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Re-Making Normal: Governing the Social in Neoliberal Times

Call for Contributions

Deborah Brock, editor dbrock@yorku.ca


Re-Making Normal: Governing the Social in Neoliberal Times is a ‘sequel’ to my sole edited (Nelson 2003) publication, Making Normal: Social Regulation in Canada.  However, it differs from the 2003 edition in a number of respects, most notably, it will be published by a scholarly press rather than a commercial press, it can serve as a reader for upper year undergraduate courses and some graduate courses (although it is not intended to be a textbook), and it will be comprised entirely of chapters on contemporary concerns, forgoing the historical content of the earlier book.

Re-Making Normal explores how we are constituted as neoliberal subjects; for example, as sexually, fiscally and organizationally responsible subjects, and as biopolitical subjects of citizenship, militarism, development aid, etc.  In keeping with a governmentality approach, how focused investigations will be foregrounded.  In this text, neoliberalism is understood as more than an ideological perspective favoring the notion of the minimal state, competitive individualism, and ‘free’ trade and markets.  Neoliberalism has fundamentally reshaped how the self can be known and what interests the self holds through a reconfiguration of subjectification.

Re-Making Normal will potentially include a range of topics from self-fashioning (such as how we come to know and represent ourselves as sexual subjects, as psy subjects constituted through therapeutic authority, as having a particular kind of character, and of what ‘truths’ we speak) to broader biopolitical processes (such as schooling, surveillance, the organization of public and domestic spaces, the “management of the mind”[1], consumption, and how we labour).  All relevant topics will be considered.

All contributions must engage directly with activities of neoliberal governance as materially grounded and empirically verifiable sets of practices.  As such, Michel Foucault’s work provides a foundation for the book, and all contributions must engage directly with his governmentality approach.  I welcome contributions that use, challenge, and extend governmentality studies.  In this text, the governmentality approach is broadly conceived and open to a range of potentialities, in keeping with the fact that governmentality is not a specific theory and not a school of thought.  However contributions should, where possible, directly address the following:

-Take an approach to power that is much more nuanced than a social control model, and considers the ways in which contemporary western societies are characterized by conditions of ‘regulated freedom’.[2]

-Engage with the ‘programmes, strategies and techniques’[3] of government.

-De-centre the state and instead demonstrate how the state is produced as an affect of multiple force relations.

-Connect everyday life to the big issues of our day, centering the political character of personal, social, cultural and economic activity.

-Capture tensions between normalization and individualization, and homogenization and diversification, noting how they are integral to contemporary forms of governance.

-Demonstrate the dynamic and mutually constitutive relation between power and knowledge.

-Take up a critique of concepts such as ‘choice’, ‘freedom’, ‘empowerment’, ‘human rights’, etc.

-Pose the possibilities of resistance, beginning with an interrogation of truth, power and subjectivity.[4]

All contributions will pose critical analytic questions, directions for further research, and suggestions for resistance tactics and strategies.

Chapters may contain an historical component, but not be primarily historical.  While the text will be primarily Canadian in focus, international foci are most welcome (my preference is for non- US focused contributions), particularly where they contribute to a ‘global governmentality’.[5]

Chapter length:  In order to accommodate as broad a range of issues as possible, this book will feature relatively short chapters.  Chapters can range from a minimum of 3,780 words including references (approximately 9 published pages) to 7,560 words including references (approximately 18 published pages).

Without compromising scholarly rigor, I invite contributors to write in the first person (the ‘I’ form), to use plentiful examples, accessible language, and to be personable and somewhat colloquial in style.

Chapters will be selected based on their ability to meet the objectives of the collection, their coherence with other chapters in the collection, and overall quality.  All contributions must be new original articles for this edition.

 Format:  Chicago Manual of Style


31 March 2014            Last day for receipt of indication of interest in participation

30 April                       Last day for receipt of detailed proposals

29 August                    Chapters (Draft 1) due

8 Sept – 31 Oct           Editor Tasks (editing and suggestions for revision)

19 December              Chapters (Draft 2) due

29 Dec– 27 Feb 2015  Editor Tasks (preparation of complete manuscript)

2 March                       Submit manuscript to publisher for consideration/review

1 June                          Receipt of reviewer responses and decision of publisher

2 June – 31 July          Further revisions

4 August                      Production begins for spring 2016 publication

Please contact Deborah Brock dbrock@yorku.ca

Deborah Brock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, York University, Toronto, Canada.  Her research and teaching address social, moral, and sexual regulation.  Her publications include Criminalization, Representation, Regulation (co-edited with Amanda Glasbeek and Carmela Murdocca) University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2014; Power and Everyday Practices (co-edited with Rebecca Raby and Mark Thomas) Nelson, 2011; Making Work, Making Trouble:  The Social Regulation of Sexual Labour University of Toronto Press, 2009, 1998; and Making Normal: Social Regulation in Canada Nelson, 2003.

[1] Nikolas Rose Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2013).

[2] Nikolas Rose and Peter Miller “Introduction: Governing Economic and Social Life” in Governing the Present: Administering Economic, Social and Personal Life (Cambridge: Polity, 2008).

[3] Rose and Miller, 2008.

[4] Johanna Oksala “Neoliberalism and Biopolitical Governmentality” in Jakob Nilsson and Sven-Olov Wallenstein, eds Foucault, Biopolitics and Governmentality (Södertörn Philisophical Studies, 2013) www.sh.se/publications; Rose and Miller, 2008.

[5] Thomas Lemke “Foucault, Politics and Failure” in Jakob Nilsson and Sven-Olov Wallenstein, eds. Foucault, Biopolitics and Governmentality (Södertörn Philisophical Studies, 2013) www.sh.se/publications. See also Wendy Larner and William Walters Global Governmentality: Governing International Spaces London: Routledge, 2004.

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“New Perspectives on Discourse and Governmentality”

Further info


  • Paul McIlvenny
  • Julia Zhukova Klausen
  • Laura Bang Lindegaard

at the Centre for Discourses in Transition (C-DiT), Aalborg University, Denmark


We seek contributions for an edited book of empirical studies that illustrate new perspectives on governmentality from the point of view of discourse studies.

Studies of governmentality inspired by Foucault’s lectures and writings have slowly accumulated a body of work across a number of disciplines, including political science, policy studies, economics and history (Dean 2010, Miller & Rose 2008, Rose 1999). As a result of the recent publication in English for the first time of some of Foucault’s annual lecture series at the Collège De France from 1977-1984 (Foucault 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), recent debates on governmentality attempt to critically rethink Foucault’s ideas, both in relation to new areas of application (e.g. climate change, health, mobility and transnationality) and in relation to developing new theories and methods appropriate to tracking the transformations in governance, self, control, power, democracy, body, conduct, space, security, environment and citizenship taking place in contemporary societies and polities across the world (Binkley & Capetillo 2009, Bröckling et al. 2011, Nadesan 2008, Walters 2012).

It is becoming apparent that the concept of governmentality has overgrown its status as a minor element of the Foucauldian heritage and has become an interdisciplinary inquiry in its own right. However, while the body of work on governmentality crosses multiple disciplinary boundaries, it is held together by a common tendency to constantly return to Foucault’s works as a sort of ‘final destination’ for those theorising the conduct of conduct. It is in response to this inclination to treat governmentality as a set of arguments, as a social and political theory which can only be understood and articulated through a re-reading of Foucault’s references to governmentality, that some scholars are proposing that a productive direction lies in viewing governmentality as a set of analytical tools rather than a theory per se, and in producing new writings of today’s governmentality rather than new readings of it (Walters 2012). This entails that studies of new territories of power and new ’technes’ of governance should be, first and foremost, empirical and analytical examinations of the ways that the rationalities and apparatus of governmentality are at work both at the level of everyday practices, rather than just institutions of governance (Lemke 2007), and through assemblages of materialities, social arrangements, discursivities and textualities, rather than through the distinct and segregated realms of the technological and ideational (Latour 2005).

Within discourse studies, there have been only a few attempts to connect up the notion of discourse and the later work of Foucault and even fewer have attempted to connect discourse and governmentality. In the broader domain of discourse studies, a number of scholars from different fields have touched upon or pointed towards the potential of Foucault’s work. Most notably, McHoul (1986, 1996) has suggested an ethnogenealogy, Laurier & Philo (2004) have proposed an ethnoarchaeology, and Iedema (2003) has done governmentality-inspired work on discourses of post-bureaucratic organisation, but others should be mentioned as well, namely Anderson (2003), Bührmann et al. (2007), Diaz-Bone et al. (2007), Fairclough (1993, 1996, 2003), Hearn (2008), Hodges (2002, 2003), Iedema & Scheeres (2003), Miller (1997), Powers (2007), Prior (1997), Ransom (1994), Salskov-Iversen et al. (2000, 2008), Tate (2007) and Wickham & Kendall (2007). However, whereas all of these studies, to varying degrees, are concerned with the relationship between the conception of discourse and Foucault’s thought, none of them in any detail discusses and demonstrates the methodological and analytical consequences of the confluence of discourse studies with studies of governmentality, and, as a consequence, there is still an important gap to be filled if discourse studies are to take full advantage of the opportunities of current and future work within studies of governmentality.


Contributions to the book are expected to centre on the ‘intersection’ of discourse and governmentality. Other phenomena identified with Foucault’s later work, e.g. biopolitics, securitisation, technologies of the self, etc. are also welcomed. Contributions may focus on a broad range of areas, including but not limited to health, sport and leisure, the environment, education and schooling, family, mass media, new media, international politics, transnationality, migration, non-governmental organisations, transportation, mobilities, and social movements. Further, they could engage with the following important issues:

  • Governmentalities beyond the national. For example, the discursive strategies, technologies and routines by which the conduct of an individual is increasingly governed across and beyond national territories.
  • Governmentalities outside advanced liberalism. For example, anti-politics and non-governmental politics, or studies in countries or regions in the Global South.
  • Various forms of resistance, protest or counter-conduct within current forms of advanced liberalism. This could include, for example, the Occupy-movement, protests in the Middle East, and studies of children who renegotiate the rules set up by caregivers or teachers.
  • Various forms of securitisation within current forms of advanced liberalism.
  • Relationships between different technologies (techne) and rationalities (episteme) of government (or, in other words, of regimes of practices). For example, forms of multimodal analysis of different practices and their rationalities – for instance, of the regime of automobility in everyday practices.
  • Relationships between the attempt to conduct the conduct of others and the attempt to conduct the conduct of oneself. For instance, the accomplishment of governmentalities at the intersection of politicians and citizens.
  • The role of computer-mediated technologies, communication infrastructures and digital media – for example, social media and individual/collective resistance to the attempts to regulate the actors’ conduct, or the new arts of governmentality (securitization, transnational governmentality, ethnification, etc.) that employ internet and digital technologies.


Given our concern with interdisciplinarity, we are looking forward to contributions that satisfy the following criteria:

  • Contributions must engage with Foucault’s work on governmentality and the studies of governmentality that have emerged in fields such as international studies, environmental studies, political science, public policy and organisation studies.
  • Contributions must have a substantial component of empirical analysis using approaches, old and new, that come under the broad umbrella of discourse studies, including critical discourse analysis, membership categorisation analysis, conversation analysis, mediated discourse analysis, nexus analysis, prefigurative discourse studies, genre analysis, social semiotics, critical applied linguistics and positive discourse analysis.
  • Contributions should engage with issues of scale and the interconnectedness of, on the one hand, the rationalities, technologies, programmes and materialities of governmentality and, on the other, the textualities, interactionalities and discursivities that circulate in practices of the conduct of conduct.
  • Contributions may present a new or invigorated perspective on governmentality or go beyond established governmentality debates.
  • Contributions may show how the conceptual innovations of intellectual thought and the subtleties of thinking about governmentality (eg. genealogy, historical ontology, powers of freedom, etc.) have an impact on the development of innovative approaches in discourse studies.
  • Potential authors are invited to submit a title and extended abstract (no more than 750 words) by April 15th 2013 to <discgov[AT]lists.hum.aau.dk>. Please also send a brief bio statement.
  • The proposals should outline their perspective on Foucault and governmentality, the methodology used, the nature and extent of the empirical data, and preliminary explanations of interests, phenomena, analytic directions, and possible value and implications (see advice above).
  • The co-editors will decide on a selection of abstracts and invite those authors to submit a full paper (8-10 000 words) for consideration to be included in the collection. The full papers will be peer reviewed and revised before submission of a draft volume to the publisher. Further revisions may be necessary in order to secure acceptance by the publisher.
  • It is planned that after submission of the full paper, authors will be invited to a seminar in Autumn 2013 dedicated to presentations, sharing data and improving the coherence and quality of the volume. Funding for the local arrangements and accommodation are being pursued.
  • Any enquires can be addressed to the co-editors at the address: <discgov[AT]lists.hum.aau.dk>.
  • Abstract (750 words): 15th April 2013
  • Full paper (8-10 000 words): 1st September 2013
  • Revised paper: 1st January 2014
  • Submission of manuscript to publisher: 1st March 2014
  • Publication date: late 2014/early 2015


  • Potential authors are invited to submit a title and extended abstract (no more than 750 words) by April 15th 2013 to <discgov[AT]lists.hum.aau.dk>. Please also send a brief bio statement.
  • The proposals should outline their perspective on Foucault and governmentality, the methodology used, the nature and extent of the empirical data, and preliminary explanations of interests, phenomena, analytic directions, and possible value and implications (see advice above).
  • The co-editors will decide on a selection of abstracts and invite those authors to submit a full paper (8-10 000 words) for consideration to be included in the collection. The full papers will be peer reviewed and revised before submission of a draft volume to the publisher. Further revisions may be necessary in order to secure acceptance by the publisher.
  • It is planned that after submission of the full paper, authors will be invited to a seminar in Autumn 2013 dedicated to presentations, sharing data and improving the coherence and quality of the volume. Funding for the local arrangements and accommodation are being pursued.
  • Any enquires can be addressed to the co-editors at the address: <discgov[AT]lists.hum.aau.dk>.


  • Abstract (750 words): 15th April 2013
  • Full paper (8-10 000 words): 1st September 2013
  • Revised paper: 1st January 2014
  • Submission of manuscript to publisher: 1st March 2014
  • Publication date: late 2014/early 2015


Anderson, Niels Åkerstrøm (2003). Discursive Analytical Strategies: Understanding Foucault, Koselleck, Laclau, Luhmann. Bristol: The Policy Press.

Binkley, Sam & Capetillo, Jorge (Eds.) (2009). A Foucault for the 21st Century: Governmentality, Biopolitics and Discipline in the New Millennium. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Bröckling, Ulrich, Krasmann, Susanne & Lemke, Thomas (Eds.) (2011). Governmentality: Current Issues and Future Challenges. Abingdon: Routledge.

Bührmann, Andrea D., Diaz-Bone, Rainer, et al. (2007). Editorial FQS 8(2): From Michel Foucault’s Theory of Discourse to Empirical Discourse Research. Forum Qualitative Social Research 8(2). [Online]. Available: <http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/&gt;.

Dean, Mitchell (2010). Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society (2nd edition). London: Sage.

Diaz-Bone, Rainer, Bührmann, Andrea D., et al. (2007). The Field of Foucaultian Discourse Analysis: Structures, Developments and Perspectives. Forum Qualitative Social Research 8(2). [Online]. Available: <http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/&gt;.

Fairclough, Norman (1993). Discourse and Social Change. Cambridge: Polity press.

Fairclough, Norman (1996). Technologisation of Discourse. In Caldas-Coulthard, Carmen Rosa & Coulthard, Malcolm (Eds.), Texts and Practices: Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis, London: Routledge.

Fairclough, Norman (2003). Analysing Discourse: Textual Analysis for Social Research. London: Routledge.

Foucault, Michel (2007). Security, Territory and Population (Lectures at the College De France 1977-78). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Foucault, Michel (2008). The Birth of Biopolitics (Lectures at the College De France, 1978-1979). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Foucault, Michel (2010). The Government of Self and Others (Lectures at the College De France, 1982-1983). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Foucault, Michel (2011). The Courage of Truth (The Government of Self and Others II: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1983-1984). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hearn, Mark (2008). Developing a Critical Discourse: Michel Foucault and the Cult of Solidarity. Critical Discourse Studies 5(1): 21-34.

Hodges, Ian (2002). Moving Beyond Words: Therapeutic Discourse and Ethical Problematization. Discourse Studies 4(4): 455-479.

Hodges, Ian (2003). Assembling the Soul: Self and Media Consumption in Alternative Spirituality. International Journal of Critical Psychology 8: 34-54.

Iedema, Rick (2003). Discourses of Post-Bureaucratic Organization. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Iedema, Rick & Scheeres, Hermine (2003). From Doing Work to Talking Work: Renegotiating Knowing, Doing, and Identity. Applied Linguistics 24(3): 316-337.

Latour, Bruno (2005). Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Laurier, Eric & Philo, Chris (2004). Ethnoarchaeology and Undefined Investigations. Environment and Planning A 36(3): 421-436.

Lemke, Thomas (2007). An Indigestable Meal? Foucault, Governmentality and State Theory. Distinktion: Scandianvian Journal of Social Theory 15: 43-64.

McHoul, Alec (1986). The Getting of Sexuality: Foucault, Garfinkel and the Analysis of Sexual Discourse. Theory, Culture & Society 3(2): 65-79.

McHoul, Alec (1996). Semiotic Investigations: Towards an Effective Semiotics. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Miller, Gale (1997). Building Bridges: The Possibility of Analytic Dialogue Between Ethnography, Conversation Analysis and Foucault. In Silverman, David (Ed.), Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice, London: Sage.

Miller, Peter & Rose, Nikolas (2008). Governing the Present: Administering Economic, Social and Personal Life. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Nadesan, Majia Holmer (2008). Governmentality, Biopower, and Everyday Life. Abingdon: Routledge.

Powers, Penny (2007). The Philosophical Foundations of Foucaultian Discourse Analysis. Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines 1(2): 18-34.

Prior, Lindsay (1997). Following in Foucault’s Footsteps: Text and Context in Qualitative Research. In Silverman, David (Ed.), Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice, London: Sage.

Ransom, Janet (1994). Feminism, Difference and Discourse: The Limits of Discursive Analysis for Feminism. In Ramazanoglu, Caroline (Ed.), Up Against Foucault: Explorations of Some Tensions between Foucault and Feminism, London: Routledge.

Rose, Nikolas (1999). Powers of Freedom: Reframing Political Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Salskov-Iversen, Dorte, Hansen, Hans Krause & Bislev, Sven (2000). Governmentality, Globalization and Local Practice: Transformations of a Hegemonic Discourse. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 25(2): 183-222.

Salskov-Iversen, Dorte, Hansen, Hans Krause & Bislev, Sven (2008). The Governmentality of Globalizing Managerial Discourses. The Case of New Public Management in Local Government Practices. In Chakrabarty, Bidyut & Bhattaccharya, Mohit (Eds.), The Governance Discourse. A Reader, New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Tate, Shirley Anne (2007). Foucault, Bakhtin, Ethnomethodology: Accounting for Hybridity in Talk-in-Interaction. Forum Qualitative Social Research 8(2). [Online]. Available: <http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/&gt;.

Walters, William (2012). Governmentality: Critical Encounters. Abingdon: Routledge.

Wickham, Gary & Kendall, Gavin (2007). Critical Discourse Analysis, Description, Explanation, Causes: Foucault’s Inspiration Versus Weber’s Perspiration. Forum Qualitative Social Research 8(2). [Online]. Available: <http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/&gt;.

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CFP: Expanded Second Edition of Foucault and the Government of Disability

Submission deadline: Saturday, June 30 2012

The University of Michigan Press considers Foucault and the Government of Disability to be a “classic” in Disability Studies and the book continues to sell well.  For these reasons, the U of M Press is publishing an updated and expanded second edition of the book to mark the ten-year anniversary (in 2015) of the first edition’s publication in 2005. The new edition will include a new introduction by me, some new chapters, and an updated index.

Thus, I am seeking proposals for the new chapters of the book. These proposals can be brief (approximately 200-300 words), but should provide evidence of significant familiarity with and relevance to Foucault’s work. I wish to avoid replication of topics and themes treated in the first edition. Furthermore, I am especially interested in proposals that will fill gaps in the first edition of the book and/or indicate newer or more recent concentrations within Disability Studies that are influenced by Foucault’s approach such as: sexuality and disability, globalization and disability, disability and racism/neo-colonialism, autism, philosophy and disability, media and disability, ethics and disability, bioethics and disability, performance (to name only a few). In short, you should only submit a proposal if your chosen topic is not already covered in the first edition of the book, or if your proposal adds new dimensions to a topic treated in the first edition.

Given that only a few slots are available for the second edition, and given the attention this book is likely to get, competition for inclusion in the second edition will be very high; however, that shouldn’t be taken as discouragement or as code to suggest that the most prominent writers in the field will be given priority. Once I have reviewed the proposals submitted, I will ask a select number of authors to provide me with chapter-length samples of their work on disability and Foucault. From these submissions, I will in turn select authors to write for the book.

If you would like your work to be considered for this exciting second edition of Foucault and the Government of Disability, please send a brief preliminary proposal to Shelley Tremain at s.tremain@yahoo.ca by June 30 2012 or sooner.

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Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment

The ideas of these two towering thinkers of the 20th century, Gramsci and Foucault, have all too often fallen into opposing camps. Radhakrishnan (1987) argues that Foucault’s understanding of the subject remains philosophical, while Gramsci’s continual interrogation of the relation between the individual and the group allows for concrete political theory and action. Richard Day’s “Gramsci is Dead” (2005) meanwhile attacks the whole notion of hegemony from a Foucauldian perspective. Scott Lash (2007) argues that ‘power over’, in contemporary society, has become post-­‐hegemonic, suggesting a more Foucauldian conception of ‘power from within.’ The noted neo-­Gramscian Stephen Gill (Griffiths 2009), meanwhile, has drawn substantially on Foucauldian notions of panopticism to develop his new concepts of disciplinary neo-­liberalism.

Are these two thinkers really as opposed as a simplistic humanist/antihumanist comparison might suggest, i.e. “the imprisoned leader of the Italian communist party and the anticommunist campaigner for reform of the penal system” (Ekers and Loftus 2008). Is it, as Barnett would have it, that “marxist and Foucauldian approaches “imply different models of the nature of explanatory concepts; different models of causality and determination; different models of social relations and agency; and different normative understandings of political power” (Barnett, 2005:8). Or is it merely that the two thinkers focused upon differing aspects of a wider picture that do not exclude each other: does Foucault’s concentration upon the micropolitics in society that adds up to and constitutes the central figure of the State undermine and discount, or complement and mirror Gramsci’s concentration on the hegemonic reach of that centre out into the minutiae of social relations?

This book sets out to deliberate in detail some of the issues, linkages, dissonances, and potential harmonies between the work of these two great thinkers, in search of tools of socio-­‐political and critical analysis for the 21st century. Contexts as various as human geography, online social networking, political economy, critical theory and beyond are welcomed for a rich and lively collection.

Abstracts are invited from all interested parties towards a full proposal to Ashgate Publishing who are interested in this book. Subject to successful review, full chapters will be expected by 30th September 2012, with a view to publication by Ashgate Publishing in 2013.

Important Dates

Deadline for Abstracts : 31st December 2011

Deadline for Full chapters : 30th September 2012 Publication: 2013.

Potential authors should send their abstracts to Dr David Kreps d.g.kreps@salford.ac.uk with a clear indication of which part of the book their abstract is aimed at, and a brief personal biog. Following review chapters will then be invited from those whose abstracts most closely coalesce into an interesting book.

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From H-Net

Call for Papers
The imperfect Historian: Disability Histories in Europe

«I’m not a professional historian, but nobody is perfect» Michel Foucault, University of Vermont, 27 October 1982

Just like gender, race and class, disability has become a standard analytical category in the historian’s tool chest nowadays. Up until now Paul Longmore and Lauri Umansky’s book The New disability history: American perspectives (2001) still provides the most thoughtful introduction to the burgeoning field. If Longmore and Umansky’s American perspectives have proved to be crucial in the promotion of disability history as a well-established historical field of study it, at the same time, led to a kind of methodological determination based on the social-constructivist approach of history and closely connected to the on-going emancipatory processes of persons with disabilities all over the world. With this call for papers we would like to invite disability scholars working within or on a European context to explore new possible ways of relating the intellectual craft of disability history to the political ideals of emancipation and liberation of persons with disabilities. We especially would like to encourage disability scholars to make use of post-modernist philosophies and theories of history in order to deal with the problematic feature of ‘identity’ in current disability theory.

Inspired by the American perspectives of Longmore and Umansky many disability historians up until now have written disability histories in order to underpin the positivist construction of sovereign, independent emancipated identities for persons with disabilities with historical evidence. Despite the undeniable importance of the concept of ‘identity’ for the social model of disability, it has been argued that in our neo-liberal societies, “power” cannot solely be seen outside or in contrast to identity. Emancipatory processes solely focusing on identity, it is argued, fail to grasp the fact that identity in our neo-liberal societies is placed at the core of power technologies resulting in governable subjectivities. In other words: who we are and what we want to be is now one of the many elements used in strategies to determine how we behave ourselves in the world. Given this contemporary suspicion towards the concept of ‘identity’ we would like to encourage scholars to explore to what extent post-modernist philosophies and theories of history might suggest a way of writing disability histories beyond social-constructivism. Without having the intention of being exhaustive we would like to suggest two possible roads.

First of all it seems attractive to refer to the wide-ranging ideas and insights developed by the French philosopher Michel Foucault in his thought-provoking oeuvre. If disability historians have, of course, already explored some of Foucault’s ideas in the context of social-constructivists inspired histories it seems that some of Foucault’s later concepts – like governmentality, limit-experiences and Art of life – might enable the disability historian to get rid of the problematic features attached to ‘identity’ without letting go the imperative of social change. With regard to the gay movement, for example, Foucault has argued in at least one interview that it was more important to find out new ways to be gay than to define a gay identity. Based on this relatively unknown Foucauldian perspective in disability circles, disability histories then could try to reconstruct the many possible and sometimes conflicting ways of being that have been explored by persons with disabilities throughout history.

Secondly, we would like to refer to some refreshing meta-historical theories that all, in one way or another, have stressed the fact that also history is a construct and that historians often write narratives in order to prove personal opinions and by using problematic methodologies. It is argued that many historians up until now have used a simplified concept of time – focusing on natural evolution and logical chronologies. While emphasizing the necessity of writing histories that deal with experiences of exclusion and the relationship between power and diversity, authors operating from this new meta-historical perspective have abandoned the representation of history as something which continuously becomes better. Authors like Haydn White, Jörn Rüsen, Walter Benjamin or Reinhardt Kosselleck have argued against this progressive model of history while at the same time underlining the importance of social change. Just like the ideas of Michel Foucault these authors can offer disability historians fruitful pathways that go beyond the social-constructivists histories of disability ‘identity’ and explore new ways in which disability histories can be written.

Generally speaking we would like to encourage disability scholars to submit contributions that explore divergent terrains of disability history, not as much as to stress the existence and importance of disabled identities, but rather to formulate a critique of “normalcy” and to reveal the manifold and often conflicting ways of being disabled in history. One could say that the central motif of this book is the de-construction of borders. Hereby we explicitly aim at enlarging the methodological toolkit of the disability historian by using narrative methods and discourse analysis. As we personally believe that no single history can claim to be perfect or once and for all can reconstruct the past in the light of a better future we would like to provocatively title this collection The imperfect historian.

Based on a notorious statement made by Michel Foucault at the beginning of the 80s, our main intention is to seek possible ways of applying disturbing philosophical and historical theories to the methodology of disability history in order to show that imperfection might be a fruitful perspective for disability historians – just like it is for persons with disabilities.

Anyone interested in this call for papers should electronically send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to Sebastian Barsch: s.barsch@uni-koeln.de. The deadline for the abstracts is March 31, 2011. All of the abstracts will be reviewed by the editors of the book proposal: Dr. Sebastian Barsch, Dr. Anne Klein and Dr. Pieter Verstraete. Participants will be notified towards the end of April 2011 whether their abstract is accepted.
The deadline for a first draft of the full article then will be September 30, 2011.

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From H-net

Edited Essay Collection
2nd call for Abstracts – Final Deadline Jan. 15, 2011

Drawing from Foucault’s notion of the ‘political technology of the body’ and the ‘spectacle of the scaffold’, the collection looks to explore sovereign power and control over the body through a consideration of the cinema’s, arguable, co-option of the state’s political-military-corporate aims and goals.

Following a strong response to the initial call for abstracts, including those from significant academics, I am now specifically seeking abstracts/papers on:

i) The ‘punished’ politicised-body
ii) The body-politic (e.g. JFK assassination as media spectacle, re: Jameson/Baudrillard)
iii) Identity and (geographical) body-space
iv) Body ‘re-inscription’ (re: Grosz) as challenge to sovereign control and gender construction

Will consider any films related to the subject matter.

Mark de Valk
Southampton Solent University
Email: mark.de.valk@solent.ac.uk

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From H-net

See updated call for papers due January 2011

Call for Papers:
Cinema and the State-Tortured Body

Call for Abstracts
Due Date: 2010-10-01

Drawing from Foucault’s notion of the ‘political technology of the body’ and ‘the spectacle of the scaffold’, the collection looks to explore the Sovereign’s power and control over the body through the cinema’s arguable co-option of the state’s political-military-corporate aims and goals.

Possible topics include, but not limited to: politicised cinema; body as socially constructed by corporate/military factions; political ramifications of torture; body under stress from state-sanctioned torture; hegemony, grotesque image of the body, state/corporate/military notions of identity and space, political technology of state punishment; Grosz’s notion of ‘re-inscribing the body’ as a means to challenge the Sovereign’s control and construction of gender.

Film examples: L’aveu, Interrogation, The Road to Guantanamo, Le Petit Soldat, The Battle for Haditha, Hunger, Rendition, Punishment Park, JFK, The Manchurian Candidate, Executive Action, Winter Kills, Standing Operating Procedure, Taxi to the Dark Side, Z, I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed, The Official Story, State of Siege, The Hurt Locker, Salo, Death and the Maiden.

Will also consider any topics related to the subject matter.
Please contact
Mark de Valk
Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace, Southampton, UK
SO14 0YN
Email: mark.de.valk@solent.ac.uk

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From H-net

Introduction to Post-structuralism – Essay Collection

Call for Papers Deadline: 2010-10-01

This is a call for papers for an essay collection to be entitled “Introduction to Post-structuralism.” The essay collection will consist of pedagogical, explanatory descriptions of post-structuralism to be used as references or classroom textbooks. The goal of this collection is to provide clear(er) understandings of these theorists and their works in order to further integrate them in and outside of the classroom. Submissions will need to be written for the undergraduate level of reading.

We are seeking 4 different types of submissions.

(1) Essays describing a post-structuralist from a general overview, encountering both their biographical information and academic work. Minimum word count: 7000 words.

(2) Essays describing a piece of work from a post-structuralist. Example: “Michel Foucault’s ‘History of Sexuality Vol. 1-3′”. Minimum word count: 7000 words.

(3) Essays describing post-structuralism as a field or arena of thought (along with respective qualities, foundations and other characteristics of post-structuralism), in comparison or contrast to structuralism and other modern and contemporary fields of thought. Minimum word count: 4000 words.

(4) The future, (d)evolution and (in)significance of post-structuralist thought in the future. Minimum word count: 4000 words.

The post-structuralists we would like to propose for submissions types (1) & (2) are listed below:

Kathy Acker
Giogrio Agamben
Jean Baudrillard
Judith Butler
Helene Cixous
Gilles Deleuze
Felix Guattari
Umberto Eco
John Fiske
Rene Girard
Luce Irigaray
Fredric Jameson
Sarah Kofman
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
Jean-François Lyotard
Jean-Luc Nancy
Bernard Stiegler
Gianni Vattimo
Michael Hardt
Antonio Negri

This essay collection will be published as a book in late 2011. Hypothetically and ideally, the book will be arranged in the following order: essay types (3) then (1) then (2) then (4). *Submissions of all types and of most post-structuralists will be needed in order to produce this publication, therefore I urge you to spread this CFP in your respective circles and circuits*.

Final versions of submissions are due no later than October 1, 2010. If you are interested in submitting, please let us know by emailing us by the following guidelines:

For submission type (1): (a) submission type, (b) post-structuralist of study, (c) full contact information

For submission type (2): (a) submission type, (b) post-structuralist of study, (c) work(s) of study, (d) full contact information

For submission type (3): (a) submission type, (b, optional/if needed) contrast/comparison to other field(s), (c) full contact information

For submission type (4): (a) submission type, (b) abstract, (c) full contact information

Submission guidelines: Please use normal margins, Times New Roman, 12 pt, black, with citations and bibliography following the most recent edition of MLA. Contributions will be made via email; no paper submissions. Must be original work and not published elsewhere.

It is our hope that all types of submissions will be more than covered by contributors and that this publication will serve as a high-quality reference and introduction to students who are willing to learn about post-structuralism.

Send submissions to:
Remington Robertson
Independent Researcher
PO BOX 1100
(254) 396-0226
Email: remington.robertson@gmail.com

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Call for chapter proposals. See here for full details

The Host Gaze

We are pleased to announce a Call for Chapter Proposals for the book which will present new and emerging directions in research in the area of host gaze. Theoretical and practical research contributions are welcomed.

We invite submissions that will cover many aspects of the host gaze: How is the host gaze constructed and reinforced? How has it changed and developed? How does the host gaze vary? What are its consequences for the tourists who are its object? What are the aspects of the host gaze which distinguish it from the tourist gaze and from conventionally gaze encountered in everyday life? What determines the host gaze? Are there any pre-existing cultural images of the host gaze? How do hosts gaze upon or view different tourists? How different nations construct their host gazes? What are the differences in the host gaze across regions and nations? Which host gazes are the most/least authentic? What are the socio-cultural and economic aspects of the host gazes? What are the elements of the host gaze in the changing global economy of the tourism industry? How do the tourism development and its particular industries/sectors influence the host gaze?

Since international tourism requires diverse cultures to understand and appreciate each other the proposed book aims at offering a deeper understanding of the host gaze in building an image of tourists, promoting cultural relations, international cooperation and economic sustainability. Especially, the book aims at contributing to understanding cultural differences across nations and the impact of tourist behavior on the host gaze and the host behavior on developing an image of a tourist.

The editors of the proposed book welcome chapter proposals that focus on Western and non-Western host gazes (Western host gaze upon Western tourists, Western host gaze upon non-Western tourists, non-Western host gaze upon Western tourists, and non-Western host gaze upon non-Western tourists).

Expressions of interest and abstracts of up to 500 words should be sent to Omar Moufakkir (omar.moufakkir@stenden.com). All submissions will be reviewed and should include author(s) names, affiliations and contact details.

Abstract submission: No later than October 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: October 30, 2011

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