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Call for Contributions “Carl Schmitt’s Die Buribunken: Commentary, Critique and ‘Outwitting the Cunning of World-History!’”, Edited by Edwin Bikundo and Kieran Tranter, for the Griffith Law School, Law Futures Centre.


It is little known that one of Carl Schmitt’s first publications was the Die Buribunken published in SUMMA in 1918. Indeed many readers otherwise familiar with Schmitt’s Weimar writings would be surprised. The Die Buribunken can only be described as a piece of speculative fiction. In it Schmitt discusses the future emergence of a specific posthuman – die Buribunken – humans who have become integrated into a global system of continuous diary writing and dissemination. The Buribunken are creatures that live by the motto of ‘I think, therefore I am; I speak, therefore I am; I write therefore I am; I publish therefore I am’ and consider themselves ‘a letter on the typewriter of history.’ This cynical, irreverent and ironic text presents an information culture out of control; where individuals are reduced to data and time is compressed into ‘rat seconds’ that need to be organised, managed and possibly exterminated. With Trump, social media, audit culture, the neoliberal university and the tyranny of continuous connection from our digitally accelerated existence, it seems to be a text that has become resonant, if not prophetic.
In recognition of the centenary of publication, Griffith Law School and the Law Futures Centre have produced the first full English translation of Die Buribunken. To further develop critical reflection on the text and what it means for understanding Schmitt and his legacy, informational existence, speculative fiction as critique, the power and politics of data, the tragedy of the posthuman and much more, we are inviting contributions for consideration in an edited volume.


Proposals, including abstracts (300 words) and a brief one page CV: 15 August 2018.
Full papers (5000-8000 words) will be expected by 28 February 2019. For more information, submission of proposal or for a copy of the English translation of Die Buribunken, please contact Kieran Tranter:

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