Monday, February 16, 2009

Workshop on Biopolitics

XXIV World IVR Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy
Beijing, China – September 15th-20th, 2009

Workshop on Biopolitics -

Luís Antônio Cunha Ribeiro
Universidade Federal Fluminense – Brazil

Michel Foucault summarizes his understanding of the term Biopolitics
in the abstract of his 1978-1979 Course at College de France: it is
understood as the way it was tried, since the XVIII century, to
rationalize the problems faced by governmental practices by means of
phenomena concerning a group of living beings taken as a population:
health, hygiene, birth rates, races... In his 1975-1976 course he
defines it as the movement by which power takes charge of life
concerns. Gilles Deleuze spoke of the idea of managing a multiplicity
of beings (a given population) over a vast and open space, where
probabilistics become increasingly relevant. Giorgio Agamben states
that the totalitarianism of our century is founded on the dynamical
identity of life and politics.

This special workshop is intended to gather members and scholars who
consider the idea of Biopolitics as understood by the authors above
mentioned – as well as by other contemporary philosophers – useful for
a better comprehension of XX and XXI century national and
international politics. There is a special interest in discussions
towards the ways Biopolitics can be related to the theme of the
Congress (Global Harmony and Rule of Law) as well as to the role of
Social Philosophy and Philosophy of Law in the present world.

Papers relating the concept of Biopolitcs or the works of the above
authors to other philosophical traditions are also welcome.

The deadline for sending in the abstracts of papers to be presented at
the workshop is June 15, 2009. Abstracts should be about 1.000 to
4.000 words long. And the deadline for submitting the papers
themselves is July 15, 2009.

All abstracts and papers for the special workshop will be published on
the congress website at All efforts will be made to
producing a brazilian publication of a book containing all the papers
presented in the workshop.There will also be a volume of abstracts
produced by the Congress organizers.

Information on the Congress is available at and this
call for papers will be available there in a few days.

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