Term: Fall 2012

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 6410

This course focuses on life and death in relation to power. Having been put into circulation most influentially by Foucault's innovative theories on power, biopolitics (and necropolitics as its double) concerns the ways in which how we live and die have become objects of government and have been strategically integrated into power relations in modern society. The course aims to introduce different conceptualizations and uses of biopolitics by contemporary theorists, such as Michel Foucault, Nikolas Rose, Giorgio Agamben, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Derrida, Achile Mbembe, and Roberto Esposito. The discussion is framed in relation to themes such as state security and securitization, risk, neo-liberalism, crisis and class, post-coloniality and race, and humanism/post-humanism. The course also incorporates current and controversial examples of biopolitical significance through case studies. Examples include organ transplant politics, genetic technologies, assisted suicide, hunger striking, human shielding, epidemics and disaster management, and humanitarian warfare.

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