Book Launch: Ansems de Vries, Re-Imagining a Politics of Life

TheoryLAB at Queen Mary University of London presents:

Book launch
Leonie Ansems de Vries,
Re-Imagining a Politics of Life: From Governance of Order to Politics of Movement

Wednesday 4 March, 6-8pm
Room 3.20, Arts Two Building, Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Panel discussion and drinks reception

Chair
Dr Caroline Williams (Queen Mary)

Speakers
Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries (Queen Mary)
Prof Kim Hutchings (Queen Mary)
Prof Jef Huysmans (Open University)
Prof Vivienne Jabri (King’s College London)

Summary
The prominence and variety of global movements of resistance indicates that the idea of politics as governance is contested. However, the political canon continues to reinforce a narrow definition of politics according to liberal principles and practices. Re-Imagining a Politics of Life develops a new theory of political life that includes, and highlights the interconnectedness of, forces of order, disorder, governance, resistance, violence and difference. Using the concept of the milieu— both a mechanism of governance and a force of difference and transformation—this book stages an encounter between the modern political and international thought of Thomas Hobbes and Immanuel Kant and the contemporary philosophy of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze.

Endorsement
“Leonie Ansems De Vries brings the politics-life problematic up-to-date with attention to both contemporary political issues and the current critical philosophical work within which “life” is on the agenda. The book is timely, nuanced and politically acute. It deserves the attention of scholars and students of political theory everywhere.”
Michael J. Shapiro, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii

This event is organised by TheoryLAB<http://www.politics.qmul.ac.uk/research/themes/politicaltheory/theorylab> and sponsored by the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

Re-Imagining a Politics of Life launch(1)