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CALL FOR PAPERS
for a session at the Thirty-Fourth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Oakland, California, October 7-10, 2010.
Biopolitics before biopolitics: German Literature and Political Theory (1770-1830)
Foucault, Agamben, and, most recently, Roberto Esposito have all stressed the decisive and sinister role that Germany played in explicitly advancing “biopolitics” as a political philosophy in the 20th century.  No less clear is the vital role of Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, and also Martin Heidegger in establishing the theoretical basis of the critique of biopolitics. Yet most accounts of the emergence of biopolitical forms of governance in the late 18th and early 19th century, such as Foucault’s 1978-79 lectures at the College de France, have emphasized developments in France and England over those in Germany.
This panel will inquire into the place of late18th/early 19th century Germany in the development of both biopolitics, and biopolitical critique.  The aim, ideally, is not to assimilate Germany to a “history of biopolitics,” but to discover moments of an internal resistance to biopolitics, and even textual strategies and theoretical conceits that complicate dominant conceptions of biopolitical critique.  While panelists may consider every aspect of German cultural and intellectual life, we especially encourage papers on literary texts from the period that implicitly engage with the problems of political philosophy.
Please send your one-page abstract by December 15th to Anthony Curtis Adler ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)




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Anthony C. Adler
Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Underwood International College
Yonsei University
134 Shinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu,
Seoul, Korea (120-749)
(82-10)4546-3683

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