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ACP Programs, Fall 2014

Tuesday, OCTOBER 21
1:30 pm • San Gabriel Room
3rd floor • University-Student Union

The 2014-2015 ACP Fellows – Dr. Pablo Baler (Modern Languages and Literatures), Dr. Cheryl Koos (History), and Dr. Paola Marin (Modern Languages and Literatures) – discuss biopolitical themes.  What happens when life itself is socially regulated, and even scientifically produced? How is our world shaped by the governmental oversight of health, mortality, sexuality, and mobility?  The fellows will explore a range of emergent political, ethical, and aesthetic questions confronting us in what has been called the “biological century.”   

Thursday, OCTOBER 30
6:15 pm • U-SU Theatre
1st Floor • University-Student Union

Why would someone want to encode poetry into the eyes of a fly, fish for paramecium, or send transgenic organisms into outer space? The projects of artist Joe Davis can seem fantastical, impossible, even ill-advised.  But this documentary’s deeper look into his work reveals a hidden logic that is surprising and contagious - more philosophy than art.  Discussion with director Peter Sasowsky follows. 2010, 90 minutes.

Friday, OCTOBER 31
9:30 am – 5 pm • Alhambra Room
3rd floor • University-Student Union

Since the 1970s, when Michel Foucault first engaged with the idea of biopolitics, generations of scholars have responded to his interest in how the biological lives of whole populations are governed by modern forms of political, corporeal, and statistical regulation. Join ACP and an array of distinguished scholars from around the nation as we frame our 2014-2015 theme, “The Biological Century,” with a day-long symposium evaluating the current state of biopolitical inquiry and experimenting with future theoretical directions.

9:30-10:00         Coffee, Introductions, and Opening Remarks

10:00-12:00       Session One:  Technologies of the Literary

How might theories of biopolitics intensify and redefine the study of literature?  Attending to such diverse case studies as the poetry of Walt Whitman, the contemporary novel of finance, and works of British modernism, our panelists explore literature’s capacity to produce both meaning and subjectivity.

Arne De Boever (California Institute of the Arts): "The Novel as a Biologico-Literary Experiment"

Regina Martin (Denison University): “Finance Capital and the Biopolitics of Modernism”

Christian Haines (Dartmouth College):  "Walt Whitman's Afterlives: Biopolitics, Living Labor, and the Utopian Impulse (1855-2014)"

2:00-4:00           Session Two:  Biopolitical Afterlives

Toward what interdisciplinary ends can biopolitical inquiry be productively deployed?  Our panel explores a range of applications of theory in the fields of aesthetics, economics, politics, urban planning and beyond.

   Una Chung (Sarah Lawrence College):  “‘simple copula is’: escaping capitalist narratives through the figural of biopolitics”

   Jasbir K. Puar (Rutgers University):  “The Right to Maim: Disablement, Palestine, and Disaster Capitalism”

   Craig Willse (George Mason University):  “Mapping Biopolitics: Death and Life in the City”

   Mimi Thi Nguyen (University of Illinois):  “On Freedom and Beauty”


Biopolitical Afterlives is presented in collaboration with CSGS.  See ACP’s facebook page ( for schedule and further information.