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Biopolitics, Bioscience and Governmentality

November 19, 2015


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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Les mots et les choses and beyond (2015)
Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History and
History and Theory

Editor: Unfortunately I found out about this conference late, but am posting it for information.

1:30-3:30 – Afternoon Session I

Introduction and Chair: Peter E. Gordon

Gary Gutting, The Politics of The Order of Things: Foucault, Sartre, and Deleuze

Nancy Partner, “The Reign of Leviathan and the Return of the Repressed Self”

Respondent: Samuel Moyn

3:30-4:00 – Coffee break

4:00-6:00 – History and Theory Keynote Lecture

Introduction and Chair: Ethan Kleinberg

Vincent Descombes, “The Order of Things: an archeology of what?”

Respondent: Warren Breckman

6:30 – Reception (for participants only)


9:00-9:30 – Coffee

9:45-11:45 – Morning session

Chair: Arthur Goldhammer

Jean-Claude Monod, “Les mots et les choses, history and diagnosis”

Béatrice Han-Pile, “Phenomenology and Anthropology in Foucault’s early work”

Respondent: Giuseppe Bianco

12:00-1:30 – Lunch break

1:30-3:30 – Afternoon Session I

Chair, Michèle Lamont

Laura Stark, “Human sciences, moral kinds, and the imposition of universal experience”

Ahmed Ragab, “Monsters, Fossils and Patients: An archeology of medieval medicine”

Respondent: Stefanos Geroulanos

3:30-4:00 – Coffee break

4:00-6:00 – Afternoon Session II

Chair: John Hamilton

Julian Bourg, “Nature and the Irruptive Violence of History in Foucault and Benjamin”

Frédéric Worms, “Unexpected (and vital) controversies: Foucault’s Les mots et les choses in its philosophical moment and today”

Respondent: Judith Surkis

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Michel Foucault: The Late Lectures

Columbia Maison Française

November 7, 2014, a panel discussion with Seyla Benhabib, François Ewald, Bernard E. Harcourt, George Kateb, and Emmanuelle Saada.

In his late Collège de France lectures, Michel Foucault opened up new paths for research, what he so often referred to as “des pistes de recherche,” many of which have only come to light now as a result of the recent publication of the lectures. Ranging from the concept of security to the notion of truth-telling, to the relationship between veridiction and juridiction, to the arts of governing, the hermeneutics of the self, and the notion of “voluntary inservitude,” the late lectures represent a font of new material to allow us to think with Foucault. At the same time, they offer a new lens through which to reread the earlier published works, from the History of Madness, though Discipline and Punish, to the History of Sexuality.

This colloquium will discuss a number of the ideas and concepts that were born and sketched out in the lectures, but that remain today still to be explored.


– Seyla Benhabib is Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science & Philosophy at Yale University
– François Ewald is Professor Emeritusat the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
– Bernard E. Harcourt is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, and Director of Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University
– George Kateb is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Emeritus at Princeton University
– Emmanuelle Saada is Associate Professor of French and History at Columbia University (moderator)

Event co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and Heyman Center for the Humanities.

00:00 – Introduction by Emmanuelle Saada
02:04 – Seyla Benhabib
23:20 – George Kateb
40:25 – François Ewald
1:06:35 – Bernard Harcourt
1:24:00 – Q&A

We apologize for some interruptions due to technical problems.

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Michel Foucault (1926 – 1984): les arts & les lettres/arts & humanities in the 21st Century

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies & Collège de France Symposium
L’Institut d’études avancées de Paris
17 quai d’Anjou, Paris 75004
June 12 – 13, 2014

Conference website
PDF flyer

Art and architectural history, visual culture, literary studies, media and film studies and aesthetics have all “partaken” of Foucauldian theories, but a comparative exploration of Foucault’s significance has been lacking. If the reception of Foucault has focused on single disciplines and discrete areas of thought, it has also differed across specific linguistic and/or geo-political lines. This colloquium seeks to map the philosophy of Foucault as it impacts the future of the arts and humanities across cultures, institutions and practices.


Catherine M. Soussloff,
Art History, Visual Art & Theory, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dana Arnold
Architectural History & Theory, Middlesex University, UK

Sophie Berrebi
Art History, University of Amsterdam

Edward Dimendberg
Film and Media Studies, University of California, Irvine, U.S.A.

Françoise Gaillard
Literary Criticism, Art and Intellectual History, Université de Paris VII

Sima Godfrey
French Literature, University of British Columbia, Canada

Fréderic Gros
Philosophie politique, Université de Paris XII

Anton Lee
Art History, University of British Columbia, Canada

Ilka Kressner
Hispanic and Italian Studies, University at Albany, SUNY

Frédéric Pouillaude
Philosophie de l’art, Université de Paris-Sorbonne

Marisa C. Sánchez
Art History, University of British Columbia, Canada

Ariana Sforzini
Philosophie politique, Université de Paris XII

Michael Sheringham
French Literature, Oxford University, UK

T’ai Smith
Art History, Visual Art & Theory, University of British Columbia, Canada

Elisabetta Villari
DIRAAS, Università degli Studi di Genova

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Colloque international

 Foucault / Wittgenstein : subjectivité et politique

vendredi 7 & samedi 8 juin 2013
9h30 – 18h

 Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris
salle Cavaillès (1er étage, esc. C)

Programme pdf


À partir de deux traditions philosophiques distinctes, Michel Foucault et Ludwig Wittgenstein ont chacun proposé une critique radicale, non seulement du psychologisme, mais aussi de la notion classique d’une subjectivité souveraine comme du modèle afférent d’un sujet de l’action et du savoir transparent à soi-même. L’opposition de ces deux auteurs à une pensée d’obédience cartésienne-husserlienne offre ainsi une intersection entre philosophie dite « continentale » et philosophie analytique. Le combat engagé par Foucault (à la suite de Cavaillès et de Canguilhem) contre la « philosophie de l’expérience, du sens et du sujet » présente une analogie cruciale avec le projet wittgensteinien de dissolution de la mythologie des processus dits « mentaux », contre l’identification de l’esprit à une sphère privée, d’un genre spécifique.

Cette double critique du sujet souverain (et en particulier du « Je pense » cartésien entendu comme sujet de connaissance) n’invalide pourtant pas, chez les deux auteurs, l’impératif d’une enquête à propos des conditions de la subjectivité : une subjectivité inscrite dans le social et ses institutions, les rapports de pouvoir, les « formes de vie », les pratiques discursives, une communauté de langage. L’interrogation explicitement à l’œuvre, dans les derniers travaux de Foucault, à propos de l’expérience antique du « souci de soi » et de la parrêsia est à cet égard cruciale. Cet intérêt pour les techniques de soi et les processus de « subjectivation », dans la mesure où il ne renoue pas avec une philosophie de la conscience, peut en effet s’entendre en résonance avec l’effort toujours plus marqué, chez le dernier Wittgenstein, pour rendre compte d’une expérience en première personne aussi inéliminable qu’indescriptible au sens strict, dissociée comme telle de l’activité d’un sujet de la connaissance et de la représentation. Surtout, il fait signe vers une « insertion » possible de l’éthique dans la politique, précisément dans la mesure où le travail du sujet sur lui-même devient un point crucial de résistance et contre-conduite. Or cette dimension politique de la subjectivation n’est pas absente chez Wittgenstein : on peut songer tant au lien subjectivité-expressivité-communauté de langage qu’à la tâche (indissolublement éthique et politique) d’apprendre à voir ce qui est important mais qui, tout en étant sous nos yeux, n’est pas d’ordinaire remarqué.

Ce colloque a donc pour but, à travers la discussion et la confrontation des perspectives wittgensteinienne et foucaldienne, de mieux délimiter l’efficace persistante d’une pensée non psychologique et non « métaphysique » de la subjectivité, si décisive dans les débats contemporains autour de la reconnaissance et de la subjectivité constituée, ainsi que d’en mettre en lumière les conséquences sur les plans éthique et politique. Il ne saurait se réduire, toutefois, à un simple repérage des effets de résonance entre les approches de ces deux auteurs, mais s’attellera aussi à en explorer les divergences, dont l’analyse pourra se révéler féconde quant à la clarification des problèmes précédemment évoqués.

Pascale Gillot & Daniele Lorenzini

 Colloque organisé par le Centre de Philosophie Contemporaine de la Sorbonne – EA 3562 PhiCo (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
en collaboration avec l’EA 4395 LIS (Université Paris-Est Créteil) et avec mf / materiali foucaultiani

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Description on youtube
Published on May 23, 2012

Tiny surveillance drones that hover and stare. An Internet where every keystroke is recorded. The automated government inspection of hundreds of millions of e-mails for suspicious characteristics. The technological advancements spurred by the computing revolution have improved our lives, but have also diminished our privacy and enhanced the government’s power to monitor us. Writers and directors who have grappled with technology’s mixed blessings join civil liberties advocates to discuss ways of preserving our freedom in an era in which we all dwell in Bentham’s Panopticon—a prison that allows our wardens to observe us at all times without being seen themselves.

With Catherine Crump, Ken Macleod, Gabriela Adamesteanu, and Ludmila Ulitskaya; moderated by M. Julian Sanchez

With thanks to Dirk Felleman for this link

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Government, Truth, Subject – Michel Foucault and the late lecture courses at Collège de France. A colloquium at the Jan van Eyck Academie.

7 November 2012

Jan van Eyck Academie
Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht

The colloquium is devoted to Foucault’s late lectures at Collège de France (Du gouvernement des vivants [unpublished], Subjectivité et vérité [unpublished], L’Herméneutique du sujet, Le gouvernement de soi et des autres, and Le courage de la vérité). In this particular body of works Foucault undertakes a genealogy of the subject: a subject capable of its own constititution through what Foucault defines as the care of the self and on the notion of parresia, a certain mode of truth-telling of the Greek Antiquity. But what then is the relation to the previous work, where the subject seemed rather like an effect of relations of power and knowlede? These lecture courses will be examined in terms of their form, methodology, their internal constitution as well as their shifts and consistencies with Foucault’s previous works.

The event will be open to the public.

14.00 Introduction
14.15 Arianna Bove: Change
15.00 Alexandre Costanzo: The Grimaces of Truth
15.45 Break
16.00 Karl Lydén: The Blind Empiricist
16.45 Discussion moderated by Jamila Mascat

Arianna Bove is a co-founder and editor of Generation-Online, as well as the English translator of books by Antonio Negri, Franco Berardi, and Maurizio Lazzarato.

Alexandre Costanzo is a philosopher living in Paris, where he teaches at l’Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Annecy. He is completing his PhD under the direction of Alain Badiou, and has published a number of essays on the relations between philosophy, art, and politics.

Karl Lydén is an editor of Site Magazine, and the Swedish translator of Michel Foucault’s Il faut défendre la société (2008) as well as the upcoming Le gouvernement de soi et des autres (2013). He is a researcher at the theory department of the Jan van Eyck Academie.

Jamila Mascat is a teaching assistant of the chair of Practical philosophy at the university La Sapienza (Rome). She has published the book Hegel a Jena. La critica dell’astrazione (2011), and her current work focuses on the semantics of space within the context of French post-structuralism. She is a reserchear at the theory department of the Jan van Eyck Academie.

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