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Professor Paolo Palladino


Paolo Palladino


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.

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

Death and Ageing: A History of the Present (London: Bloomsbury, in press).

'On transhumance: Making sense of sheep, shepherds and their movement across the landscape'.

With Dominic Berry, 'Norfolk stories: Copies, simulacra and the construction of a rare breed'.

With Tiago Moreira, 'TA-65 stories: Truth, hope and bioeconomy'.

Professional Roles

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

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