Atavistic Core of Postmodern Totalitarianism. Depoliticization of Death and the Sovereignty of Capitalism


  • Šefik Tatlić



death, necropolitics, capitalism, sovereignty, racism, atavism, capitalist modernity, colonialism


Although the First World, in the light of decay of geopolitical unipolarity of the world, did not become the undisputed master, it has managed to install its own epistemological and ideological principles at the core of capitalist modernity and all social-political regimes that accepted it as universal modernity. These principles, however, don't originate from the process of transcending premodern epistemological logics, but from their extending into contemporaneity, which meant that politics was actually collapsed into being a mere extension of pre-modern epistemological normatives. As a result, death, as the plethora of recent imperial aggressions in the Middle East and North Africa testify to, did not become just a residue of hegemonization of global capitalism, it became a technology of social differentiation and a conceptual category/practice that obscenely reinvents politics as the instrument of imposition of death; as the extension of the ideology that depoliticizes death and as the instrument of providing ideological purpose to the capitalist system of power.

Author Biography

Šefik Tatlić

Independent researcher
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Šefik Tatlić holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Humanities in Zagreb. He completed his PhD in 2014 under the supervision Marina Gržinić and Biljana Kašić. He lives in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. Some of his recent publications include an essay titled “The Architectonics of Social Control in post-Fordism” (Art, Crisis, Action reader, Technical Faculty Bihać, City Gallery, Bihać, 2016), an essay “Contemporaneity of Colonialism: Capitalist modernity, Imperial Racism and Necropolitics” (Holon journal, Zagreb, 2016) and a book titled “The Logic of Humanization of Capital – Legitimization of Oppression and the Devaluation of the Function of Political Power” (Orion Art, Belgrade, 2015). He writes regularly for Reartikulacija journal (Ljubljana) and gives a number of public lectures in various countries


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How to Cite

Tatlić, Šefik. (2017). Atavistic Core of Postmodern Totalitarianism. Depoliticization of Death and the Sovereignty of Capitalism. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (14), 57–68.