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Professor Paolo Palladino


Paolo Palladino

Lancaster University

Bowland College



Tel: +44 1524 592793

Research overview

In recent years my research has focused on the notion that contemporary developments in the biomedical sciences signal a rupture in the history of modern governmental formations. I am now in the process of turning the insights into the relationship between contemporary historical, philosophical and sociological understanding of the relationship between knowledge and power thus gained into resources for the development of a more critical understanding of bio-heritage and the processes involved in its construction. In so doing, I find myself revisiting my earliest work on the development of agricultural practices and the evolution of environmentalist sensibilities.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising students wishing to study either the history of the medical and human sciences or the history of the environmental sciences, agriculture and the transformation of landscape. I am interested especially in those students wishing to combine such historical studies and critical examination of the analytical frameworks developed by Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben and Gilles Deleuze.

Current Teaching

I am on research leave until August 2018. Up to this point, my undergraduate teaching has focused on the role of the life sciences and medicine in modern bio-political governmental mechanisms. I also convened a postgraduate module on the nature of historical explanation.

Research Interests

I work at the intersection of history, philosophy and sociology. My preferred archives are contemporary medical and agricultural practices, and Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben and Gilles Deleuze, thinkers who sit uneasily at the same disciplinary intersection, are my principal interlocutors.

Additional Information

Works in Progress

'Transhumance revisited: Mobility and process between ethnography and history' (forthcoming).

'The making of the Pecora Sambucana: On the body, the past and the production of bio-heritage' (in review).

With Dominic Berry, 'Biological times: Copies, originals and the construction of a rare breed' (in review).

'From Dolly to the new peasantry: On places, practices and the production of bio-capital'. 

Professional Roles

Member of the editorial advisory board at the Journal of Historical Sociology.

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