Eventually, I can say that the conference on Biopolitics and Literature Louise and I have organised at the University of Birmingham – Modern Languages on June the 26th, has been a great achievement. First of all, it’s the very first conference I have organised and I am quite proud of that. But this is not the most important thing. We had five papers presented that I consider of very high quality and, even if the arguments and the research fields were quite different, all papers showed strong bonds and linkages between them. The subjects ranged from the Rwanda genocide to the memory of the Haitian “persil” genocide, from the construction of the “Creole” identity to the “Coolies” literature in the Francophone Caribbean; they analysed texts by Edouard Glissant, Edwige Danticat, Gilbert Gatore, Maurice Virassamy and Lafcadio Hearn. However, all papers deeply questioned the complex relationship between literature, historical violence and biopower, that was the main topic of our colloquium. Above all, I think we had a great time with Michael, Judith, Nicki and all the other people (professors, researchers and remarkable students) who attended the conference. Everybody was interested in the arguments we discussed together, during the panels, of course, but also at the dinner we organised after the conference.
If you want to find some more informations about the conference (abstracts etc.), please go to the conference page on this blog.
I would like to share with you a podcast of my paper: The Living and the Poetic Intention: Édouard Glissant’s Biopolitics of Literature. You can listen to it here:
And this is the main bibliography related to my paper:
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Bazzicalupo, L. (2010) Biopolitica. Una mappa concettuale, Roma, Carocci.
Deleuze, G. (1995) ‘Immanence: A Life’ in Id. Pure Immanence. Essays on A Life, New York, Zone Books, 2005.
Esposito, R. (2004) Bíos. Biopolitics and Philosophy, trans. and pref. by T. Campbell, University of Minnesota Press, 2008.
Foucault, M. (1976) The History of Sexuality Vol. 1: The Will to Knowledge, London, Penguin, 1998.
Foucault, M. (1985) Life: Experience and Science, in Id. Essential Works of Michel Foucault. 1954-1984. Vol. II – Aesthetics, Method and Epistemology, ed. by J.D. Faubion, New York, The New Press, 1998, 465-478.
Glissant, É. (1990) Poetics of Relation, trans. by B. Wing, Ann Arbor, U. of Michigan Press, 1997.
Glissant, É. (2010) La terre le feu l’eau et les vents. Une anthologie de la poésie du tout-monde, Paris, Galaade Éditions.
Glissant, É. (2012) ‘Rien n’est Vrai, tout est vivant’ in Francofonia. Studi e ricerche sulle letterature di lingua francese, 63, 2012, special issue: “Le frémissement de la lecture. Parcours littéraires d’Edouard Glissant” (eds. C. Biondi and E. Pessini).
Nancy, J.-L. (1992) Corpus, Paris, Métailié.
Philip, N. (2008), Zong!, Wesleyan University Press.