Discourse, War and Terrorism

The impetus for this volume arose out of a panel organized for the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in 2004. We would like to thank all of the original members of that panel, including the discussants, Paul Chilton and Monica Heller, for taking part in an exchange of ideas that formed the seed of this project. In an unusual turn of events, a last minute date and venue change for that meeting left the panelists with plane tickets to San Francisco but without a place to present their papers. We are grateful to Leanne Hinton, the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and the Linguistics Department at the University of California-Berkeley for providing an alternative forum where we could discuss our work. We owe special thanks to Kira Hall for all of her diligent mentoring and encouragement over the years. We would also like to extend gratitude to our colleagues at the University of Colorado for providing a stimulating intellectual environment conducive to discussing, debating and developing ideas.