An Interview with Elizabeth Povinelli: Geontopower, Biopolitics and the Anthropocene
Theory, Culture & Society
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2017
Pages: 169 - 185
Source ID: shanti-sources-80126
Collection: Anthropocene and the Environmental Future
Abstract: This article is an interview with Elizabeth Povinelli, by Mathew Coleman and Kathryn Yusoff. It addresses Povinelli’s approaches to ‘geontologies’ and ‘geontopower’, and the discussion encompasses an exploration of her ideas on biopolitics, her retheorization of power in the current conditions of late liberalism, and the situation of the inhuman within philosophical and anthropological economies. Povinelli describes a mode of power that she calls geontopower, which operates through the governance of Life and Nonlife. The interview is accompanied by a brief contextualizing introduction.