BiographyI am teaching critical theory at the University of Sofia. My background is in sociology and literary theory. Yet my research has been shaped by a passion, by the passionate desire to understand and make understandable the rationality of practices which transgress the limits of common sense, perhaps even the limits of reason. So during the years I have written on online dating, on Jediism as a religion, on an NSA investigation of an alien prophet, on people who dress like superheroes to do justice to banal crimes, on state socialism, on a series of hopeless rebellions in a South-Eastern European country (my homeland) and, apparently, on conspiracy theories. The basic premise of my research is that our interiority, our positions, postures, passions, pathologies are shaped by our attempts to overcome external, social forces. Of course, I have written also on Covid.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
critical theory, biopolitics, governmentality studies, historical sociology, cultural studies, media theory
Published: Jul 02, 2020 by Foucault blog
Authors: Todor Hristov
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies
The article argues that the deeper and more extensive impact of the measures aimed at defending life from Covid-19 can be explained by the intensive responsibilization, i.e. by the development of a power regime that constitutes all and everyone as subjects of responsibility to a potentially vulnerable population. It focuses on the problematic side effects of the responsibilization, and attempts to outline a critical practice able to question responsibly our biopolitical responsibility.