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Professor Paolo Palladino


Paolo Palladino

Bowland College

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YT

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592793


Research overview

My research focuses currently on the notion that the contemporary development of the biomedical sciences mark a profound historical rupture. I am attempting to interrogate this notion by extending my previous work on the history of genetics to encompass the contemporary biomedical reconfiguration of ageing and the passage of time. 

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 environment. 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

My current undergraduate teaching focuses on both the role of the life sciences and medicine in modern bio-political governmental mechanisms and the nature of historical explanation (HIST260; HIST274; HIST275). I also convene a Special Study Module on Medicine, Life and Death.

Research Interests

I am interested in developing a better understanding of modern, embodied existence and in working to this end 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

  • Rethinking Death: Foucault, Deleuze and the Fate of the Mortal Organism (under review).

Professional Roles

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

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