Current issue: Volume 27 Issue 1

On Biopolitics

Issue editors: Simon Donger and Eve Katsouraki

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2023) 27:1

For Foucault, biopolitics and biopower concern the management of populations seen as machines for production wherein increased productivity across domains is organized unequally with the production of wealth focused on certain sectors (industrial, military, pharmaceutical, etc.) over others. This themed edition critically examines numerous problems resulting from an organization of power anchored in ideological taxonomies of biological life in relation to performance. Our starting hypothesis urgently asks whether biological life—having been captured by the field of power—has become an essential issue of control under the premises of care and progress, with various critical implications attached, as recently seen in the face of the SARS-CoV 2 pandemic.

 

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1 Vulnerable Paths to Freedom

SIMON DONGER AND EVE KATSOURAKI

 

7 Inscribing Bodily Narratives: Four-fold structure of biopower in

the Festival of Spring and Flowers

ECE KONUK AND V. ŞAFAK UYSAL

 

19 Police: Choreographing demobilisation

MARC VILLANUEVA MIR

 

27 Breaking Bureaucracy: Law, performing chronopolitics and the

logic of terror in Aotearoa-New Zealand’s Te Urewera 2007 raids

RYAN HARTIGAN

 

38 Performing Disidentification and Disrupting Neoliberal

Multiculturalism in HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness

NIMALAN YOGANATHAN

 

48 Marriage in Death and the Cyberspace of Feminist Intervention

in Contemporary China

YIZHOU HUANG

 

55 The Transindividual Act of Self-Burning

BOJANA CVEJIĆ

 

64 Performing Viral Resistance

ANTHONY KUBIAK

 

73 Mette’s Pharmacy: An immunitary detour into contaminated

publics

EYLÜL FIDAN AKINCI

 

83 Performing Livelier Biosecurity in Human–Candida Artistic

Encounters

OLGA TIMURGALIEVA

 

93 On the Political Biology of Eating and Performing (with) Food

STEPHEN LOO

 

105 Performative Scores in Pandemic Times

ANDREAS LØPPENTHIN AND DORTE BJERRE JENSEN

 

115 The Political Theatre of Dirty Hands in the UK Government

Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

MOIRA S. LEWITT

 

122 Biopolitical Animation: A lockdown reading of Mandel’s Station

Eleven

GRAHAM WOLFE

 

131 minkfestival.com: An online festival about the zoo of the pandemic

KATERINA SOTIRIOU AND ELENI TIMPLALEXI

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REVIEWS

139 Ballet, Biopolitics and the Relevance of History

MADISON MAINWARING

 

140 The 'Squishy Science' of Theatre and the Post-Relativistic

Universe

JONATHAN W. MARSHALL

 

142 Towards an Ecodramaturgical Human

TALLEY MURPHY

 

143 Activating Specimens

MIKE VANDEN HEUVEL

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145 Notes on Contributors

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