A Biopolitics of Emergency

And following the last posting’s announcement, here’s a post from Governing Emergencies by Ben Anderson on ‘A Biopolitics of Emergency’

Governing Emergencies

Last week, I gave a lecture at the Welsh DTC (Doctoral Training Centre) theory school entitled ‘A Biopolitics of Emergency’. It was really good to catch up with friends, and meet some new postgrads doing really interesting work.

The lecture was trying to bring together two strands of my current work on emergencies. In relation to how emergencies are governed today, I said a bit about response (in distinction from preemption and other such logics), and in particular how accusations of ‘delay’ in response emerge and are themselves responded to. So I talked a little bit about the 7/7 inquiry as an occasion in which ‘delay’ emerged as a matter of concern, and then talked about response in relation to technologies and techniques of mobilisation. As well as this work on the contemporary, I’m about to start a geneaology of the contemporary government of emergency (of which i see response…

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