602026 SE Philosophical History: The Great Lockdown. A History of Biopolitics from the Plague to Corona

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602026
SE Philosophical History: The Great Lockdown. A History of Biopolitics from the Plague to Corona
SE 2
5
weekly
every 3rd semester
English

Knowledge of philosophical debates around the term "biopolitics"; comprehension of the relevance of biopolitical discourses in the context of the history of philosophy; discussion and reflection of biopolitical measures in dealing with specific infectious diseases.

Michel Foucault's thesis that "the 'biological modernity threshold' of a society [lies] where its political strategies are concerned with the existence of the species itself" (Foucault [1976] 1983, 138) was formulated more than 40 years ago, but is relevant again today in order to be able to assess the biopolitical dimensions of the COVID 19 pandemic. The thesis states that the concern for the biological life of the population is a specifically modern and extremely ambivalent phenomenon, which can be historically exemplified by the development of the national health system or central statistical offices, but also by racist eugenics and measures against various infectious diseases. In fact, there are several indications that the history of medical and political sciences has been repeatedly linked over the last few centuries, and that diseases such as plague, leprosy, cholera, variola, or HIV are medically and politically significant junctions and sometimes even turning points. This seminar is an attempt to trace the history of biopolitics with regard to specific epidemics and pandemics in order to better understand what the consequences of the so-called corona crisis might be.

Online project seminar; all course documents are discussed online and published via OLAT; online impulse presentations with discussion.

Written.

Agamben, Giorgio. Homo sacer. Die souveräne Macht und das nackte Leben. Übersetzt von Hubert Thüring. Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp, 2002.

Bashford, Alison and Claire Hooker, eds. Contagion. Historical and Cultural Studies. London/New York: Routledge, 2001.

Camus, Albert. Die Pest. Übersetzt von Uli Aumüller. Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2012.

Elbe, Stefan. Virus Alert: Security, Governmentality, and the AIDS Pandemic. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Esposito, Roberto. Immunitas. Schutz und Negation des Lebens. Übersetzt von Sabine Schulz. Zürich/Berlin: Diaphanes, 2004.

Foucault, Michel. Der Wille zum Wissen. Sexualität und Wahrheit I. Übersetzt von Ulrich Raulff und Walter Seitter. Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp, 1983.

Haraway, Donna J. Unruhig bleiben. Die Verwandtschaft der Arten im Chthuluzän. Übersetzt von Karin Harrasser. Frankfurt a. M.: Campus, 2018.

Preciado, Paul B. TESTO JUNKIE: Sex, Drogen und Biopolitik in der Ära der Pharmapornografie. Berlin: b_books, 2016.

Sarasin, Philipp et al., Hrsg. Bakteriologie und Moderne: Studien zur Biopolitik des Unsichtbaren 1870–1920. Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp, 2006.

Sontag, Susan. Illness as Metaphor. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1978.

Thacker, Eugene. Biomedia. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004.

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05.10.2020
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Mon 2020-10-05
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2020-10-12
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2020-10-19
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2020-11-09
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2020-11-16
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2020-11-23
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2020-11-30
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2020-12-07
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2020-12-14
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2021-01-11
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2021-01-18
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2021-01-25
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Mon 2021-02-01
12.00 - 13.30 eLecture - online eLecture - online