Biopolitics: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable

The Colonial and Settler Studies Research Network and The Centre for Critical Human Rights Research


Biopolitics: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable

How and in what ways is the body a site of intervention for power in colonial and postcolonial situations? How do race and gender affect modes of governmentality and representation? This roundtable considers these and related questions from the perspectives of historical, literary and cultural studies.


Chair: Anshuman Mondal (English and Postcolonial Studies, Brunel University).

Jane Carey (History, University of Wollongong)

Timothy Neale (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University)

Michael R. Griffiths (English and Writing, University of Wollongong)

Vera Mackie (History, University of Wollongong)



Tuesday 23rd February, 2016

3:30–5:00 pm

LHA Research Hub 19.2072



The event will be followed by a launch of Michael R Griffiths’s edited collection Biopolitics and Memory in Postcolonial Literature and Culture (Ashgate 2016).

Tuesday 23rd February 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

The book addresses the intersection of biopolitics and public practices of memory from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa to the United Nations Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the Stolen Generations in Australia.