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Biopolitics and the Humanities: States of Subjectivity [UPDATE}
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Biopolitics and the Humanities: States of Subjectivity
2010 Rice University Graduate Symposium
Rice University in Houston, Texas
September 17th – 18th, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Timothy C. Campbell*
Submission deadline: June 15th, 2010.
Biopower, according to Michel Foucault, is the application and impact of sovereign power and governmentality on all aspects of political and biological life. The study of biopolitics invites interdisciplinary connections between various theoretical approaches and disciplines among the humanities. Since Machiavelli, the role of the sovereign and its ability to control and manage populations has led to conflicting understandings of biological matter’s relationship to political subjectivities. Looking at the ways in which biological bodies navigate, interrupt or are complicit in the sovereign power’s machinations of control can complicate both theoretical constructions of the body and also practical debates regarding the impact of authority.
We invite submissions that examine and play with connections between sovereign power, politics, biological and institutional subjectivities and identities from a variety of disciplines and approaches including: feminism, sexuality, gender, literature, history, anthropology, philosophy, architecture, performance, political science, linguistics, physics and mathematics.
Possible paper topics might include:
• Overlapping or competing claims of sovereignty and governmentality vis-à-vis biopower,
We are now accepting abstracts of 250 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Dr. Timothy C. Campbell will be joining us from Cornell University. Dr. Campbell’s book publications include Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi, University of Minnesota Press, 2006 and Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy, Roberto Esposito, University of Minnesota Press, 2007 (translation and introduction). His teaching and professional interests lie in biopolitics and contemporary Italian thought, fascist films, fascist bodies, modern Italian travel writing and perspectives in Italian culture.