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Başak Ertür and James Martel


Something Is Rotten in the State


[This is the introduction to a special supplement of Theory & Event, entitled Something Is Rotten in the State, devoted to the contemporary political context in Turkey. The table of contents and complete issue can be accessed here.] The political everyday never ceases to be eventful for those who live in Turkey or who follow it closely: the consolation of a smooth veneer disguising the wretched operations of structural violence is a luxury rarely exported to the global ...

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Başak Ertür and James Martel


Başak Ertür is a Lecturer at the School of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her current research focuses on trials, performativity, political violence, and memory. She is the editor of Manual for Conspiracy (Sharjah Art Foundation, 2011), and the co-editor of Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward Said (Verso, 2008). Başak’s email address is

James Martel teaches political theory at San Francisco State University in the department of political science. He is one of the co-editors, along with Kennan Ferguson, of Theory & Event. He is the author, most recently, of The One and Only Law: Walter Benjamin and the Second Commandment (Michigan, 2014). His new book, The Misinterpellated Subject, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. James can be reached at