Author Archives: Angela Naimou

About Angela Naimou

Angela Naimou is associate professor of English at Clemson University. She is the author of Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood (Fordham, 2015), which won the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) Book Prize and received Honorable Mention for the Modern Language Association's William Sanders Scarborough Prize. She currently serves as lead editor of this journal.

International Law and the Longing to Garden 

This essay is part of a symposium on Gerry Simpson’s The Sentimental Life of International Law. All contributions to the symposium can be found here. Gerry Simpson’s The Sentimental Life of International Law is a book for re-envisioning ways to think and feel against the grain of international law. A plea for practitioners of international law to become more responsive to their own political longings, the book defamiliarizes the depoliticizing routines of international law in order to re-enliven a sense of imaginative possibilities even within Continue reading →


As the name for one who flees (fugere) from danger to a space of protection, the term refugee names a specific position in space and time: a past emergency leads to a dislocated present under the threat of harm, propelling one’s flight to find refuge toward a future elsewhere. Its shadow is not only the term migrant but also fugitive, one who flees from the law, a reminder that persons move and are moved between regimes of legality and illegality.1 Under the names of asylum Continue reading → Continue reading →