Excerpt: /266/ Reading Club: Foucault & Biopolitics


On neoliberalism and biopolitics.
In the fifth session of the “Emergency Politics & Control” theme of the 2022 Reading Club, we take on The Birth of Biopolitics, Michel Foucault’s 1978-9 lectures at the College de France (no’s 4-6, 9-10).
How does Foucault trace a line between German ordo- and American neo-liberalism to biopolitics? What role does human capital play? Is ‘biopolitics’ a critique or a manual? And how useful a tool is it to understand the management of the Covid pandemic?

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