The goal of this course is to carefully study the work of the modern philosopher and political theorist Giorgio Agamben whose text Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life imagines the Concentration Camp as exemplar of an exceptional space of violence that creates a particular type of political subject. This course will interrogate the Camps and the Atlantic World’s Plantations to identify points of departure and convergence in these spaces of violent subject formation. The course will be taught in Italy, where it will be hosted at the University of Bologna’s Department of History and Culture where Italian theorists are doing work on radical Italian and Black American Political Thought. (Not offered 2018-19).
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