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. He is currently working on a new research project provisionally titled “Networking the Ocean: Entangled Histories and Geographies of the Submarines Cable Network as a Global Critical Infrastructure” — Hosted by the IHC and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (2021.03779.CEECIND).

Personal identification

Full name
Amedeo Policante

Citation names

  • Policante, Amedeo

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
Google Scholar ID

Email addresses

  • policante@fcsh.unl.pt (Professional)


Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Political Sciences
  • Social Sciences - Law
  • Social Sciences - Economic and Social Geography
  • Humanities - History and Archaeology - History
Degree Classification
2014/09/01 - 2016/11/17
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Certificate Awarded with merit
2010/10/01 - 2013/02/28
Doctor of Philosophy (Politics and International Relations) (Doctor of Philosophy)
Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom
"Hostis Humani Generis: Genealogies of an Imperial Concept" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
without amendments
2009/10/01 - 2010/10/01
Master in Cultural Studies (Master)
Goldsmiths University of London Centre for Cultural Studies, United Kingdom
"The Logistical Ocean: Shifting Constructions of the Global Commons" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2007/10/01 - 2009/10/01
MA in History and International Relations (Laurea Specialistica)
Università degli Studi di Bologna Scuola di Scienze Politiche, Italy
"La Sicurezza come Industria: Mercato Mondiale e Privatizzazione della Guerra" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
110 cum laude
2004/10/01 - 2007/10/01
BA in Politics and International Relations (Bachelor)
Università degli Studi di Bologna Scuola di Scienze Politiche, Italy
110 cum laude


Host institution
2022/10 - Current Researcher (Research) Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Instituto de História Contemporânea, Portugal
2021 - 2022 Principal Investigator (Research) Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Germany
Helmholtz-Institut für Funktionelle Marine Biodiversität an der Universität Oldenburg, Germany
2017/10/01 - 2020/01/30 Postdoc (Research) University of Warwick, United Kingdom
University of Warwick, United Kingdom
2014/10/01 - 2017/12/31 Researcher (Research) University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
2010/10/01 - 2012/09/30 Research Assistant (Research) Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom

Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
2018/01/01 - 2018/01/31 Visiting Professor (University Teacher) Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany
2017/01/01 - 2017/07/31 Invited Assistant Professor (University Teacher) University of Nottingham Department of History, United Kingdom
University of Nottingham Department of History, United Kingdom


  1. Policante, Amedeo; Erica Borg. Mutant Ecologies: Manufacturing Life in the Age of Genomic Capital. LONDON, United Kingdom: Pluto Press. 2022.
  2. Policante, Amedeo. The Pirate Myth: Genealogies of an Imperial Concept. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. 2016.
    Published • https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315757223
  3. Policante, Amedeo. I Nuovi Mercenari: Mercato Mondiale e Privatizzazione della Guerra. Verona, Italy: Ombre Corte. 2012.
Book chapter
  1. 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, edited by David Starkey; Harlaftis, Gelina; Dimitris Dimitropoulos. Athens, Greece: ADSA, 2016.
  2. 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, edited by Russell Foster; Matthew Johnson; Mark Edward. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2014.
  3. Policante, Amedeo. "After the event: Securitization and the Mythical Representation of Violence". In Situating Global Resistance: Between Discipline and Dissent, edited by Lara Montesinos Coleman; Karen Tucker. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2013.
Book review
  1. Policante, Amedeo. "Narcocapitalism and its Discontents: Towards a Biopolitical Economy of the Opioid Crisis". 2, 5 (2019): 63-67. https://www.radicalphilosophy.com/reviews/individual-reviews/narcos-and-their-discontents.
Journal article
  1. Policante, Amedeo; Borg, Erica. Corresponding author: Policante, Amedeo. "Engineering Living Infrastructures: The Biopolitical Economy of Poplar Architectures in the Anthropocene". Scienza & Politica 35 69 (2024): 89-112. https://scienzaepolitica.unibo.it/article/view/19052/17536.
    Open access • Published • https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1825-9618/19052
  2. Policante, Amedeo; Borg, Erica. "CRISPR futures: Rethinking the politics of genome editing". Human Geography 16 2 (2023): https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/19427786231215673.
    Open access • Published • https://doi.org/10.1177/19427786231215673
  3. Policante, Amedeo; Borg, Erica. "Mining the Ocean Genome: Global Bioprospecting Expeditions and Genomic Extractivism on the Oceanic Frontier". Archivio antropologico mediterraneo 25 1 (2023): http://dx.doi.org/10.4000/aam.6994.
    Open access • Published • 10.4000/aam.6994
  4. 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/.
    Open access • Published
  5. 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.
    Open access • Published • 10.3998/pc.12322227.0005.005
  6. 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.
    Open access • Published • 10.1080/23269995.2013.804760
  7. 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.
    Open access • Published
  8. 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.
    Published • 10.1080/14747731.2011.585848
  9. 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.
    Open access • Published • https://doi.org/10.14288/clogic.v17i0.191528
  10. 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.
    Open access • 10.1353/tae.0.0123
Magazine article
  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.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2024/02/07 "Communism is the Scream of Life". Fragments of a Workerist Political Ecology in Antonio Negri's Writings Ao Encontro de Antonio Negri
Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (Lisbon, Portugal)
2023/11/12 Naturally Cool Cattle? Metabolic Rifts, Climate Shifts and Genomic Fixes in the Global Factory Farm Historical Materialism Conference
School of Oriental and African Studies (London, United Kingdom)
2023/06/09 Oceanic Infrastructures: Submarine Cables and the Internet Global Infrastructures: The Production of the Modern World
Bologna University (Bologna, Italy)
2023/04/20 Mutant ecologies: manufacturing capitalogenic life-forms and securing the reproduction of capital Historical Materialism Confererence, Athens
Panteion University of Athens (Athens, Greece)
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, United Kingdom)
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, United Kingdom)
2019/10/16 Capital, Biopower and the Anthropocene: Critical Reflections on the Earth Bank of Codes¿ Marx Nu
University of Copenaghen (Copenaghen, Denmark)
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, United Kingdom)
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, United Kingdom)
2019/05 Birth of Anthropolitics: Geo-security, Earth-System, Bio-capital’ 5th World Ecology Conference
University of San Francisco (San Francisco, United States)
2019 Producing Cramped Spaces: Logistical and Counter-Logistical Networks in the Mediterranean 8th International Conference of Critical Geography
University of Athens (Athens, Greece)
2018 Marginal Lives: Biopolitical Security in the Wider Mediterranean Margins of Europe: Histories of the Border
École Normale Supériore (Paris, France)
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, United Kingdom)
2016/04 The Work of Logistics: Privatization of Security and Fragmegration of Global Space’ Logistics&Power: A Symposium
University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
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, Italy)
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, Malaysia)
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, Malaysia)
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, Greece)

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2024/02/07 - Current Ao encontro de Antonio Negri (2024/02/07)
Symposium (Co-organisor)
Instituto de História Contemporânea, Portugal

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Portugal
2023/06/09 - Current Global Infrastructures: The Production of the Modern World (2023/06/09)
Conference (Co-organisor)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy

CoLABOR, Portugal
2019/05 - Current Main Organiser of the Conference - Philosophy and the Critiques of Security, University of Warwick, May 2019 (2019/05/09 - 2019/05/09)
Conference (Co-organisor)
University of Warwick, United Kingdom
2018/06/14 - Current Margins of Europe: Histories of the Border (2018/06/14 - 2018/06/15)
Conference (Member of the Organising Committee)
Centre Européen de Sociologie et de Science Politique de la Sorbonne, France

University of Warwick, United Kingdom
2015/05 - Current First Conference on ‘Ideologies in Translation' (2015/05/05 - 2015/05/06)
Conference (Co-organisor)
University of Nottingham - Malaysia Campus, Malaysia

University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
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)
Conference (Other)
SOAS University of London, United Kingdom
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, Greece

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2019 - Current Member of the Editorial Group of Anima Loci: A Journal of Images in Place
2017 - Current Editor of Philosophy in a Time of Crisis: Journal of Contemporary Thought (https://www.philosophyx.co.uk/)
2016/04 - Current Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
2011 - 2021 Editor of Finzioni Magazine: Letteratura, Storia e Filosofia

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2017 - 2019 Convenor of the second and third-year BA class ‘Contemporary Biopolitical Thought’ BA Philosophy (Bachelor) University of Warwick, United Kingdom
2018/01 - 2018/01 Convenor of the Undergraduate Seminar ‘Genealogies of the Concept of Violence’ (Bachelor) Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany
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, United Kingdom
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, Malaysia

Interview (tv / radio show)

Program Topic
2023/11/09 - Current Red Medicine Podcast The Politics of Science and Technology: Genome Editing
2023/05/27 - Current Radio Radicale The Politics of Genome Editing
2021/01/05 - Current Rewilding Europe: Battaglie politiche del movimento antispecista, Interview on Radio Radicale [January 2021]. Radio Radicale

Journal scientific committee

Journal title (ISSN) Publisher
2020 - Current Maree: Anthropological Itineraries Prospero


2020 Anima Loci Writing Fellowship
Anima Loci Association, Italy
2018 Early Career Innovation Fund
University of Warwick, United Kingdom
2017 Meyer Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
University of Warwick, United Kingdom
2015 Official Nomination to the Lord Dearing Awards for high quality teaching and the support of learning, University of Nottingham, UK
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
2013 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London: Best Magazine of the Month for Nyx: A Nocturnal [Editor]
Institute of Contemporary Arts, United Kingdom
2010 Prometeo Scholarship for Best Young Author
Cassa Rurale Alto Garda e Ledro, Italy
2009 Full Doctoral Studentship
Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom


2008 Diploma di Studio del Collegio Superiore [Degree from the Bologna School of Excellence]
Università di Bologna - Università di Bologna, Italy