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stone_bkh1Faire l’histoire du pouvoir “psy” après Foucault

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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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CALL FOR PAPERS
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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Biopolitics, Bioscience and Governmentality

November 19, 2015

Jornadabios.blogspot.com

This colloquium aims to discuss current perspectives on biopolitics and its intersections with bioscience, pharmacology, and medicine; and to propose readings that link this knowledge with the individual and governmentality, especially in the Latin American and Chilean context.

The category of “biopolitics” was reintroduced by Michel Foucault in 1974, and became one of the central concepts in contemporary political philosophy. Over the years, this category has become more complex due to the appearance of new technologies and apparatuses of power that have studied life and its politicization. New types of bioscientific knowledge, such as bioscience, biomedicine and biotechnology, in addition to the use of drugs-, are having an impact on political, economic and social relationships. At the same time, how these types of knowledge and rationalities are driving the concept of “life” has also been subject to criticism. Today, in an age when technology is advancing rapidly, how life is understood poses new challenges to our understanding of the category of biopolitics.

The colloquium will bring together Chilean and international researchers, who will preferably be working on projects funded by recognized bodies (such as CONICYT) or who are members of consolidated academic faculties or research nuclei in areas related with some of the following themes:

–      Biopolitics, biopower and governmentality

– New types of bioscientific knowledge and life sciences (Neuroscience, biomedicine and biotechnology)

–      New technologies and apparatuses of power

–      Struggles of resistance and counterpower

–      Government and the control of public health

–      Health, subjectivities and self-care: self-care programs

–      Bioethics and the questioning of “life”

–      Biomarkers: legal, criminological and bioethical problems.

–      Biocitizenship

–      Neurolaw and Neuroeconomics.

Participation guidelines:

  • Deadline for sending summaries (no more than 300 words): August 30, 2015 (include contact details).
  • Notification of acceptance of papers for the colloquium (by email): September 10.
  • Deadline for sending completed works (in Spanish and English): October 30, (Note: to participate in the conference, it is an essential requisite that papers be sent in both languages). The final work must be no more than 20 pages long with one-and-a-half line spacing (excluding bibliography and notes), Times New Roman font, size 12.
  • Papers will be included in a dossier to be published after the conference.

Email summaries and papers to: jornadabios@gmail.com

This conference will benefit greatly from the attendance and participation of Nikolas Rose, currently one of the most renowned thinkers in Biopolitics, Bioscience and Governability, who will give a talk called: “Government mentality today: analysing political power in a ‘neo-liberal age’”.

Nikolas Rose is professor and director of the Department of Sociology at King’s College, London (England). His work explores how the growth of science has changed conceptions of human identity and governmentality, and the implications this will have in future understandings of politics, economy and society. His publications encompass a range of issues and disciplines, including biology, psychology, sociology, politics and law. His recent books include: Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind (co-authored with J. Abi-Rached) (2013), Governing the Present: Administering Economic, Social and Personal Life (2008) and The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, power and subjectivity (2006).

Organized by:

The Biopolitics and Ideology Research Nucleus (NIBI) (http://nibi.bligoo.com/)

and the Doctorate in Psychology, Diego Portales University.

Sponsored by:

FONDECYT Regular 2014 Project No. 1140901 Towards a genealogy of pharmacological power;

Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Talca,

Faculty of Sociology Diego Portales University

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Rencontre doctorale du Centre Michel Foucault

14/15/16 octobre 2015. IMEC. Caen

L’Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault propose pour la sixième année une école doctorale visant à réunir les doctorants travaillant sur, avec et autour de la pensée de Michel Foucault. L’objectif est comme les années précédentes de mettre en relation, le plus agréablement possible et de manière assez informelle, les jeunes chercheurs afin de constituer un réseau de travail national et international, et de leur donner l’occasion de présenter leurs travaux.

Cette rencontre aura lieu le 14, 15 et 16 octobre 2015 à l’Abbaye d’Ardenne à Caen (avec un départ de Paris le mercredi 14 octobre en milieu de journée et un retour le vendredi 16 octobre en fin de journée). Les frais de séjour sur place et les billets de train à partir de Paris (Paris-Caen-Paris) seront offerts aux intervenants par l’Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault.

Pour que les échanges puissent être les plus féconds possibles – et compte tenu des capacités d’accueil de l’Abbaye – nous limitons le nombre de participants, ce qui impliquera nécessairement un choix de notre part. Les doctorants ayant participé les années passées aux rencontres pourront décider d’y assister, mais la priorité sera donnée aux nouveaux intervenants et aux doctorants en 2ème et 3ème année de thèse.

Les propositions d’intervention (une page maximum), portant soit sur une question particulière du travail de thèse, soit sur un problème méthodologique précis, devront nous être envoyées, avec un CV (indiquant obligatoirement l’année et le titre de la thèse, le nom du directeur, de l’université et de l’ED de rattachement) avant le 30 juin 2015. En fonction des demandes, nous établirons et diffuserons un programme après le 15 juillet.

Ces rencontres doctorales sont ouvertes à tous les étudiant(e)s sans distinction de nationalité, mais la langue de travail sera le français.

N’hésitez pas à nous contacter pour toute question. Très cordialement,
L’Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault

Contacts : Judith Revel : jrevel@u-paris10.fr ; Arianna Sforzini : arianna.sforzini@univ-paris-est.fr

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The “International Congress of Critical Applied Linguistics” will take place in Brasília, Brazil, at the University of Brasília, from Monday, October 19th, 2015, to Wednesday, October 21st, 2015. The event is organized by research groups from the University of Brasília and the State University of Londrina.

Contributions on the following themes are welcome: (i) Language and Politics; (ii) Language and Ethics; (iii) Language and Identity; (iv) Language and Agency; (v) Language and Practice(s); (vi) Language, Epistemology, and Ontology; (vii) Language and Discourse; and (viii) Language and Structure.

Presentation proposals are due June 30th, 2015, and should be 300 to 350 words long, written in Times New Roman 11, in single line spacing; title in upper case letters, and subtitle in lower case. The author’s last name should also be in capitals.

Participation is encouraged for both undergraduate and graduate students, university professors and researchers, as well as school teachers. Conference fees are as follows for the 2nd tier, which ends on June 30th: 80R$ – Undergraduate students; 150R$ – Graduate students; 200R$ – University professors and researchers. The event is free for state school teachers. Payment procedures, as well as prices for the upcoming tiers, can be found here.

The conference will include thematic presentations, poster sessions, round tables, and plenary lectures by Alistair Pennycook (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia), Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis (University of Illinois, USA), Bonny Norton (University of British Columbia, Canada) and Kanavilil Rajagopalan (University of Campinas, Brazil).

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Last Call for Abstracts

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, 1-3 September 2015

‘Resistance and Power beyond Foucault’

Convener: Guilel Treiber, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (Guilel.Treiber@hiw.kuleuven.be)

The nature of political power is changing. The state is no longer the only, or even the main player in the complex mechanisms of power structures at the beginning of the 21st century. Foucault’s oeuvre has a crucial role in analyzing these changes and emphasizing the productive element of power against the idea that power (and the state as its embodiment) fulfills a merely repressive function. Resistance, as a counter-part to power, is changing as well. However, the academic analysis of resistance has remained constrained within the framework of strike and protest, both essentially practices of resistance to repressive state power. What would be a resistance to a productive power, and what could the relation between the two be?

Resistance seems to refuse clear-cut conceptualization. This may be due to the plurality of possible ways in which one can conceive the term, but also to the contextual and practical character of resistance. In fact, resistance is always specific; it is, in other words, always resistance to something, within a certain historical framework. This has led to the development of a series of competing notions, from ‘deconstruction’ to ‘performativity’, from ‘counter-hegemony’ to ‘counter-conduct’, all of which aim at theorizing resistance and clarifying its relation to power. Additionally, empirical analysis of different forms of resistance remains painfully descriptive, avoiding a critical analysis and appraisal of its multiple new forms and practices.

Power and resistance are not two separate phenomena. If we accept Foucault’s analysis of power, even in its most basic intuition, that power is historically bound, then we will need to re-conceptualize resistance as a counter-power. This may mean that power and resistance do not stand in a merely ‘action-reaction’ relation to each other, whereby power is repressive and resistance liberating; or whereby power is predominant and resistance happens in the restrictive space that a totalizing form of power leaves. If we agree with Foucault, that resistance is as productive as power, what would be the implications on our understanding of politics, what forms would resistance then take?

This workshop aims at encouraging discussion between different perspectives on resistance and power (not exclusively limited to a Foucauldian perspective). Propositions engaged with one of the two following themes (or other related issue) are encouraged :

1) Resistance beyond the state: Protest and strike are heavily state-centered forms of resistance. They focus mainly on demands put to sovereign power. Can power be resisted in such a way? What would a resistance that does not focus on power as though it is emanating from one fixed point look like?

2) Different forms of resistance to power: Civil disobedience, whistle-blowing, ‘illegal’ forms of digital resistance such as Pirate Bay or Anonymous, veganism are all examples of contemporary resistance: are they inherently different from previous forms of resistance? Do they embody different ways to resist to different forms of power? What do they require from the individual or communities resisting?

Call for abstracts: Abstracts of about 400-600 words on all topics mentioned above for the MANCEPT workshops should be sent to Guilel.Treiber@hiw.kuleuven.be The deadline for submitting abstracts is JUNE 1st, 2015. Applicants will be informed about acceptance by JUNE 07, 2015. Final papers should be sent by August 2015 (date to be specified later), so that they are circulated between the workshop’s participants.

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Call for Papers
Theatre, Performance, Foucault!

TaPRA Theatre, Performance, and Philosophy working group interim event
– a one-day symposium

Date: 4th July 2015
Location: King’s College London

Further info

Michel Foucault was not only one of the most controversial and provocative thinkers of the 20th Century, he was also one of its most inventive and penetrating researchers: his work restlessly innovating new methodological openings around which other thinkers would forge entirely new disciplinary fields. Notoriously hard to pin down, his work evades easy categorisation – indeed, who was Foucault? – poststructuralist philosopher, historian of ‘systems of thought’, ‘radical journalist’ – Foucault seems to have been all of these things, and so much more. It is perhaps for this reason that his work retains its currency for us. Fundamentally, what makes Foucault’s work compelling comes down to the question that he repeatedly asked – a question that remains just as vital and urgent today: ‘what are we at the present time?’

It is with this question in mind that the Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) is delighted to host a one-day symposium entitled: “Theatre, Performance, Foucault!” as its interim event. If Foucault was fond of employing theatre as a metaphor in his work, in this symposium we wish to take that metaphor literally: how does Foucault’s work help us to understand contemporary and/or historical problems in theatre and performance today?

The symposium will consist of curated round-tables, twenty-minute papers and ten-minute provocations. If you would like to contribute a paper or provocation to the symposium, please submit a max. 200-word abstract and brief biography by 23rd May to Tony Fisher (tony.fisher@cssd.ac.uk), Kélina Gotman (kelina.gotman@kcl.ac.uk), and Eve Katsouraki (e.katsouraki@uel.ac.uk). We will get back to you with a response by 31st May.

Papers and provocations may address any aspects of Foucault’s thinking and/or Foucauldian approaches to theatre and performance, including the following:

– Theatre, performance and biopolitics

– Theatre, performance and state power

– Theatre, performance and ethics

– Theatre, performance and genealogy

– Performance and discipline(s)

– Theatre, Foucault & the non-human life / animal rights

– Performance, Foucault & ecology

– Theatre and the social sciences

– Theatre, performance and archaeology

– Theatre, performance and the history of ‘madness’

– Theatre, performance and the history of sexuality

– Theatre, performance and discourse

– Performance, Foucault & his heirs

Please note: You need to be an existing member of TaPRA to present or attend. If you are not, you can become a member at the cost of £10. Registrations will open by the end of May and you can register via Eventbrite (details to follow).

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