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CALL FOR PAPERS FOR PANEL AT THE MLA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES,
JANUARY 6-9, 2011
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 played by Germany in
explicitly promoting the biologization of politics in the 20th
century. Equally clear is the significance of the work 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 late 18th/early 19th century
Germany in the development of both biopolitics and biopolitical
critique.  The aim 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 abstract (250 words) by March 5th to Anthony Curtis
Adler ([log in to unmask])

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The German Studies Call for Papers List
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Acting Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
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