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Natsios-Voir-Dire

Proposition 1

Nationalized rituals of grief have provided

suasive scripts to legitimate the exceptional

state of emergency prosecuted by the NYPD’s

militarized command, control, intelligence,

surveillance and reconnaissance systems. The

city’s new boundary regimes will presumably

rehabilitate national borders breached on 9/11.

Emergency street closures, manned checkpoint

booths, surveillance cameras and watch lists

inscribe the state of exception as an addendum

to the canon of American exceptionalism.

Proposition 2

It is the juror who barely meets three

benchmarks for service who may offer compelling

peer representation for the immigrant place

of assembly’s contra-sovereign occupancies.

We identify this civic actor and testimonial

geographer as the ‘barely-juror’. This marginal

juror’s agency as a proxy for sovereign

jurisdiction is informed by life experiences that

map the port city’s edgier zones: the borderlands

of non-citizenship, non-language and non-law.

v.01Feb12


Deborah Natsios / Cryptome NEW YORK VOIR DIRE: INTERROGATING THE JURIDICAL CITY STATE OF EXCEPTION

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