CFP: Society Must Be Inoculated: COVID-19, Governance, Propaganda, UC-Irvine, May 20, 2022 (deadline: Mar. 11, 2022)

Since COVID-19’s first infection, the virus has mutated. Each expected virological mutation summons increased governmental and medical surveillance, received both positively and suspiciously by the public. The instituted state of exception was most aggressively diagnosed by the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. Agamben, however,  is not alone in theorizing the pandemic. Thinkers like Slavoj Zizek, Jean-Luc […]

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, […]

Reconfiguring Values: A Riposte to Agnes Callard

In Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability, I argue that disability is a complex and complicated apparatus of power rather than a personal property, attribute, or difference, as assumed on the individualized and medicalized conceptions of disability that most philosophers (including most philosophers of disability) hold. In order to make this argument, I employ Foucault’s […]

Is “The Right to Die” Racialized Biopolitics?

[This post originally appeared at Discrimination and Disadvantage. In one respect, the title of the post was redundant: biopolitics are always racialized.] _________________________________________________ My post earlier in the week drew attention to the imbrication of the sub-field of bioethics in the workings of biopower and neoliberal biopolitics. I noted how biopolitics has produced discussions in bioethics that […]

Disabling Normativities, Johannesburg, Oct. 1-3, 2019, Registration Open and Extended CFA (deadline: Aug. 30, 2019)

Registration is now open for the Disabling Normativities Conference that takes place October 1-3, 2019, at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Keynote speakers:•Prof. Boaventura de Sousa Santos•Dr. Shelley Lynn Tremain•Prof. Andre Keet•Prof. France Winddance Twine Extended Call for Abstracts closing date: 30 August 2019Visit http://www.disablingnormativities.com for more information about registration fee schedule and to register. Follow BIOPOLITICAL […]