[SydPhil] HPS Research Seminar - Maurizio Meloni - Deakin University
debbie.castle at sydney.edu.au
Tue Feb 25 14:30:12 AEDT 2020
SCHOOL OF HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Held in conjunction with the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science
RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES
MONDAY 2ND MARCH 2020
Associate Professor Maurizio Meloni
Maurizio Meloni is a social theorist and a science and technology studies scholar.
Revitalizing the History of Biopolitics: Porous Bodies, Environmental Biopower, and the Politics of Life in Ancient Rome
The case for an unprecedented penetration of life mechanisms into the politics of Western modernity has been a cornerstone of twentieth-century social theory. Working with and beyond Foucault, this paper challenges established views about the history of biopower by focusing on ancient medical writings and practices of corporeal permeability. Through an analysis of three Roman institutions: a) bathing; b) urban architecture; and c) the military, it shows that technologies aimed at fostering and regulating life did exist in Classical antiquity at the scale of population. The paper highlights zones of indistinction between natural and political processes, zoē and bíos, that are not captured by a view of destructive incorporation of or over life by sovereign power (Agamben) or are otherwise lost in polarized views of antiquity as rigidly divided between a private and a public sphere (Arendt). It points also to a much more substantial evidence for the government of the collective body of citizens and their health than Foucault assumed in his writings on pagan antiquity (1985, 1990). In conclusion, I argue that unlike the modernistic instrumentalization of bodies and nature, ancient biopower is a heterogeneous assemblage of sensitive bodies, cosmological powers, and material devices. It is an enchanted cosmobiopolitics of humans and non-humans alike that may be theoretically significant for contemporary rediscovery of the agential power of things and tropes of biological plasticity in post-liberal and post-humanist view of politics.
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