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Diálogo sem Fronteira – Michel Foucault e a Revolução Iraniana (2015)
Broadcast on the TV Channel of the State University of Campinas.

Hodge, S.
Alienating curriculum work in Australian vocational education and training
(2015) Critical Studies in Education, 17 p. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2015.1009842

Abstract
Competency-based training (CBT) is a curriculum model employed in educational sectors, professions and industries around the world. A significant feature of the model is its permeability to control by interests outside education. In this article, a ‘Neoliberal’ version of CBT is described and analysed in the context of Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET). In this version of the model, a division of curriculum labour is instituted that, from the perspective of Neoliberal theory, allows the interests of educators to be limited in accordance with the belief that they will neglect the interests of students and other stakeholders if they have control over the whole curriculum construction process. But this version of CBT denigrates the expertise of educators by forcing them to set aside their own judgement about what is important to teach and implement a pre-existing picture of an occupation that may or may not be an effective representation. Empirical evidence is reviewed that suggests curriculum work in VET is indeed alienating for educators. Existing critiques of CBT are considered and found to have overlooked the specifically Neoliberal form of CBT in VET analysed in the article.

Author Keywords

adult education; curriculum; Foucault; teachers’ work and identities; vocational education and training

This video accompanies the petition for a Michel Foucault chair in Brazil. It is a performance in French and Portuguese of an imagined response by Foucault addressed to the Cardinal and Bishops who voted not to authorise the establishment of the Chair.

Serge Audier, Penser le « néolibéralisme ». Le moment néolibéral, Foucault, et la crise du socialisme, Lormont, Le Bord de l’eau, coll. « Documents », 2015, 570 p., ISBN : 9782356874030.


Further Info

Qu’est-ce vraiment que le néolibéralisme ? Et comment en sortir ?

Pour répondre à ces questions, il peut être utile d’élucider d’abord le sens du basculement néolibéral que le monde a connu depuis la fin des années 1970.

Il se trouve que c’est précisément durant cette période, en 1979, que Michel Foucault devait prononcer au Collège de France quelques leçons sur le néolibéralisme appelées à connaître bien plus tard un succès fulgurant. Depuis, un flot ininterrompu de publications ne cesse de célébrer en Foucault le grand prophète du néolibéralisme.

Pour beaucoup, tout a été déjà dit sur l’essence de la « rationalité néolibérale » dans ces leçons géniales qui ont parfaitement su anticiper notre monde, celui de la mise en concurrence de tous contre tous et d’une nouvelle conception de l’individu comme entreprise.

Pourtant, des doutes subsistent. Est-on si sûr que Foucault voyait la société néolibérale comme un cauchemar dont il fallait sortir d’urgence ? Sa relation au libéralisme et au néolibéralisme n’était-elle pas autrement complexe, alors qu’il multipliait à la même époque les critiques contre le marxisme et le socialisme ? Il se pourrait que sa pensée sur le sujet soit plus subtile – ou troublante – qu’on ne l’imagine généralement.

Ce livre, qui dresse un tableau des transformations de la vie intellectuelle française de la fin des années 1970, affronte la fausse transparence de ces cours en vérité ambigus et énigmatiques, pour reprendre les interrogations stimulantes de Foucault. Car même si l’on ne partage pas ses réponses présumées, les questions qu’il a posées restent essentielles dans le moment que nous vivons : qu’est-ce que le néolibéralisme ? Le socialisme survivra-t-il à son assaut, ou doit-il se réinventer entièrement ?

Serge Audier
Serge Audier, philosophe, est maître de conférences à l’Université-Paris Sorbonne. Il a notamment publié Machiavel, conflit et liberté (Vrin/EHESS), La pensée anti-68 (La Découverte), Aux origines du « néo-libéralisme ». Le Colloque Lippmann (Le Bord de l’eau) et Néo-libéralisme(s). Une archéologie intellectuelle (Grasset). La pensée solidariste. Aux sources du modèle social républicain [livre]

Workshop “Actualités Foucault”
Organised by Frédéric Gros, Daniele Lorenzini, Ariane Revel, Arianna Sforzini

5th and last meeting
Wednesday 3 June 2015, 9:30-11:30 am

“Michel Foucault : vérité et résistance de l’expérience”
Agustin Colombo (Université Paris 8 & Université de Buenos Aires)
Daniel Verginelli Galantin (UFPR & Université Paris-Est Créteil)

Sciences Po, 199 bd Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris (3° étage)

Busse, J.
Theorizing Governance as Globalized Governmentality: The Dynamics of World-Societal Order in Palestine
(2015) Middle East Critique, 29 p. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/19436149.2015.1010338

Abstract
In many cases, Middle East Studies and International Relations (IR) fail to provide an appropriate account of governance and power and the underlying dynamics of global political order. In order to overcome these shortcomings, I will highlight the conceptual compatibility between Foucauldian post-structuralist governmentality studies and world society theorization from the perspective of the Stanford School’s sociological neo-institutionalism. On this basis, I will conceptualize governmentality as a globally diffused pattern of political ordering in world society. This global diffusion of governmentality, however, cannot be equated with global homogenization, because decoupling dynamics can lead to significant differences between a global norm and how it is translated into a local context. Hence, governmentality denotes a specific, universalistic configuration of governmental rationalities and technologies but also takes into account localizations of diversity. I will identify biopower, surveillance, and technologies of the self as core dimensions of modern governmentality and analyze their contribution to the establishment of political order in Palestine. In this sense, the examples of modern statistics, good governance, and refugee camp governance not only serve as empirical illustrations for the materialization of modern governmentality in Palestine. They also underline the embeddedness of Palestine into the structural horizon of world society. As a result, political order that comes into existence in Palestine needs to be understood as world-societal order.

Author Keywords
Biopower; Foucault; global governmentality; governmentality; International Relations Theory; Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Palestine; political order; power; world society

Sobe, N.W.
All that is global is not world culture: accountability systems and educational apparatuses
(2015) Globalisation, Societies and Education, 13 (1), pp. 135-148.

DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2014.967501

Abstract

This article explores why we see educational accountability systems circulating transnationally. It argues that researchers in the field of comparative and international education need to use the concepts of diffusion and translation to think about the formation, coordination and extension of networks and discursive formations through which heterogeneous, disparate objects are brought into relation. Approaching accountability in education as an ‘apparatus’ helps us engage with the research challenges presented by globalisation. This article proposes a way of seeing accountability as constitutive of the global and not as an after-effect. This approach helps us avoid the distracting and ultimately irrelevant fixation on a so-called ‘global/local nexus’ that is characteristic of much work in the field of comparative and international education. It also aims to improve on world culture theory explanations for why we are presently witnessing a global trend towards the increased ‘monitoring of monitoring’, i.e., increased self-organising reflexivity in the self-description and self-observation that school systems are called to engage in.

Author Keywords
accountability; Actor-Network Theory; Foucault; governmentality

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