Warring Societies (and Intellectuals)

Ghassan Hage

Abstract

I’m going to talk about warring societies and the role of academics in them. I’m trying to describe a logic of colonial settler states, which have always conceived themselves to be besieged by uncivilised others and which structure themselves defensively and legitimise these structures in the sense that they have to protect themselves from the uncivilised others surrounding them.

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