Monday, January 28, 2019 - 5:30pm
WLH Rm 309
100 Wall StreetNew Haven, CT 06511
Matt Shafer, Political Science
Presentation Title: Neoliberalism and Epistemic Violence
Abstract: This paper traces the idea of epistemic violence from its introduction by Gayatri Spivak to its contemporary academic and activist deployments, arguing that recent versions of the concept substitute a neoliberal emphasis on individualized linguistic behavior for Spivak’s more radical account of the structures of power constituting discourse itself.
Nishin Nathwani, Political Science
Presentation Title: The Biopolitics of Legal Reason: A Critical Reassessment of Roe v. Wade’s Legal Legacy
Abstract: In this paper, I develop the concept of ‘regulatory potentialities’ to frame the law as a critical space in which Roe v. Wade and subsequent abortion-related legal opinions ostensibly recognizing women’s bodily autonomy conceal biopolitical rationales that further extend State power into women’s bodily life.