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Necropolitics, Biopower and the Crisis of Globalisation

Starts 29 January 2018 - 10:00
Finishes 29 January 2018 - 17:00
Venue Birkbeck, University of London. Room 101, 30 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DQ
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In the countries of the Global North, the choice for Brexit in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US indicate a crisis of neoliberal globalisation, now traversed by a conflict that opposes “globalists” to the “preservers of sovereignty”. In the Global South, we are witnessing the end of the cycle of progressive governments in Latin America, and of neo-developmentalist agendas as well. The split between “globalism” and “sovereignty” announces a horizon of war that can produce in the Northern metropoles the civil violence (necropolitics) that is characteristic to the Global South. At the same time, the biopolitical struggles of the immigrants in the North and of the poor in the Global South indicate a possible path out of this impasse. The conference explores the points of confluence in these biopolitical struggles in the North and South.

To allow this reflection on necropolitics, biopolitics and the crises of globalisation, the conference brings together scholars working across a wide range disciplines, from political theory and philosophy, to sociology and psychosocial studies, to psychoanalysis, anthropology and postcolonial studies.


  • Standard: £10
  • Students/unwaged: £5

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Panel 1: 10.00-11.15 - On Taming: Biopolitics, Necropolitics, Hyperpolitics

  • Giuseppe Cocco (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and Birkbeck, University of London): The Politics of the Poor
  • Raluca Soreanu (Birkbeck, Universirty of London): Hyperpolitics and the Traumatised State

Tea and coffee (provided): 11.15-11.30

Panel 2: 11.30-13.00 - Necropolitics and the State of Exception

Lunch (provided): 13.00-13.45

Panel 3: 13.45-15.15 - Monsters. Between Biopolitics and Necropolitics

  • Silvia Posocco (Birkbeck, University of London):  Queer Necropolitics and the Undercommons
  • Miguel Mellino (Università l’Orientale di Napoli): The Crisis and the European Conjuncture: Neoliberalism between Biopolitcs and Necropolitics
  • Barbara Szaniecki (Escola Superior de Design Industrial - UERJ) Sympoietical Practices and Tentacular Design
  • Chair: Thea Pitman (Leeds University)

Tea and coffee (provided): 15.15-15.30

Panel 4: 15.30-17.00 - Mobilisations and Necropolitics 

  • Paulo Gerbaudo (King’s College London): Left Populism and the Crisis of Globalization
  • Raúl Sanchez Cedillo (Fundacion los Comunes Madrid): The Democracy of Machine-Body against the War of Algorithm Capital
  • Carlotta Benvegnù (Université Paris 8): A Logistic Perspective: On Migration struggles in Europe
  • Chair: Annalisa Murgia (Leeds University)


  • Giuseppe Cocco (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Raluca Soreanu (Birkbeck, University of London)

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) is the focal point for social research at Birkbeck and a hub for its dissemination and discussion in London and beyond.

Chair: Arianna Bove : Queen Mary University – London

Chair: Annalisa Murgia: Leeds University