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Research Colloquium on History and Theory of International Relations

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From Dolly to the new peasantry: On places, practices and the production of bio-capital. Abstract: This lecture proposes that the animal on the farm and correlated modes of production​ ​are very instructive sites of reflection on contemporary economic and social order,​ ​particularly with regard to the production of bio-capital and the more general​ ​politics of​ ​life itself. Focusing on Dolly, the first ever cloned mammal, the ​lecture draws attention to​ ​tensions between the contemporary convergence of agriculture, medicine and the life​ ​sciences, which Dolly is presumed to have embodied, and the institutional organisation​ ​of scientific research in these three domains. The ​lecture then summarises the initial​ ​findings of an on-going comparative study of sheep and shepherding in the Maritime​ ​Alps, the Lake District and the Catalan Pyrenees. These farms are far removed from​ ​those where Dolly was born, both spatially and​ ​conceptually, and the aim is to consider​ ​how a new generation of agricultural producers are today contesting the contemporary​ ​configurations of economic production that are forged on those farms where Dolly was​ ​born, animating and consolidating an alternative politics of life itself. The ​lecture closes​ ​by drawing these different parts together and bringing them to bear on questions about​ ​the formation of bio-capital and the more general politics of life itself, which Dolly, as​ ​embodied creature and icon, has posed.

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TitleResearch Colloquium on History and Theory of International Relations
LocationRiksuniversiteit Groningen