Feminist Approaches to Biopolitics, ECPG 2017

Call for abstracts for the 5th ECPG Conference, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 8-10 June 2017.

Panel: Feminist Approaches to Biopolitics
Chairs: Jemima Repo (Newcastle University) and Cai Weaver (University of Helsinki)

Research based on Michel Foucault’s notion of biopolitics has burgeoned in recent years, not only since the publication of the Collège de France lectures, but also due to developments in Italian political philosophy. Yet, feminist and queer contributions to this literature often feature less prominently in this new wave of scholarship. This panel welcomes all papers, both theoretical and empirical, that explore any aspect of the relationship between sex, sexuality, and gender, and biopolitics. Papers can focus on for instance particular theoretical or methodological questions that develop, challenge or complicate existing frameworks or analyses of biopolitics. They can also challenge the Western-centric biopolitical tradition by exploring the biopolitics of sex/gender/sexuality in different geographical, historical, and cultural contexts. We invite papers that empirically explore the biopolitics of social, economic, cultural, political and legal questions surrounding, but not limited to, reproduction, labour, migration, care, LGBT issues, austerity, conflict, development, social justice, race, class or disability from a feminist, queer and/or intersectional perspective.

Abstracts of 300 words, including title, should be emailed to Cai Weaver (cai.weaver[at]helsinki.fi) by 8th November 2016. Please include full contact details for all authors (name, institutional affiliation, email address) and 3-8 key words with each submission.

The final submission of abstracts will be made by the panel chairs to the ECPG. For more information about the conference, visit the website: http://www.ecpg.eu

Out Now: The Routledge Handbook of Biopolitics


About the Book:
The problematic of biopolitics has become increasingly important in the social sciences. Inaugurated by Michel Foucault’s genealogical research on the governance of sexuality, crime and mental illness in modern Europe, the research on biopolitics has developed into a broader interdisciplinary orientation, addressing the rationalities of power over living beings in diverse spatial and temporal contexts.

The development of the research on biopolitics in recent years has been characterized by two tendencies: the increasingly sophisticated theoretical engagement with the idea of power over and the government of life that both elaborated and challenged the Foucauldian canon (e.g. the work of Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri, Roberto Esposito and Paolo Virno) and the detailed and empirically rich investigation of the concrete aspects of the government of life in contemporary societies. Unfortunately, the two tendencies have often developed in isolation from each other, resulting in the presence of at least two debates on biopolitics: the historico-philosophical and the empirical one. This Handbook brings these two debates together, combining theoretical sophistication and empirical rigour.

The volume is divided into five sections. While the first two deal with the history of the concept and contemporary theoretical debates on it, the remaining three comprise the prime sites of contemporary interdisciplinary research on biopolitics: economy, security and technology. Featuring previously unpublished articles by the leading scholars in the field, this wide-ranging and accessible companion will both serve as an introduction to the diverse research on biopolitics for undergraduate students and appeal to more advanced audiences interested in the current state of the art in biopolitics studies.

For more information, visit the Routledge Website