Intervention de Sergei Yu Shevchenko, dans le cadre de la série de séminaires internationaux organisés par L. Chiapperino et C. Fasel en lien avec le projet Ambizione du FNS "Constructing the Biosocial : an engaged inquiry into epigenetics and post-genomic biosciences".
Roberto Esposito defines the immunopolitical threat as follows: 'someone or something penetrates a body - individual or collective - and alters it, transforms it, corrupts it' (Esposito, 2017). Therefore, the collective body involved in immunopolitics must perceive such involvement as an opportunity to resist a change through recognition of the threat. However, I intend to show that immunopolitics instead leads to alterations and transformations through the production and stabilization of ignorance. Immunopolitics produces new ‘failing forms of life' (Jaeggi, 2018) which is in many ways unable to learn, incapable to recognize the agency of human and non-human others.
The centers of immunopolitical gravity are constantly redefining the biological and the social. And in so doing, they obscure both the biological and the social. As a result, this form of life suffers from a reflexive deficit in relation to the social and the biological. Thus, a new biosociality or immunosociality emerges. It blurs the boundaries of objects and groups, constantly substitutes the biological for the social and vice versa, produces vague threats and fear of transformation without defining what it means to stay the same. Drawing on two cases, I will demonstrate how such immunosociality works:
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