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Upcoming Workshop, "Biopolitics: New Directions"

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Department of Comparative Literature and The Central New York Humanities Corridor workshop on, "Biopolitics: New Directions."


March 7, 2015, Saturday

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

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Biopolitics: New Directions


Biopolitics as a contemporary object of study and an analytic framework has proliferated in multiple discursive fields in the humanities and social sciences. This proliferation far outweighs the initial articulation of the concept in Michel Foucault’s 1970s lectures. Thus, Biopolitics is often used in contradictory ways to refer to questions as heterogeneous as the war on terror, the female reproductive body, neoliberalism, the human genome project, and the prison industrial complex. With the publication in 2011 of Francois Debrix and Alexander Barder's Beyond Biopolitics: Theory, Violence, and Horror in World Politics and Patricia Ticineto Clough and Craig Willse’s Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death, some consider the concept to have been exhausted in earlier accounts, theses, and provocations. Taking seriously these moments of joy or anxiety, and building on Gregg Lambert’s initiative “the Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures,”this workshop seeks to show the richness of investigations still available on Biopolitics. The assigned readings demonstrate, along with Cary Wolfe's Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (2012) and Kevin Attell’s Giorgio Agamben: Beyond the Threshold of Deconstruction (2014), to name only a few, the new directions that conversations on Biopolitics can take. We seek to participate in charting the future directions of the concept in ways that our colleagues and students across the university working closely or remotely on biopolitics can find thought-provoking.

PRESENTERS:

GERSHUN AVILEZ, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

KEVIN ATTELL, Cornell

LAURENT DUBREUIL, Cornell

AMANDA JO GOLDSTEIN, Cornell

GREGG LAMBERT, Syracuse University

TIMOTHY MURRAY, Cornell

NAOKI SAKAI, Cornell

SOMAN SETH, Cornell

ADAM SITZE, Amherst College

(i) Space is very limited, so pre-registration is required. Participants are expected to read a set of touchstone texts before the workshop. To register for the workshop and gain access to the readings, please email Sue Besemer: smb8@cornell.edu

For more information, please contact:

Naminata Diabate (nd326)

or Antoine Traisnel (agt24).

 Download the event flyer here.


CO-SPONSORS:

Programs: Africana Studies and Research Center; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT) Studies; Jewish Studies; The Society for the Humanities; the Institute for European Studies.

Departments: English; Romance Studies; German Studies; Science and Technology Studies; History; Performing and Media Arts.

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