Biopolitics and Media

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Biopolitics and Media

Spring 2019

Taught By: Deborah Levitt

Section: AX

CRN: 7782

Credits: 4

[Tracks C, M] One of the central political questions of today centers on the specter of biopwer, that is, on the question of how states and institutions—as well as the myriad forms of the global mediasphere—work to manage, administer, and optimize the forces of human life. This seminar considers the theories of biopower and biopolitics that have established this field of inquiry (in works by Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, and Nikolas Rose, among others). The course also looks at intersections between media and biopolitics, and students consider contemporary artworks and screen a series of films (including Children of Men, Night of the Living Dead, and 28 Days Later) in order to analyze the methods and means—as well as the cultural desires and anxieties—that surround the political administration of the forces of life. This course is open to Seniors Only, or by permission of the instructor. [Tracks C, M] 

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:45pm 5/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1004

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019