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Jessica Whyte on Michel Foucault and ‘the right to intervene’

Audio of talk on the Foucault-Blog

Last year Jessica Whyte from the University of Western Sydney was a visiting scholar at the Zentrum Geschichte des Wissens in Zurich. On October 22, she held a lecture on “A Right of Private Individuals or a Responsibility of States? Michel Foucault and the Right to Intervene”, in which she talked about Foucault’s thoughts on the Iranian Revolution, neoliberal economic policies, the politics of human rights and much more.

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The Neoliberalism Controversy and Saint Foucault
Professor Mitchell Dean

Copenhagen Business School

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Tues 15 December 2015
3pm – 5pm

Room 116
Sir Llew Edwards Building (14)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia campus

There is currently something of a controversy concerning Michel Foucault and neoliberalism, sparked by a book of that title, edited by Daniel Zamora and Michael Behrent (Polity, 2015). The book has already achieved notoriety in its earlier French form, but it chimed with the recent claim by François Ewald, that Foucault had made an “apology of neoliberalism” in the late 1970s. Here I argue that this controversy signals the end to a rather de-contextualized and ahistorical view of Foucault as a felicitous combination of activist and radical critic of mainstream knowledge and institutions who somehow became the most influential figure in the humanities and social sciences. I offer some reflections both on the habitus and persona of high-status intellectuals and on the social and political contexts in France during a moment of historic rupture with the post-war settlement. I argue that it is possible to identify Foucault’s affirmative views on neoliberalism as an ideal set of principles of social organization, as a language of critique of the welfare state, and as an element of actual political forces within the French Left of the 1970s. I conclude by suggesting that the current discussion might signal a change of Foucault’s status today from “unsurpassable horizon” of critical thought to acknowledged classical thinker, with strengths and limitations, and a series of problems that might not be our own.

Mitchell Dean is Professor of Public Governance at the Copenhagen Business School. He is author of, among others, Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society (Sage, 1999/2010), The Signature of Power (Sage, 2013), and, with Kaspar Villadsen, State Phobia and Civil Society: the Political Legacy of Michel Foucault (Stanford University Press, 2015). He has published extensively in international journals and describes his work as at the nexus between political and historical sociology and political theory and philosophy.

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Michel Foucault et la peinture

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Faculty Associate, Catherine Soussloff, will be giving a series of seminars on “Michel Foucault et la peinture” as Visiting Lecturer at the Collège de France in Paris on May 5, 12, 19 and 26 beginning at 2:30 pm.

About the speaker:

Catherine M. Soussloff’s research explores the historiography, theory, and philosophy of art in the European tradition from the Early Modern period (ca. 1400) to the present. She has published books and over forty essays and articles, and she has lectured extensively in Canada, Europe, the U.K., the U.S.A., and South America. Professor Soussloff has advised and supervised M.A. and Ph.D. graduates in Art History, Visual and Cultural Studies, History of Consciousness, Literature, and History. Known for her comparative and historical approaches to the central theoretical concerns of art history and aesthetics, Soussloff’s recent publications have focused on: Performance theory and visual culture, theories of painting from Leonardo da Vinci to contemporary post-structuralism, concepts of the Baroque, Viennese art and culture in the early 20th century, Jewish studies and art history, contemporary theories of the image, and curatorial practice.  She is presently preparing two books for publication: Michel Foucault and Painting and Theory for Art in the Late Twentieth Century.  Soussloff’s views on Foucault are featured in the Slovenian art mockumentary: MY NAME IS JANEZ JANŠA (dir. Janez Jansa). 

Before coming to UBC in 2010 as Head of the department, Professor Soussloff taught for twenty-four years at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she held a prestigious University of California Presidential Chair in Visual and Performance Studies and the first Patricia and Rowland Rebele Chair in the History of Art. For twelve years Soussloff was Director of Visual and Performance Studies, an international and multi-disciplinary faculty-graduate research initiative. In that capacity she programmed major conferences and an annual seminar series, funded by competitively awarded grants. She recently served as Chair of the Editorial Board of the Art Journal (College Art Association of America) and she was a founding editor of Images: Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture. For two years she was a member of the board of Live Vancouver, the city’s performance art biennale.

Professor Soussloff has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Getty Research Institute, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the College Art Association of America, the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania and the Institute for the Humanities at New York University. In summer 2011 Soussloff was resident at the University of California, Irvine where she held a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar fellowship for the study of Walter Benjamin’s Later Writings. During the academic year 2013-14 Catherine M. Soussloff is a distinguished scholar in residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Collège de France, Salle 5 11, place Marcelin-Berthelot, 75005 Paris
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Thomas Zummer. Foucault, the apparatus and the sublime. 2014

Published on 12 Feb 2015

http://www.egs.edu/ Thomas Zummer, artist and independent scholar, giving a talk on the apparatus in Foucault and Agamben, the phantasma and the sublime. In the final section of the clip, Leslie Thornton’s film “A philosopher’s walk on the sublime” is shown. Theorists discussed include Foucault, Nietzsche, Agamben, Heidegger, Sophocles, Jean-Luc Nancy and others. The talk essentially presents a complex meditation on the philosophical concepts of dispositif/apparatus, withdrawal, violence, the sublime, the phantasm and the aporias of communication. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2014 Thomas Zummer and Leslie Thornton.

Thomas Zummer is an artist and lecturer at the Tyler School of Art and a visiting professor in critical studies in the Transmedia Programme at the Hogeschool Sint Lukas, Brussels, as well as visiting professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee. Thomas Zummer is an internationally aclaimed independent scholar and writer, as well as being an artist and curator. As an artist he has exhibited internationally since 1976, including at Exit Art, Thread Waxing Space, and The Dia Foundation in New York City as well as at the CAPC in Bordeaux and Wigmore Hall in London. With his wife, they have had a long collaboration as well with The Wooster Group, acting in many of their performances. Most recently, Zummer was artist in residence at the haudenschildGarage in La Jolla, California. In 1995 Thomas Zummer won 5th Prize in the ACA/CODA Architectural Design Competition for the City of Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics.

Education has played an essential role in the development of Thomas Zummer as both an artist and writer. His academic career began in Michigan where his undergraduate studies at Delta College and University of Michigan. Zummer’s undergraduate studies focused on paleozoology, philosophy and cinema. In 1974 Thomas moved to Hartford, Connecticut. Thomas Zummer obtained his BFA in 1976, focusing on Aesthetics and Cinema Studies at the Hartford Art School / University of Hartford. Thomas Zummer participated as a panelist and attended seminars at the Center for 20th Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee room 1979-82. From 1980-81 Thomas was at the New School for Social Research where he was a graduate faculty and studied philosophy. In 1982 Thomas Zummer began his studies with Paul de Man and Jacques Derrida at Yale University in the Comparative Literature department. Thomas Zummer then worked as a research assistant to Michel Foucault. at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1981-86 Zummer studied with Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Umbert Eco, Paul Ricoeur and John Searle at the University of Toronto, Institute for Semiotics and Structural Studies. From 1991-92 Zummer studied Arabic Languages at The New School for Social Research.

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The Groningen Lectures on Modes of Reasoning – The Courage of Truth -Part I
Opening Lecture by Prof. Michael Dillon, 25 Sept. 2013

The Groningen Lectures on Modes of Reasoning are a space for world leading intellectuals to reflect on historical and contemporary modes of reasoning order and power. Speakers are invited to address the topic from their own area of expertise and to engage with questions from a selected audience. Lectures are held annually. A programme can be found here

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Elizabeth Povinelli – The Four Figures of the Anthropocene

Center for 21st Century Studies

Published on Apr 23, 2014

As is known, although his histories of sexuality would consume much of his final life, Michel Foucault was not interested in sexuality in and of itself but only in relation to how it entangled itself in modern forms of power—what he called the “technology of life.” Ditto with the four figures and strategies of sexuality: the hysterical woman (a hysterization of women’s bodies); the masturbating child (a pedagogization of children’s sex); the perverse adult (a psychiatrization of perverse pleasure); and the Malthusian couple (a socialization of procreative behavior). The reason Foucault cared about sexuality and its dominant discursive figurations and strategies, was because he cared about the formations of modern power within which he lived. This talk asks, what would the figures of power be if Foucault were writing today in the shadow of climate change, the emergence of the security state, and the shaking of neoliberalism.

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Du 18 juin 2014 au 23 juin 2014
du lundi au samedi [19h30], le dimanche [17h]


Texte Michel Foucault
Preface de la grammaire logique de jean-pierre brisset

Mise en scène Bruno Boulzaguet
Composition Jean-Christophe Feldhandler

Théâtre de L’échangeur, Bagnolet

59, Avenue du General de Gaulle 93170 Bagnolet – metro Gallieni
tarifs 13/10€ – reservations 01 43 62 71 20 – info@lechangeur.org –

Les hommes sont si nécessairement fous que ce serait être fou par un autre tour de folie de n’être pas fou.

Michel Foucault, passionné par les fous et le thème de la folie, s’éprend du célèbre « fou littéraire » de la fin du XIXe siècle, Jean-Pierre Brisset , qui fût apprenti pâtissier puis officier de la police judiciaire puis inventeur de la bouée, avant de devenir Grammairien et donner des leçons de langues vivantes.
Une trouvaille que ce phénomène littéraire dont nous connaissons 7 publications dont : « La Grammaire logique » et « La Science de Dieu » qui se donnent comme une recherche sur l’origine de toutes les langues. Brisset y développe une scénographie phonétique ou tous les mots de toutes les langues s’expliquent par le bruit qu’ils font. Dans le langage en émulsion, les mots sautent au hasard, comme les grenouilles dans les marécages, bondissent selon un sort aléatoire, au commencement étaient les dés.
En 1973, Michel Foucault participe à la réédition de La Grammaire logique & la science de Dieuen écrivant un portrait drôle et vertigineux de Jean-Pierre Brisset intitulée : 7 propos sur le 7e ange.
C’est le texte de notre conférence/concert sur l’origine de toutes les langues, un cours de linguistique décalé.
Un conférencier et un percussionniste, pour que le jeu des mots se mêle au jeu des sons.
Univers phonétique

Une première version de ce spectacle a été réalisée au théâtre de L’Atalante en Juin 2011.


Michel Foucault

Metteur en scène
Bruno Boulzaguet

Bruno Boulzaguet

Percussions Jean-Christophe Feldhandler

Olivier Ooudiou

Jean-Christophe Feldhandler

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