Bios

Biopolitics, or, in Achille Mbembe’s baleful articulation, necropolitics, is one of the central keywords of modernity in general and of the present moment in particular. ¬†Expanding Foucault’s fragmentary consideration of the term, the Italian philosopher Roberto Esposito offers an analysis of the paradigm of immunization in the constitution of modern political society. ¬†Against the approach of contemporaries such as Giorgio Agamben, Esposito provocatively attempts to theorize a positive valence of biopolitics, one that might give greater purchase on debates over issues such as the War on Terror.

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Ashley Dawson

Ashley Dawson, a professor of English at the Graduate Center/CUNY and the College of Staten Island, is a scholar of postcolonial studies and a climate justice activist. He is the author of two recent books on topics relating to the environmental issues, Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change (Verso, 2017) and Extinction: A Radical History (O/R, 2016), as well as many other books on topics relating to migration, global justice, and cultural struggles. He is currently completing a book on energy democracy and just transition entitled The Energy Common.