The ​Politics of Life: Rethinking Resistance in the Biopolitical Economy


The ​Politics of Life: 

Rethinking Resistance in the Biopolitical Economy

Balsillie School of International Affairs

Wilfrid Laurier University

March 2-4, 2017

For more information about our event and our new research group, please visit our new website:

Our event includes:

1. Keynote Lecture by Kim TallBear (University of Alberta)

“DNA and the Racial Re-articulation of Indigeneity”

Thursday, March 2

7:00 – 9:00 pm

CIGI Auditorium

This is a free public talk, but you must register to reserve a seat:

2.  Academic Workshop Papers 

Thursday, March 2 & Friday, March 3

International Speakers: Dario Gentili (Università degli Studi Roma Tre); Jenna Hennebry (Wilfrid Laurier University); Penelope Ironstone (Wilfrid Laurier University); Federico Luisetti (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Heather Lynch (Glasgow Caledonia University); Iain MacKenzie (University of Kent); Hannah Richter (University of Kent); Elettra Stimilli (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa); Lorna Weir (York University); Charles Wells (Wilfrid Laurier University); and Kenneth Werbin (Wilfrid Laurier University).

Space is limited for the workshop papers. If you would like to attend please contact Sahver Kuzucuoglu (

3. Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, March 4​

Lecture: “Totalising Institutions, Critique and Resistance” by Iain MacKenzie (University of Kent)

7 Conference Sessions: Decolonization, The Biopolitics of Health, Foucault & Resistance, Resisting Immunization & Toxic Colonialism, Disrupting Biopolitical Borders, Bare (Animal) Life, and Biopolitical Forms of Life.

4. Key Texts in Biopolitics Book Sale 

Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm & Saturday 12:30 – 4:00 pm


We acknowledge the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples, on whose land these events will take place.

We are also committed to being inclusive and accessible to all, accommodation requests should be made by February 15 to Sahver Kuzucuoglu (

Technē Event Organizers: Greg Bird; Sahver Kuzucuoglu; Jalal Midani; Mihnea Panu; and Raluca Parvu.


This event has been generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the International Migration Research Centre, the WLU Office of the Provost & Vice-President: Academic, WLU Faculty of Arts, WLU Faculty of Liberal Arts, WLU Faculty of Graduate & Postgraduate Studies, and the Cultural Analysis and Social Theory MA Program.

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