Greg Bird is a contemporary social and political theorist whose research focuses on biopolitics, continental philosophy, Italian thought and the commons. He is engaged in a multi-year project that investigates how the dispositif of the proper operates in capitalism. His first solo-author book, Containing Community (SUNY Press 2016), won the 2017 Symposium Book Award presented by the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy. In this work, he examines the economic, ethical, ontological and political dimensions of this dispositif in the debate about community between Agamben, Esposito and Nancy. He has written a number of journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and introductory texts in the areas of biopolitics, contemporary social and political theory, migration studies and phenomenology that have appeared in English and Italian. He also co-edited Community, Immunity, and the Proper: Roberto Esposito (Routledge 2015), Unlimit: Rethinking the Boundaries Between Philosophy, Aesthetics and Arts (Mimesis 2018), and a forthcoming issue of the European Journal of Social Theory (2019).
He serves on the international advisory board for the Italian Thought Network; he sits on the editorial boards for Materiali IT (Quodlibet), Shift/Philosophical Series (Mimesis International), and Shift: International Journal of Philosophical Studies; and he is the coordinator for Techne: Wilfrid Laurier University Biopolitical Research Group. He has held visiting research positions at Roma Tre (2018), the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (2015), the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane in Naples (2014).
His degrees include:
His current research consists of theoretical and concrete explorations of the dispositif of the proper. This research ranges from concrete investigations of how formal migration programs asymmetrically distribute and appropriate lives, theoretical accounts of how contemporary biopolitical philosophers address the biopolitical economy of life, up to his forthcoming research which will perform a genealogical examination of this dispositif by focusing on early modern political philosophy.
Greg is willing to supervise graduate students who are working on contemporary or classical social and political theory, biopolitics, global migration, labour studies and the sociology of work.
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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