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 […]

CFP: Death Matters, Queer(ing) Mourning, Attuning to Transitionings, Karlstad University and Linköping University, Nov. 4-5, 2019 (deadline: Jun. 30, 2019)

The First International Queer Death Studies Conference: “Death Matters, Queer(ing) Mourning, Attuning to Transitionings” aims to create an arena for critical discussion of death, dying and mourning that goes beyond the dual approach to death – human death in particular – that is common within Western cultural frameworks of Christian tradition or secular biomedical perspectives. […]

Neoliberalism, Bioethics, and the Apparatus of Disability in a German Context

In the fifth chapter of Foucault and the Government of Disability, I assert that philosophers and theorists of disability should recognize that the subfield of bioethics is a neoliberal technology of government, that is, a concerted biopolitical enterprise whose aim is normalization (and hence control) of the population. Given the scope of my critique of […]

‘Ezumezu’ and ‘African Philosophy as Critical Universalism’: Engaging African Intuitions for Normative Theory in a Pluriverse, Ebonyi State University, May 27-29, 2019

Special Workshop on the Nature and Significance of Postcolonial African Philosophy This special workshop on the nature and significance of Postcolonial African Philosophy is primarirly motivated by two recent publications. The first, Ezumezu: A System of Logic for African Philosophy and Studies(Springer 2019) by Jonathan O. Chimakonam PhD (Senior Lecturer, University of Calabar, Nigeria), articulates a […]

AntiUniversity Now, UK and Elsewhere, Jun. 15-22, 2019

AntiUniversity Now is an ongoing programme of self-organised radical learning and education events that was set up in 2015 to challenge academic and class hierarchy, the neoliberal university and the education-industrial complex. The annual AntiUniversity festival will take place 15-22 June 2019 in venues across the UK and, this year, internationally. All events are free […]

Disability, Identity, Role Models, and Philosophy

The excellent article copied below was penned by none other than disabled philosopher Joe Stramondo. Among other things, I was very happy to read about the important role that Paul Steven Miller played in the development of Joe’s identity as disabled. I am fortunate to have had a couple of memorable conversations with Paul at […]

Game of Thrones and Disability: Doing and Undoing Ableism

In my recent post “Mystify: Michael Hutchence and Disability,” I noted that a great deal of work has been done in disability studies and philosophy of disability on ableist representations in film and literature. Critical work on representations of disabled people and disability on television and in advertisement is also a steadily fruitful field of […]

CFP: Ethnobiology – Perspectives from History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science (deadline: Jul. 20, 2019)

Issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, David Ludwig and Francisco Vergara-Silva (eds.) Ethnobiology is an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of biological and social sciences that studies knowledge systems and practices of Indigenous, traditional, and other local communities. The complexity of biological expertise beyond academia raises both theoretical and […]

CFP: Understanding the Family: Life – Love – Labor, Manchester, Sept. 9-11, 2019 (deadline: Jun. 1, 2019)

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 9th-11thSeptember 2019, Manchester, UK Convenor:  Dr. Marina Martinez Mateo (Goethe University Frankfurt)  marina.martinezmateo@normativeorders.net What is the family? What is its function and position in liberalism and – more specifically – in current late capitalism? Some claim that the family stands in opposition to capitalism, while others emphasize their direct connectedness. […]

Ph.D. Summer School: Zoophthoria: The Exploitation and Destruction of Animals, Milan, Sept. 4-5, 2019 (registration deadline: Jun. 30, 2019)

A Ph. D. Summer School will be held at the University of Milan on September 4th-5th; it is open to Ph. D. Students, Doctors of Philosophy or research fellows (assegnisti) whose research concerns antispeciecism, animal rights, animalism and, in general, Philosophy as an instrument to think and fight against animal exploitation. As a title for […]