Dr Edwin Bikundo
Experimenting on Humans sits precisely at the junction of law, technology and the humanities synthesising as it simultaneously does descriptive, normative and creative elements in relation to reality. Experiments describe reality, normalize shared conceptions of reality as well as create their own reality. These utilize different inflections of ‘norm’ as a pattern, or as a model, or a standard to be met or fulfilled. Experiments abound in Giorgio Agamben’s body of work. This is particularly so when he explicitly addresses questions and criticisms surrounding his own methodology. This paper will briefly survey the recent translation of Agamben’s What is Real along with other works to identify, locate, classify and consolidate Agamben’s uses of experiments.
Edwin Bikundo is a Senior Lecturer at the Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Australia. Edwin’s current teaching and research interests lie in International and Comparative Law as well as Legal Theory. Edwin also practiced as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and taught at the Faculty of Law at the University of Nairobi and the Faculty of Arts at Egerton University in Kenya. He is a past Secretary of the Law Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia and was a visiting lecturer at the Strathmore University Law School in Kenya.