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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
December 6, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Greg Bird

Assistant Professor

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

Office Location: DAWB 5-136

Languages Spoken


Academic Background

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


My current research examines the dispositif of the proper, the commons, and the body in contemporary Italian biopolitical social and political theory. My book Containing Community examines the economic, ethical, ontological and political dimensions of this dispositif in the debate about community between Agamben, Esposito, and Nancy (forthcoming SUNY Press, Fall 2016). I am also writing a series of articles that examine this problematic in relation to the biopolitical economy of “guest worker” programs, globalization and migration, and recent debates in Italian Theory.

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 (SUNY Series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy), Forthcoming, Fall 2016.

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


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. 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.

Visiting Research Positions Held

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

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

Courses Taught (Winter 2015)

Critical Analysis of Social Issues; Contemporary Social Theory


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