Activist Media and Biopolitics:
Critical Media Interventions in the Age of Biopower
University of Innsbruck, Austria, 12-13 November, 2010
Call for Papers [pdf]
Following the decline of tactical media as a guiding concept in media of resistance, many of the key concerns articulated in tactical media seem to have migrated to the intersection of informatics and the life sciences. Paralleling a shift of interest from hard/software to “wetware” in information technology, and from territorial to biopolitical regimes, activists, artists and scientists began developing networks of collaboration across disciplines, institutional settings, and economic frameworks, questioning the workings of biopower by introducing discontinuities in a new hegemony of knowledge. Interventions have targeted biopolitical areas such as precarious labor, technologies of security, asylum policies, health care reforms, body politics, gendering, racial profiling, genetic engineering, cellular research, nutrition, biopharmaceuticals, and many others. Carrying forward the interventionist practices of tactical media, biopolitical activists have surprised the mainstream by engaging in dissident practices at the very core of scientific knowledge formation and the related constructions of political/social realities. Outside the laboratories, they have challenged established categories about food, plants and animals through direct actions.
This conference brings together theoreticians, practitioners and activists whose work focuses on challenges to the hegemonic biopolitical discourse, and on developing tools for a critical understanding of biopower.
Invited speakers: Joshua D Atkinson, Geoff Cox, Carolyn Guertin
Contributions might address, but are not limited to:
It is focused on discourse and will primarily consist of delivered papers
Dates and deadlines: