Welcome to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Welcome to BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY! BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY aims to provide the philosophical community with a forum for critical analysis of biopolitical asymmetries and other mechanisms and effects of power in philosophy and beyond. The BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY insignia in the banner depicts a dandelion, suggesting life, networks, systems, and change (photo credit: James Niland). BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY will […]

COVID-19 and The Naturalization of Vulnerability

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and especially since its effects began to be more directly experienced in Canada, I have carefully watched growing discussions about the pandemic, “seniors,” disabled people, “vulnerability,” and nursing homes unfold on social media and in the mainstream popular press. In particular, I am attentive to the ways that […]

Happy Trans Day of Visibility!

Today is Trans Day of Visibility, so it seems like the ideal time to remind you that in December of last year, Ray Briggs wrote a fantastic guest post for BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY entitled, “Practical Suggestions for My Cis Colleagues in Philosophy.” You can find Ray’s guest post on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY here. On Facebook, Ray linked […]

Facing the COVID-19 Crisis in Japan With a Disability*

By  Mark Bookman and Michael Gillan Peckitt Michael [The Limping Philosopher]: I am an academic living in Kobe and I work at Osaka University. I have cerebral palsy and, while I can get around with the aid of a walking stick, I have very little movement in the left side of my body. My disability also […]

COVID-19 Pandemic: A Crisis of Care*

By The Care Collective (Andreas Chatzidakis, Jamie Hakim, Jo Littler, Catherine Rottenberg, Lynne Segal) We are in a global crisis: a new historical moment. The days pass, the virus expands its reach, fatalities rise and the world goes into unprecedented lockdown. Yet the current crisis is not only the result of a new pathogen circulating around […]

Fabulous Syllabi and Free Content from Duke University Press

Duke University Press has compiled a series of fabulous syllabi on a variety of topics including trans rights, climate change, care, and police violence. Some of the content is free to read online, most of it available through September 30, 2020. Click on each link to get to the exciting content and start reading! Care […]

#COVID19DecarcerateSyllabus

A Political Education Resource  Curated by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)  CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC). We see the struggle for racial and gender justice as central […]

COVID-19, Face Shields, and 3-D Printers

Dr. Tarek Loubani, an ER doctor in London, Ontario, who initiated a medical supplies nonprofit group in Gaza, uses 3-D printers to make the face shields that ER doctors, ER nurses, and other ER personnel urgently need at this time. Making available information about alternative and novel means with which to fulfill requirements at this […]

Biopolitics and Coronavirus, or Don't Forget Foucault (How Could We?)

An excerpt from the essay “Biopolitics and Coronavirus, or Don’t Forget Foucault” by Felipe Demetri: “What the coronavirus epidemic shows us is more the strength of Michel Foucault’s explanatory scheme than the current necro-thanatopolitical strain of interpretations. We all know that Foucault saw biopower as a series of events, from theoretical ones to concrete practices, […]