Amedeo Policante

Amedeo Policante is a critical theorist and historian of political thought. He holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. He is the author of two recent monographs: I Nuovi Mercenari: Mercato Mondiale e Privatizzazione della Guerra (Ombre Corte, 2014) investigating the on-going commodification of security and the resulting fragmentation of social space both at the global and at the urban level; and The Pirate Myth: Genealogies of an Imperial Concept (Routledge, 2016) focusing on shifting representations of piracy in legal, literary and popular culture, and the role they have played in international politics since the eighteenth century. He has also published several articles and book chapters on the political thought of Karl Marx, Carl Schmitt and Michel Foucault; as well as  an ethnography of political protests and their visual representation. These works have been disseminating via traditional means such as academic journals, magazines and newspapers; and alternative means such as ‘The Pirate Camp’, a collaborative artistic project featured at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

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Recent articles

In 2019, the collapse of the Córrego do Feijão dam in Minas Gerais, Brazil, released a mudflow that left environmental and humanitarian devastation in its wake. Two years later, artists Bárbara Lissa and Maria Vaz returned to the zone to document the aftermath. In this text, they consider the limitations… Read more »

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Mundus Subterraneus, published in 1664, is the final result of German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher’s geological investigations. Here we publish an extract from the chapter, De Lapidibus, in which Kircher muses on the cognitive phenomenon which will be later known as pareidolia – seeing faces and figures within natural formations, in… Read more »

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Glimpses of images, by nature marked by constraints and boundaries: the time and space that you might capture during apnea diving. In this photo-essay, Gianluca Tesauro reflects on his own experience as a freediver and on the idea that, as humans, there will always be something that we cannot access.

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