Will Sovereignty Ever Be Deconstructed – Malabou at Queen Mary

by | 6 Oct 2011

We are delighted to publicize a lecture by Professor Catherine Malabou, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University. With the discussants: Professor Jane Bennett, Department of Political Science, John Hopkins University and Professor Fred Moten, Department of English, Duke University. The event will be chaired by Dr
Brenna Bhandar, Queen Mary, University of London

Abstract: Since the introduction by Foucault of the motif of biopolitics in theory, philosophy then has to situate the point where biology and history, the living subject and the political subject meet. This philosophical gesture presents itself as a deconstruction of sovereignty. Still there remains a border, in these political approaches, between two notions of life, and even between two lives: biological life and symbolic life. The persistence of such a hinge is what reintroduces a kind of sovereignty within the political approach to life. To what extent can current biological categories help us to found a new materialism.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture.

Thursday 3 November 2011, 5-7pm

London House Large Common Room, Goodenough College,

Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N 2AB

To book a place contact lawevents[at]qmul[dot]ac[dot]uk and include the title of the event. your name, job title, organisation, email & telephone. Spaces limited, please rsvp.

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