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Charlotte Epstein, Experiences of bodily privacy are changing in the contemporary surveillance society

Wednesday 6 August, 3.30pm – 5.00pm 2014
Bankstown Campus
,
Room 3.G.27
University of Western Sydney
All welcome

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Abstract
In this paper I consider how our experiences of bodily privacy are changing in the contemporary surveillance society. To this end I use biometric technologies as a lens for tracking the changing relationships between the body and privacy that underwrite our modern democratic polities. Adopting a broader genealogical perspective, however, I begin by retracing the role of the body in the constitution of the modern liberal political subject. I consider successively two quite different understandings of the subject, the Foucauldian political subject as theorized by Michel Foucault, followed by the subject of psychoanalysis analysed by Jacques Lacan. My genealogy of the modern political subject begins with the habeas corpus, and observes a classically Foucauldian periodization, the historical succession of a regime of sovereignty¹ with a regime of governmentality¹ within which our surveillance societies are currently taking shape. In the final part of the article, instead of the unidirectional Foucauldian gaze, I switch to a two-way scopic relationship, by way of Lacan¹s analysis of the mirror stage. I locate both the place of the body and the function of misrecognition in the constitution of the psychic subject. The psychoanalytic perspective, in which the powerful gaze is revealed as that of the Other, serves to appraise the effects upon the subject of excessive exposure. I conclude to the importance of the subject¹s being able to hide, even when she has nothing to hide. By considering these two facets of subjectivity, political and psychic, I hope to make sense of our enduring, and deeply political, passionate attachment to privacy, notwithstanding the increasing normalization of surveillance technologies and practices.

Biography
My interests are in the areas of International Relations theory, particularly in post-structuralist approaches and discourse theory, critical security studies and global environmental politics. In my book, The Power of Words in International Relations: Birth of An Anti-Whaling Discourse, I approach the topic of whaling both as an object of analysis in its own right and as a lens for examining the role of discursive power in international relations.

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Gastvortrag am IZW: “Wittgenstein and Foucault on ‘scientific’ and ‘philosophical’ truth”,

Dr. Luca Paltrinieri
(Associate Researcher am Chambre de Commerce et d’industrie de Paris, Ile-de-France/CCI-Paris-IDF)

Thursday 16 July 2014, 6pm
Innovationszentrum Wissensforschung (IZW) / Berlin Center for Knowledge Research
Hauptgebäude TU Berlin, Room H 0111
(Hörsaal im Erdgeschoss), Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin

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“In my talk I will try to compare some remarks of the ‘second’ Wittgenstein to the foucaldian conception of « history of Truth », particularly in a period of time going from 1969 to 1971. I do not want to suggest that there had been an underground influence of Wittgenstein on Foucault’s work, but I just want to show that with Wittgenstein’s notions of certainty and Truth it is useful to understand the foucaldian notion of « knowledge ». On the other side the archeological methods developed by Foucault help us to understand the historical dimension of our philosophical concepts. This comparison of two different styles of reasoning will give us the opportunity to do some remarks about historical epistemology. “

Rückfragen: Innovationszentrum Wissensforschung (IZW)
Tel.: 314-22606; E-Mail: info@wissensforschung.tu-berlin.de

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Xavier Riondet ECS Forum 13/12/2013
À côté de Freinet : une enquête philosophico-historique d’allure foucaldienne

Education, Culture and Society Research Group Forum
KU Leuven

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Henrik Bang, Rethinking Michel Foucault: The Political Circle of Parrhesia and Democracy, 2014

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As part of ‘s seminar series, Professor Henrik Bang (University of Canberra) indicates perspectives on Michel Foucault that can inform our understanding of democracy.

Michel Foucault has become an exemplar in the disciplines of philosophy, sociology, history, linguistics and literary criticism. Ironically, he has never made much of an impact upon the political discipline, to which he first of all belongs, and in which he deserves a prominent position as one of the best political theorists and researchers of all time. In particular in his later strings of lectures from 1978 to 1984 he develops an empirical and normative approach to studying the political as governmentality.

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Séminaire “Politiques de Foucault”,
6e séance : Luca Paltrinieri, 17 mai 2014, Paris Ouest

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La prochaine séance du séminaire “Politiques de Foucault” accueillera Luca Paltrinieri. Il interviendra sur le thème “’Ou la population ou les classes’ : l’archéologie foucaldienne du débat Marx-Malthus”.

Présentation de la séance  :

“Malthus a mis clairement au centre de la réflexion de l’économie politique moderne la question bio-économique de la population. La sienne est une réponse à l’optimisme des Lumières quant aux régulations possibles du rapport entre population et ressources : à la perfectibilité de la nature humaine de Godwin et Condorcet, Malthus oppose l’obstacle de la loi naturelle de population prescrivant le conflit entre croissance géométrique de la population et croissance arithmétique des subsistances. Par le concept de « surpopulation relative », Marx et Engels ont montré en revanche qu’il n’y a pas de loi naturelle qui règle les rapports entre démographie et économie : la loi de population n’est pas une constante qui fait entrer en contradiction deux progressions naturelles, elle est le produit variable de conditions historiques et notamment, dans le capitalisme, de la surexploitation de la force de travail. Ainsi, derrière la « loi naturelle de la population » se cachent des rapports de classe et, selon les mots de Marx « la population est une abstraction si je néglige les classes dont elle se compose ».

Nous partirons de cette critique marxienne de Malthus pour montrer que la perspective de la gouvernementalité foucaldienne en représente quelque part l’archéologie. Se concentrant sur les théories prémalthusiennes, Foucault tente en effet de gagner un autre point de vue sur la question : ni simple « nature », ni artefact idéologique, la population des Lumières est un ensemble de comportements intotalisables, étrange sujet/objet dont la nature politique la situe pourtant en radicale discontinuité par rapport aux théories de la souveraineté. Son émergence manifeste l’avènement d’un régime gouvernemental où la question du pouvoir ne peut plus être posée dans les termes classique de l’obéissance/désobéissance individuelle, mais impose de repenser les conditions même de (re)production d’une collectivité humaine.

Membre du Collège International de Philosophie, Luca Paltrinieri est directeur du programme De la gestion à l’autogestion. Une généalogie politique de l’entreprise.

Date :
Samedi 17 mai 2014, 10h-12h

Lieu :
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
bâtiment D, salle 04 (rez-de-chaussée)
Comment venir ? par le train et le RER
Plan du campus de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Comité d’organisation :
Philippe Combessie
Stéphane Dufoix
Stéphane Haber
Christian Laval
Christian Lazzeri
Emmanuel Renault

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Dottorato in Filosofia (XXIX ciclo)
Michel Foucault: Il presente come eredità

Ciclo di seminari
Dipartimento di Filosofia
Sapienza – Università di Roma
Villa Mirafiori, via Carlo Fea 2

2° incontro
5 Maggio, Aula XI, ore 17,30

Stefano Catucci: Potere e sensibilità nell’opera di Michel Foucault

Orazio Irrera: Michel Foucault e la critica dell’ideologia

A trent’anni dalla scomparsa di Michel Foucault, i diversi aspetti della sua opera, a partire dalla distanza temporale che ce ne separa, emergono come snodi problematici per pensare il presente. In particolare la tramatura dei rapporti tra saperi, poteri e soggetti, di cui sono intessute le forme di vita, emerge in primo piano nell’articolare l’esistenza quotidiana.

Le diverse letture che in questi anni hanno impegnato il suo pensiero, nella torsione verso un immediato impiego “politico” o verso una critica spesso infondata, ne hanno paradossalmente reso opaco l’insegnamento.
I seminari intendono riflettere su alcuni tra i molteplici aspetti della straordinaria opera foucaultiana per tentare una cartografia dei regimi di verità a partire da cui sono possibili una filosofia politica, una teoria della conoscenza e un’analitica del soggetto.

Stefano Catucci insegna Estetica presso la Facoltà di Architettura (“Sapienza” Università di Roma). I suoi studi si sono concentrati sulla ricognizione dello spazio architettonico in rapporto ai grandi problemi sollevati dalla filosofia contemporanea. Ha anche sviluppato, con una metodologia ibrida tra filosofia, critica e storia della musica, originali lavori sull’estetica musicale barocca. E’ autore, tra l’altro di La filosofia critica di Husserl, Bach e la musica barocca, Introduzione a Foucault, Per una filosofia povera, Imparare dalla luna.

Orazio Irrera collabora con il Centre de philosophie contemporaine de la Sorbonne dell’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. È co-direttore della rivista “materiali foucaultiani”. Dirige inoltre il seminario “Race et colonialisme. Sur les épistémologies de la décolonisation” presso il Collège International de Philosophie. Ha pubblicato numerosi articoli in Italia e all’estero sugli studi postcoloniali e sul pensiero di Michel Foucault, di cui ha curato l’edizione italiana e francese di Sull’origine dell’ermeneutica del sé, Cronopio, Napoli 2012 e Vrin, Paris 2013.

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Podcasts : Séminaire “Politiques de Foucault”

Enregistrements des séances du séminaire Sophiapol 2013-2014 “Politiques de Foucault” organisé par Philippe Combessie, Stéphane Dufoix, Stéphane Haber, Christian Laval, Christian Lazzeri et Emmanuel Renault (Université Paris Ouest, Sophiapol).

.30 novembre 2013
Jean Terrel (Université Bordeaux 3)
Unité de politiques de Foucault

14 décembre 2013
François Boullant (Professeur honoraire)
Foucault et la question carcérale

25 janvier 2014
Catherine Deschamps (ENS Architecture de Paris Val-de Seine/Université Paris Ouest)
Politiques du sexe

15 mars 2014
Christian Laval (Université Paris Ouest)
Foucault, sécurité et surveillance

 With thanks to Alexandre Klein for this link

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