Ageing and Dying
Venice, Palazzo Papafava
Calle de la Rachetta
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Human life is mortal life. This ontological claim, in turn, presupposes an epistemological, ethical, and political revolution: if death is not simply outside life, but creates a tension within life itself, then death itself needs fully to be integrated within our lives, private and public, individual and political. There needs to be a politics of birth, death and ageing, as well as an epistemology of life. This is precisely the point at which the stakes of biopolitics emerge. Life itself falls within structures of power and becomes a political object as soon as it becomes a question of preserving it from its other, namely, death. In order to better preserve and protect individual and species’ life, an increase and extension of governmentality is required. It is under these conditions that the ‘politics of life’ tend to become both bio-politics and thanatopolitics. The intrinsic risk is one in which, in order to address those problems, biopowers need to decide and legislate on what can be considered as ‘truly’ alive, and establish a rigid and normative hierarchy, with human life in its actual existence at the top of the scale, and other living beings as inferior forms of life. This situation generates questions of ethics and jurisprudence that deserve to be explored in depth.
Saturday 15 September
10:15 M. de Beistegui, G. Bianco, M. Gracieuse – Introduction
10:30 Keith Ansell-Pearson (University of Warwick)– “An Epicurean Attachment to Life: Nietzsche on the Banality of Death ».
11: 45 Frédéric Worms (Université de Lille3/CIEPFC) – “Ageing as a vital relationship”
2:00 Pier Giorgio Donatelli (Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”) – “Human life in the first person”
3:00 Tom Kirkwood (University of Newcastle ) – “What makes us die? A biogerontological perspective on the end of life.”
4:15 Guillaume Le Blanc (Université Bordeaux) – “Right to die and Grievability”.
Sunday 16 September
10:30 Howard Caygill (Kingston University, London) - “The Disguises of Age: Genet's Prisoner of Love”
11.45 Christina Howells (University of Oxford ) – “A Portrait of Death: Mortality and Aesthetics in the work of Jean-Luc Nancy”
12:45 Lunch Afternoon
2:00 Steve Fuller (University of Warwick) – “Changing attitudes towards ageing and dying and the classical sociological problem of generations”
3:00 Claudia Stein (University of Warwick) – “Disciplining and Regulation Birth and Death: The Formation of Biopower in Eighteenth-Century Germany”
4:15 Paul-Antoine Miquel (Université de Toulouse) – “The landscapes of ageing”
This two-day workshop will take place at the Palazzo Papafava, Calle de la Rachetta, Cannaregio 3764, 30121 Venezia Italy.
For more information: www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/research/activities/encfp/cibb/
Free participation. Please register your interest in attending the workshop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CIBB project members:
Miguel de Beistegui
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Saturday, September 15 2012, 10:00am
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