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Deuxièmes Journées d’études / 2nd Workshop
Epistémologie Historique: une histoire du présent
Historical Epistemology: a history of the present
19-20-21 mai 2016

Ecole doctorale de Philosophie ED 280, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Institut des sciences Juridique & Philosophique de la Sorbonne – UMR 8130
Centre de Philosophie Contemporaine de la Sorbonne, Equipe EXeCO

PDF of call for papers

The working domain of this workshop corresponds to the domain of historical epistemology (HEP), broadly understood both as a “tradition” and as a method in philosophy and history of science. On this occasion we would like to investigate one of the most distinctive traits of HEP, that is, the permanent tension between past and present it instantiates. As testified by many of its practitioners, HEP is an inquiry which is present-oriented, or, alternatively, it is written using the present as a standpoint. In this sense, normative (or recurrent) history of science, as conceptualized by Gaston Bachelard or Georges Canguilhem, relies on a current scientific norm, whereas Michel Foucault’s approach, beside introducing a difference between present and actuality, seems to question or limit the validity of current scientific norms. From the normative history of science to the project of an “history of the present” and of an “historical ontology of ourselves”, Foucauldian expressions reprised also by Ian Hacking, a space is opened for a methodological and philosophical reflection which is unavoidable for every further development of HEP. Probability (Hacking 1975, 1990), sexuality (Davidson 2001), objectivity (Daston-Galison 2007) and the experimental systems of molecular biology (Rheinberger 1997) are some examples of the categories and material constraints out of which our experience of the world and of ourselves are being structured today.

The histories that the aforementioned authors reconstruct of these categories and constraints illustrate the twofold critical import of an epistemological analysis: on the one hand, they articulate the intertwinement of ethical and epistemic norms while, on the other, they open up the space for new modalities of thought and action. The discussion of the role of the present and of actuality within HEP will thus give us the possibility to articulate the political and ethical stakes implied by this kind of inquiry.

With reference to this general framework, the proposals should constitute original articulations of either one of the following axes of problems:

I. The role of scientific norms and values in historiography: We would like to further analyze the role played by the present of science in HEP: how do the references to actuality vary according to the different scientific domains? To what extent does the continuous or discontinuous trajectory of an epistemic object determine (or is determined by) the kind of normativity at stake in a certain discipline? To what extent do the conditions of applicability of the principle of recurrence draw on the nature of the norms of a certain science? Is a recurrent history of human science possible? What gives a recurrent history its critical import? These questions bear on the different ways of relating the past to the present and of understanding the progress and transformations of the sciences.

II. The power of the concept: Works inspired by the approach of HEP have highlighted several ethical-political issues, while at the same time refusing to see the scientific norm as a simple effect of power. Such an assimilation of a scientific norm to an effect of power would abolish the normative privilege which a current science has on its past, thus neglecting the relation between truth and reality. What remains to be shown, however, is that scientific progress cannot be understood apart from concrete social and technical problems, that is, of man’s ability to comprehend and transform reality. We welcome contributions bearing on: the relation of a concept to its techniques; the analysis of techniques of observation, of measuring and of medical normalization; the relation between the classification of the living and the different manners of making up people; or the different epistemological, archaeological, and genealogical forms that an analysis of the relation power-knowledge can take.

Proposals (500 words plus a short presentation of the candidate) must be sent by 2016 February 1st (notification of acceptance or refusal by February 22nd), in word or pdf formats, to epistemologiehistorique@gmail.com. Proposals by graduate students and young researchers will be privileged. The languages of the workshop will be French and English.
Dates importantes / Important dates
Limite de proposition d’interventions / Application deadline : February 1st 2016
Réponse / Notification of acceptance: February 22th 2016
Remise de textes / Texts submission : May 6th 2016
Journées d’études / Workshop days : May 19-20-21st 2016

Comité scientifique / Scientific committee
Christian BONNET, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Jean-François BRAUNSTEIN, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Arnold I. DAVIDSON, Université de Chicago.
Pierre WAGNER, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Le comité d’organisation / The Organizing committee
Ivan MOYA DIEZ, Matteo VAGELLI (coordinateurs)

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Foucault @ 90
International Conference

22nd-23rd June 2016
University of the West of Scotland
Ayr Campus, Scotland, UK

Further information and registration

PDF conference flyer

Call for Papers
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of the French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-84). This interdisciplinary conference aims to reflect on the work of Michel Foucault and in particular on the question of its abiding relevance and value.

Keynote speakers include Stephen Ball, Mark Olssen, and Clare O’Farrell.

Based at our attractive Ayr campus, on the scenic west coast of Scotland, this conference promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable event. Research paper submissions are now sought on the conference themes listed below.

Abstracts should be up to 400 words in length and cover the context of the research, research questions, theoretical framework, methodology, findings, significance. Abstracts should be readied for blinded peer review. The conference will run as a series of 90-minute sessions with 3 or 4 papers allocated to each.

Symposia: the conference welcomes submissions for symposium sessions. These should comprise a set of four or more related paper submissions (as above) with an agreed Chairperson and Discussant.

Posters: posters will be displayed throughout the conference, with a set time agreed for presenters to be available to discuss their work with conference delegates. Posters should be submitted in A1/upright form and be accompanied by a 250 word abstract.

Conference/Abstract themes:
The conference seeks papers which deal with the work of Foucault in relation to any of the following themes:
• Education
• Health
• Justice
• Criminology
• Psychiatry/Psychology
• Methodology
• Sexuality
• Culture/aesthetics
• Philosophy
• Politics

Key dates

Abstract submission opens 15th October 2015
Abstract submission ends 1st March 2016
Notification of peer review/abstract acceptance 22nd March 2016
Early Bird Registration commences 22nd March 2016
Presentation times announced 15th April 2016
Early Bird Registration ends 1st May 2016

Abstract submissions should be emailed by attachment to: foucaultconference@uws.ac.uk

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Carte Semiotiche Annali 4 – Call For Papers in Italian, English, French and Spanish

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LE IMMAGINI DEL CONTROLLO. Visibilità e governo dei corpi
La redazione di Carte Semiotiche vi invita ad inviare proposte di contributo in italiano, inglese, francese o spagnolo (max. 2000 caratteri spazi inclusi o 500 parole) corredate di un breve profilo biografico (max. 10 righe) entro il 31 gennaio 2016 al seguente indirizzo: cartesemiotiche@gmail.com
Per ulteriori informazioni si prega di contattare i curatori del volume, Maria Cristina Addis (krix.addis@gmail.com) e Giacomo Tagliani (giacomo.tagliani@sns.it).

IMAGES OF CONTROL. Visibility and the Government of Bodies
The Editorial Board invites you to send an abstract with a proposal of contribution (2000 characters or 500 words) in English, French, Italian, Spanish (please attach a short biography) by the 31st of January 2016, to the following address: cartesemiotiche@gmail.com For any questions, please contact the editors Maria Cristina Addis (krix.addis@gmail.com) and Giacomo Tagliani (giacomo.tagliani@sns.it)

LES IMAGES DU CONTRÔLE. Visibilité et gouvernement des corps
La rédaction de Carte Semiotiche vous invite à envoyer vos propositions de contribution (max. 2000 caractères espaces inclus ou 500 mots) accompagnées d’une brève bibliographie (max. 10 lignes) avant le 31 janvier 2016 à l’adresse suivant: cartesemiotiche@gmail.com. Si vous avez des quéstiones, n’hesitez pas à contacter les directeurs éditorials du volume Maria Cristina Addis (krix.addis@gmail.com) et Giacomo Tagliani (giacomo.tagliani@sns.it)

IMÁGENES DEL CONTROL. Visibilidad y gobierno de los cuerpos
La redacción de Carte Semiotiche invita a enviar propuestas de contribuciones (máximo 2000 caracteres con espacios incluidos o 500 palabras) acompañadas de un breve perfil biográfico (máximo 10 líneas) del autor antes del 31 de enero de 2016 a la redacción: cartesemiotiche@gmail.com. Si tienes preguntas, contacter por favor los coordinadores del número Maria Cristina Addis (krix.addis@gmail.com) y Giacomo Tagliani (giacomo.tagliani@sns.it)

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The sixteenth annual meeting of the Foucault Circle

Sydney, Australia
June 29-July 2, 2016
(hosted by the University of New South Wales)

PDF of Call for papers

We invite individual papers and roundtable proposals (4-5 panelists) on any aspect of Foucault’s work. Studies, critiques, and applications of Foucauldian thinking are all welcome. We will aim for a diversity of topics and perspectives.

Abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review, and are to be submitted to the program committee chair, Richard A. Lynch, by email (lynchricharda@sau.edu) on/before Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Please indicate “Foucault Circle submission” in the subject heading, and include the abstract as a “.docx” attachment.

Individual paper submissions require an abstract of no more than 750 words; roundtable submissions require a 500-word abstract describing the theme and 150-word summaries of each panelist’s talking points.

Program decisions will be announced in December.

Each speaker will have approximately 35 minutes for paper presentation and discussion combined—papers should be a maximum of 3000 words (15-20 minutes reading time). Roundtables will have approximately 50 minutes total for presentation and discussion combined; individual panelists should plan to speak for no more than 5-7 minutes. In addition to paper and roundtable sessions, the conference will also feature a “reading group” discussion session (texts TBA) open to all participants.

Logistical information about lodging, transportation, and other arrangements will be available after the program has been announced.

For more information about the Foucault Circle, please see our website:

The Foucault Circle at UNSW will be held immediately before the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference which in 2016 is being hosted by Monash University at the Caulfield campus. AAP

Dates are: Sunday 3rd July – Thursday 7th July 2016. Scholars planning to attend the Foucault Circle may also wish to attend the AAP.

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Continental Thought & Theory. A Journal of Intellectual Freedom

Call for Papers
Inaugural Issue

Both the ideal and pursuit of intellectual freedom are important components underpinning this journal. The unrestricted expression of ideas is a desire and challenge facing us all. Particular fields of Continental theory have attempted to embrace and pursue this ethic as acts of intellectual integrity. With this in mind, the journal’s inaugural issue posits the question: what does intellectual freedom mean today? Although this question speaks directly to the academy, it is not limited to scholars. People in other spheres of life also experience the shaping of and parameters to their ideas, sometimes to their chagrin. Continental theory invites a variety of responses to the question of intellectual freedom.

Closing date for submissions: 15 January 2016

Submissions: ctt-submissions@canterbury.ac.nz

Please refer to the instructions for contributors.

By publishing with Continental Thought and Theory, your paper will be automatically deposited in the University of Canterbury Research Repository and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY) license. For information on Creative Commons, please see www.creativecommons.org.

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American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference
March 17-20, 2016 — Harvard University
Panel: The New Security State: Surveillance, Counter-Surveillance, and Strategies of Resistance
Organizers: Carlos Rojas (Duke University) and Belinda Kong (Bowdoin College)

Full panel description and submission guidelines can be found here: Deadline for paper submissions is Sept 23 2015

Papers with a foucauldian approach are welcome

Literature has long been closely imbricated with practices of surveillance. Not only does literary production necessarily rely on practices of observation (either at the level of the individual or a broader collectives, as with the close synergy between the rise of the modern novel and Western imperial projects), literature itself has often been the object of close scrutiny by the state and other corporate entities. In this respect, literary representation anticipates—and is symptomatic of—a broader array of technologically-based surveillance practices that have emerged in the modern period. As technological advances continue to enhance the ability of states and corporations to surveil the public, even as the public is also increasingly able to deploy similar technologies to its own ends—including efforts to surveil the operation of the surveillance apparatus itself. This latter practice of counter-surveillance is particularly evident in the ways that citizen videos (and the public circulation of videos originally produced by the state) have helped precipitate a national debate in the US over police brutality, but it also has much broader ramifications.

Our panel will examine some of the implications of these developments as they pertain to the new security state. We are interested not only in how issues of surveillance and counter-surveillance are addressed in literary works, but also how some of the discourses and visual archives generated by these surveillance practices may be approached as virtual literary works in their own right. Potential topics include examinations of state censorship regimes, social media and practices of collective authorship, surveillance video and found footage as a form of textual production, digital archives and shifting loci of identity, practices of exhibitionism and impersonation, selfies and confessional discourses, as well as advances in wearable technologies and cybernetic states.

Full panel description and submission guidelines can be found here: Deadline for paper submissions is Sept. 23 2015

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stone_bkh1Faire l’histoire du pouvoir “psy” après Foucault

Further info.

Journées suisses d’histoire 2016
Bureau du congrès

Section d’histoire, Faculté des Lettres
Université de Lausanne
Anthropole, Bureau 5156
CH-1050 Lausanne

Les travaux sur les disciplines psychiques se rangent en deux catégories : les démarches critiques du pouvoir « psy* » (psychiatrie, psychanalyse, psychologie, psychothérapie) d’une part, contre les approches bienveillantes à l’égard de ce pouvoir, soit par une défense délibérée, comme Marcel Gauchet par exemple, soit simplement en évitant d’évoquer les dimensions politiques des pratiques et des discours psy. La tradition critique se donne comme pères fondateurs — il n’y a que des hommes — des chercheurs tels que Erving Goffman, Robert Castel, et bien sûr Michel Foucault. Elle est liée à des mouvements sociaux qui contestent le pouvoir psychiatrique, que l’on qualifie souvent d’ « antipsychiatriques », notamment des mouvements de personnes psychiatrisées, mais qui compte aussi des psys célèbres comme Franco Basaglia, Ronald D. Laing, David Cooper ou Thomas Szasz. Cette première vague critique s’en prend principalement à la psychiatrie comme « régime disciplinaire » (Foucault), à l’asile comme « institution totalitaire » (Goffman) ou au « mythe de la maladie mentale » comme prétexte d’un contrôle étatique politique (Szasz).

Cette histoire du « complexe psy » se conjugue souvent avec une conception foucaldienne du pouvoir relevant moins d’une oppression matérielle que d’une forme d’« aliénation mentale » que produirait le discours psychologique en offrant des catégories de pensée sous la forme d’un langage pour « dire le sujet ». Les sociétés occidentales, en particulier, seraient ainsi devenues des « sociétés thérapeutiques » dominées par cette grille d’analyse. Par ailleurs, on voit se multiplier des travaux qui s’intéressent à ce qui est nommée la « psychologisation » de phénomènes sociaux. Bien souvent, ces travaux envisagent les pratiques psychologiques, notamment psychothérapeutiques, en suivant Foucault, comme autant de « dispositifs de pouvoir », de perfectionnement de « technologies du soi », qui ne laissent aucune possibilité de concevoir une transformation des rapports de pouvoir dans ces institutions psy. Il semble au contraire nécessaire de pouvoir faire une histoire des pratiques et discours psy qui prennent en compte non seulement les rapports de pouvoir, mais également un projet d’émancipation, de façon à non seulement mieux saisir les ambitions politiques de nombre de psy* qui n’opposent pas leur pratique à une lutte politique, voire la conçoive au contraire comme liée à celle-ci, mais surtout pour penser de façon plus réaliste les liens entre l’individuel, comme le psychologique est conçu, et le collectif.

Ce panel veut constituer un lieu de débat de ces questions. Les contributions peuvent ainsi amener des positions historiographiques variées, pour autant qu’elles s’inscrivent dans cette interrogation du traitement du pouvoir psy* dans les travaux d’histoire des disciplines psychiques.

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