Organizers and Speakers

The Biopolitics of America

Bodies, Environments, and the Liberal Imagination

International Conference, Würzburg, July 28-30, 2016


Hannes Bergthaller (National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan)

Catrin Gersdorf (Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg)




Sladja Blažan (Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg): "'Nature will arise, and will be heard': Death and the Regularization of Native American Lives in Early American Literature"

Christopher Breu (Illinois State University, Normal): "Materializing Time and Occupying Space: The Reconfiguration of Biopolitical America in Karen Yamashita’s I Hotel"

René Dietrich (Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz): "Humanness, Forms of Life, and the Land: The Biopolitical Logics of Settler Colonialism and Literary Sites of Disruptive Relationality"

Andrew S. Gross (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen): "The Biopolitics of Anticommunism: Pastoralism, Selfhood, and the Conservative Imagination"

Nigel Hatton (University of California, Merced): "Parks for Some, Prisons for Others: The Spatial and Racial Politics of Incarceration and Recreation in the United States"

Karin Hoepker (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg): "Ethopolitics: Narrating the Biomedical Self"

Leerom Medovoi (University of Arizona, Tucson): "Biopolitics Beyond the Body"

Heike Raphael-Hernandez (Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg): tba

Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina, Greensboro): "Carceral Space, Fugitive Motion, and Indigenous Ecologies"

Catriona Sandilands (York University, Toronto): "A Vegetative State? Plant Biopolitics"

Gabriele M. Schwab (University of California, Irvine): "Radioactive Ghosts: Precarious Lives in Nuclear Ecologies"

Sabine Sielke (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn): "Self-Optimization, Adaptation, and the Newly Conventional US-American Novel: On Franzen, Eggers, and the Like"