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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
June 26, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Greg Bird

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4120

Office Location: DAWB 5-136
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday (3-4 pm)
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

BA (Toronto); MA (McMaster); PhD (York)


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.

Selected Publications

Bird, G. Containing Community: From Political Economy to Ontology in Agamben, Esposito, and Nancy (Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 2016).

Bird, G. 2015. “Ripensare il proprio da Agamben a Esposito,” in Differenze italiane: Politica e filosofia: mappe e sconfinamentD. Gentili and E. Stimilli (eds.), Rome: Derive Approdi, pp. 213-225.

Bird, G. and J. Short (eds.). Community, Immunity, and the Proper: Roberto Esposito (New York: Routledge, 2015), 190 pp. Reprint from special journal issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities called “Roberto Esposito, Community, and the Proper” 18:3 (2013).

Bird, G. 2013. Roberto Esposito’s Deontological Communal Contract. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 18(3): 33-48.

Bird, G. and J. Short. 2013. Community, Immunity, and the Proper: An Introduction to the Political Theory of Roberto Esposito. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 18(3): 1-11.

Bird, G. 2009. What Is Phenomenological Sociology Again? Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences, 32(4): 419-439.

Bird, G. 2008. Community Beyond Hypostasis: Nancy Responds to Blanchot. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 13(1): 3-26.

Awards and Achievements

Principle Applicant, SSHRC Connection Grant, The Politics of Life Academic Workshop/Graduate Conference/Key Note Lecture, March 2-4 of 2017

Visiting Researcher, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa) Pisa, Italy (May – July 2015)

Visiting Researcher, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Scuola Normale Superiore)Naples, Italy (April – August 2014)

Student Opportunities / Supervising

I am willing to supervise graduate students who are working on contemporary or classical social theory, biopolitics, or global migration.

Courses Taught (Winter 2017)

Critical Analysis of Social Issues (SY 102); Contemporary Issues in Social Theory (SY 402)


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