Details of Elizabeth Povinelli’s new book and a talk based on it.
Elizabeth Povinelli has a new book forthcoming with Duke, details here. The write up on the book is below, followed by a recent presentation on “Toxic Sovereignties in Late Settler Liberalism” from last October. The talk comes from the book (but you’ll need to fast forward a couple of hours in, to 2:32ish, to get to her talk).
In Geontologies Elizabeth A. Povinelli continues her project of mapping the current conditions of late liberalism by offering a bold retheorization of power. Finding Foucauldian biopolitics unable to adequately reveal contemporary mechanisms of power and governance, Povinelli describes a mode of power she calls geontopower, which operates through the regulation of the distinction between life and nonlife and the figures of the desert, the animist, and the virus. Geontologies examines this formation of power from the perspective of Indigenous Australian maneuvers against the settler state. And it probes how our contemporary…
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