Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Critical Approaches to Law Reading Group

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Headington Campus


In an age in which sovereignty is undergoing repeated acts of deconstruction, a sound understanding of the concept of biopolitics seems essential for contemporary theoretical scholarship. This is not only due to its present and ever-growing influence throughout the humanities and social sciences, but also due to the fraught biopolitical world which we find ourselves in. However, this notion of the relation between politics and life has been approached in a variety of different ways, from thinkers in a variety of fields and intellectual traditions. It thus seems apposite to engage with the concept through one of the most comprehensive and prestigious collections of writing on biopolitics, edited by Timothy Campbell and Adam Sitze.

The reading group will meet four times in the autumn of 2016, each time to discuss a different conception of biopolitics from a different theorist. The meetings will take place on Thursdays from 4.30 pm to 6 pm. Each time, the discussion will be opened by a volunteer member of the group. Please bring the text to the meetings.

  • Reading: T. Campbell and A. Sitze (eds.), Biopolitics: A Reader (2013, Duke University Press) [texts included in the reader are also available from a variety of sources]