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Un cycle de conférences permettra de revenir sur le travail intellectuel de Foucault comme auteur, lecteur, archiviste.

“Michel Foucault, auteur, lecteur, archiviste. Dialogue avec Daniel Defert”, avec la participation de Philippe Sabot.

  • Le 12 mars 2014 à 17h (Salle de travail libre – Bibliothèque centrale de Lille 3)

Daniel Defert, philosophe et sociologue, président-fondateur de AIDES (1984-1991), a été le compagnon de Michel Foucault pendant plus de vingt ans. Co-éditeur des Dits et écrits de Michel Foucault (Gallimard, “Bibliothèque des sciences humaines”, 1984), il a également édité le premier cours de Foucault au Collège de France, Leçons sur la volonté de savoir (Gallimard – Le Seuil, “Hautes études”, 2011). Il participe à l’édition des Œuvres complètes de Michel Foucault dans la Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (2015).

“Foucault et les sciences humaines et sociales : entre dialogue et incompréhension” : conférence par Jean-François Bert.

  • Le 17 mars 2014 à 17h (Salle de travail libre – Bibliothèque centrale de Lille 3)

Jean-François Bert est maître d’enseignement et de recherche en sociologie à l’Université de Lausanne. Il a publié récemment Introduction à Michel Foucault (La Découverte, 2011) ; il a co-dirigé (avec P. Artières, J. Revel et F. Gros) le numéro des Cahiers de l’Herne consacré à Foucault (2011) ; il a édité, avec P. Artières, P. Chevallier et F. Gros un ouvrage collectif consacré à Histoire de la folie, 50 ans de réception (Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2011). Il participe à l’édition des Oeuvres complètes de Michel Foucault dans la Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (2015).

“Au sujet du pouvoir : réflexions sur l’assujettissement et la résistance” : conférence par Didier Eribon.

  • Le 20 mars 2014 à 17h (Salle de travail libre – Bibliothèque centrale de Lille 3)

Didier Eribon est Professeur à l’Université d’Amiens. Ses travaux concernent la philosophie, la sociologie, l’histoire des idées, la littérature, les études de genre. Auteur d’une biographie importante de Michel Foucault (Flammarion, 1989). il a également publié un ouvrage sur Michel Foucault et ses contemporains (Fayard, 1994) et dirigé ou co-dirigé deux volumes collectifs consacrés à Michel Foucault : L’Infréquentable Michel Foucault. Renouveaux de la pensée critique (EPEL, 2001) et, avec Roger Chartier, Foucault aujourd’hui. Actes des neuvièmes rencontres INA-Sorbonne (L’Harmattan, 2006). Il est également l’auteur de Réflexions sur la question gay (Fayard, 1999) et de La société comme verdict. Classes, identités, trajectoires (Fayard, 2013).

Pierre Rivière: le nom d’une dispute sans fin” : conférence par Alain Brossat.

  • Le 26 mars 2014 à 16h30 (Salle de travail libre – Bibliothèque centrale de Lille 3)

Alain Brossat est Professeur émérite de philosophie de l’université Paris 8. Spécialiste de philosophie politique, également journaliste et traducteur, son travail porte sur la généalogie des violences politiques modernes et contemporaines. Il a publié notamment Pour en finir avec la prison (La Fabrique, 2001), Le Serviteur et son maître. Essai sur le plébéien (Leo Scheer, 2003) et plus récemment Autochtone imaginaire, étranger imaginé (Le Souffle, 2012) et Le Plébéien enragé. Une contre-histoire de la modernité de Rousseau à Losey (Ed. Le Passager clandestin, 2013). Il a également co-dirigé avec Philippe Roy Tombeau pour Pierre Rivière (L’Harmattan, 2013).

Contacts :

christophe.hugot@univ-lille3.fr

aurore.larchier@univ-lille3.fr

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Cycle Foucault: psychiatrie et psychanalyse (I). Conférence exceptionnelle d’Elisabeth Roudinesco (14 mars 2014)
« Foucault à l’épreuve de l’historiographie de la psychanalyse »

Further info

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

Date et horaires: 14 mars 2014, 16h-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

With thanks to Alexandre Klein for this link

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Colin Koopman, From Biopower to Infopower?: A Genealogy of One Aspect of Contemporary Politics

Text on youtube
Colin Koopman, an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon, spoke at Oregon State University on December 3rd, 2013. A wide number of contemporary political assemblages from mass surveillance to finance capitalism to big data suggest that we may be in the midst of new political conditions. Some have sought to conceptualize these assemblages in such terms as “the information society” or “new media culture” while others would amalgamate them as part of a hybrid beast named “neoliberalism”.

In his presentation, Koopman here argues for a different conceptualization of what is at stake for us today politically. His analysis is Foucaultian in that it focuses attention away from state capacities and institutional formations toward the problems internal to emergent modes of power (or the conduct of conduct). Building off of Michel Foucault’s analyses of biopower and adopting a methodological approach grounded in genealogy, Koopman calls for a new concept entitled infopower (specifying the intersection between information and power).

Colin Koopman is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. His research is primarily in, through, and on the philosophical traditions of Pragmatism and Genealogy, with an eye toward using these distinctive approaches to engage current issues in Political Philosophy broadly-construed.

With thanks to Dirk Felleman for this item

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Although I missed putting this up in time, I am posting it as it looks interesting in case anyone wishes to follow this up with the author.

Lecture by Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski (UT Austin) : Michel Foucault’s 1968: Tunis, Sidi Bou Said, Paris

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4:30pm
Goldwin Smith Hall, GS 258, English Lounge 232 East Ave, Central Campus

Focusing on the two drafts of L’Archéologie du savoir, this talk will explore the political and personal events that influenced Michel Foucault’s transition from Structuralist guru to activist critic of modernity.

PDF with further info

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Italian Philosopher Roberto Esposito is the author of such works as Communitas and Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy.

This is the first section of a talk – see other uploaded clips for the remainder.
With thanks to Dirk Felleman for this link

Philippe Theophanidis sent the following information to Foucault News:

This lecture by Roberto Esposito is not so much about Foucault than it is about Esposito’s own work. The lecture, which was given at the Occidental College on November 29, 2011, is actually titled “Immunization and Violence”. It is the English translation (by Thimothy Campbell) of a chapter of Esposito’s book Termini della politica. Comunità, immunità, biopolitica first published in 2008. The text of the lecture is available online as a PDF. More detail about it can be found on Philippe Theophanidis’ blog Aphelis.

It remains a very interesting text and one of most succinct introductions there is to Esposito’s philosophical work. And the video on YouTube is one of the rare video recording of a conference or lecture in English by Roberto Esposito.

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architects Gordana Fontana-Giusti, Foucault for Architects, Routledge, May 2013

Publisher’s page

The author is also conducting an inaugural public lecture at 6 pm on the 24th of May 2013 at the University of Kent, Canterbury, Faculty of Humanities to coincide with the publication of the book.
Pdf flyer for event

Description
From the mid-1960s onwards Michel Foucault has had a significant impact on diverse aspects of culture, knowledge and arts including architecture and its critical discourse. The implications for architecture have been wide-ranging. His archaeological and genealogical approaches to knowledge have transformed architectural history and theory, while his attitude to arts and aesthetics led to a renewed focus on the avant-garde.

Prepared by an architect, this book offers an excellent entry point into the remarkable work of Michel Foucault, and provides a focused introduction suitable for architects, urban designers, and students of architecture.

Foucault’s crucial juxtaposition of space, knowledge and power has unlocked novel spatial possibilities for thinking about design in architecture and urbanism. While the philosopher’s ultimate attention on the issues of body and sexuality has defined our understanding of the possibilities and limits of human condition and its relation to architecture.

The book concentrates on a number of historical and theoretical issues often addressed by Foucault that have been grouped under the themes of archaeology, enclosure, bodies, spatiality and aesthetics in order to examine and demonstrate their relevancy for architectural knowledge, its history and its practice.

Contents

Introduction Part 1: Positioning 1.1 Context 1.2 Resisting Boundaries 1.3 Architecture Unspoken

Part 2: Archaeology 2.1 Human Sciences, Knowledge and Architecture 2.2 Archaeology as Difference

Part 3: Enclosure 3.1 Madness 3.2 The Asylum 3.3 The Clinic 3.4 The Prison

Part 4: Bodies 4.1 The History of Sexuality 4.2 Sexuality, Knowledge and the Structure of Aesthetic Experience 4.3 Biopower 4.4 Bodies, Architecture and Cities

Part 5: Spatiality/Aesthetics 5.1 Spatiality and its Themes 5.2 Avant-Garde and the Language of Space 5.3 Deleuzian Century 5.4 Ad Finem

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Join Tate Liverpool and world-renowned literary theorist Leo Bersani for the second in a year-long series of FREE Keywords lectures in Liverpool. 

Thursday 9 May 2013, 19.00 – 20.00.
LEAF on Water Street, 25 Water Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L2 0RG.

Website

Keywords is a dynamic exhibition and lecture programme that looks at how changes in the meaning of words reflect cultural shifts in our society.  The programme is inspired by Raymond Williams’ Keywords, a seminal work in the study of the English language as well as the fields of Cultural Studies and Visual Culture.

In his lecture, Bersani will discuss the keyword sex, and the ‘place’ sex holds in our culture.  Drawing on the work of Sigmund Freud and the late French theorist Michel Foucault, Bersani will confront psychoanalysis with the imperatives of the body to arrive at a definition of a ‘soma-analysis’. On the evening there will be an opportunity for attendees to actively engage and share their thoughts with the guest speaker and exhibitions curators.

Leo Bersani is Professor Emeritus of French at the University of California, Berkeley specialising in 19th and 20th century art and literature. His writings on sexuality – particularly gay sexualities – psychoanalysis and the visual arts have inspired generations of cultural theorists and activists.

Please note that this event takes place at LEAF on Water Street, 25 Water Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L2 0RG.

Lectures are free.  Please forward onto your students or colleagues who may also be interested in attending.

This event is related to the exhibition Keywords

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Clare O'Farrell:

Talk by Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, author of La dernière leçon de Michel Foucault. Sur le néolibéralisme, la théorie et la politique, Editions Fayard,

Originally posted on Le site de Geoffroy de Lagasnerie:

Je donnerai, le samedi 9 mars 2013, une communication au King’s College à Cambridge.

Elle s’intitulera : “How not to be governed? Michel Foucault, neoliberalism and politics”

March 9th, Keynes Hall, King’s College. Cambridge. 2:oo pm.

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A Thought of/from the Outside: Foucault’s Uses of Blanchot

Date: 21 February 2013, 6:00pm to
21 February 2013, 9:00pm
Location: Lecture Theatre E002, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, London
N1C 4AA
Fee: Free

Further info
Audio from Backdoor Broadcasting Company

Lecture by Étienne Balibar (CRMEP).

A well-known essay published by Foucault in 1966 on the work of Maurice Blanchot, La pensée du dehors, was translated into English in two different ways: ‘The thought of the outside’, and ‘The thought from outside’. This indicates a deep ambiguity concerning its possible interpretations. Together with the earlier essay on Bataille (‘Preface to Transgression’), the essay forms the metaphysical counterpart to the early ‘archeological’ work, beginning with History of Madness and ending with The Order of Things, centered on the ‘anti-humanist’ doctrine of the elimination of the subject. It is widely supposed that, in his later work, when studying apparatuses of power-knowledge, and when outlining a history of regimes of subjectivation and truth, Foucault had entirely reversed this orientation. The lecture will discuss the enigmatic notion of the ‘outside’ and its relationship to transcendental philosophy, assess the importance of a dialogue with Blanchot in the formation of Foucault’s philosophy, and argue that, contrary to established wisdom, it never ceased to frame the critique of subjectivity in Foucault’s work.

With thanks to Dirk Felleman for this info

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Paul Rabinow, How to Submit to Inquiry: Dewey and Foucault,The Pluralist, Volume 7, Number 3, Fall 2012, pp. 25-37

further info

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:

The problem reduced to its lowest terms is whether inquiry can develop in its own ongoing course the logical standards and forms to which further inquiry shall submit.
—John Dewey, Logic 13

Gilles Deleuze, in his book What Is Philosophy? asks: “What is the best way to follow the great philosophers? Is it to repeat what they said or to do what they did, that is, create concepts for problems that necessarily change?” (Deleuze and Guattari 28). I imagine few in this audience would disagree with that claim. The changing, historically situated, interplay of concepts and problems is a register that those inspired by the work of John Dewey can readily acknowledge as pertinent even if what Dewey meant by each of the terms and what Deleuze meant by them is clearly not the same thing.

Over the years, I have given my own mode of inquiry a number of different names including “the anthropology of reason” or “fieldwork in philosophy” or more recently “designing human practices.” In each case I was drawn to inquiring into situations of ethical, religious, and/or scientific problems as the object of my inquiry as well as attempting to formulate my own practice as itself having the objective of being ethically or scientifically remediative. Said another way, in each of my inquiries, what was at stake was understanding the “human thing”—anthropos—to quote Thucydides, the logos that was at issue for those under study—the objects of inquiry—as well as my own practice as inquirer. In a word, for me, anthropology has always been, literally but problematically, anthropos + logos as both object and objective of the practice of inquiry.

The work of John Dewey was significant from the outset, albeit mediated by the presentation of my teacher at the University of Chicago, Richard McKeon. Dewey was equally a touchstone for my doctoral advisor Clifford Geertz, who paid homage to Dewey even if he did not use his concepts explicitly. After a long encounter, both personal and conceptual, with Michel Foucault, the work of Dewey unexpectedly came to the fore for me. It was only recently as I tried to clarify my thoughts and orient to major new inquiries concerning the life sciences that I began to read extensively in Dewey’s works. I have found them to be concise, conceptually rich, and providing an unexpected resonance with many aspects of the inquiries I had been conducting and continue to conduct today. Let me explain.

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