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CFP: Conference: Discipline and Punish – Today

November, 5th to 7th
Bremen, Germany

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This conference is about how we can use and develop Foucault’s analysis from Discipline and Punish now, 40 years after its publication. We invite you to submit abstracts no longer than 500 words until April 31st 2015.
You may of course give your talk in English, but a passive understanding of German is needed to follow the discussions and to read the full CFP:

Frieder Vogelmann/Jörg Bernardy/Martin Nonhoff
Überwachen und Strafen heute
Bremen, 5.-7. November 2015

Vor genau 40 Jahren veröffentlichte Michel Foucault Überwachen und Strafen, ein Buch, das Schockwellen in ganz verschiedene Disziplinen schickte und mit seiner genealogischen Analyse der disziplinären Machttechniken ein theoretisches Werkzeug anbot, das seither für vielfältige Zwecke verwendet wird. Daher soll nicht die Rezeption seines Buches, sondern die Fortführung von dessen Analyse im Zentrum der Tagung stehen: Wie überwachen und strafen wir heute? Gibt es entscheidende Brüche, Mutationen und evolutionäre Weiterentwicklungen der Disziplinarmacht? Wie müssen wir Disziplin heute konzeptualisieren, um beispielsweise den reformierten Sozialstaat oder das Finanzregime der Europäischen Union zu analysieren? Oder müssen wir neue Machttypen ausfindig machen?

Überwachen heute
Dass die flächendeckende Überwachung von Bürger_innen fast aller Nationalstaaten heute gang und gäbe ist, scheint ein Faktum geworden zu sein, mit dem wir uns arrangiert haben. Im Namen von Terroristenbekämpfung, allgemeiner Gefahrenabwehr oder Kriminalprävention an Überwachung gewöhnt, konnte nicht einmal die NSA-Abhöraffäre zu einem echten Skandal werden. Doch wie analysieren wir die Machttechniken der Überwachungsdispositive und ihre Effekte auf die Subjekte? Reicht das Diagramm des Panoptikums immer noch, um die heutigen Überwachungsfantasien zu erfassen? Und wie steht unser ungeheures Verlangen nach Transparenz zu diesen alltäglich gewordenen Überwachungstechniken? Vor welche neuen politischen, pädagogischen und gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen stellt uns der digitale Wandel, durch den die Frage nach Transparenz und Privatsphäre auf einer radikal neuen Ebene gestellt werden muss?

Strafen heute
Unsere Strafprozeduren haben sich in den letzten 40 Jahren gewandelt. Nicht nur sind Todes- und Schamstrafen (besonders in den USA) wieder populär geworden, auch ist die Bereitschaft angewachsen, mehr und härter zu strafen. Angesichts des immer dominanteren Präventionsparadigmas in der Kriminalpolitik scheint zudem der zentrale Bezug auf die »Seelen« der Täter_innen, den Foucault in Überwachen und Strafen herausarbeitet, in den Hintergrund zu treten: Nicht länger das Individuum mit seiner psychischen und sozialen Biografie, sondern die Figur des statistischen Knotenpunkts, des Individuums als Risikofaktorenbündel, bildet den Fokus einer auf Prävention umgestellten Strafkultur. Welche Machttechniken werden also heute in den Präventions- und Strafpraktiken geboren, erprobt und verfeinert – und wohin schwärmen sie aus? Müssen wir beispielsweise die Sozialpolitik mit Loïc Wacquant mittlerweile als Ergänzung der Kriminalpolitik denken, so dass aus welfare der Zweiklang workfare und prisonfare wird?

Disziplinarmacht heute
Damit stellt sich die zeitdiagnostische Frage nach den gegenwärtig dominanten Machttechniken. Denn obwohl die Gouvernementalitätsforschung in den letzten zwei Jahrzehnten gezeigt hat, dass die von der Disziplin beherrschte »Kerkergesellschaft« nicht Foucaults letztes Wort war, ist die Disziplin nicht verschwunden und ihr Verhältnis zu den regulativen Machtbeziehungen nicht abschließend geklärt. Wie hat sich die Disziplinarmacht entwickelt und welchen Status hat sie heute?

Zwei Entgrenzungen von Foucaults Analyse scheinen hier hilfreich: Einerseits rückt der Wandel des Sozialstaats, der lange Zeit als klassisches Beispiel der Disziplinarmacht galt, die Frage in den Vordergrund, welche Machtverhältnisse sozialstaatliche Institutionen heute prägend und welche Rolle der Disziplin dabei (noch) zukommt. Zwar wurde häufig die Zunahme Anreize-setzender, regulierender Machtbeziehungen beschrieben, die eher dem Sicherheitsdispositiv zuzurechnen sind, aber ohne sanktionsbewährtes Fordern scheint dieses Fördern dennoch nicht auszukommen.

Andererseits hilft es, Foucaults Blick vom französischen Staat auf die Europäische Union zu erweitern. Insbesondere in der Finanzkrise hat sich gezeigt, dass Sanktionen und politische Disziplinarmechanismen auf dem internationalen Parkett zum unverzichtbaren Repertoire gehören. Kann man hierbei von einer neuen Disziplinarmacht sprechen? Und ist sie vielleicht sogar wesentlich und entscheidend für die Funktionsweise und Verfassung der postnationalen europäischen Demokratie? Oder ist die Europäische Union der Inkubator einer ganz anderen Machttechnik jenseits von Disziplin und Sicherheit? Wie also steht es um die Entwicklung der Disziplinarmacht mit Blick auf den Sozialstaat und auf transnationale Räume?

Fragen
Die drei Fragekomplexe deuten an, dass ein produktives Anknüpfen an Foucaults Überwachen und Strafen nicht allein in der Fortschreibung seiner Machtanalyse bestehen kann, sondern auch seine für die Analyse genutzten Begriffen kritisch prüfen und an der veränderten Gegenwart erproben muss. Wir suchen daher nach Beiträgen (ungeachtet ihrer disziplinären Herkunft), die sich mit der Möglichkeit einer Aktualisierung sowohl der materialen Diagnose als auch der methodischen Begrifflichkeiten versuchen, um so auch Foucaults Verdienst einer interdisziplinären Transferleistung Rechnung zu tragen.

Format
Die Tagung findet vom 5.–7. November 2015 in Bremen statt. Die anvisierten 15–17 Vorträge werden ungefähr zur Hälfte mit eingeladenen Sprecher_innen und zur anderen Hälfte über diesen Call for Papers (PDF) besetzt. Bisher zugesagt haben Friedrich Balke, Thomas Biebricher, Petra Gehring, Susanne Krasmann, Katrin Meyer, Maria Muhle und Martin Saar.

Für jeden Vortrag ist mit Diskussion eine volle Stunde Zeit vorgesehen; Vorträge sollten also nicht länger als 30 Minuten dauern und können auf Deutsch und Englisch gehalten werden. Wir streben eine Publikation der ausgearbeiteten Vorträge im Rahmen eines Schwerpunkts in der Zeitschrift Foucault Studies an.

Wir laden ein, Abstracts von einer Länge bis zu 500 Worten bis zum 31. April 2015 an ueberwachenundstrafenheute [at] openmailbox [dot] org zu schicken; Benachrichtigungen werden wir spätestens am 1. Juni verschicken. Reise- und Übernachtungskosten werden (unter dem Vorbehalt der Finanzierung) übernommen.

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Prospects for an Ethics of Self-Cultivation

Conference 2: ‘Modern Appraisals of the Hellenistic Legacy’

29 June–1 July 2015
Monash University Prato Centre, Italy

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Call for Abstracts

Philosophical interest in the ethical ideal of self-cultivation has increased in recent years as philosophers have sought alternatives to deontological and utilitarian theories. This interest has been most evident in the widespread revival of virtue ethics, although contemporary virtue ethicists tend to focus on Aristotle’s account of character development. Despite the contemporary emphasis on Aristotle, philosophers in the modern European tradition, including those below, have been influenced by other notions of self-cultivation that were taught during the Hellenistic period.

Spinoza (cultivating joyful affects)
Rousseau (On Education)
Kant (The Doctrine of Virtue)
Schopenhauer (on the Stoics)
Emerson (friendship)
Guyau (La Morale d’Epicure)
Camus (Lyrical and Critical Essays)
Hadot (Hellenistic therapies)

Each of these thinkers drew upon the philosophical resources of Hellenistic philosophy to develop their own accounts of self-cultivation. We suggest that investigating the Hellenistic legacy in these and other thinkers in the modern European tradition will deepen and expand our understanding of ethical self-cultivation and contribute to its revival in contemporary virtue ethics.

We invite papers suitable for 30-minute presentation on Hellenistic self-cultivation and its reception by the modern European tradition. Abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent to arts-selfcultivation@monash.edu by 31st March 2015. We particularly encourage submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers.

Confirmed Participants

Prof Keith Ansell-Pearson (Warwick)
Prof Daniel Conway (Texas A&M)
Prof Susan James (Birkbeck)
Dr Katrina Mitcheson (UWE)
Dr John Sellars (King’s College)
Dr Matthew Sharpe (Deakin)
Dr Michael Ure (Monash)

Prospects for an Ethics of Self-Cultivation is supported by the Monash-Warwick Alliance, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and the Philosophy Department at Monash University.

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Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Ecole Doctorale de Philosophie

CALL FOR PAPERS

 Workshop

Historical Epistemology: beginnings and current issues

 22-23 May 2015

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We hereby invite contributions by graduate students and young researchers for the two-day workshop “Historical epistemology: beginnings and current issues”, which will take place at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne on 22-23 may 2015.

Historical epistemology (HEP) can be placed within the renewed debate about the “marriage between the philosophy and the history of science” (HPS). Located at the crossroad of conceptual analysis and the history of practices, this methodological approach to the sciences combines historical and philosophical perspectives. HEP finds its roots in France with the positive philosophy of Auguste Comte and represents the deployment of the complex path of the so-called “French style in epistemology”, whose principal representatives are G. Bachelard, G. Canguilhem and M. Foucault. Since the 90s, it is possible to talk of a renaissance of HEP within Anglo-American domains, thanks to the works of I. Hacking, A. I. Davidson and L. Daston, among others. The international development of HEP in its contemporary phase is paralleled by a sort of paradoxical void in its birth place. The reconnection of this kind of epistemology to the original philosophical framework from which it emerged represents the occasion to reopen the debate in France.

The aim of the workshop will be to gather the graduate students and young researchers working within the constantly expanding field of HEP. This first meeting will allow the creation of a space of reflection wherein those involved can expose and share their research, methods and difficulties, as well as discuss the formation of a research group on HEP for future activities.

Proposals will be considered in the following areas:

  1. History of historical epistemology: of the French tradition (Bachelard, Canguilhem and Foucault) and its contemporary forms.
  2. Methodological debates over the history and the philosophy of medicine, psychology and psychiatry. These disciplines have represented and still represent particularly fertile domains for HEP, which has transformed their methods and issues.

III. Open section.  HEP has been linked to the most diverse disciplines and themes, and new directions are currently being opened.

Proposals (400 words and a brief presentation of the candidate) are to be forwarded before January 26th (with a reply by February 16th), as word or pdf files, to epistemologiehistorique@gmail.com. French and English are the two languages of the workshop. A limited number of financial aid covering the totality or a part of the travelling expenses of the participants is available and can be solicited.

 Dates importantes / Important dates

Limite de proposition d’interventions / Application deadline :    January 26th 2015

Réponse / Notification of acceptance:                                              February 16th 2015

Journées d’études / Workshop days :                                               May 22-23rd 2015

 

Comité scientifique / Scientific Committee

Jean-François BRAUNSTEIN, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Bernadette BENSAUDE VINCENT, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Arnold I. DAVIDSON, University of Chicago

Frédéric FRUTEAU DE LACLOS, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Les organisateurs / The organizers,

Iván MOYA DIEZ et Matteo VAGELLI

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

EA3562 Centre de Philosophie Contemporaine de la Sorbonne (PhiCo)

epistemologiehistorique@gmail.com

 

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Call for papers

CRMEP 2015 Graduate Conference: Philosophy, Power, Potentialities

Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy,

Kingston University London, Penrhyn Road campus, KT1 2EE

Thursday 21st – Friday 22nd May 2015

Confirmed keynote speaker: Alenka Zupančič (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts/EGS)

Deadline for abstracts: 28th February 2015

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In a contemporary discourse suffused with the theme of ‘crisis’ – political, economic, educational, social, ecological, technical – what are the resources of philosophy at this moment for thinking power relations and potentialities?

‘Power’ has long been a central concept for philosophy and critical thought. The theme gained particular influence in the wake of Michel Foucault’s studies of the 1970s and ’80s, spurring productive dialogue with different accounts of power and domination provided by the feminist, post-colonial and Marxist traditions, and in race/ethnicity, gender and queer studies. More recent European thought – drawing on influences as broad as Spinoza, Marx, Aristotle, Heidegger, Benjamin, mathematics and religious texts – has provided challenging new resources for thinking power, potency, potentiality, subjectivities and politics.

For all this, to what extent can philosophy in 2014 help comprehend contemporary social and political forces? Can it think the powers and potentialities at work within our modern context? Have the concepts of power, potency and potentiality been adequately theorised? How might these concepts help us to think the relation of theory and practice? How do powers and other force relations manifest themselves in the very location of philosophical and critical thought itself?

We invite papers from a broad spectrum of disciplines engaging with modern European philosophy, on topics that could include (but are not limited to):

  • contemporary conceptualisations of power (Marxist, post-Marxist, post-colonial, feminist and other)
  • historical potentialities
  • theorising the reversibility of social power relations in gender, sexuality and race/ethnicity studies
  • actualisations of philosophy, contemporary impacts
  • theories of resistance
  • the potential of philosophical history: dynamis, energeia, potestas, potentia
  • regimes, discourses, institutions of power
  • power and limits of critique
  • contemporary political power, crisis, and philosophical/critical responses

Please send 300-word abstracts to: crmepagc@gmail.com by 28th February 2015.

 

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CFP: Time Served: Discipline and Punish 40 Years On

Nottingham Trent University is now accepting submissions for their 2015 conference on Michel Foucault‘s “Discipline and Punish.” The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015.

11-12 September 2015, The Galleries of Justice, Nottingham, UK

40 years after it was first published in French, the impact of Michel Foucault’s seminal text Discipline and Punish on theories of incarceration, discipline and power remains largely unchallenged. The aim of this conference is to revisit the text in light of the past four decades of penal developments, public debate and social consciousness on incarceration as it continues to constitute society’s mode of punishment par excellence.

In addition to thinking through the legacy of Discipline and Punish and its continued relevance today, specific focus will be given to the text itself, its position within Foucault’s wider critical project and its important relationship with his activism most notably the work of the GIP [Groupe d’Information sur les prisons] during the early 1970s. For example, the publication in 2013 of his 1973 lectures at the Collège de France on La Société Punitive, calls for a return to this period and a new engagement with Foucault’s work on prisons, not least in its pursuit of a more openly Marxist critique of the relationship between incarceration and bourgeois capital accumulation.

Here, attention should also be paid to Foucault’s methodology in researching and writing the text. Discipline and Punish marks his movement from an archeological to a genealogical approach towards what he terms the ‘history of the present.’ What is at stake in this shift and how effective is his genealogical method for thinking through the material and discursive structures of incarceration operating within our own society and moment? How does the juxtaposition set up between the torture and killing of Damiens and the prison timetable of the book’s opening raise important questions not simply about punishment but the role of representation – images and narratives of incarceration – in framing public consciousness about the space of the prison?

It is hoped that the conference will bring together a range of participants: scholars working in the fields of philosophy, sociology, criminology, urban geography, architecture, history, literature, media studies as well as artists, writers and activists involved in projects based in and about prisons and their conditions.

If you would like to offer a paper or other form of intervention, please send us a 250 word abstract along with your name, e-mail and (if relevant) institutional affiliation. If you would like to organize a panel of 3 or 4 presenters, please also send a panel title along with the abstracts and contact details.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2015.

E-mail: sophie.fuggle@ntu.ac.uk

The conference is organized by Nottingham Trent University and will be held at the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham.

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Call for Papers: Critical Spaces – Disorienting the Topological

Critical Spaces Call for Papers

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***The deadline for applications has now been extended to Friday 14th November 2014***

A graduate conference in the critical humanities to be hosted by The London Graduate School at Kingston University, London.

Monday 5th January 2015

Keynote speakers will include:

Claire Colebrook

Eyal Weizman

Eleni Ikoniadou

Fred Botting

Call for Papers:

“The present epoch will perhaps be above all the epoch of space.” — Michel Foucault ‘Of Other Spaces’

“Oh God! I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space.” —Hamlet

Foucault’s assertion that the present epoch will be one of space immediately evokes the temporal. Whether we consider our epoch as modern, postmodern, or as nonmodern, the philosophical treatment of space has been subordinated to time. Elizabeth Grosz has suggested that philosophy could draw on architecture to consider itself as a form of building or dwelling rather than as reflection of thought, evoking the spatial already implied by Heidegger. Occupy Wall Street and other recent anti-establishment protests in Brazil and Istanbul have been defined by journalist Bernardo Gutierrez as forming ‘a new architecture of protest’, convened by networks of consensus rather than dominant groups and ideology. Current theories and practices surrounding geopolitics, metamodelling, neuroscience, cartography and choreography support this growing emphasis on spatiality – whether focusing on produced space, social space and spaces of resistance, imaginary and poetic space, psychoanalytical and embodied space, sovereign space, performative space, digital space and/or virtual space.

This conference invites interdisciplinary approaches to the spatial. In particular we are interested in how thinking spatially or spatial practices reveal and open up disruptive, subversive or minoritarian fields within already existing discourses, be they philosophical, political, cultural or aesthetic. As Foucault has done in defining heterotopias, and as Edward Soja shows us through the idea of ‘thirding as othering’, it aims to rupture not only the particularities of those discourses, but the very possibility of thought itself through challenging existing borders, boundaries, horizons, surfaces and planes.

We welcome proposals from all approaches including but not limited to: New Materialisms, Non-philosophy, Philosophy and Praxis, Cultural Studies, Political Theory, Geography, Architecture, Postcolonial Theory, Feminist and Queer Theory, Literature, Visual Cultures, and Art Theory and Practice, which consider space in the broadest terms. We also welcome proposals for practice based approaches and interventions.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to lgscriticalspaces@gmail.com by Friday 31 October 2014.

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Call for Papers: Soft Power Third Issue: June 30, 2015

Soft Power: Euro-American Journal of Historical and Theoretical Studies of Politics

Soft Power is an inter-disciplinary academic journal published in 2014 by the Grupo Planeta, one of the leading publishers in the Spanish-speaking world. It is supported by the University of Salerno and the Universidad Católica de Colombia.

The aim of the journal is to be a forum of discussion for researches and scholars interested in the changes of contemporary political and legal
 orders. Through an approach that integrates philosophy, legal and political theory and history, it tries to investigate the diffused and fragmentary power dispositifs emerging forms social practices that bring to light new aspects of political and legal rationality. In particular, research interests focus on transformations of law and politics in contemporary neoliberalism.

The main topics of third issue is: Governmentality and Soft Power. Its editor is Salvo Vaccaro (University of Palermo)

On one side, the concept of governmentality in Foucault introduces the notion of “conduire les conduits”, that’s to say a practice of power which is not hierarchical, vertical, repressive; on the other side, this same concept is useful in order to investigate the new forms of post-democratic regimes which are typical in the era of neoliberalism.

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,500 to 7,500 words, including footnotes, on any aspect related to notions and practice of Governmentality and Soft Power.

Proposals with Name, tentative Title, little Abstract (max 20 lines) and Keywords should be submitted by December 20, 2014. Acceptance of the proposals shall be communicated by January 10, 2015, but this does not commit any real publication. Articles for issue number 3 should be submitted by April 10, 2015.

Philosophical, theoretical, historical and interdisciplinary articles are welcome. All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

For more information, for the author’s style guide, and for submission of 
articles, please write to: softpower.journal@gmail.com

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