The work of passages evokes movement — the constitutive actions of passing on, across, over, through a space or medium, as much as the performance of their arrest. These are movements of voyage and migration, transit and flight. Movements within and between tradition and translation, appropriation and transformation, rights of passing and rituals of law; the dissemination of border crossing and transgression, surveillance and forgetting, territory and terror, subject and subjection, verdict and sentence, enactment and performance, mimesis and poesis. In short, passages — whether conjuring the movement of bodies, affections, concepts or texts — speak to questions of politics and aesthetics, the mediating relations of life and law.
Recommended CitationRush, P. D. and Kenyon, A. T., Passages, or the medium of authority, Law Text Culture, 11, 2007.