Biopower: Reading Bodies, Regulating Practices

Thursday, November 24, 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)
LUT LUT 105 Rebecca and Rick White Gallery
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Hochberg, Rachel A

Biopower: Reading Bodies, Regulating Practices

An Exhibition Curated by the Students in Lisa Jane Graham and Darin Hayton's "Biopower" Spring 2022 History Class and Jian Wei '24

August 15 –December 2022

This exhibition was inspired by the events of the past few years of the COVID-19 epidemic and how history might help us to grapple with our current environment. The exhibition identifies five areas where scientific authority, technological developments, and public policy collaborated to define norms and prescribe cures to promote health and protect populations: Madness, Phrenology, Prostitution, Hygiene, and Plagues. Drawing on the insights of the twentieth-century French philosopher of science, Georges Canguilhem, and the work of Michel Foucault, the exhibition highlights the polemical nature of the “norm.”

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