Ontological Politics

11 October 2018, 16:00 - 18:00

S2, Alison Richard Building

The Ontopolitics of the Future group is hosted by the Culture, Politics and Global Justice research cluster in collaboration with gloknos. This reading group combines perspectives from different disciplines - including but not limited to anthropology, sociology, political theory, gender studies, STS and philosophy - to create discussions about the politics of being in late liberalism, particularly in view of challenges such as climate change and the development of artificial intelligence. Recognising that the question of what lives (or survives) in the ‘Anthropocene’ is inextricable from the question of what (or who) is recognized as an actor/agent and/or the subject of rights, the group interrogates the implications of different ways of knowing, defining, and governing existents.

This event is open to all and no registration is necessary. Once per term, the reading group will include activities such as a walk, a visit to an exhibition, or a film screening, related to the overall theme. Specific dates and activities will be fixed during the year, in conversation with members.

The selection of readings aims to reflect recent publications on the topic; we always welcome suggestions. Where possible, links are provided to online versions of readings available either for free or to University members via IDiscover/Raven; if you need access to any of these, get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.  All queries can be addressed to Dr. Jana Bacevic

 

Michaelmas Term - 11 October 2018

Mol, A. 1999. Ontological Politics. A word and some questions. In J. Law, & J. Hassard (Eds.), Actor network theory and after (pp. 74-89). (Sociological review. Monographs). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

Mbembe, A. 2003. Necropolitics. Public Culture, 15 (1): 11-40.

 


gloknos is initially funded for 5 years by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr.Inanna Hamati-Ataya for her project ARTEFACT (2017-2022). ARTEFACT is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 724451). For information about gloknos or ARTEFACT please contact the administrator in the first instance.

 

Michaelmas Term 2018 11 October

Mol, A. 1999. Ontological Politics. A word and some questions. In J. Law, & J. Hassard (Eds.), Actor network theory and after (74-89). Sociological Review Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

Mbembe, A. 2003. Necropolitics. Public Culture 15 (1): 11-40.

25 October

Rose, N. 2007. The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-first Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

8 November

Mezzadra, S. & Neilson, B. 2017. 'On the multiple frontiers of extraction: excavating contemporary capitalism.' Cultural Studies (31:2-3): 185-204.

22 November

Povinelli, E. 2016. Geontologies: A requiem to late liberalism.

See also: https://www.e-flux.com/journal/78/81514/geontologies-the-figures-and-the-tactics/