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Series: Biopolitics

Michel Foucault introduced his concept of biopolitics in 1974 to describe a technique of power that appeared in Europe at the turn of the 19th century. In contrast to anatomo-politics, which seeks to discipline individual bodies and their movements, biopolitics aims at controlling mass, populational...

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Panagiotis Sotiris: On the Possibility of a Democratic Biopolitics

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forward all the questions associated with the field of biopolitics, not only in terms of theory but also in terms of government policies and measures, exemplified in the varieties of the lockdown strategy. The aim of this presentation is to suggest the possibility o...

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Michael Roberts: The Political Economy of the Pandemic

As we head towards 2021, the pandemic infection rate shows no sign of stopping or even slowing. Hospitals in the northern hemisphere are under pressure and economic activity is dropping back. Employment levels are still down and real incomes are set to fall, especially for the lower paid as jobs dis...

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Arne Kušej: On William Petty's Political Arithmetic

The lecture will focus on the relationship between knowledge and power in the life and social thought of William Petty. As a member of the Hartlib Circle and later the Royal Society, Petty was a follower of Francis Bacon whose alchemically-inspired natural philosophy proposed a new epistemological i...

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Infokolpa: Omogočiti živeti in pustiti umreti – biopolitika in migracije

Trije člani kolektiva migrantov in aktivistov Infokolpa bodo predstavili nekaj paradigmatičnih primerov evropske migracijske politike in režima, da bi umestili migracijske probleme v kontekst biopolitike.

Marca 1976 je filozof Michel Foucault opisal vznik novega tipa vladanja, značilnega za zahodn...

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Thomas Lemke: Governing the Milieu. Exploring a More-Than-Human Biopolitics

The talk puts forward an understanding of biopolitics that no longer exclusively addresses human individuals and populations but attends to the complex associations of humans and nonhumans captured by Michel Foucault’s concept of the milieu. It starts by reviewing the notion of the milieu in Foucaul...

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Sandro Mezzadra: Life, Labor, and Struggles in a Post-Pandemic Capitalism

The talk will start with a quick review of the measures taken by governments in different parts of the world to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. The question of public health will be discussed as well as the organization of economic activities particularly focusing on so-called “essential sectors.” In...