St John's College Oxford
St John's is hosting a two-day research workshop on geo- and biopolitics in historical perspective.

This two-day workshop, organised by Ian Klinke of St John's and Mark Bassin of Södertörns Högskola, will bring together geographers, historians and political scientists to reflect on the origins and intersection of modern geo- and biopolitics. 

Day 1 presents research on the intellectual and political history of geo- and biopolitics: 

  • David T. Murphy (Anderson University) ‘From Geopolitik to Demopolitik: Spatial thinking and the origins of Nazi population policy in occupied Slavic Europe’
  • Marius Turda (Oxford Brookes) ‘The temptation and redemption of biopolitics: An Eastern European perspective
  • Jemima Repo (University of Newcastle) ‘Gender as a post-war biopolitical apparatus’
  • Mark Bassin (Södertörns Högskola) ‘Biopolitics with a Marxist Face:  Lev Gumilev and ethnos theory in post-Stalinist Russia’
  • Sven Wallenstein (Södertörns Högskola) ’Rudolf Kjellén and the state as a life-form’
  • Pascale Siegrist (Universität Konstanz) ‘Milieu and Lebensraum: Geo- and biopolitics in the thought of Élisée Reclus, Pëtr Kropotkin and Lev Mechnikov, c. 1870-1914’
  • James Scott (Itä-Suomen yliopisto) ‘Hungarian interwar biopolitics: The "outer" and "inner" trianon’

Day 2 offers discussion of a new translation of the German geographer Friedrich Ratzel’s (1844-1904) (in)famous essay on Lebensraum:

  • Christian Abrahamsson (Universitetet i Oslo)
  • Patricia Chiantera-Stutte (Università degli Studi di Bari)
  • Ulrike Jureit (Hamburger Insititut für Sozialforschung)
  • Ian Klinke (University of Oxford)
  • Claudio Minca (Wageningen Universiteit)
  • Richard Powell (University of Cambridge)

Places are limited. Please register by emailing Ian Klinke.

The workshop is funded by St John's College Research Centre and Tech Natures Clusters.