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Philosopher’s Holiday Lecture with Chiara Bottici

Speaker: Chiara Bottici, New School For Social Research, New York. 

Title: Rethinking the Biopolitical Turn: from the Thanatopolitical to the Geneapolitical Paradigm

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Rockefeller Hall, Room 300

Description of Lecture: Western philosophy has consistently privileged death over birth as the defining moment of our existential condition. Bottici argues that both Foucault’s and Agamben’s biopolitical model is entrenched in this tradition and is thus intrinsically "thanatopolitical." But what if birth had both an ontological and a political priority over death? Ontological because we die only as a consequence of having been born, and political because, while we may die alone, we are always born in the company of somebody else. If human beings are conceived as beings-after-birth, a different perspective emerges. In this lecture, Bottici argues that we can discuss it along "geneapolitical" lines. 

Bio: Chiara Bottici is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. She is the author of Imaginal Politics: Images Beyond the Imagination and the Imaginary (Columbia University Press 2014); A Philosophy of Political Myth (Cambridge University Press, 2007); Men and States (Palgrave, 2009). She is also co-author, with Benoit Challand, of Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory, Identity, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press and The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations (Routledge, 2010). With Benoit Challand, she also co-edited The Politics of Imagination (Routledge, 2011).