Mourning
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Storytelling is about securitizing; it is about securitising narratives and enshrouding them in a protective layer of reproduction so that their salience, relevance, and accuracy cannot be questioned. The witness, Jacques Derrida notes, is committed to telling the same story in the same ways each and every time. Insofar as anyone survives to witness the account of Srebrenica as a genocide, Derrida must be prepared to repeat in the same ways, and on command, the narrative account of what he suffered and saw. In his Talmudic lecture on the cities of refuge, Emmanuel Levinas takes up the theme of sanctuary for the manslayer. Levinas's missive on the cities of refuge provides a way of understanding human connectivity as one of vigilance. The relationship here is not synchronous, but diachronous; it is not a relationship of binary opposites arrayed simultaneously along an axis of space and time.

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