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José Luís Fiori

-state capitalist system. To explore this proposition, let us adopt an approach that is highly unorthodox in the field of international political theory: the analysis of myths. 2 We will focus here on an interpretation of a millenarian religious myth, universalised through the Judeo-Christian tradition: the myth of the Tower of Babel. Ancient and enigmatic, this myth appears in almost identical form in different places and cultures throughout the history of Mesopotamia. As with all myths that have resisted the passing of time, this one contains truths and

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
The nineteenth-century roots of segregationist folk theology in the American South
Stephen R. Haynes

antebellum America contributed to pro-slavery thought by racialising the descendants of Noah and viewing Noah's prophecy (Genesis 9), the Table of Nations (Genesis 10) and the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11) as parts of a continuous disclosure of God's will for all postdiluvian societies. The most obvious reflections of this tradition in the literature of support for segregation are tracts that recast the tale of Noah and his sons in Genesis 9:20–7 – which climaxes in Noah's exclamation, ‘Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers’ – as having to do not

in Chosen peoples
Charlotte McIvor

members of Irish society. They also established working relationships with emerging minority theatre artists like Bisi Adigun, who would go on to found Ireland’s first African-Irish theatre company, Arambe Productions, in 2004. While initially focused on the professional production of plays, Calypso eventually also founded Tower of Babel, which was ‘an intercultural youth theatre, drama and film project which focuse[d] on the personal and professional development of young people aged 14–21 years enabling them to contribute to the creative industry in Ireland, pass on

in Literary visions of multicultural Ireland
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Antonia Lucia Dawes

Tower of Babel and the resulting curse of linguistic confusion placed upon mankind by God in the biblical book of Genesis to explain the creative and emancipatory potential of the multilingual element of postcolonial transcultural interactions: On the other side of the bitter struggles against domination and for the liberation of the imagination, there opens up a multiply dispersed zone in which we are gripped by vertigo. But this is not the vertigo preceding apocalypse and Babel’s fall. It is the shiver of a beginning, confronted with extreme possibility. It is

in Race talk
Abstract only
David McGrogan

. Fredman, Human Rights Transformed (Oxford University Press, 2008). 2 Ibid. , p. 9. 3 Ibid. , p. 12. 4 Ibid. , p. 9. 5 Ibid. , p. 15. 6 Ibid. 7 M. Oakeshott, “The Tower of Babel,” in M. Oakeshott, Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays (Methuen, 1962), 39. 8 J. Nijman, “Foreword,” in M. Koskenniemi, “International Law and the Far Right: Reflections on Law and Cynicism,” 4th Annual TMC Asser Lecture (Asser Press, 2018), p. ix. What is meant by this is typically an unreflective grouping of the election of Donald Trump; the vote by the UK

in Critical theory and human rights
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Nico Randeraad

projects were unviable from the start. Many towers of Babel were erected only to meet the same fate as the first. The Allgemeine Encyclopädie der Wissenschaften und Künste in alphabetischer Folge von genannten Schriftstellern bearbeitet und herausgegeben von Johann Samuel Ersch und Johann Gottfried Gruber (Leipzig 1818–1889) was discontinued though 167 volumes had been published.7 Statistics as practiced by Quetelet and his contemporaries was an expression of the nineteenth-century desire for general, well-ordered knowledge. For many of the participants, the

in States and statistics in the nineteenth century
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Antonia Lucia Dawes

THE WORK OF Edouard Glissant, about the historical connection between language, power and domination, has been the central guiding force of this book. I mentioned, at the beginning, how his use of the Tower of Babel story has helped me to think about the liberatory possibilities of the multilingual talk that took place in the heterogeneous and multiethnic market places around Piazza Garibaldi in Napoli. Beyond the linguistic confusion, violences and silences of the postcolonial world, he argued that it was possible to build the Tower – in every language

in Race talk
The altered books of Brian Dettmer and Doug Beube
Katy Masuga

and of new images. For instance, Dettmer’s Tower of Babble (2011; see figure 10.3) is constructed of thousands of pages spiralling vertically to create a pillar of mashed and seemingly incomprehensible sentence structures. Attention is drawn both to its monolithic design and its doubly incoherent ‘babble’ of words: the words are incomprehensible both because they are contained within the mythical tower of Babel and also because the contemporary spectator is aware of regarding the destroyed material of books that were otherwise readable. Thus, the work’s title

in Mixed messages
Kieran Keohane
Carmen Kuhling

, neither 102 MORAL ECONOMY will they leave off from their designs, til they accomplish them in deed. Come ye, therefore, let us go down, and there confound their tongue, that they may not understand one another’s speech. And so the Lord scattered them from that place into all lands, and they ceased to build the city. And therefore the name thereof was called Babel, because there the language of the whole earth was confounded: and from thence the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of all countries. (Genesis, 11: 19). The Tower of Babel is the prototype

in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
The case of Pier Paolo Pasolini
Michael Mack

based on the concept of beauty. Pasolini responds by saying that this is because ‘we are entering the moment of variants,’ by which he means a time of variations and confusion, a sort of modern tower of Babel whose builders await divine punishment. 44 The image of the tower of Babel evokes the sin of hubris and its consequent divine punishment. This

in Incest in contemporary literature