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Foucault, Governmentality, Context: Contextualised analysis power (27 – 29 October 2014)

PhD School
Enroll no later than
Monday, 15 september, 2014 – 23:45

Faculty 

Mitchell Dean, Professor of Public Governance, CBS/University of Newcastle, Australia,

Michael Behrent, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Appalachian State University

Kaspar Villadsen, Associate Professor, Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy, CBS, Denmark.

Marius Gudmand-Høyer, Post.Doc. Scholar, Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy, CBS, Denmark.

Mads Peter Karlsen, Post.Doc., Institute of Theology, Copenhagen University.

Course coordinator
Kaspar Villadsen & Mitchell Dean
Prerequisites

Only PhD students can participate in the course.

A precondition for receiving the course diploma is that the student attends the whole course.

Aim 

The course will provide the participants with:

a) An updated introduction to key analytical concepts in the Governmentality literature, and the potentials and weaknesses of these concepts will be discussed.

b) Possibilities for supplementing the governmentality approach with other analytical sources will be discussed.

c) Furthermore, a detailed consideration of the current status of governmentality studies and post-Foucauldian studies will be given, in particular in light of recent claims for a crisis of critique.

d) Finally, suggestions will be presented on how to elaborate or move beyond the framework of governmentality by activating concepts of bio-power and sovereignty, reconsidering the social and notions of society, and focusing on international dimensions of governmentality.

In brief, the course aims to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the governmentality framework, that is, its analytical possibilities, its current status, and its possible directions of development.

Description

Over the last 20 years, post-Foucauldian “governmentality studies” have come to growing prominence. These studies have been effective in critically analysing new types of liberal government, in particular by demonstrating ‘the active side of laissez faire’. They describe how the motto of ‘pulling back the state’ has been accompanied by a series of governmental strategies and technologies aimed at shaping institutions and subjects in particular ways. Perhaps most noticeably, they have presented a diagnosis of a proliferation of regimes of enterprise and accounting in new and surprising places. But a wide range of other domains have been subjected to governmentality analysis spanning from genetic screening and risk calculation, new crime prevention strategies, to health promotion by self-responsibilisation. To be sure, the concepts in governmentality studies continue to constitute effective tools for critical social analysis.

Nevertheless, in recent years critical objections have been raised against the governmentality approach. It has been noted by some observers that the Foucauldian and post-structuralist language, originally used for critical academic purposes, seems to be increasingly appropriated by ‘the powers’ that were the object of such critique. Most notably, this point has been voiced (although in different versions) by Zizek, Boltanski, and Hardt & Negri. These thinkers suggest that a post-structural ’politics of difference’ increasingly seems to be an integral part of the ways, in which institutions and companies organise themselves. If modern liberal government has begun to speak for the dissolution of binary essentials, the destabilisation of rigid power structures, the creation of space for the subject’s self-transforming work upon itself, and so on. In light of this development, we need to think of ways to revitalise the Foucauldian concepts of critique/criticism or to push a critical perspective beyond Foucault. A central theme of the PhD course is the search for effective analytical strategies for critique of power (some perhaps less noticed) in the works of Foucault and other writers within and outside the governmentality tradition.

The course gives importance to the need for contextualizing both the concepts that we use for making analysis, both in terms of being aware of how concepts emerge in a particular historical-political context that shape them. We shall hence discuss how to do intellectual history on recent thinkers, including Foucault himself. Foucault’s most intensive reflection on political questions was in the 1970s.  Given that the key source of his reflections here are lectures and interviews, we should attend to this reflection less as elaborated theory and more as a kind of performance in a definite context with specific interlocutors. A Foucault very different from his Anglo-American decontextualized reception as a theorist of omnipresent micropowers emerges if we do so. There are of contemporary events and political currents: European terrorism, state socialism, French Maoism, the Iranian Revolution, the prospects of a Socialist government in France, etc. But there are specific interlocutors including his assistants (Kreigel, Ewald), seminar participants (Pasquino, Procacci, Rosanvallon), colleagues (Donzelot, Castel, Deleuze), auditors, political fractions such as the Second Left and Italian autonomist Marxists.  If statements should be read in terms of what they do as much as what they mean, then the diverse trajectories of these thinkers are also relevant to reading Foucault’s political thought.

The course requires the submission of a paper that deals with conceptual problems or analytical designs in relation to Foucauldian inspired/governmentality studies. Furthermore, papers that apply Foucauldian concepts to empirical problems in a variety of domains are welcomed. It is also possible to participate on the basis of an abstract stating the theme of the PhD project. An abstract should be approximately 1 page, whereas a paper should be approx. 5 pages. In both cases, the PhD student should state his main analytical challenge/concern at his/her current stage in the project.

Papers/abstracts must be in English. Deadline for submission is 17 October 2014.

Teaching style 

The course will use lectures given by specialists in the field, roundtable discussions, and presentation of papers from PhD students.

Participation in the course requires a paper with an outline of PhD project or parts of the project. See more details above.

Lecture plan

Monday 27 October
10:00-12:30: Kaspar Villadsen: Analytical approaches in governmentality studies

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13:30-16:00: Mitchell Dean: Concepts and signatures of power in Foucualt

16:00-17:00: Kaspar Villadsen & Mitchell Dean: Papers from PhD scholars

Tuesday 28 October
10.00-12.30: Michael Behrent: Foucault and the context for his thought on power.

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13.30-15.00: Kaspar Villadsen: Technologies and organisations in Foucault

15.00-17.00: Kaspar Villadsen, Michael Behrent & Mitchell Dean: Papers from PhD scholars

Wednesday 29 October 
10:00-11:30: Mads P. Karlsen: Foucault’s Maoist militancy

11:00-12:30: Mitchell Dean: Foucault and neoliberalism

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13:30-15:00: Marius Gudmand-Høyer: Dispositive analysis: the key concept in Foucault?

15.00-16.00: Kaspar Villadsen, Mitchell Dean, Michael Behrent: Papers from PhD scholars

16:00-17:00: Kaspar Villadsen & Mitchell Dean: Concluding discussion and evaluation

Course literature 

Behrent, M. (2009) “Liberalism Without Humanism: Foucault and the Free Market Creed”, Modern Intellectual History, 6: 539-568.

Behrent, M. (2010) “Accidents happens: François Ewald, the ‘antirevolutionary Foucault”, and the intellectual politics of the French welfare state”, Journal of Modern History 82 (3): 585-624.

Dean, M. (2013) The Signature of Power: sovereignty, governmentality and biopolitics. Sage: London, chapters 2.3.4.

Dean, M. (2014) “Rethinking neoliberalism”, Journal of Sociology 50 (2): 150-163.

Dean, M. (2010) Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Societies (2nd edition). London: Sage (especially Introduction to Second Edition and chapter 1).

Foucault, M. (2007) Security, Territory, Population. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (especially lecture 1 & 5).

Foucault, M. (2008) The Birth of Biopolitics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (especially lecture 12).

Deleuze, G. (1990) “Postscript on Control Societies”, in: G. Deleuze: Negotiations 1972-1990. New York: Columbia University Press

Karlsen, M.P. & Villadsen, K. & (2008) “Who Should Do the Talking? The proliferation of dialogue as governmental technology”, Culture & Organization, 14(4).

Karlsen, M.P. & Villadsen, K. (2014) “Investigate ‘The Intolerable’: Foucault’s Maoist inspirations”, New Political Science (forthcoming).

Mirowski, P. (2012) Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: how neoliberalism survived the financial meltdown. London: Verso, chs 2, 3.

Raffnsøe, S. & Gudmand-Høyer, M. The Dispositive, Unpublished article.

Villadsen, K. (2011) “Modern Welfare and ‘Good Old’ Philanthropy”, Public Management Review, 13(8): 1057–1075.

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Elisabetta Basso. Master’s seminar on “Michel Foucault and Epistemology” at the “Center for Knowledge Research” (“Innovationszentrum Wissensforschung” – IZW) at the Technische Universität in Berlin.

PDF of program

Summary
How should a thinker like Foucault, who―in his most famous work, Les mots et les choses―claimed to have “learned more”, as a philosopher, from biologists, linguists, economists “than from Kant or Hegel” be read? Although they are difficult to classify within traditional philosophical questioning (Foucault’s inquiries have indeed gone from the birth of psychiatry to the development of human sciences, from the study of criminal law and penal institutions to the problematization of the “hermeneutic” of the Western subject), the analytical tools outlined by the French philosopher are at the core of the present-day philosophical debate.
The proposed seminar intends to dwell in particular upon the contribution given by Foucault to the contemporary epistemological debate. Beginning with the “archaeological” distinction between “savoir” and “connaissance”, the seminar aims to analyze Foucault’s philosophical approach in the light of the French epistemological tradition and the manifold questions that the latter tackles regarding the role of philosophical thought as it relates to the empirical sciences with which it deals.

Key Words: Epistemology, Knowledge, Experience, Science, Rationality, Relativism, Subjectivity, Language, Historical A Priori.

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Séminaire “Foucault: l’oeuvre continue”

Pontifical Catholic University (PUCRS)
Dept of Philosophy – C. Postal 1429
Porto Alegre, RS 90619-900 Brazil

ROFESSEURS: Dr. Norman Madarasz et Dr. Nythamar de Oliveira

CRÉDITS: 3.0 45 h ANNÉE/SEMESTRE: 2014/1
Mercredi 14:00 h – Salle 205 Bâtiment 40 (Fac d’Informatique) PUCRS

DESCRIPTION DU SÉMINAIRE

Dans les trente années depuis la mort de Michel Foucault, l’oeuvre de l’auteur des Mots et les Choses est sousmise à de divers découpage, montage, déconstruction, réfutation, relativisation et minoration, quand il ne s’agit pas de simples tentatives d’effacement. Pourtant, l’oeuvre continue de servir de modèles pour maintes orientations de pensée et de savoir. Son nominalisme externaliste met à défi la refonte des projets de fondation ontologique du penser ; son historicisme vient non pas tant à exposer la conscience et les énoncés du vrai comme autant d’effets d’un régime conceptual soumis à la finitude radicale, que attester de la difficulté à cerner l’énonciation inconsciente des catégories de la subjetivation ; et son recoupement de l’histoire de la philosophie écarte la pratique théorique entre une science du discours et une éthique positiviste de la division du vrai. Ces orientations font de l’oeuvre de Foucault un défi pour un dépassement de la philosophie par un discours post-humaniste encore en recherche de son nom, discours qui ne peut faire l’économie d’un rejet des propositions institutionnelles dont l’objectif est de neutraliser par absorption la puissance critique que la philosophie tient sur l’avenir de la science et de son application à la vie biotechnicisée. L’oeuvre appelle ainsi à une saisie continue.

OBJECTIFS:
Ce semestre, le Programa de Pós-Graduação em Filosofia de l’Université Catholique de Porto Alegre (PUCRS) a l’honneur de présenter le séminaire de 2e et 3e cycle en langue française dédiqué à l’oeuvre de Foucault, sous la direction des professeurs Nythamar de Oliveira et Norman Madarasz. L’objectif en est de reprendre rigoureusement et en détail la progression de l’oeuvre de Foucault en tant que projet expansif de recherche, depuis la critique des institutions de l’asile, de l’hôpital psychiatrique et de la clinique, du tout début de l’oeuvre, jusqu’aux prisons et la biopolitique, depuis l’analyse structurale des sciences humaines et une linguistique de l’inconscient jusqu’aux thèses sur la gouvernamentalité et la prévision d’une nouvelle subjectivité des plaisirs au-delà de la morale et de la culpabilité.

METHODOLOGIE:

Le format du cours aura le style de séminaire. Chaque professeur dirigera les séances en quinze à quinze jours. Les élèves seront encouragé(e)s à participer aux discussions et à faire des exposés de travail. Les exposés de travail devront suivre le format général du séminaire, pouvant être un compte rendu de lectures ou bien un article original. L’assistance régulière est une exigence pour suivre la progression de la discussion, aussi bien que pour participer à l’esprit collectif de recherché.

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I missed this notice concerning an online/on site course, offered by the Global Center for Advanced Studies located in Michigan, USA.

They also have a facebook page

Intro to Critical Theory: Frankfurt to Foucault

INSTRUCTORS:
Jason Adams and Creston Davis

GUESTS:
Dorothea Olkowski, Eleanor Kaufman, Azfar Hussain (tentative)

DATES:
Feb 2/3 and 9/10 2014

COST:
$99

COURSE DESCRIPTION: According to Max Horkheimer, theory is critical insofar as it seeks “to liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them.” With students having attained a grasp on both the merits and demerits of 18-19th century critical theory in CTPE 701a, this seminar will closely examine the birth of the Frankfurt School, as well as seminal theorists over the course of the 20th century, including Benjamin, Adorno, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Fanon, Césaire, Deleuze and Foucault, as well as the foremost secondary readers of these figures. The student will engage the primary texts (provided digitally by the instructors) as well as secondary texts and the course will be appended by guest speakers, likely including Dorothea Olkowski, Slavoj Zizek, Eleanor Kaufman, Azfar Hussain, as well as instructors and student generated discussions, as we evaluate the radical turn that 20th century critical theory provides in philosophy & social theory, as well as its limitations.

PLEASE NOTE: This mini-course can be taken in parts a, b and c to form the three-module course that is a required prerequisite for all certificate and diploma-seeking GCAS students, who will then attend in-residence Summer Institutes in their field of interest (CTPE 601abc and CTPE 701abc are both required). It is also available as a standalone course for junior faculty members seeking professional development opportunities, as well as the general public or non-credit seeking students, without any additional requirements.

With thanks to Janet Abbey for this information

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Foucault, Governmentality,Biopolitics – Analytical strategies for critique of power (Ph.d. course, 11-13 December 2013)

Further info

Faculty
• Jeffrey Bussolini, Associate Professor, Staten Island, City University of New York, USA.
• Mitchell Dean, Professor of Public Governance, CBS/University of Newcastle, Denmark/Australia,
• Thomas Dumm, Professor, Department of Political Science, Amherst College, USA.
• Marius Gudmand-Høyer, Post.Doc, Dept. of Management, Politics & Philosophy, CBS, Denmark.
• Kaspar Villadsen, Associate Professor, Dept. of Management, Politics & Philosophy, CBS, Denmark.

Place: Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy, CBS, Copenhagen

Course Coordinators: Kaspar Villadsen & Mitchell Dean

Prerequisite/progression of the course:
Only PhD students can participate in the course.
It is a precondition for receiving the course diploma that the PhD student attends the whole course.

Aim of the course
The course will provide the participants with:

a) An updated introduction to key analytical concepts in the Governmentality literature, and the potentials and weaknesses of these concepts will be discussed.

b) Possibilities for supplementing the governmentality approach with other analytical sources will be discussed.

c) Furthermore, a detailed consideration of the current status of governmentality studies and post-Foucauldian studies will be given, in particular in light of recent claims for a crisis of critique.

d) Finally, suggestions will be presented on how to elaborate or move beyond the framework of governmentality by activating concepts of bio-power and sovereignty, reconsidering the social and notions of society, and focusing on international dimensions of governmentality.

In brief, the course aims to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the governmentality framework, that is, its analytical possibilities, its current status, and its possible directions of development.

Course content, structure and teaching
Over the last 20 years, post-Foucauldian “governmentality studies” have come to growing prominence. These studies have been effective in critically analyzing new types of liberal government, in particular by demonstrating ‘the active side of laissez faire’. They describe how the motto of ‘pulling back the state’ has been accompanied by a series of governmental strategies and technologies aimed at shaping institutions and subjects in particular ways. Perhaps most noticeably, they have presented a diagnosis of a proliferation of regimes of enterprise and accounting in new and surprising places. But a wide range of other domains have been subjected to governmentality analysis spanning from genetic screening and risk calculation, new crime prevention strategies, to health promotion by self-responsibilization. To be sure, the concepts in governmentality studies continue to constitute effective tools for critical social analysis.

Nevertheless, in recent years critical objections have been raised against the governmentality approach. It has been noted by some observers that the Foucauldian and post-structuralist language, originally used for critical academic purposes, seems to be increasingly appropriated by ‘the powers’ that were the object of such critique. Most notably, this point has been voiced (although in different versions) by Zizek, Boltanski, and Hardt & Negri.

These thinkers suggest that a post-structural ’politics of difference’ increasingly seems to be an integral part of the ways, in which institutions and companies organize themselves. If modern liberal government has begun to speak for the dissolution of binary essentials, the destabilization of rigid power structures, the creation of space for the subject’s self-transforming work upon itself, and so on. In light of this development, we need to think of ways to revitalize the Foucauldian concepts of critique/criticism or to push a critical perspective beyond Foucault.

A central theme of the PhD course is the search for effective analytical strategies for critique of power (some perhaps less noticed) in the works of Foucault and other writers within and outside the governmentality tradition. Of particular interest is Giorgio Agamben’s recent critique and extension of Foucault’s genealogy of government.

The course requires the submission of a paper that deals with conceptual problems or analytical designs in relation to Foucauldian inspired/governmentality studies. Furthermore, papers that apply Foucauldian concepts to empirical problems in a variety of domains are welcomed.

It is also possible to participate on the basis of an abstract stating the theme of the PhD project. An abstract should be approximately 1 page, whereas a paper should be approx. 5 pages. In both cases, the PhD student should state his main analytical challenge/concern at his/her current stage in the project.

Papers/abstracts
must be in English. DEADLINE is 2 December 2013.

Lecture plan

Wednesday 11th December.
10:00-12:30 Kaspar Villadsen Analytical approaches in governmentality studies
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-16:00 Mitchell Dean Concepts of power:‘The signature of power’‘
16:00-17:00 Kaspar Villadsen & Mitchell Dean Papers from Ph.D. scholars

Thursday 12th December.
10.00-12.30 Thomas Dumm Foucault, Neo-liberalism and Freedom.
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 Kaspar Villadsen Technologies and organisations in Foucault’s thinking
15.00-17.00 Kaspar Villadsen, Thomas Dumm & Mitchell Dean Papers from Ph.D. scholars

Friday 13th December
10:00-11:30 Jeffrey Bussolini Biopolitics: Foucault meets Agamben
11:00-12:30 Mitchell Dean Governmentality meets theology
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Marius Gudmand-Høyer Dispositive analysis: the key concept in Foucault?
15.00-16.00 Kaspar Villadsen, Jeffrey Bussolini & Mitchell Dean, Papers from Ph.D. scholars
16:00-17:00 Kaspar Villadsen & Mitchell Dean Concluding discussion and evaluation

Teaching methods
The course will use lectures given by specialists in the field, roundtable discussions, and presentation of papers from PhD students. Participation in the course requires a paper with an outline of PhD project or parts of the project.
See more details above.

Course literature

Agamben, G. (2011) The Kingdom and the Glory: a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government. Stanford University Press, especially pages 109-114; Appendix.

Bussolini, J. (2010) ‘Critical encounter between Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault: Review of recent works by Giorgio Agamben’, Foucault Studies 10: 108-143.

Dean, M. (2012) ‘Governmentality meets theology: the king reigns but does not govern’, Theory, Culture and Society 29 (3):145-58.

Dean, M. (2012) ‘The signature of power’, Journal of Political Power 5 (1): 101-117.

Foucault, M. (2007) Security, Territory, Population. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (especially lecture 5)

Foucault, M. (2008) The Birth of Biopolitics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (especially lecture 12).

Villadsen, K. & Karlsen, M.P. (2008) “Who Should Do the Talking? The proliferation of dialogue as governmental technology”, in: Culture & Organization, no. 14, vol. 4.

Villadsen, K. (2008) “Doing without the State and Civil Society as Universals: ‘Dispositifs’ of care across the classic sector divide”, Journal of Civil Society, no. 4, vol. 3.

ECTS awarded
3 ECTS

Language
English

Maximum and Minimum number of participants
Min: 19
Max:

Fee
DKK 3,900 (covers the course, coffee, tea, lunch and one dinner)

Enrol no later than
1 November 2013
Contact: See Link

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Ten Weeks on Foucault Course: Powerful Ideas and Practical Applications

Course by Kerry Sanders
6 Aug 2013 – 8 Oct 2013

University of Sydney, Centre for Continuing Education.
Training and development courses open to anyone

Introduction
It will be argued that Foucault gives an analysis of political power and its institutions, which are crucial to understanding the world we now live in. Foucault shows that control over knowledge, that is what we know or believe, makes us what we are. One of the most important mechanisms of making modern individuals is the process of ‘normalisation’ in which divisions are established between groups such as ‘sane and insane’; criminal and law abiding; diseased and healthy. We will then apply ideas such as: ‘bio-power’; ‘technologies of the self’; ‘surveillance’ to some contemporary situations and see if Foucault’s ideas illuminate our social understanding.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Foucault: The construction of the subject through power and knowledge
  • Bio-Power: How do political and cultural institutions use the human body, with its capacities and limitations, to its own ends?
  • Discipline and Punish
  • Those who have the power to say what constitutes the truth, have the power to construct subjecthood.
  • The History of Sexuality, Vol. l
  • Technologies of Self Construction: These are the self-chosen practices of the subject, in which self-discipline and self-analysis seem to be freely chosen.
  • “The Subject and Power”
  • Technologies of the Self. What is Foucault’s (limited) ‘solution’ to the problems of oppressive power?
  • Technologies of Space. The body is actively produced with its constraints and capacities through the spaces in which it operates. E.g. The shifts in workplace architecture in the different stages of industrialism, produces different kinds of workers: agricultural workers developed different body capacities than someone confined to the space of an assembly line, where the body is maximised to do repetitive tasked for long periods.
  • Apply ideas such as: ‘bio-power’; ‘technologies of the self’; ‘surveillance’ to some contemporary situations and see if Foucault’s ideas illuminate our social understanding.

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The Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy is proud to present the 2013 Semester 1 Evening School.

http://mscp.org.au/courses/evening-school-semester-1-2013

3 courses are on offer.  Considerable discounts are available when doing multiple courses.

When: March 21 – June 10, 2013

Where:  Law Building, Pelham St.
University of Melbourne

12 Thursdays6.30-8.30pmMarch 21 – June 6 An Introduction to Deleuze’s Film-Philosophy: The Movement Image
Lecturer: Mairead Phillips
5 Mondays
6.30-8.30pm
March 25 – April 22
After Foucault: Maurizio Lazzarato and Contemporary Critiques of Capitalism
Lecturer: James Muldoon
6 Mondays6.30-8.30pmMay 6 – June 10 Deleuze Seminar Part Four: What is Philosophy?
Lecturer: Dr Jon Roffe

Full Details and Enrolment:

http://mscp.org.au/courses/evening-school-semester-1-2013

ABOUT THE MSCP

The Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy is an independent teaching and research organisation housed by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. The MSCP teaches short courses during the summer and winter university holiday periods and evening courses during semester. We also run single day research workshops in autumn and spring, organise reading groups and work to encourage and support philosophical thinking in the community.

Everyone is welcome to attend our courses, and our teachers are free to teach on whatever subject they wish. The MSCP is a non-profit organisation.

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