[csaa-forum] Vardoulakis on Coetzee's Michael K and sovereignty

Philosophy@UWS Philosophy at uws.edu.au
Thu Mar 1 09:08:33 CST 2012

The Writing & Society Research Centre and the Philosophy Research Initiative at UWS presents following seminar on Wednesday March 7:

PRESENTER: Dimitris Vardoulakis, UWS
TITLE: Rebel, Saint or Unexceptional? Coetzee's Michael K.
TIME: March 07, 2-4pm
PLACE: UWS Bankstown Campus, 3.G.55
ABSTRACT: In this presentation I will consider how Michael K., Coetzee's re-working of Heinrich von Keist's famous rebel, Michael Kohlhaas, can be understood as a biopolitical subject. I read Michael K.  in relation to the theory of racism that Foucault puts forward at the end of his lectures Society Must be Defended. I will argue that traces of older configurations of power, both ancient and modern, are still present in the novella, turning it into a meditation on sovereignty.
BIO: Dimitris Vardoulakis (UWS) is the author of The Doppelgänger (Fordham University Press, 201) and the editor of Spinoza Now (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).
For the entire 2012 program of the Philosophy seminar series at UWS see: http://www.uws.edu.au/philosophy/philosophy@uws/events/research_seminars_2012

Norma Lam-Saw
Admin Officer, Philosophy Research Initiative
School of Humanities and Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney
Contact: philosophy at uws.edu.au<mailto:philosophy at uws.edu.au>

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