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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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Foucauldian Genealogies of Desire: Interest, Instinct and the Law

A talk by Miguel de Beistegui (Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick)

Link to event page

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Taking his point of departure in Foucault’s work from the mid to late 1970s, Professor de Beistegui will argue that the lecture courses and books from that period lay the ground for a genealogy of the western subject as a subject of desire. Beyond Foucault’s own genealogy, he’ll ask about the connections and tensions between the rationalities of the sexual instinct and economic interest , and suggest that they require a third rationality, and a third sense of desire, which involves the Law and the symbolic order, the significance of which Foucault recognizes, but doesn’t explore.

Gil Anidjar, professor in the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) and core ICLS faculty member, will be the respondent.

Miguel de Beistegui was educated in France (BA, MA in Philosophy at the Sorbonne), the US (Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago), and Germany (Postdoc, Hegel-Archiv, Bochum). He specializes in 20th century German and French philosophy, and has published books and articles in the following areas: ontology, metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics and politics. Initially specializing in the thought of Martin Heidegger, and in phenomenology in general, he has become convinced that philosophy needs to resist extreme specialization and develop the conceptual tools to engage with our time, not only bringing together the various branches of philosophy, but also establishing a dialogue between philosophy and the other disciplines, in the social as well as the natural sciences. His publications include Truth and Genesis: Philosophy as Differential Ontology (2004), The New Heidegger (2005), Immanence and Philosophy: Deleuze (2010), Proust as Philosopher: the Art of Metaphor (2012), and Aesthetics After Metaphysics: From Mimesis to Metaphor (2012). He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming The Care of Life: Transdisciplinary Perspectives in Bioethics and Biopolitics.

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From the conference Visibility is a Trap

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Séminaire « Avec Foucault 2015»
Responsable : Philippe Sabot

1ère séance de l’année 2015 : jeudi 29 janvier 2015, 16h30-18h30
Intervention de Philippe Sabot (STL / Lille 3) : « Archives »

Université Lille 3, Bât. B, salle de séminaire STL (B1. 663)

Seront proposés les premiers résultats d’un travail en cours sur les archives de Michel Foucault en dépôt à la BnF. Il sera question notamment du “Dossier préparatoire” aux Mots et les choses (le “fichier” de Foucault) mais aussi des méditations foucaldiennes sur le thème archéologique dans ce qu’il est convenu d’appeler son “Journal intellectuel”.

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Animé par Jean-François Braunstein

Samedi 24 janvier
Philippe Sabot (Université Lille III)
Relire Les Mots et les choses à la lumière des archives

Samedi 24 janvier 2015, 10 h 30 – 12 h 30

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
UFR de philosophie
17 rue de la Sorbonne, Escalier C, 1er étage droite, salle Lalande
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
EA3562 PhiCo – Centre de philosophie contemporaine de la Sorbonne – EXeCO

Animé par Jean-François Braunstein
Programme 2014-2015

Samedi 24 janvier
Philippe Sabot (Université Lille III)
Relire Les Mots et les choses à la lumière des archives

Samedi 21 février
Jose Luis Moreno Pestaña (Université de Cadix)
Relire Le Pouvoir psychiatrique pour faire de la sociologie de la maladie mentale

Samedi 21 mars
Bernard Harcourt (Columbia Law School)
Le contre-positivisme critique de Foucault

Samedi 18 avril
Judith Revel (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre)
Foucault avec Merleau-Ponty : une ontologie politique

Vendredi 22 mai – Samedi 23 mai
Journées d’études organisées par Ivan Moya Diez et Matteo Vagelli (Université Paris 1- Centre de philosophie contemporaine de la Sorbonne)
Epistémologie historique. Commencements et enjeux actuels

Les séances ont lieu de 10 h 30 à 12 h 30 à l’UFR de philosophie de la Sorbonne, escalier C, premier étage droite, salle Lalande.

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Antonio Negri, A Marxist experience of Foucault

Colloque Marx-Foucault, Nanterre, 18-19 December 2014
Translation by Arianna Bove

1. The question I will ask today is simple: how have I tried, how has it been possible, in my work, to read Marx with and after Foucault? I would like to present a brief analysis of this experience. To do it, I had to position and arrange axes of Marx’s reading around a dispositive of subjectivation retraced on Foucault, a dispositive from which I will try to demonstrate how it is possible to apply it to our present, how it imposes an adequate ontology. Inversely, if reading Marx means nourishing a radical will of transformation of historical being, Foucauldian subjectivation must be confronted with this determination.

a. Today it seems to me that on the basis of Foucault’s intuition and conclusions, the highly historicized tone and the style of Marx’s critique of political economy need to be neatly installed within a materialist approach. Thus, evidently, reading Marx’s historical writings together with all the others (especially those on the critique of political economy) is not enough; one needs to go deeper and develop, genealogically, his analysis of concepts by opening them up to the present. Foucault’s approach has allowed us not only to grasp, but also to insist on the fact that the subjectivation of class struggle is an agency in the historical process. The analysis of this subjectivation will always need to be renewed and confronted with the transformative determinations that affect concepts in the historical process. In the framework of Foucault’s stimulations and aside from any dialectics and teleology, historical subjectivation is assumed as a dispositive that is neither causal nor creative, and yet determining. Like Machiavelli: a historical materialism for us.

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With thanks to Dirk Felleman for this link

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Judith Butler. Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling. 2014

Published on 1 Jan 2015

http://www.egs.edu Judith Butler, philosopher and author, speaking about avowal and disavowal in conversation with Michel Foucault’s Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling in which Foucault attempts to establish a set of modifications which have taken place in the practice of avowal leading to an increasing connection with juridical and penal practices. Public Open Lecture at the European Graduate School in August 2014.

Exploring the performativity of the act of avowal and disavowal in relation to madness, criminality and sexuality, Butler shows how forms of subjectivity are created, submit to a regime of Truth and legitimize authority through these acts.

At the juncture of Power and Discourse, Butler finds that this use of language, in the service of power, brings into being what it says on condition of established conventions and constitutes by virtue of discursive conditions which ensure legibility of the subject by authority. The act of disavowal acts as the implicit counter action to the speech act of avowal and Butler asks whether avowal could possibly serve, not only as an act which identifies a subject but also as a refusal.

Judith Butler, Ph.D. http://www.egs.edu Hannah Arendt Chair at the European Graduate School EGS, attended Bennington College and then Yale University, where she received her B.A., and her Ph.D. in philosophy in 1984. Her first training in philosophy took place at the synagogue in her hometown of Cleveland. She taught at Wesleyan and Johns Hopkins universities before becoming Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Judith Butler is the author of Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death(Columbia University Press, 2000), Hegemony, Contingency, Universality, with Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Zizek, (Verso Press, 2000), Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France (Columbia University Press, 1987), Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (Routledge, 1993), The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection (Stanford University Press, 1997), Excitable Speech: Politics of the Performance (Routledge, 1997), as well as numerous articles and contributions on philosophy, feminism and queer theory. Her recent project is a critique of ethical violence and an effort to formulate a theory of responsibility for an opaque subject that works with Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault and Friedrich Nietzsche.

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