Who we are

We are a network of researchers and students in the areas of philosophy and social sciences dedicated to the study of biopolitics, coordinated by Vanessa Lemm (School of Humanities, University of New South Wales, Australia) and Miguel Vatter (School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales). The biopolitics project facilitates research, networks scholars, and provides information about biopolitics for a Spanish-speaking and English-speaking public.


What is Biopolitics?

By “biopolitics” we understand a concept of politics that has as its object the biological life of the human species.  The way in which “the political” relates to “life” can be negative, which is to say biopolitics can pursue the objective of dominating life and putting its reproduction under the control of various social systems (legal, economic, administrative, etc.), oriented towards a series of ideological ends (ranging from genocide and eugenics in totalitarian regimes to the accumulation of “human capital” in liberal democracies).  However, a biopolitics that has a positive aim is also possible. A positive biopolitics would be a politics of life that pursues the objective of emancipating life from exploitation, domination, and administrative management.  Our study of biopolitics is dedicated to research and theorization of both possibilities.

Founding Members

Vanessa Lemm: School of Humanities, University of New South Wales, Australia. E-mail:  v.lemm@unsw.edu.au


Miguel Vatter: School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia. E-mail:  m.vatter@unsw.edu.au



Ely Orrego Torres (Executive Coordination)  

eorrego@caip.cl / contacto@biopolitica.cl




Invitation to Join the Network of Biopolitics Researchers


We invite researchers, academics and students to participate in our project and our website. To join, email an abstract of your approach to the study of biopolitics to Miguel Vatter: E-mail: Miguel Vatter (General Coordination):  m.vatter@unsw.edu.au