Ronald E. Butchart, What’s Foucault Got to Do with It? History, Theory, and Becoming Subjected, History of Education Quarterly, Issue 2, Volume 51, May 2011, pages 239–246.
Archive for June, 2011
Juritzen TI, Grimen H, Heggen K., ‘Protecting vulnerable research participants: A Foucault-inspired analysis of ethics committees’. Nursing Ethics. Jun 6 2011
History has demonstrated the necessity of protecting research participants. Research ethics are based on a concept of asymmetry of power, viewing the researcher as powerful and potentially dangerous and establishing ethics committees as external agencies in the field of research. We argue in favour of expanding this perspective on relationships of power to encompass the ethics committees as one among several actors that exert power and that act in a relational interplay with researchers and participants. We employ Michel Foucault’s ideas of power as an omnipresent force which is dynamic and unstable, as well as the notion that knowledge and power are inextricably intertwined. The article discusses how research ethics committees may affect academic freedom. In addition it is pointed out that research participants could be harmed – not only by unfortunate research practices, but also by being subjected to the protective efforts of ethics monitoring bodies.
Los días 24, 25 y 26 de noviembre de 2011 en el Centro Cultural Osvaldo Soriano de la ciudad de Mar del Plata, sito en calle 25 de Mayo 3108 (esq. Catamarca), se desarrollarán las VII Jornadas Michel Foucault organizadas por el Grupo GICIS de la Facultad de Humanidades de la UNMDP, con el aval del CONICET. Las Jornadas Michel Foucault vienen realizándose en la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata desde el año 1994 con importante participación de docentes, investigadores y estudiantes de distintas universidades del país, habiendo confirmado su presencia en las próximas Tomás Abraham, Christian Ferrer, Violeta Guyot, Héctor Marteau, Cecilia Colombani, entre otros.
• Las ponencias tendrán una extensión máxima de 3.000 palabras, incluidas las notas. • Bibliografía : usar el sistema autor-año. Ejemplo : Eco, Umberto (1979). Lector in fabula. Barcelona : Lumen.
• A los fines de la evaluación de las ponencias se enviarán : a) un resumen ampliado de no menos de 400 palabras y que no exceda las 500 y, en página aparte, constará :
Nombre del/a autor/a o autores. Número de documento. Título del trabajo. Lugar o institución donde se realiza el trabajo. Teléfono y dirección de correo electrónico para consultas sobre el trabajo.
b) un resumen de 100 palabras. • Todos los documentos serán enviados en archivo adjunto como documento de Word, Times New Roman 12 a la dirección : jornadasfoucault2011(arroba)gmail.com
• El plazo de presentación de resúmenes vence el 8 de julio.
• La ponencia completa, ajustada a los requisitos de extensión y forma, será enviada hasta el 2 de septiembre, a efectos de su publicación. Los expositores alumnos deberán presentar la ponencia completa para el 6 de agosto.
Inscripción : Expositores : 150 pesos Asistentes : 100 pesos Alumnos : sin cargo
Thomas Biebricher, The practices of theorists: Habermas and Foucault as public intellectuals Philosophy Social Criticism, June 14 2011
The scholarly works of Jürgen Habermas and Michel Foucault have been subject to ongoing scrutiny for a number of decades. However, less attention has been given to their activities as public intellectuals and the relation between these and their philosophical and theoretical projects. Drawing on their own conceptualization of the role of the intellectual, the article aims to illuminate these issues by examining Habermas’ advocacy of a ‘Core Europe’ and his defense of NATO bombardments in Kosovo in 1999 as well as Foucault’s involvement with the Groupe d’Information des Prisons (GIP) and a wide variety of his interviews, op-ed articles, etc. In showing that the intellectuals’ views differ in important ways from those of the scholars but nevertheless inhabit a crucial position in the overall edifice of their oeuvres, the article concludes that the practices of theorists deserve more attention for a comprehensive and more nuanced account of their thought.
Thomas Biebricher Thomas Biebricher@normativeorders.net
Taylor, Dianna, ed. Michel Foucault: Key Concepts. Chesham: Acumen, 2011.
Michel Foucault: Key Concepts is an anthology by contemporary Foucault scholars explaining and applying, as the title suggests, Foucault’s most important ideas. The volume is divided into three parts — power, freedom, and subjectivity — with four essays addressing each topic. Taken as a whole, the essays provide succinct and insightful explanations of Foucault’s contributions to our understanding of those concepts as well as demonstrations of how they can be put to use, both within Foucault’s own work and in original applications. Particular attention is paid to the concepts associated with works from Foucault’s “middle” and “late” periods: discipline, assujettisement, biopower, power/knowledge, parrhēsia, and the care of the self. Although the introduction begins by highlighting the unsystematic nature of Foucault’s work, the essays together reveal the strong connections between the forms of analysis Foucault pursued and the concepts he developed to address those questions.
In addition to presenting a fascinating exposition of Foucault’s work, the essays constitute a sustained defense of the political importance of his thought, in response to critiques from Nancy Fraser, Charles Taylor, Nancy Hartsock, and Jürgen Habermas (among others). These critiques have often culminated in the claim that Foucault’s positions on power, agency, and freedom undermine the possibility of political activity in the service of any normative vision whatsoever; to the extent that Foucault attempts to avoid moral nihilism in critiquing disciplinary power or offering alternative models based in the care of the self, for instance, he is engaging in “crypto-normativity” (Habermas’ term in The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, 1992).
As Dianna Taylor claims in the introduction, Foucault challenges us to understand power, freedom, and subjectivity differently, and in relation to each other, in order to reflect critically on our own present — a project the essays in the book admirably advance. In a Nietzschean vein, he refuses the polarity of nihilism and normative foundationalism. If we are searching for normative foundations, what Foucault is up to will look like nihilism. But the purpose of his genealogical work is to illuminate the contingency of our intellectual quests in order to open up new practices of resistance to particularly modern forms of oppression. In that sense this anthology continues recent work by English-speaking Foucault scholars, including Ladelle McWhorter, Amy Allen, and Judith Butler, to address the contradiction of the genealogical subject — as both the product and author of a genealogy. The task is more precisely not to resolve the contradiction but to draw out the powerful and productive consequences of this ambivalence in our lives. . . .
Michel Foucault, Leçons sur la volonté de savoir. Cours au College de France, 1970-1. Suivi de Le savoir d’Oedipe, Paris: Gallimard/Seuil, 2011.
Stuart Elden has offered some preliminary observations on this new French publication on his blog
He has also published some comments by Colin Gordon on this volume as well on his blog
THE FOUCAULT EFFECT 1991-2011
I am reposting this notice about this important conference with some new links.
The audio recordings of this conference are now available at the excellent Backdoor Broadcasting Company
A Conference at Birkbeck, University of London:
Date: Friday 3 – Saturday 4 June 2011
Venue: Clore Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck
Participants: Fabienne Brion, Graham Burchell, Daniel Defert, Peter Fitzpatrick, Ben Golder, Colin Gordon, Patrick Hanafin, Bernard Harcourt, Peter Miller, Carolina Olarte, Giovanna Procacci, Paul Patton, Jonathan Simon.
Published seven years after Michel Foucault’s death, The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality provided access to a little known and major new area of his later research, accompanied and illustrated by a rich collection of complementary studies by his co-researchers. The volume has served over the past 20 years as an influential and widely cited source, stimulating new work in many fields. In the past decade its effects has been accompanied by the acclaimed, ongoing publication of Foucault’s lectures, including the full original sources of The Foucault Effect. Foucault’s work on governmentality is now recognised as one of the important developments in later twentieth-century reflection on the political, whose implications may not yet have been fully registered.
This event brought together the editors and several contributors to The Foucault Effect, along with leading international scholars who have taken up and explored its themes in several interconnected areas, engaging with the history and issues of a changing present. Among them are editors of two important new publications: Lectures on The Will to Know (Foucault’s first College de France lecture series, edited by Daniel Defert) and Mal Faire, Dire Vrai (his 1981 Louvain lectures on confession, criminology and social defence, edited by Fabienne Brion and Bernard Harcourt, to be published in French by Louvain University Press and in English by Chicago University Press). Both of these new publications are likely to modify our understanding of Foucault’s enterprise and of its relevance to our time.
The programme and contributions was structured around five topic areas:
Global and postcolonial dimensions
Law, rights, justice, punishment
Problematising the political and the left
The history of governmentality
Social defence in the 21st century
7 PROPOS DU SEPTIÈME ANGE D’après Michel Foucault
Création collective de Bruno Boulzaguet
Jeu : Bruno Boulzaguet
Percussions : Jean Christophe Feldhandler
Lumières : Olivier Oudiou.
Penseur excentrique, écrivain prophétique et linguiste « juché au point extrême du délire » (Selon Michel Foucault), Jean-Pierre Brisset (1837-1919) était animé d’une confiance absolue dans les raisonnements les plus tortueusement logiques qui mènent immanquablement aux confins de la divagation hilarante, comme le démontre ce spectacle, une drolatique leçon de grammaire pour un acteur et un musicien. (durée 40mn)
Deuxième partie : (De 20mn à 30mn) Chaque soir un concert ‘carte blanche’ Proposé par la Cie Théodoros Group.
Théâtre de L’Atalante
10, place Charles-Dullin 75018 PARIS
du lundi 20 au jeudi 30 juin 2011 à 20 h 30, le samedi à 19 heures, relâche le dimanche
Tarif préférentiel de 10 euros du lundi 20 au vendredi 24 Juin 2011
Réservation au 01 46 06 11 90
Roberto Nigro Maître de conférences invité à l’EHESS donnera cinq conférences sur les
Démonstrations de pouvoir
Le jeudi 9 juin 2011 15h00-17h00 105, bd. Raspail, Salle 11 “Violence, domination, résistance : trois concepts clés dans l’œuvre de Michel Foucault”
Le mardi 14 juin 2011 18h30-20h30 Salle 1, Centre Parisien d’Études Critiques, 37 bis rue du Sentier 75002 “Pouvoir et représentation du pouvoir. L’exemple du coup d’état en tant que théorie de l’action politique dans la pensée du XVIIe siècle”
Le jeudi 16 juin 2011 18h30-20h30 Salle 1, Centre Parisien d’Études Critiques, 37 bis rue du Sentier, 75002 “L’exception et la règle dans les arts de gouverner modernes”
Le jeudi 23 juin 2011 18h30-20h30 Salle 1, Centre Parisien d’Études Critiques, 37 bis rue du Sentier, 75002 “La crainte des masses. Révoltes, insurrections et coups de main. Vers une généalogie des technologies de gouvernement du peuple”.
30 juin 2011 18h30-20h30 Salle 1, Centre Parisien d’Études Critiques, 37 bis rue du Sentier, 75002 “Coups d’État et révolutions”
The Centre for Studies in Otherness invites papers for the e-journal issue Otherness: Essays and Studies 2.2.
Otherness: Essays and Studies, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary e-journal, publishes research articles from and across different academic disciplines that examine, in as many ways as possible, the concepts of otherness and alterity. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study. We publish two issues a year, alternating between special topic issues and general issues. This is a call for our general issue, forthcoming in Winter 2011.
‘The foreigner is neither a race nor a nation … we are our own foreigners, we are divided.’
Julia Kristeva, Strangers to Ourselves
Otherness is complex and multivalent term. Otherness is defined by difference, both via outside markers and internal characteristics. Otherness is also a means by which we define ourselves. Thus the concept is inevitably bound with conceptions of selfhood, making it fundamental for discussions of subjectivity, social, cultural and national identity, and larger discussions of ontology. In light of more recent theory and criticism, the assumed line between the self and the other, the defining boundary of identity construction, is blurred, and as such the entire concept of otherness has become intricate and problematic. It is this concept, otherness, in all of its complexities and nuances that we seek to explore and discuss through Otherness: Essays and Studies.
Past projects from the centre, and past issues of the journal, have brought together articles from the fields of cultural theory, continental philosophy, sociology, postcolonial studies, psychoanalysis, gender studies, Gothic studies, postmodernism and poststructuralist theory in their consideration of otherness. This journal invites submissions dealing with aspects of critical, socio-political, cultural, and literary exploration, within the scope of studies in otherness and alterity.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Otherness in Cultural Representation
Hybridity, Creolization, and the Global other
Memory, History, Trauma, and Otherness
Ethics, Responsibility, and the Other
Sexuality, Gender, the Body and the Other
M/other / Sm/other: Engendering Otherness
Ambivalence and Otherness: Mimicry & Menace
Absolute Otherness vs. Self-Same Other
Monstrosity, Spectrality and Terror of the Other
Uncanny or Abject Others; or The Familiar Other
The Sublime or the Unimaginable Other
Malignant Otherness: Madness/Sadness
Healing Otherness: Sanity & Suffering
Pathography: Voicing the Otherness of Pain
Articles should be between 5,000 – 8,000 words. All submissions should be sent via email with Word document attachment formatted to Chicago Manual of Style standards, to editors, Maria Beville and Matthias Stephan at email@example.com
The deadline for submissions is Friday the 2nd of September 2011.