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.

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.