Friday, September 4, 2015
Biopolitics, refugees, and other matters
It can only be a matter of time before biopolitical takes on the current European refugee/migrant crisis begin showing up in the IR journals (and other journals). Since the crisis revolves in large part around bodies and their relation to states, it would seem tailor-made for such treatment. Although I think I understand at least a few of the basic notions, I can't say biopolitics "does" much for me in an intellectual sense. Thus when I learned, via a recent comment thread attached to this post at the USIH blog, that there has been a biopolitical appropriation of Kantorowicz's The King's Two Bodies, I was interested but not bowled over. As I mentioned on the same thread, I cited The King's Two Bodies in my dissertation, which did not address biopolitics; I also mentioned that I had not actually read the Kantorowicz straight through (or even come anywhere close to doing so), but basically had only pillaged, with appropriate attribution of course, a couple of its footnotes that related to my subject.