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Power in a World of Becoming, Entanglement & Attachment

Conference website

‘In every era the attempt must be made anew to rescue tradition from a conformism that is about to overpower it’ (Walter Benjamin) 

June 2-3, 2014. University of Warwick 

Confirmed Speakers:

  • ·         William Connolly (Johns Hopkins)
  • ·         Christian Borch (CBS, Copehagen)
  • ·         Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck)
  • ·         Amade M’charek (Amsterdam)
  • ·         Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths)
  • ·         AbdouMaliq Simone (Goldsmiths)

Conference Organisers:

Claire Blencowe & Illan rua Wall – Authority & Political Technologies (APT) Warwick

Suggested Themes:

  • ·         Biopolitics and Political Spirituality/Religion
  • ·         Materialism and the Political Meaning of Entanglement
  • ·         Authority, Sovereignty and Becoming in the (Post) Colony
  • ·         Process and New Forms of Society(ism), Association and Being in Common
  • ·         Necropolitics and Human Rights

Recently, there have been various calls for a move beyond ‘post-structuralism’ (i.e. Foucault, Deleuze, cultural/critical theory), which had long been seen as the radical edge of the critical social sciences. Such calls are motivated in part by the sense that post-structuralist philosophies – which were forged against a backdrop of totalitarian rule and burgeoning welfare states in Europe – fail to offer moral or political purchase in the contemporary governmental landscape. Moreover, there is a sense that various concepts and theories have become reified and constraining – closing down the possibilities of critical thought. However, the issues that post-structuralist theory placed on the critical social science agenda have become more vital than ever – be that the concern for the complex and dispersed nature of power and agency; the imbrication of power and economics with knowledge and science; rethinking the relation between equality and difference; the political/contested/changing nature of embodiment, biology and ecology; or the efforts of states and others to establish and exercise power over life itself. We maintain that now is the time, not to reject post-structuralist perspectives, but to reinvigorate and transform those traditions through empirical and political work that is creatively engaged with current problems. The Authority & Political Technologies group at Warwick will host a series of annual events that bring together world leading, emerging and postgraduate scholars from across the social sciences whose work promises to renew post-structuralist critical thought through empirical scholarship. This year we invite papers on the theme ‘Power in a World of Becoming, Entanglement & Attachment’. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the suggested themes above.

Deadline for abstract submission March 10th 2014.

For further information and updates see the conference website http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/rsw/authorityandpoliticaltechnologies/apt2014/

APT Warwick:

Claire Blencowe; Miguel Beistegui; Will Davies; Stuart Elden; Nick Gane; Olga Goriunova; Amy Hinterberger; Hannah Jones; Cath Lambert; Nick Lee; Celia Lury; Alice Mah; Goldie Osuri; Maria Do Mar Pereira; Lynne Pettinger; Shirin Rai; John Solomos; Vicky Squire; Nathanial Tkacz; Emma Uprichard; Nick Vaughan-Williams; Illan rua Wall; Chiara Livia Bernardi; Sam Burgum; Rogan Collins; Esteban Damiani; Kathryn Medien; Marijn Nieuwenhuis; Hidefumi Nishiyama; Maurice Stierl; Lauren Tooker; Lorenzo Vianelli

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Governing Academic Life
Conference at the London School of Economics and British Library
25 & 26th June 2014

Deadline for Abstracts: 31st March 2014



June 25, 2014 is the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Michel Foucault. Governing Academic Life marks this anniversary by providing an occasion for academics to reflect on our present situation through our reflections on Foucault’s legacy. The focus of the conference, therefore, will be on the form of governmentality that now constitutes our identities and regulates our practices as researchers and teachers. However the event will also create a space for encounters between governmentality scholars and critics of the neoliberal academy whose critiques have different intellectual roots – especially Frankfurt school critical theory, critical political economy, feminism, Bourdieuian analyses of habitus, capital and field, and autonomist Marxism.

Proposals for papers and panels are welcome until March 15, 2014. Please refer to the guidelines below.


Background and context:

The impetus for this event is the set of changes currently sweeping across UK higher education, which include cuts in direct public funding, new financing arrangements that are calculated to bring private equity into the sector and foster competition between providers, the likely emergence of new corporate structures for HEI’s which will open the sector to commercial providers, the separation of elite from mass higher education and the globalization of ‘trade’ in HE services; but also (and relatedly) the continuing development of instruments for rendering student-teacher interactions visible and comparable, and for calculating and governing the impact, influence and value of academic research.

Governmentality research is featuring strongly in the debates around some of this. Yet though largely ‘diagnostic’ in nature, it is increasingly being enlisted as groundwork for the radical critiques and alternatives offered by autonomist Marxist theorists of cognitive capitalism and immaterial labour. Meanwhile, critical theorists who idealise a public sphere of rational-critical debate (with ‘the idea of the university’ at its heart) are struggling to re-define what makes the university (a) public and to re-think the terms of its engagement with the wider economy and society in less radical ways – often without problematising the forms of (Foucaultian) government, or of complicity with capitalism’s logic of accumulation, that are necessarily involved with these reconstructions.  This conference aims to bring together leading contemporary scholars and activists who draw on one or more of these traditions for a series of mutually challenging discussions.

In general, the conference will be oriented by the concern to think critically about the conditions of possibility of the academy today – where ‘conditions of possibility’ could mean governmental assemblages of one kind or another, capitalist production relations, the forces defining how different capitals (economic, social, cultural, symbolic) register within the academic field, or quasi-transcendental presuppositions of communication. Participants will ideally aim to explore how we might think across these usually distinct ways of both conceiving what the university is and contesting what it has become.

Specific foci of debate may include:

The idea of the university: ruined or redeemable? Social criticism in the age of the normalized academic

Beyond public v. private? Dimensions of corporatisation

The role(s) of (contract, competition, corporate, financial, intellectual property) law in constructing the market university

The government of academic freedom: constituting competition as a way of life

Markets, measurement and managerialism: rankings and ratings, rights and royalties, accounting and audit, metrics … and alt.metrics?

Academic career-ism and casualization; discipline and de-professionalisation

The conditions for the persistence in the university sector of relations of domination organised in particular around gender and ethnicity

Critical political economy and varieties of communicative capitalism

Entrepreneurial universities and enterprising academic subjects: personal branding as ‘technology of the self’?

What is an author, now? The future of academic authorship and the academic book

The potentials and pitfalls of ‘openness’ and ‘commons-ism’ in scholarly communication

The ‘technicity’ of academic forms of life: the potentials and pathologies of living with/in digitised work environments

The student as consumer – or as producer?

The rise of para-academic ‘outstitutions’ beyond the university’s (pay)walls

Other strategies for resisting the neoliberal academy

Envisioning and enacting alternative futures for the university

Additional ideas for panels and themes are welcome.


Proposal submission procedure:

Proposals should be submitted as e-mail attachments to A.Barron@lse.ac.uk or M.S.Evans@lse.ac.uk, or in hard copy form by mail to one of the conference coordinators (addresses below). The deadline for receipt of proposals is March 15, 2014.

Proposals for papers must include the working title of the proposed paper (which should be suitable for presentation in 20 minutes) together with the author’s name, affiliation, full contact information (including address, phone, fax and email), and a brief (500 words maximum) abstract or outline. Submissions are welcome from graduate students as well as from more established scholars.

Proposals for panels (of up to 4 speakers) must include the information indicated above for all papers that are expected to be part of the panel, together with an overview of the panel theme (max 300 words) and an indication of each proposed panellist’s willingness to participate.

Timetable:  Proposals will be reviewed by the conference co-ordinators, and notice of acceptance will be given by April 15 2014.

 Registration: A registration fee of £100 will be payable to cover costs. A limited number of places will be available at a concessionary rate for graduate students, adjuncts and scholars without an institutional affiliation. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for one of these places when sending your proposal.

Conference coordinators:

Anne Barron
Associate Professor (Reader)

Law Department
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
UKTel +44 20 7955 7267
email: A.Barron@lse.ac.uk

Mary Evans

Centennial Professor

Gender Institute

London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Tel.: +44 (0)207 107 5301
email: M.S.Evans@lse.ac.uk


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Association Tunisienne des Etudes Philosophiques
Michel Foucault trente ans après

Les 17, 18 et 19 mars 2014
à l’Hôtel Marina Palace Hammamet Tunisie

Avec le soutien de :
Ministère de la Culture et de la sauvegarde du patrimoine,
L’Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault,
La Faculté des Sciences Humaines et Sociales de Tunis,
L’Ecole Normale de Tunis, L’Institut Français de Tunis.

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Lundi 17 mars

15h30 Ouverture Ali Chennoufi
Président de l’Association

Première séance
Président : Salah Mosbah

16h Frederic Gros (France)
Foucault et le libéralisme

16h20 Manoubi ghabech (Tunisie)
Foucault et le contrat social

16h40 Daniele Lorenzini(France)
Ontologie(s) et critique chez le dernier Foucault

17h Pause
17h30 Discussion

19h Dîner

Mardi 18 mars

Deuxième séance Président : Mustapha Kamel Farhat

9h30 Khemais Bou Ali(Tunisie)
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9h50 Khaled Bahri (Tunisie)
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10h10 Hassen Hamed (Egypte)
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10h30 Discussion
10h50 Pause

Troisième séance Président : Frédéric Gros

11h20 Naima Riahi (Tunisie)
Les espaces clos

11h40 Luca Paltrinieri (France)
Du savoir-pouvoir au gouvernement par la vérité

12h Kaïser Jlidi (Tunisie)
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12h20 Discussion
13h Déjeuner

Quatrième séance Président : Taoufik Chérif

15h30 Mounira Ben Mustapha (Tunisie)
La vie comme oeuvre d’art

15h50 Arianna Sforzini (France)
Les représentations du pouvoir

16h10 Omezine Ben Chikha (Tunisie)
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16h30 Discussion
17h Pause

17h30 -18h30 Table ronde:
Foucault du moment Tunisien à la réception arabe
A. Attia- A. Safar – F. Triki
M.A. Touati- A. Bachta – F.Meskini

Mercredi 19 mars

Cinquième séance Président : Fethi Meskini

9h Hélène L’Heuillet (France)
Foucault et le souci des autres

9h20 Jamel Mfarej (Algérie)
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9h40 Slah Daoudi (Tunisiie)
Foucault en Italie

10h Discussion
10h20 Pause

Sixième séance Président : Khémais Bou Ali

11h Abdessalem Hidouri (Tunisie)
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11h20 Hichem Massoudi (Tunisie)
Art et Folie

1h Discussion
12h30 Clôture
13h Déjeuner

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Exclusion, discipline, terreur : à partir de Michel Foucault

Colloque international
11 et 12 avril 2014, Strasbourg

vendredi 11 avril :
amphithéâtre du Collège doctoral européen, 42 bd de la Victoire


9h : accueil des participants, introduction

9h30-10h30 : Alain Brossat, Université Paris-8, “Le ” geste obscur- partage et/ou persécution”

10h30-11h30 : Jacob Rogozinski, Université de Strasbourg, “Des dispositifs de persécution : pourquoi introduire ce concept?”

11h30-12h30 : Guilherme Castelo Branco, Université fédérale de Rio de Janeiro, “Gestion, violence, terreur

12h30-14h : pause déjeuner

14h-15h : Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, ENSAPC, Paris-Cergy, “Les lieux du pouvoir” 15h-16h :  Andreas  Hetzel,  Université  d’Istanbul,  “Borders  as  Dispositif:  the

Governementality of Exclusion

16h-17h : Luca Paltrinieri, Collège International de Philosophie, Paris, “Bodin à Lampedusa : souveraineté, migrations, capital humain”

samedi 12 avril
Institut Le Bel, 4 rue Blaise Pascal salle Ourisson (1° étage à droite)

9h30-10h30 : Roberto Nigro, Université de Zurich, “De la lutte des classes aux antagonismes diffus”

10h30-11h30 : Julie Mazaleigue-Labaste, Université de Picardie, Amiens, “Le diabolique de l’Age Classique au XXIème siècle : concept, figures et affects de l’exclusion

11h30-12h30 : Jean-Claude Monod, ENS et CNRS, Paris, “Exclusion, inclusion forcée ou interprétation forcée? Le Grand Renfermement et le sujet moderne”

12h30-14h : pause déjeuner

14h-15h : Diogo Sardinha, Collège International de Philosophie, Paris, “Sorcières, possédées, mystiques et hystériques : exclusion, discipline et terreur sur les femmes”

15h-16h : Maria Muhle, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, “Monstres et anormaux : l’exclusion entre loi et norme

16h-17h : Claire Cosquer, ENS, Paris, L’absence impériale : sexualité, libéralisme, et colonialité”

With thanks to Geoffroy de Lagasnerie for this link

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Cycle Foucault: psychiatrie et psychanalyse (II). Journée d’étude internationale (15 mars 2014)

31 janvier 2014

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Centre de philosophie contemporaine de la Sorbonne (PhiCo EA3562)

Further info

Organisation: Judith Revel et Pascale Gillot

Date et horaires: 15 mars 2014, 9h15-18h

Lieu: salle Lalande, UFR de philosophie – 17, rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris, 1er étage, esc. C

Entrée libre dans la mesure des places disponibles

Matinée :

9h15 : Accueil des participants et présentation

9h30 : Jean Allouch, (Ecole lacanienne de psychanalyse), « Ce que Foucault apprend à l’analyse »

10h30 : Elisabetta Basso (Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Philosophie), « L’archéologie foucaldienne de la folie entre psychiatrie et psychanalyse »

11h30 : Pause

11h45 : Mario Colucci (psychiatre au département de santé mentale de Trieste, psychanalyste, rédacteur de la revue de philosophie aut aut) : « Foucault et Basaglia : une critique de la psychiatrie est-elle encore possible ? »

Après-midi :

15h : Michel Tort (psychanalyste, ancien professeur à l’université Paris VII, Sciences humaines cliniques) « Michel Foucault chez les psychanalystes »

16h : Eric Fassin, (département de science politique et Centre d’études féminines et de genre, Université Paris 8 LabTop/CRESPPA) : « ’La science s’inclina convaincue.’ Pouvoir médical et agency dans les ‘Souvenirs’ d’Herculine/Abel Barbin ».

Contacts : Judith Revel (judith.revel@univ-paris1.fr), Pascale Gillot (gillot.pascale@wanadoo.fr)

With thanks to Alexandre Klein for this link

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will-to-know-book-jacketOrigins of Truth: Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know

February 21-22, 2014
Stony Brook Manhattan
387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016

A conference presented by The Foucault Society and the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University

In celebration of the publication of Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1970-1971 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), we invite participants to a conference in New York City.

As the first of Foucault’s annual courses, Lectures on the Will to Know set an agenda for his intellectual journey of the 1970s and 1980s. Its publication in English translation opens up new directions for research into power, knowledge and the “formation of discourses.”

This conference gathers a group of established and emerging scholars to analyze Lectures on the Will to Know – its sources, themes and intellectual, historical or political contexts. What are the multiple ways that “truth” and “origins” are developed in Foucault’s work? How do philosophy and history intersect in this text? What is “will” in a Foucaultian context and how can we think of “the will to know” without reinstalling sovereign subjectivity? How do Foucault’s encounters here with Aristotle, the Sophists, Nietzsche, Deleuze – indeed, with the possibility of an origin of Western knowledge — complicate our understanding of his genealogical approach?

Keynote: Todd May, Clemson University: “Michel Foucault’s Will to Know”
Guest Speaker: Eduardo Mendieta, Stony Brook University

Paper Presentations:

Bernard Gendron, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:
“Foucault in 1971: Turbulence, Discontinuity, Uncertainty”

Verena Ehrlenbusch, University of Memphis:
“Foucault’s History of Sovereignty”

Neil Brophy, Villanova University:
“Will, Knowledge and Truth in Aristotle, Nietzsche and Foucault”

Johan Boberg, Uppsala University:
“Writing the History of Truth: Foucault & Heidegger”

Maxime Lallement, Manchester Metropolitan University:
“Justice, Judgment, Positivity and Discourse in Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know“

Daniel Schultz, Yale Divinity School, and University of Chicago:
“The Will to Know: The Ethics of Genealogy”

Kerem Eksen, Istanbul Technical University:
“The ‘Event’ Called Philosophy: From the Lectures on the Will to Know to Hermeneutics of the Subject”

Abubakr Khan, State University of New York–Binghamton:
“To Will the Event: Nietzsche, Foucault & Deleuze”

Corey McCall, Elmira College:
“Foucault’s Faust and Saint Anthony”

Dean Casales, Kean University:
“A Third Way of Knowing: A Critique of Foucault’s ‘Oedipal Knowledge’”

Wai Kit Choi, California State University, Los Angeles:
“Theorizing Money and Modernity: Implications from Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know“

Peter Macapia, Pratt Institute:
“Distributions: Ceramics, Money, and Events”


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Foucault and Education: retrospect and prospect

29 January 2014,
ICOSS, University of Sheffield

Conference website

Conference Program

Ansgar Allen, University of Sheffield,
Carrie Paechter, Goldsmiths, University of London

10:45am KEYNOTE:
‘The Use and Abuse of Michel Foucault in Educational Studies’
Stephen Ball, Institute of Education, University of London

11:45am COFFEE

12:00am DISCUSSION PAPERS (2 parallel streams, 2 papers per stream, 35 min per paper)

‘Not reform but resistance: Foucault, education and ontology’
Nick Peim, University of Birmingham

‘A genealogy of the struggle over school education in Chile: Allende’s last months’
Paula Mena, University of London

‘Biopower and Border Control: The Banning of the Hijab in French Schools’
Emily Berckley, University of Leeds,

‘Educational places: mobilising Foucault’s heterotopoanalysis for 21st century education’
Philip Tonner, University of Oxford

‘From a disciplinary school to a school of control: Foucault and education after Deleuze’
Samuel Matuszewski, University of Nottingham

‘Moving away from Bourdieu and reproduction: Foucault, resistance and gender in secondary school’
Ali Meghji, University of Cambridge

1:10pm LUNCH

2:00pm KEYNOTE:

‘Knowing Foucault, Knowing You’
Erica Burman, School of Education, University of Manchester

3:00pm COFFEE

3:15pm DISCUSSION PAPERS (3 parallel streams, 3 papers per stream, 35 min per paper)

‘Post-Foucault, Posthuman: The case of dis/ability’
Dan Goodley, University of Sheffield

‘Foucault and the educational field: the French case as mirror’
Luca Paltrinieri, Collège Internationale de Philosophie, Paris

‘Disruptive technologies in higher education: innovation and the episteme’
Michael Flavin, King’s College London

‘Removing the ‘bias’ towards inclusion: the on-going relevance of disciplinarity in relation to the Coalition Government’s approach to Special Educational Needs’
Jane McKay, University of Chester

‘Substituting ‘Lemon and Milk’: The peculiar legacy of Foucault to the 21st century university’
Mujadad Zaman, University of Cambridge

‘Toward a New Concept of Education’
Iuliia Reshetnikova, Slovenian Academy of Sciences & Arts.

‘What does Foucault have to say about an individual with autism?’
Hui-Fen Wu, University of Sheffield

‘Foucault: relevant since 1784’
Peter Harrison, University of Sheffield

Stephen Ball, Erica Burman, Carrie Paechter, Ansgar Allen


(just round the corner at 18 Pitt St)

A note for presenters: Individual papers are allocated 35 minutes. We encourage presenters to leave time for discussion. Please could you let the chair of your session know in advance how much time you want to leave. We would be grateful if you would also act as chair for a presentation in your session.


‘The Use and Abuse of Michel Foucault in Educational Studies’
Professor Stephen J Ball
Institute of Education, University of London

Michel Foucault is a stimulating, frustrating and elusive scholar. He systematically evaded the sort of categories and identities that we are used to using in the western academic tradition.
I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning … My field is the history of thought. Man is a thinking being. (25 October 1982)
Indeed his work is defined by his attempts to find a position outside of the human sciences from which to see the social world and to see the human sciences themselves as a part of that social world – a space that is both liberating and perhaps impossible. His work is extensive, complex and often difficult and it is not of a piece, although he did make claims about the integrating principles of his work, which rest on the topics and questions that preoccupied him rather than the ideas he brought to bear. In 1983 Foucault described his work of the previous 20 years as having been ‘to create a history of the different modes by which, in our culture, human being are made subjects’ (Dreyfus and Rabinow 1983 p. 208). Prado (1995 p. 56) however, cautions that ‘Foucault’s efforts to present his work as more homogenous, coherent, and focused than it was should be judiciously assessed’. His work has a developmental trajectory in the sense of building, moving, changing overtime, with distinctive points of transition, although also some lines of thought were abandoned and dead ends reached. In part in this presentation I want to talk about the style of Foucault’s scholarship and about his anti-essentialism – no truth, no freedom, no subject – and about what happens if we take Foucault really seriously.
Educational studies has taken up Foucault’s work primarily in two respects – the work on power and discipline drawing on Discipline and Punish and The History of Sexuality Volume 1, and the work of governmentality, mainly drawn from secondary sources, in what is called the British school of governmentality studies – Rose, Burchell and others. Most of this latter originates in his 1978-79 College de France Lectures The Birth of Biopolitics. Peters and Besley (Peters and Besley 2007 p. 3) say ‘in the field of education scholars and theorists deform him … they abuse him in countless ways; they unmake and remake him; they twist and turn him and his words…’ or as Marshall (Marshall 1989 p. 98) puts it: ‘it is far from clear that the theoretical radicalness of the work has been grasped’. The earlier work on discourse and the later work on truth are much less often attended to, although many claim to use Foucauldian discourse analysis, and attempts at genealogical work are few and far between. I want to suggest some ways in which discourse, truth and genealogy may be of use to us.

Dreyfus, H. L. and P. Rabinow (1983). Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Marshall, J. (1989). “Foucault and education.” Australian Journal of Education 2(1): 97-111.
Peters, M. and T. Besley, Eds. (2007). Why Foucault? New Directions in Educational Research. New York, Peter Lang.
Prado, C. G. (1995). Starting with Foucault: An Introduction to Genealogy. Boulder: Co, Westview Press.

Stephen J Ball is Karl Mannheim Professor of the Sociology of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London since 2001 (and previously taught at Sussex University 1975-1985 and King’s College London 1985-2001) and Editor of the Journal of Education Policy since 1985. His work is in ‘policy sociology’ and he has conducted a series of 12 ESRC funded studies which focus on issues of social class and policy and has received research funding also from Leverhulme, Joseph Rowntree, Education International, British Academy, Department for Health, Cancer Relief Macmillan and others.
Recent books include: Global Education Inc. (Routledge 2012); How Schools do Policy (with Meg Maguire and Annette Braun) (Routledge 2012); Networks, New Governance and Education (with Carolina Junemann) (Policy Press 2012), Foucault, Power and Education (Routledge 2012), The Education Debate (2nd Edition 2013). He is author of 19 books, mainly in the field of education policy analysis, and more than 150 journal articles. His work has been translated into nine languages. He has given numerous keynote and public lectures around the world (most recently the Vere Foster Lecture in Dublin), and has been interviewed on radio and television many times in relation to educational issues.
He has an honorary doctorate from Turku University, Finland, and the University of Leicester, and is visiting professor at the University of San Andres, Argentina. He was elected as an Academician of Social Science in 2000 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2006, the first sociologist of education to be so recognised.

‘Knowing Foucault, Knowing You’
Professor Erica Burman
Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester

This paper evaluates the continuing contemporary relevance of Foucauldian analyses for critical educational and social research practice. Framed around examples drawn from everyday cultural and educational practices, I argue that current intensifications of psychologisation under neoliberal capitalism not only produce and constrain increasingly activated and responsibilised educational subjects but do so via engaging particular versions of feminisation and racialization. Like Hacking’s ‘looping effect’, Foucauldian ideas may themselves now figure within prevailing technologies of subjectivity but this means we need more, as well as more than, Foucault.

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Biopolitique, Gouvernementalité, Dispositifs (de sécurité). Concepts pour l’étude de l’International?
Conférence internationale

Biopolitics, Governmentality, (security) Dispositifs. Concepts for the Study of the International?
International Conference

PDF of program in English
PDF en français

Co-organisée par l’Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault, le Centre d’études et de recherches internationales
Avec le soutien de l’IRI/PUC-Rio (Brasil),le Centre d’études sur les conflits, le Centre des Amériques de Sciences Po

Responsabilité scientifique
Didier Bigo (CERI-Sciences Po Paris) Philippe Bonditti (IRI/PUC-Rio) Frédéric Gros (UPEC)

Langues de travail
Anglais et français, French and English

13 et 14 janvier 2014

Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault

CERI/Sciences Po
56, rue Jacob, 75006 Paris
Grande Salle de Conférence

In 1997, in Paris, the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CERI) hosted a conference entitled Pratiques politiques et usages de Michel Foucault (Political practices and uses of Michel Foucault). Without saying that this conference initiated a new partition of the « foucaldian legacy » approaches, it seems, nevertheless, that it contributed to establish a division, still visible today among the vast movement of appropriation of the work of Michel Foucault, between commentators and users. The originality of the 1997 conference lies in the fact that it tried not to be an(other) event on or about Michel Foucault, his path, his « legacy », his work. The ambition of the conference organizers was to break with a certain tradition of the commentary of Foucault’s thought and opt for an effort of practical application of his « historico-critical » approach. The issue, then, was not an exegetic effort on Foucault’s work but, rather, to put his thought « into practice » in order to « better understand the contemporary phenomena, inseparably intellectual, social and political » ; an ambition transposed in the title of the conference and maybe even more in the title of the edited volume that come out of it : Penser avec Michel Foucault (Think with Michel Foucault). Along that same approach, the CERI also hosted the conference « Monitoring the future in security and life sciences » on April 2009 with members of the CERI and the BIOS Center at the LSE together with « specialists » of Michel Foucault’s work. Sixteen years after the first event and four after the second one, the conference we are organizing on « Biopolitics, governemnentality, security dispositifs. Concepts for the study of the International?» wishes to revive the move initiated in 1997 and extend it. The conference will seek to seize Foucault via his many uses to question the practical reasons of his philosophical silence about the « International » and this domain of knowledge we came to call « international studies » or the « discipline of International Relations » (IR).

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Dr. Thomas Lemke: “Biopolitics: Current Issues and Future Challenges”
Keynotes from the Biopolitics, Society, and Performance conference. October 2012, Trinity College Dublin.

Also of interest, another keynote lecture from the same conference

Rosi Bradotti: “What is ‘Human’ about the Humanities today?”

With thanks to Dirk Felleman for this link

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Call for Papers

Michel Foucault: Ethnography and Critique
Convenors: Orazio Irrera & Martina Tazzioli

Bergamo, June 5-7, 2014
Deadline: February 17, 2014

Conference Website and contact details

Since the Sixties, Michel Foucault had described his work in ethnographic terms, stressing that for him it was a question of situating outside of the culture we belong to, in order to critically show the way in which this latter was built. Foucault’s perspective, far from representing only an historical analysis of the nexus between powers and knowledges, as a genealogy was firmly anchored to the analysis of the present; and it was also grounded on the ethical and political necessity to understand the present as the threshold that splits up what we have become from what we are no longer, in order to open some possibilities to think ourselves differently from what we are.

On the one hand, ethnography appears for sure among the human and the social sciences that on the one hand are susceptible of the critique addressed by Foucault, but on the other in the last decades it seemed to be able to take the critical solicitations produced by the French philosopher. For this reason, it seems useful to question the way in which today –a present which is certainly different from the present of Foucault – ethnographic practices still succeed in making operatives some of the conceptual tools offered by Foucault tool-box. However, the uses of these tools are not limited to a mere application: rather, the application itself becomes a moment of test, of experimentation and of theoretical and methodological innovation, extending further the Foucaultian trajectory beyond the lines of research undertaken by him.

Therefore, we will welcome contributes able to show how ethnographic practices have adopted and re-elaborated analytical strategies and categories which come out from Foucault’s texts, both  in relation both to the construction of a specific fieldwork, both regarding to the changing and productive relationships that who does an ethnographic work established with it. Concerning this last point, we refer to the way in which Foucault could be used also “reflexively”, to grasp the transformations that specific ethnographic practices generate on those who conduct ethnographic researches, modifying epistemologically and/or ethically the relationship that one has with oneself and with the others.

We are particularly interested to contributions both in English and in Italian on the following themes:

  • Ethnographic practices in relation to the nexus space-knowledge (Urban studies, migrations)
  • Ethnographic practices in relation to governmentality, biopolitics and neoliberalism
  • Ethnographic practices and normalization/medicalization of societies (racism, gender issues, education)
  • Ethnographic practice and production of subalternity
  • Ethnographic practices and discursive analysis
  • Ethnographic practices and forms of reflexivity (transformation of the point of view of the ethnographer in relation to the construction/observation of the ethnographic field)

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