Scaffolding of Sovereignty: Global and Aesthetic Perspectives on the History of a ConceptFormat:HardcoverDimensions:504 pagesPublished:June 13, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231171862

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Dick HowardEditors' Introduction, by Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Stefanos Geroulanos, and Nicole JerrPart I. StagesPreface1. Sad Stories of the Death of Kings: Sovereignty and Its Constraints in Greek Tragedy and Elsewhere, by Glenn W. Most2. Contested Sovereignty: Heaven, the Monarch, the People, and the Intellectuals in Traditional China, by Yuri Pines3. Nurhaci's Gambit: Sovereignty as Concept and Praxis in the Rise of the Manchus, by Nicola Di Cosmo4. The Living Image of the People, by Jason FrankPart II. CourtsPreface5. Public Health, the State, and Religious Scholarship: Sovereignty in Idris al-Bidlisi's Arguments for Fleeing the Plague, by Justin Stearns6. The Dancing Despot: Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the Performative Symbolism of Power, by Stanca Scholz-Cionca7. Liberal Constitutionalism and the Sovereign Pardon, by Bernadette Meyler8. The Vanishing Slaves of Paris: The Lettre de Cachet and the Emergence of an Imperial Legal Order in Eighteenth-Century France, by Miranda Spieler9. Re-touching the Sovereign: Biochemistry of Perpetual Leninism, by Alexei YurchakPart III. ActsPreface10. Hijra and Exile: Islam and Dual Sovereignty in Qing China, by Zvi Ben-Dor Benite11. The Neurology of Regicide: Decapitation Experiments and the Science of Sovereignty, by Cathy Gere12. The "Millennium" of 1857: The Last Performance of the Great Mughal, by A. Azfar Moin13. Exit the King? Modern Theater and the Revolution, by Nicole JerrPart IV. ShiftsPreface14. Revolution in Permanence and the Fall of Popular Sovereignty, by Dan Edelstein15. Exile Within Sovereignty: Critique of "The Negation of Exile" in Israeli Culture, by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin16. Affective Sovereignty, International Law, and China's Legal Status in the Nineteenth Century, by Li Chen17. The Sovereignty of the New Man After Wagner: Artist and Hero, Symbolic History, and the Staging of Origins, by Stefanos GeroulanosList of ContributorsIndex

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?Joining performance studies with philosophy, theology and ethnography, the figure of the scaffold aptly evokes the symbolic supports and global visibility of sovereignty today. The contributors to this ambitious collection of essays fearlessly disclose recurrent features of sovereignty across time and space, often beginning immanently with the cosmic cartographies generated by particular regimes and projected in aesthetic displays, liturgical exercises, and citational enterprises that reveal common themes in the global drama of majesty.?