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Professor Paolo Palladino

Formerly at Lancaster University

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 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 no longer teach. In the past, my undergraduate teaching 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 points of reference.

Additional Information

Works in Progress

'Being betwixt and between: On organisms, nodes and networks', in Luis Lobo-Guerrero, Suvi Alt and Maarten Meijer (eds.), Imaginaries of Connectivity and the Creation of Novel Spaces of Governance, Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming).

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

With Annalisa Colombino (University of Graz), 'Centaurs and transhumance: On movement and modes of being together' (in review).

'A suit is a suit …: Things, meaning and Joseph Beuys’ Felt Suit' (in preparation).


Professional Roles

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

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