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Performing Sexual Liberation: The Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography

A critical counter point to the current academic trend for analysing pornography as sexually liberating for women

Further info

Date 24 October 2014
Duration One day
Venue College Court
Fee £7
Contact Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans        hbe1@le.ac.uk
Book now only 50 places available

Keynote Speakers

Dr Gail Dines, Wheelock College, Boston, USA:
Neo-liberalism, Pornography and the De-fanging of Feminism

Dr Stephen Maddison,
the University of East London, UK:
Make Love Not Porn? Pornography and the Entrepreneurial Voyeur

Dr Meagan Tyler, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia:
Spectacular Sex: The Collision of Sexology and Pornography
Outline

Description
The 21st century has witnessed a growth in academic interest in what has come to be understood as the pornographication of culture.

The purpose of this conference is to gather a group of scholars together whose approach provides a critical counter point to the current academic trend to analyse pornography as sexually liberating for women (and men).

The conference addresses whether pornography, as an emblem of sexual freedom in a democratic society, needs rethinking. It aims to do so through analysing the complex inter-relation of pornography with branches of medicine (for example, sexology and psycho-therapy, and the pharmaceutical industry that helps support these latter) which afford pornography considerable legitimacy and even authority with regard to sexuality. The conference provides the opportunity to explore the relationship between pornography and medicine within the context of larger social structures and neo-liberal government.

The papers presented critically examine the increasing medical authority of pornography in the light firstly of feminist ideas, and secondly, of the rapidly changing conditions of neo-liberalism, global capitalism and digital-technologies.

Selected presentations include:

  • ’Squirting’ and the pathologisation of female sexuality as uncontrollable.
  • The disciplinary production of the pornographic body.
  • Dark desires versus natural sex: medicine, pornography and the history of women’s sexuality.
  • The confessional health practices of male porn performers.
  • Pornographic assistance in bio-political times.

Schedule

09:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-10:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans, Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Leicester

10:15-10:50 Key Note: Neo-liberalism, Pornography and the De-fanging of Feminism
Dr Gail Dines, Wheelock College, Boston, USA

10:50-11:10 Coffee

11:15-11:50 Key Note: Make Love Not Porn? Pornography and the Entrepreneurial Voyeur
Dr Stephen Maddison, University of East London, UK

11:50-12:25 Key Note: Prescribing Porn: Sexology, sex therapy and the construction of ideal sex
Dr Meagan Tyler, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

12:30-13-30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Theme 1: The Disciplined Body

13:30-13:45 The Violable Body: cosmetic practices and the pornographic (de)construction of women’s bodies
Dr Julia Long, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

13:45-14:00 Dark Desires versus “Natural” Sex: medicine, pornography and the history of women’s sexuality
Dr Tracy Penny Light and Dr Diana Parry, University of Waterloo, Canada

14-00-14:15 The Performance and Consumption of the Erotic Body
James Kay, University of Warwick, UK

14:15-14:30 Pornography and the Enfreakment of Disability
Dr Helen Pringle, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

14:30-15:00 Questions and discussion to the Panel

15:00-15:30 Tea

15:30-17:00 Theme 2: The Performing Body

15:30-15:45 Squirting: one in the eye for feminism!
Rebecca Inez Saunders, King’s College, UK

15:45-16:00 Focusing Foucault’s ‘Lens’ on Adult Film Performer’s Sexual Health Within the Sexual Health Setting
Gregory King, University of Greenwich, UK

16:00-16:15 Pornography, sexualising sexism, and sexual consent: exploring how young people talk about gender in pornography and about sexual consent
Dr Maddy Coy, London Metropolitan University, UK

16:15-16:45 Questions and discussion to the Panel

16:45-17:00 Comfort break

17:00-17:45 Plenary

17:45-18:00 Final Remarks – ways forward: Heather Brunskell-Evans

18:00-19:00 Wine reception

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CALL FOR PAPERS

The fifteenth annual meeting of the Foucault Circle

University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia

March 20-22, 2015

We seek submissions for papers on any aspect of Foucault’s work, as well as studies, critiques, and applications of Foucauldian thinking.

Paper submissions require an abstract of no more than 750 words. All submissions should be formatted as “.doc” attachments and sent via email to program committee chair Zachary Fouchard (zfouchard@gmail.com) on or before Monday, January 5th, 2015. Indicate “Foucault Circle submission” in the subject heading. Program decisions will be announced during the week of January 19th.

All abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review.

The meeting will begin Friday evening with an informal welcome session. Morning and afternoon paper sessions will be held on Saturday, followed by a business meeting and dinner. The conference will conclude with paper sessions on Sunday morning. Presenters of individual papers will have approximately 35 minutes for paper presentation and discussion combined; papers should be a maximum of 3000 words (15-20 minutes, preferably 15).

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:

or contact our Coordinator, Dianna Taylor: dtaylor@jcu.edu

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Colloque International
« Foucault et les religions »

IRCM – UNIL Lausanne
Avec le soutien de l’Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault.

22, 23, 24 octobre 2014

PDF of flyer and program

La pensée de Michel Foucault est faite de nombreux excursus vers des domaines inédits comme la spiritualité antique, l’histoire du christianisme primitif, l’ascétisme chrétien, les mouvements de contre-conduites, le pouvoir pastoral et plus généralement le rapport entre politique et religion dans la modernité.

L’intérêt qu’il porta tout au long de son parcours à ces questionnements doit nous obliger, trente ans après sa mort, à ouvrir ces dossiers pour essayer d’en comprendre la place dans sa réflexion mais aussi les conceptualisations et les problématisations nouvelles que son travail permet lorsque l’on aborde aujourd’hui la question religieuse.

Quelle est la place actuelle de Foucault dans les champs et les domaines des sciences et de l’histoire des religions ? Ses théories et ses méthodes permettent-elles de renouveler les cadres conceptuels qui président généralement à de telles réflexions ? Voici quelques unes des questions qui seront abordées par les intervenants qui confronteront des approches variées et les enjeux propres à chacune de leurs disciplines.

Comité d’organisation : Jean-François Bert, Nicolas Meylan, Christian Grosse, Silvia Mancini, Philippe Chevallier, Julien Cavagnis

 

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Michel Foucault: After 1984

Friday, October 17, 2014 9:00 AM – Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:00 AM
Yale University
Whitney Humanities Center (WALL53),
Auditorium
53 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)

Further info

Speakers: Etienne Balibar, Columbia University; Jean-François Braunstein, University of Paris; Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley; Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley; Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University; Arnold Davidson, University of Chicago; Frédéric Gros, University of Paris; Daniele Lorenzini, Université Paris-Est Créteil; Judith Revel, University of Paris

(Department of English and Whitney Humanities Center)

Thirty years after Foucault’s death, this conference undertakes a reassessment of his career and legacy. As the College de France lectures and other works have become available, how do we understand him differently? With the interval of time, what more do we see about his intellectual milieu, his engagement with the times, the prescience of his analysis, or the divergence of our own moment from his?

Open To: General Public
Admission: Free

With thanks to Daniele Lorenzini for this news

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Philosophy, Language and the Political – Re-evaluating Post-Structuralism

December 10, 2014 – December 12, 2014

School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityConvention Centre
JNU
New Delhi 110067
IndiaFurther info

Sponsor(s):

  • ICCSR, ICPR

Main speakers:

Gérard Bensussan
Universite de Strasbourg
Hélène Cixous
University of Paris
Marc Crépon
École Normale Supérieure, Paris
Paul Patton
University of New South Wales

While commemorating this year the death anniversaries of two major philosophers of our times, Michel Foucault (30th) and Jacques Derrida (10th), it is useful for scholars to attempt a reevaluation of the current of thought and academic practice that appeared and flourished in the last four decades of the 20th century, under the label of ‘poststructuralism.’ The trend may be said to have begun with the publication of Gilles Deleuze’s monograph on Nietzsche in 1962. Since then, the decisive philosophical break with the hitherto dominant structuralist current owed itself to other philosophical antecedents in the works of Heidegger, Levinas and Blanchot. Indeed, a sense of the stultification of political thought in Europe both before and immediately after World War II contributed to the emergence of the new philosophical approach. Going beyond the Gramscian and the Althusserian concerns with hegemony and ideology, philosophers resorted, following Nietzsche’s linguistic and genealogical instinct, to a tracing of the discontinuous historical movements of dominant discourses, as well as to an effective critique of their modernising and totalising dimensions. Historically and discursively, fragmentation and multiplicity began to be seen as more real than the totality that many scholars had until then held on to as their major orientation. That totalities could and must open up to infinite multiplicities was one of the main tenets of the poststructuralists. Consequently, in addition to recasting the ‘human sciences,’ they sought to re-envision the aesthetic (especially the literary and the artistic) and the ethical domains, by inducing a much-needed political sensitivity into them. Contextually speaking, for many in India, not the least of the effects of post-structuralism was felt in the forging of postcolonial critiques and movements initiated and pursued by Edward Said, Homi K. Bhabha, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Paul Patton, since the early 1980s. And more recently, it is evident that the field of religious studies, has also been impacted by post-structuralism, in bringing in thoughts on a discourse of God, that seek to undermine the pressure of a political theology with its adversely major role in the makeup of our modernity.

In the proposed conference scheduled to be held at Jawaharlal Nehru University on the 10th, 11thand 12th December, 2014, several reputed scholars from different parts of the world, are expected to participate, highlighting the backgrounds and destinies, and the possible merits and achievements of the post-structuralist philosophical movement, as well as address the diverse criticisms that have been levelled against it.

(Coordinators: Saugata Bhaduri, Saitya Brata Das, Franson Manjali, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU.)

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Neoliberalism and Biopolitics Working Group | Revisiting Foucault: The Biopolitics Lectures and Beyond
Hans Sluga, William and Trudy Ausfahl Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley & William Callison, Political Science,

Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, UC Berkeley

17 September, 2014, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Further info

The opening session of the Neoliberalism and Biopolitics Working Group, “Revisiting Foucault: The Biopolitics Lectures and Beyond” will provide a space for discussion of the lasting insights, limitations, and potential applications of Foucault’s The Birth of Biopolitics Lectures at the Collège de France, 1978-79. Linking neoliberalism and biopolitics at both the historical and conceptual level, Foucault’s prescient lecture series lays the groundwork for the workshop’s concern with the contemporary management of populations through diverse practices of economization, privatization, and financialization. Potential topics of discussion include the differences between liberal and neoliberal political rationality; human capital and modes of neoliberal conduct; the specificity of neoliberal governmental techniques; and the difference between biopower and biopolitics. In preparation for the workshop, we will read the last section of The History of Sexuality and three lectures from The Birth of Biopolitics, digital copies of which will be available for workshop participants.

The Neoliberalism and Biopolitics Working Group and Conference is supported by the University of California Humanities Research Institute, organized by UC Berkeley graduate students William Callison (Political Science) and Zachary Manfredi (Rhetoric), and supervised by The Program in Critical Theory faculty Martin Jay (History) and Wendy Brown (Political Science).

To register for these sessions and receive readings contact critical_theory@berkeley.edu. All events are free and open to the public.

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Resisting Force and Discourse

Host: California State University, San Marcos

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

Location: University Student Union, Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Conference Website

The conference theme brings into critical light the way that bodies are marked and regulated by discursive practices and spaces, and institutional procedures. This operational force can take the form of juridical and normative practices.

Examples of juridical practices include but are not limited to current police protocols, immigration requirements, and sexuality-managing legislation. In their operation, these forces betray their impingement upon raced, gendered, and classed bodies. As such, the conference solicits papers that challenge neutral and objective neoliberal practices that ultimately regulate, disqualify, torque, and punish bodies at the margins of classification.

The conference theme further recognizes that the regulation of marginal bodies is not limited to institutional codes. Social norms are an essential disciplinary mechanism in the reproduction of the dominant order. Indeed, conformity to, or deviation from, norms designates which subjects are the proper recipients of accusation, disavowal, and injury. Denial of normative power can occur on multiple grounds including: sex work, living with HIV, body size, sexual orientation, and being gender-nonconforming. As such, the conference also invites papers that engage with the regulatory effects of normative power.

We highly encourage submissions from graduate students and advanced undergraduates for fifteen minute presentations. Academic disciplines and methodologies across the humanities and social sciences may be used. Research questions may include, but are not limited to:

  • How is the policing and norming of marginalized bodies represented in literature and film? Or, newer cultural mediums, such as MMORGs and internet spaces?
  • How do state regimes of punishment similarly besiege parolees and racial minorities?
  • Does the U.S immigration system constitute a branch of biopolitical administration?
  • What are the modern norms of surveillance that may be going unnoticed?
  • How is the human body a political site (i.e., hunger strikes, self-branding, gender bending, trans politics)?
  • What is the function of the citizen “Other”?
  • Do social norms challenge the viability of HIV+ persons as subjects proper, leaving only a dangerous corporality?
  • Which social norms are challenged through the undocuqueer identity marker and movement?
  • Do all white subjects possess normative power?
  • How do queer subjects challenge dominant procedures and norms through queer world-making practices? How is this portrayed in popular media, activism, etc.?
  • Where do we find alternative networks, spaces, and autonomous zones? How are they constituted (i.e., spaces of reprieve and crisis heterotopias)?
  • How do juridical and normative systems produce catastrophic violence that no one seems responsible for?
  • Finally, critical theory and psychoanalytic approaches to the conference theme are welcome.

 Submissions: Please submit a 250 word abstract to foucault.madness@gmail.com by August 15, 2014. In the email body include your name, institutional affiliation, and email address.

For any questions about the conference, or our bi-monthly reading group, please contact us at foucault.madness@gmail.com.

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