Bios: Life, Death, Politics, 2010 Spring Seminar

2010 Spring Seminar Schedule

Bios: Life, Death, Politics

Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Co-Organized with the Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies initiative and with Unit affiliates Ellen Moodie (Anthropology), Feisal Mohamed (English), and Emanuel Rota (Italian).

All meetings are on Monday nights from 8:00-10:00 pm at the IPRH Building, 805 W. Pennsylvania, Urbana

All readings will be on electronic reserves, listed under UNIT 2010, Goodlad.

February 8

Michel Foucault. Society Must Be Defended, Lectures at the Collège de France 1975-1976: Picador, 2003.

--Ch. 11: 17 March 1976 (1st excerpt)

--Ch. 11: 17 March 1976 (2nd excerpt)

Michel Foucault, Chap. 9: 14 March 1979, The Birth of Biopolitics

Paul Rabinow and Nikolas Rose, “Biopower Today,” BioSocieties (2006)


Thomas Lemke, “’The Birth of Bio-politics’: Michel Foucault’s Lecture at the Collège de France on Neo-liberal Governmentality,” Economy and Society, 30 (2001)

February 22

Giorgio Agamben, from Means without End:

“Form of Life”

“Beyond Human Rights”

“What is a Camp?”

Roberto Esposito, Chap. 4, “Thantaopolitics: The Cycle of Genos,” Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy

Timothy Campbell, “Bios, Immunity, Life: The Thought of Roberto Esposito,” diacritics (2006)

March 8

Hannah Arendt, “The Decline of the Nation-State and the End of the Rights of Man,” The Origins of Totalitarianism

Paul Kahn, Chap. 5, “Crossing the Border between Law and Sovereignty,” Sacred Violence: Torture, Terror, and Sovereignty

Elizabeth Dauphinee, “War Crimes and the Ruins of Law,”Millennium—Journal of International Studies (2008)

March 29

Sharad Chari, “State Racism and Biopolitical Struggle: Struggles over Space in Durban, South Africa, 1900-1970s,” forthcoming in Radical History Review

Susan Greenhalgh, “The Chinese Biopolitical: Facing the Twenty-first Century,” New Genetics and Society

Priscilla Wald, “Blood and Stories: How Genomics is Rewriting Race, Medicine and Human History,” Patterns of Prejudice (2006)

April 26

Gilles Deleuze, “Postscript on the Society of Control,” October (1992)

Antonio Negri, “The Political Monster, Power, and Naked Life,” in C. Casarino and A. Negri, In Praise of the Common: A Conversation on Philosophy and Politics

Cesare Casarino, “Time Matters: Marx, Negri, Agamben, and the Corporeal,” in C. Casarino and A. Negri, In Praise of the Common: A Conversation on Philosophy and Politics

Neni Panourgia, “Desert Islands: Ransom of Humanity,” Public Culture (2008)


Inda, Jonathan Xavier, “Analytics of the Modern: An Introduction,” Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality, and Life Politics

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