Amedeo Policante is an historian and critical theorist at the Nova University of Lisbon. His writings interrogate the nexus of extraction, exploitation and expropriation that fuels the contemporary world market. He is the author of three recent books:  "Mutant Ecologies: Manufacturing Life in the Age of Genomic Capital" (Pluto Press, 2022), a critical cartography of the shifting landscapes of capital accumulation conjured by recent developments in genomic science, genome editing and the biotech industry;"The Pirate Myth: Genealogies of an Imperial Concept" (Routledge, 2016) focusing on the entangled histories of imperialism, ocean stewardship and logistical security since the eighteenth century; and "I Nuovi Mercenari: Mercato Mondiale e Privatizzazione della Guerra" (Ombre Corte, 2013) investigating the history of the security industry in Europe since the second half of the nineteenth century. He has also published several articles and book chapters on the political thought of Karl Marx 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.

Identificação pessoal

Nome completo
Amedeo Policante

Nomes de citação

  • Policante, Amedeo

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Endereços de correio eletrónico

  • policante@fcsh.unl.pt (Profissional)


  • https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745344522/mutant-ecologies/ (Profissional)
  • https://www.philosophyx.co.uk/amedeo-policante (Académico)
  • https://warwick.academia.edu/AmedeoPolicante (Académico)
  • https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=xfHSHV8AAAAJ&hl=en (Académico)
  • https://www.routledge.com/authors/i9349-amedeo-policante (Académico)

Domínios de atuação

  • Ciências Sociais - Ciências Políticas
  • Ciências Sociais - Direito
  • Ciências Sociais - Geografia Económica e Social
  • Humanidades - História e Arqueologia - História
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Categoria Profissional
Instituição de acolhimento
2022 - Atual Investigador (Investigação) Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Instituto de História Contemporânea, Portugal
2021 - 2022 Investigador principal (carreira) (Investigação) Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Alemanha
Helmholtz-Institut für Funktionelle Marine Biodiversität an der Universität Oldenburg, Alemanha
2017/10/01 - 2020/01/30 Pós-doutorado (Investigação) University of Warwick, Reino Unido
University of Warwick, Reino Unido
2014/10/01 - 2017/12/31 Investigador (Investigação) University of Nottingham, Reino Unido


Artigo em revista
  1. Policante, Amedeo. "Ursine Wars: Alpine Imaginaries and Animal Genealogies in the Trentino Region". Anima Loci: A Journal of Images in Place 2 1 (2020): https://animaloci.org/ursine-wars-alpine-imaginaries-and-animal-genealogies/.
    Acesso aberto • Publicado
  2. Policante, Amedeo. "The Return of the Pirate: Post-colonial Trajectories in the History of International Law". Política Común 5 20200129 (2016): http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/pc.12322227.0005.005.
    Acesso aberto • Publicado • 10.3998/pc.12322227.0005.005
  3. Policante, Amedeo. "The New Pirate wars: the World Market as Imperial Formation". Global Discourse 3 1 (2013): 52-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23269995.2013.804760.
    Acesso aberto • Publicado • 10.1080/23269995.2013.804760
  4. Policante, Amedeo. "Foucault, Subjectivity and flight: Witchcraft, possession and the resistance of the flesh". Materiali Foucaultiani 1 1 (2012): 235-259. http://www.materialifoucaultiani.org/images/pdf/policante%20en.pdf.
    Acesso aberto • Publicado
  5. Policante, Amedeo. "Of Cameras and Balaclavas: Violence, Myth, and the Convulsive Kettle". Globalizations 8 4 (2011): 457-471. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2011.585848.
    Publicado • 10.1080/14747731.2011.585848
  6. Policante, Amedeo. "Vampires of Capital: Marx's Gothic Metaphors". Cultural Logic: A Journal of Marxist Theory & Practice 17 1 (2010): 1-20. https://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/clogic/article/view/191528.
    Acesso aberto • Publicado • https://doi.org/10.14288/clogic.v17i0.191528
  7. Amedeo Policante. "War against Biopower - Timely Reflections on an Historicist Foucault". Theory & Event 13 1 (2010): http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/tae.0.0123.
    Acesso aberto • 10.1353/tae.0.0123
Artigo em revista (magazine)
  1. Policante, Amedeo. "Power Relations: Where the personal becomes political (an interview with Amedeo Policante)", Pharos: University of Warwick's Philosophy Magazine, 2020, https://pharosmagazine.org/2020/04/20/power-relations-where-the-personal-becomes-political/.
  2. Policante, Amedeo. "Game of Drones: Cubicle Warriors and the Drudge of War", Nyx, 2014, https://www.scribd.com/document/140868433/Nyx-a-noctournal-Issue-7-Machines.
Capítulo de livro
  1. Policante, Amedeo. "Disciplining Dissent in the Oceanic Commons: Environmental Struggles, Migratory Movements and the Discriminatory Enforcement of International Law". In Bitter Seas: Piracy, States and Capital, editado por Matteo Aria. Novate, Itália: Prospero Editore [accepted by editor: matteo.aria@uniroma1.it], 2021.
    Aceite para publicação
  2. Policante, Amedeo. "The Pirate States: Oceanic Orientalism and the Shifting Boundaries of the International Community". In Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th-19th century, editado por David Starkey; Harlaftis, Gelina; Dimitris Dimitropoulos. Athens, Grécia: ADSA, 2016.
  3. Policante, Amedeo. "The New Pirate Wars: Imperial Control Over the Oceanic Commons". In The Crisis of the Twenty-First Century: Empire in the Age of Austerity, editado por Russell Foster; Matthew Johnson; Mark Edward. London, Reino Unido: Routledge, 2014.
  4. Policante, Amedeo. "After the event: Securitization and the Mythical Representation of Violence". In Situating Global Resistance: Between Discipline and Dissent, editado por Lara Montesinos Coleman; Karen Tucker. London, Reino Unido: Routledge, 2013.
  1. Policante, Amedeo; Erica Borg. Mutant Ecologies: Manufacturing Life in the Age of Genomic Capital. LONDON, Reino Unido: Pluto Press. 2022.
  2. Policante, Amedeo. The Pirate Myth: Genealogies of an Imperial Concept. London, Reino Unido: Routledge. 2016.
    Publicado • https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315757223
  3. Policante, Amedeo. I Nuovi Mercenari: Mercato Mondiale e Privatizzazione della Guerra. Verona, Itália: Ombre Corte. 2012.
Revisão de livro
  1. Policante, Amedeo. "Narcocapitalism and its Discontents: Towards a Biopolitical Economy of the Opioid Crisis". Revisão de Laurent De Sutter, Narcocapitalism: Life in the Age of Anaesthesia (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2018). 2, 5 (2019): 63-67.

Apresentação oral de trabalho

Título da apresentação Nome do evento
Anfitrião (Local do evento)
2022/07/27 ‘Technofixes and Carbon Sinks: Geoengineering the Anthropocene Ocean’. European Association of Social Anthropologists, 17th Biennal Conference. 26-29 July 2022.
University of Belfast
2020/05 Genomic Post-Ecologies: Biopolitical Economy and Real Subsumption after CRISPR’ Genomic Political Ecology Conference
King's College, Geography Department (London, Reino Unido)
2020 The Biopolitical Economy of AquAdvantage: Manufactured Metabolisms, Genome Editing and the Real Subsumption of Life at Sea Seminar of the Contemporary Marxism Research Group
King's College, London (London, Reino Unido)
2019/10/16 Capital, Biopower and the Anthropocene: Critical Reflections on the Earth Bank of Codes¿ Marx Nu
University of Copenaghen (Copenaghen, Dinamarca)
2019/10 Capital, Biopower and Genomic Big Data: Critical Reflection on the Earth BioGenome Project Historical Materialism Conference
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (London, Reino Unido)
2019/06/06 The Biopolitical Economy of the Opioid Crisis: Towards an Archeology of the Permanent State of Exception What is Philosophy?
University of Warwick (University of Warwick, Reino Unido)
2019/05 Birth of Anthropolitics: Geo-security, Earth-System, Bio-capital’ 5th World Ecology Conference
University of San Francisco (San Francisco, Estados Unidos)
2019 Producing Cramped Spaces: Logistical and Counter-Logistical Networks in the Mediterranean 8th International Conference of Critical Geography
University of Athens (Athens, Grécia)
2018 Marginal Lives: Biopolitical Security in the Wider Mediterranean Margins of Europe: Histories of the Border
École Normale Supériore (Paris, França)
2016/04/24 Securing Logistics, Fostering Circulations: Foucault's Reflections on Ocean Space in Security, Territory and Population ”, International Relations, Capitalism and the Sea: The Historical Sociology of Oceans and Inner Seas.
Sponsored by the British International Studies Association at the University of London, Birkbeck College (London, Reino Unido)
2016/04 The Work of Logistics: Privatization of Security and Fragmegration of Global Space’ Logistics&Power: A Symposium
University of Nottingham (Reino Unido)
2015/12/12 Plunder as Primitive Accumulation? Reflections on Piracy and Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century La Pirateria fra Storia e Diritto
Università di Firenze (Firenze, Itália)
2015/05 Rogue State: Travels and Misadventures of an International Political Concept First Conference on ‘Ideologies in Translation
University of Nottingham & International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, (Kuala Lumpur, Malásia)
2015/04/01 Neo-Liberalism and Its Discontents: (Dis-)embedding the World Market in the 21st century Keynote Address to the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Kuala Lumpur, Malásia)
2014/08 Pirate Legends on the Mediterranean Frontier: Orientalism and the Shifting Borders of the International Community’ Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th-19th century
Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens and University of Athens (Athens, Grécia)

Organização de evento

Nome do evento
Tipo de evento (Tipo de participação)
Instituição / Organização
2019/05 - Atual Main Organiser of the Conference - Philosophy and the Critiques of Security, University of Warwick, May 2019 (2019/05/09 - 2019/05/09)
Conferência (Coorganizador)
University of Warwick, Reino Unido
2018/06/14 - Atual Margins of Europe: Histories of the Border (2018/06/14 - 2018/06/15)
Conferência (Membro da Comissão Organizadora)
Centre Européen de Sociologie et de Science Politique de la Sorbonne, França

University of Warwick, Reino Unido
2015/05 - Atual First Conference on ‘Ideologies in Translation' (2015/05/05 - 2015/05/06)
Conferência (Coorganizador)
University of Nottingham - Malaysia Campus, Malásia

University of Nottingham, Reino Unido
2019/11/07 - 2019/11/10 Chair&Panel Organiser at the 16th Annual Historical Materialism Conference for the following panels: 'Imperialism Today'; 'Subaltern Natures'; 'The Working Class in the Ecological Crisis' (2019/11/07 - 2019/11/10)
Conferência (Outra)
SOAS University of London, Reino Unido
2019/04/21 - 2019/04/21 Panel co-organizer at the 8th International Conference of Critical Geography (Panel: Spatial crises: The production of cramped spaces in the Mediterranean) (2019/04/19)
Ethniko Metsobio Polytechneio, Grécia

Curso / Disciplina lecionado

Disciplina Curso (Tipo) Instituição / Organização
2017 - 2019 Convenor of the second and third-year BA class ‘Contemporary Biopolitical Thought’ BA Philosophy (Bachelor) University of Warwick, Reino Unido
2018/01 - 2018/01 Convenor of the Undergraduate Seminar ‘Genealogies of the Concept of Violence’ (Bachelor) Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Alemanha
2016/01 - 2016/07 Convenor of the Research-led module: Piracy, Imperialism and the Global History of Ocean Space¿ BA History (Bachelor) University of Nottingham, Reino Unido
2014 - 2016 Convenor of the modules 'History of International Politics', 'World History' and 'International Politics at Sea' BA History and International Politics (Bachelor) University of Nottingham - Malaysia Campus, Malásia

Entrevista (jornal / revista)

Descrição da atividade Jornal / Forum
2021/01/05 Rewilding Europe: Battaglie politiche del movimento antispecista, Interview on Radio Radicale [January 2021]. Radio Radicale

Expedição científica

Descrição da atividade Instituição / Organização
2021/12/01 - 2022/08/01 Research Fellow responsible for the agenda on the 'Politics and Government of the Anthropocene Ocean" Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Alemanha

Helmholtz-Institut für Funktionelle Marine Biodiversität an der Universität Oldenburg, Alemanha

Membro de associação

Nome da associação Tipo de participação
2019 - Atual Member of the Editorial Group of Anima Loci: A Journal of Images in Place
2017 - Atual Editor of Philosophy in a Time of Crisis: Journal of Contemporary Thought (https://www.philosophyx.co.uk/)
2016/04 - Atual Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
2016 - Atual Partnership with the Editorial Staff of Materiali Foucaultani (ISSN: 2239-5962)
2011 - Atual Editor of Finzioni Magazine: Letteratura, Storia e Filosofia


2020 Anima Loci Writing Fellowship
Anima Loci Association, Itália
2018 Early Career Innovation Fund
University of Warwick, Reino Unido
2017 Meyer Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
University of Warwick, Reino Unido
2015 Official Nomination to the Lord Dearing Awards for high quality teaching and the support of learning, University of Nottingham, UK
University of Nottingham, Reino Unido
2013 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London: Best Magazine of the Month for Nyx: A Nocturnal [Editor]
Institute of Contemporary Arts, Reino Unido
2010 Prometeo Scholarship for Best Young Author
Cassa Rurale Alto Garda e Ledro, Itália