Greg Bird is a contemporary social and political theorist whose research focuses on biopolitics, continental philosophy, Italian thought, and rethinking the commons. He is engaged in a multiyear project that investigates how the dispositif of the proper operates in capitalism. In Containing Community, he examined the how this dispositif is articulated in the debate about community between Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, and Jean-Luc Nancy (SUNY Press, 2016). In this book he focused on the economic, ethical, ontological, and political dimensions of proper. His current research explores how the dispositif of the proper is articulated in the biopolitical economy of life. This research ranges from concrete investigations of how “guest” worker programs asymmetrically distribute and appropriate lives to theoretical papers that examine how contemporary biopolitical philosophers address the biopolitical economy of life in their writings.
Greg is willing to supervise graduate students who are working on contemporary or classical social theory, biopolitics, or global migration.
Office location: DAWB 5-136
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Languages spoken: English, Italian
Techne: Wilfrid Laurier University Biopolitical Research Group website:
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