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The Necropolitical Image

Sun, May 28, 8:00 to 9:15, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 3, Aqua Salon D

Abstract

The necropolitical image is the inscription of political power on the missing body. The missing body of the bare life individual is re-imagined by the state as a political object to defend its narrative of history and identity. Using the example of Canada’s response to Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women, I show how the Aborginal female body is re-imagined as a necropolitical object. An object whose image reinforces the sovereignty of the state over bare life. Relying on Agamben and Mbembe, I conceptualize the necropolitical image as a discourse, both internally and externally, in those spaces of liminality where the living dead are forced to inhabit.

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