Witnessing as Challenge to Bare Life

Jolon Timms


This paper utilizes Anna Tsing's theory of globalisms to analyze the protests surrounding the 2012 sales of land in the Colón Free Zone (CFZ) in Panama to import-export businesses. It contends that the act of witnessing protests such as the one that broke out in Colón provides a challenge to Agamben's theory of bare life.


Globalization; Bare Life; Affect theory; Protest; Statehood; Georgio Agamben; Anna Tsing

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