CFP: New Biopolitics for Georgetown University Interdisciplinary Journal

deadline for submissions: 
March 2, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Georgetown University English Graduate Student Association
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Predicate: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Journal

Theme: New Biopolitics


Michel Foucault defines biopolitics as “this very specific, albeit very complex, power that has

the population as its target, political economy as its major form of knowledge and apparatuses of

security [or dispositifs] as its essential technical instrument.” Timothy Campbell and Adam Sitze,

in turn, describe the “biopolitical turn” as “a proliferation of studies, claiming Foucault as an

inspiration, on the relations between ‘life’ and ‘politics.’”

As scholars have further engaged with and complicated the concept of biopolitics, new trends

have emerged from its lineage – from necropolitics to the global proliferations of surveillance to



To revisit and expand conceptions of biopolitics, the English Graduate Student Association at

Georgetown University seeks proposals from various disciplines and theoretical approaches for

publication in Predicate, its annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Journal. Some possible

lines of inquiry include: How have body modifications like reading glasses and walking canes or

scarification and subdermal implants redefined feeling and experience? With Europe's recent

court cases on the "right to be forgotten" in mind, how does the inability to have our presence die

on the Internet extend our boundaries of life? In what ways has literature or film redefined

conception and birth with our society's focus on reproductive rights? Refuting traditional notions

of the human-animal binary, how has technology reified and/or complicated our distinctions

between the human and the other?


While certainly not comprehensive, papers addressing any of the following are welcome:

• The ontological turn

• Affect studies

• Ecological approaches/ the Anthropocene

• Law and literature

• Materialisms

• Temporality

• Digital humanities

• Boundaries of the human

• Pop culture

• Biotechnology

• Cyborg studies


All submissions must be 10-15 pages in length, typed in standard 12-point font, and formatted

as per MLA (8th ed.) guidelines. Please send your entries in to the journal editor, Queenie Sukhadia, at by March 2nd, 2018. Submissions should include your proposed

paper title as well as a short bio (100 words), giving your name, institutional affiliation, and