When dealing with political domination, we need to stray from ready-made thinking

Béatrice Hibou answers our questions on political domination, a concept she scrutinizes in her book, The Political Anatomy of Domination, published in the Sciences Po series in International Relations and Political Economy with Palgrave Macmillan, in April 2017. 

Where does the title “political anatomy” come from? 

The title of my book is evidently a tribute to Michel Foucault who offered a “political anatomy of details” in his book Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. It is also a tribute to Karl Marx whom Foucault cited as a reference as well, and who worked on an “anatomy of capital.” Among other references, these two authors have inspired me to attempt a political anatomy of domination in authoritarian states, based on economic practices: I try to show how the most banal economic dispositifs and practices as well as everyday economic life pertain to domination mechanisms. In other words, I consider the economic arena as a place of power, a non-autonomous field, a site where power struggles and games of power and domination can be analyzed in their everyday workings to bring out the multiplicity of dimensions and rationalities.


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Conference in Partnership between Sciences Po-Center for International Studies (CERI), University of London-School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and University of Birmingham


09:00 – 09:15 Introduction 

09:15 – 10:15 Opening Keynote: John Heathershaw, University of Exeter

Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia


10:15 – 10:30 Break


10:30 – 12:00 Theoretical Frameworks on Authoritarianism and Mobility

Marlies Glasius, University of Amsterdam

What Authoritarianism Is … and is Not: A Practice Perspective

Fiona Adamson, SOAS, University of London

Non-State Authoritarianism and Diaspora Politics

Discussant: John Heathershaw, University of Exeter


13:00 – 14:45 Comparative Perspectives: Asia, Africa and the Middle-East


Hélène Thiollet, Sciences Po-CERI, CNRS

The Eritrean Diaspora and the Notion of 'Transnational Dictatorship'

Enze Han, SOAS, University of London

Bifurcated Homeland and Diaspora Politics in China and Taiwan Toward the Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia

Gerasimos Tsourapas, University of Birmingham

Illiberal Emigration States and the Development of Multi-Tier Diaspora Policies

Discussants: Kristin Surak, SOAS, University of London and Fiona Adamson, SOAS, University of London


14:45 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 16:45 State-Diaspora Policies in Autocratic Contexts: North African Perspectives


Mathilde Zederman, SOAS, University of London

The Tunisian System of Encadrement in France under Ben Ali: Between Social Asistance and 'Transnational Repression'

 Emanuella Dalmasso, University of Amsterdam

Between Representation and Participation: Investigating the transnational Politics of Membership of the Kingdom of Morocco

Johanne Kuebler, European University Institute, Florence

Inside Out: Diaspora Connective Action in pre-2011 Tunisia and Morocco


Discussant: Gerasimos Tsourapas, University of Birmingham

16:45 – 17:00 Break

17:00 – 18:00 Discussion: Authoritarianism from Afar - Prospects for Future Research 





Academic Coordinators: Mathilde Zederman, SOAS, University of London, Stéphane Lacroix, Sciences Po-CERI, Fiona Adamson, SOAS, University of London and Gerasimos Tsourapas, University of Birmingham



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On the occasion of the 6th French Network for Asian Studies International Conference (FNASIC),


Sciences Po is pleased to invite you to:


Asia Days at Sciences Po





FROM J-POP TO K-POP: The Rise of a New Cultural Hub in East Asia


Among the many contents of Hallyu, K-pop and its idol groups are some of its leading and most popular elements. However, in order to better understand the rise of K-pop, it is important to analyze J-pop and its previous dominance in East Asia. Those two trajectories  will be the topic of the discussion.




Jimmyn Parc, Sciences Po

Hyung Gu Lynn, University of British Columbia

Patrick Messerlin, Sciences Po



Academic coordinators: Patrick Messerlin, Professor Emeritus at Sciences Po & Karoline Postel-Vinay (Sciences Po-CERI)



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Paul-André Rosental, Sciences Po


Bernard Thomann, Inalco


Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University


This round table will be devoted to discussion of the book Silicosis. A World History that, at the time of the conference, will just be published by Johns Hopkins University Press under the direction of Paul-André Rosental.The book relates doubly to Asia. Firstly? silicosis is quintessential "transnational" disease in the sense that the same medical definition was literally "negotiated" in the interwar period, between employers, unions and medical experts, under the auspices the International Labour Office. Since then, international agencies - ILO always but WHO - have played a major role in the promotion and implementation of national legislation in Asia.
Moreover silicosis, which not only hits the miners but workers from many industrial sectors, "traditional" (stonecutters, construction workers, farmers slate pencils) or "modern" (grit Turkish or Bangladeshi jeans), concerned and concerns, more than ever, the Asian countries. The fight against this health scourge, which goes beyond the walls of the mine, factory or workshop to affect the environment, in dependent of new forms of social mobilization.
It is from this dual perspective, comparative and connected, that researchers brought together in this roundtable will review the history and present of silicosis on the Asian continent.

Academic coordinator : Karoline Postel-Vinay (Sciences Po-CERI)


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