The Biopolitics of Hope

Claes Tängh Wrangel: ​The use of hope – Security and the limits of political imagination.

Abstract: This seminar probes into the relationship between hope and security as it is expressed in contemporary discourses and practices of global security. Empirically, focus is on the Obama administration’s instrumentalisation of hope as a ’weapon of war’. Provoked by this empirical incursion are questions of larger ethical and political weight: what happens to the radical contingency that often is associated with hope, when hope is rendered into a technology of security? What remains of the capacity to envision another world and another future, when this capacity is used to secure this world, when hope becomes a necessity, a use of force?

Claes Wrangel is a researcher at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. His research concerns critical security studies, biopolitics and temporality. In 2018 he defended his PhD dissertation The Use of Hope: Biopolitics of Security During the Obama Presidency.

Centrum för mångvetenskaplig forskning om rasism (CEMFOR)

​Obs: Seminariet kommer vara på engelska.

När: 17 oktober 2018 15:15 - 17 oktober 2018 17:00

Var: Campus Engelska parken Thunbergsvägen 3 / Uppsala

Arrangör: Centrum för mångvetenskaplig forskning om rasism