Sovereign Laws of Movement, Politics, Life [B] - Prof. Mark Franke
"Sovereign Laws of Movement, Politics, Life" will depart from a common quest in recent political theory to think a post–sovereign politics outside spaces of the rule of law, to where it is supposed that politics may be thought in its specificity and difference from acts of sovereignty. This course, rather, will begin with the argument that, while one can well transverse confines of the sovereign state and its jurisdiction, in moving we bring along the twin problems of sovereignty and law. Sovereignty and law are made in movement, and, if anything, they are drained of vitality as they become institutions of the modern state. Having put forward and explored this line of contention, the course will, then, consider how sovereignty, law, and politics are fundamentally material in character. As problems that are generated in the movement of bodies in relation to other bodies, substances, things, and elements, we will consider ways in which renderings of sovereignty and law are most importantly political responses to the substantial vitality of being. In this regard, we will spend time examining how it is possible to conceive and think political ontology as an ephemeral and situating material being, taking up insights from theoretical scholarship in postcolonial, feminist, and queer studies, intertwined with our readings of theoretical work on bodies, movement, politics, space, and time. And we will give focus to how politics of movement are made sovereign and lawful in relation to a multiplicity of bodies normally conceived in relation to theories of animality. Ultimately, this course will then consider how it is possible to think politics, law, and sovereignty in terms of contemporary theories of life.
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