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Veranstaltungsart Seminar Veranstaltungsnummer 51735
Semester SoSe 2021 SWS 2
Rhythmus keine Übernahme Moodle-Link  
Veranstaltungsstatus Freigegeben für Vorlesungsverzeichnis  Freigegeben  Sprache deutsch-englisch
Belegungsfristen - Eine Belegung ist online erforderlich
Veranstaltungsformat Digital


Gruppe 1
Tag Zeit Rhythmus Dauer Raum Raum-
Lehrperson Status Bemerkung fällt aus am Max. Teilnehmer
Mo. 12:00 bis 14:00 wöch     findet statt    
Gruppe 1:
Zur Zeit keine Belegung möglich

Zugeordnete Person
Zugeordnete Person Zuständigkeit
Rogalla von Bieberstein, Alice , Dr.
Abschluss Studiengang LP Semester
Master of Arts  Ethnographie: Theorie Hauptfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2019 )   -  
Master of Arts  Europäische Ethnologie Hauptfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2014 )   -  
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Philosophische Fakultät, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

When Michel Foucault, over the course of his oeuvre, turned to the issue of ‘biopolitics’, he paused and appeared to have felt the need to make sense of something else first, namely the changing shape of liberal governance in the twentieth century. Following his lead, this course will engage with the governance of life and death in the context of neoliberalism. Neoliberalism generally refers to a shift from a Fordist-Keynesian regulatory state with extensive social welfare and employment security to a regime of flexible labour and accumulation, free trade and active individualism. It has re-organised the relation between state, individuals and various (religious, kin, civil society, etc.) communities/collectivities. Central to this re-organisation has been the redistribution of responsibilities, both for care and social reproduction, but also for the burden of social and existential risks. Some lives are neither cared for nor protected, but abandoned and exposed to death. Market logics have penetrated ever more spheres of life, commoditising the most intimate of human relations and the production of identity and personhood itself. Desires, affects and emotions nowadays play an important role in the production of economic value.

We will kick off the discussions by looking at our own context: higher education, before exploring the concepts and histories of 'biopolitics', ‘necropolitics’ and 'neoliberalism'. By engaging with the work of anthropologists as well as scholars from other disciplines, we will explore different themes and spheres that bring to the fore the biopolitical and necropolitical dimensions of neoliberal governance, such as, amongst others: disposession and the politics of debt, crisis and austerity; the (racialised, gendered, class-contingent) precarity of labour and life; issues of care work, family and subjectivity; the particular way the future has become a field of biopolitical intervention and prevention; and the neoliberalisaiton of love and sexuality (dating apps!).

The literature for this seminar will be mostly in English. Seminar discussions can be in both German and English. The seminar will take place digitally through weekly meetings via Zoom or a similar tool. The focus will be on the discussion of the literature, but there will also be different kinds of group work.

Bei Interesse lassen sich die Module 7a/b mit dem Seminar verbinden. Bitte dafür Kontakt mit der Lehrenden aufnehmen.



Michel Foucault (1976) The Will to Knowledge: The History of Sexuality Vol. I; Michel Foucault (2008) The Birth of Biopolitics; David Harvey (2007) A Brief History of Neoliberalism; Janet Roitman (2015) Anti-Crisis; Laura Bear (2015) Navigating Austerity; Stephen Campbell (2018) Border Capitalism Disrupted; Michael Hardt (1999) Affective Labor; Melinda Cooper (2017) Family Values; Anna Tsing (2015) The Mushroom at the End of the World; Andrea Muehlebach (2012) The Moral Neoliberal;  Andrew Lakoff & Stephen Collier (2008) Biosecurity Interventions.      


Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester SoSe 2021. Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2022/23.
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