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Mobilities and Foucault. Special Issue, Mobilities Volume 9, Issue 4, 2014

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Introduction to Special Issue on ‘Mobilities and Foucault’
Katharina Manderscheid, Tim Schwanen & David Tyfield

‘One Must Eliminate the Effects of … Diffuse Circulation [and] their Unstable and Dangerous Coagulation’: Foucault and Beyond the Stopping of Mobilities
Chris Philo

Securing Circulation Through Mobility: Milieu and Emergency Response in the British Fire and Rescue Service
Nathaniel O’Grady

Prison and (Im)mobility. What about Foucault?
Christophe Mincke & Anne Lemonne

Veins of Concrete, Cities of Flow: Reasserting the Centrality of Circulation in Foucault’s Analytics of Government
Mark Usher

Governing Mobilities, Mobilising Carbon
Matthew Paterson

Putting the Power in ‘Socio-Technical Regimes’ – E-Mobility Transition in China as Political Process
David Tyfield

The Movement Problem, the Car and Future Mobility Regimes: Automobility as Dispositif and Mode of Regulation
Katharina Manderscheid

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Call for Papers: Soft Power Third Issue: June 30, 2015

Soft Power: Euro-American Journal of Historical and Theoretical Studies of Politics

Soft Power is an inter-disciplinary academic journal published in 2014 by the Grupo Planeta, one of the leading publishers in the Spanish-speaking world. It is supported by the University of Salerno and the Universidad Católica de Colombia.

The aim of the journal is to be a forum of discussion for researches and scholars interested in the changes of contemporary political and legal
 orders. Through an approach that integrates philosophy, legal and political theory and history, it tries to investigate the diffused and fragmentary power dispositifs emerging forms social practices that bring to light new aspects of political and legal rationality. In particular, research interests focus on transformations of law and politics in contemporary neoliberalism.

The main topics of third issue is: Governmentality and Soft Power. Its editor is Salvo Vaccaro (University of Palermo)

On one side, the concept of governmentality in Foucault introduces the notion of “conduire les conduits”, that’s to say a practice of power which is not hierarchical, vertical, repressive; on the other side, this same concept is useful in order to investigate the new forms of post-democratic regimes which are typical in the era of neoliberalism.

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,500 to 7,500 words, including footnotes, on any aspect related to notions and practice of Governmentality and Soft Power.

Proposals with Name, tentative Title, little Abstract (max 20 lines) and Keywords should be submitted by December 20, 2014. Acceptance of the proposals shall be communicated by January 10, 2015, but this does not commit any real publication. Articles for issue number 3 should be submitted by April 10, 2015.

Philosophical, theoretical, historical and interdisciplinary articles are welcome. All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

For more information, for the author’s style guide, and for submission of 
articles, please write to: softpower.journal@gmail.com

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Detti, Scritti & Corsi : la Filosofia di Michel Foucault (1984-2014)
[Org: Rossano Pecoraro], Quadranti, Volume II, nº 1, 2014


p. 3 / Nota del Direttore
p. 4 / Diogo Sardinha – Balibar e Foucault: introdução a um prefácio
p. 11 / Étienne Balibar – Como se uma filosofia houvesse nascido
p. 23 / Daniele Lorenzini – La tentazione ontologica di Michel Foucault
p. 39 / Manuel Mauer – L’archéologie foucaldienne de la vie
p. 62 / Laura Bazzicalupo – Foucault e la naturalizzazione dell’umano
p. 80 / Miguel de Beistegui – The Subject of Truth: On Foucault’s Lectures on the “Will to Know”
p. 100 / Luca Paltrinieri – Archeologia della volontà. Una preistoria delle “Lezioni sulla volontà di sapere”
p. 136 / Mario Autieri – Democrazia e “liberalismo” in M. Foucault
p. 152 / Óscar Martiarena – Observaciones sobre la noción de gobierno en los últimos cursos de Michel Foucault en el “Collège de France”
p. 183 / Carlos A. Manrique – – La dramatización de la verdad, y la discursividad de los cuerpos (líneas de resonancia entre los estudios de Foucault sobre la gubernamentalidad neoliberal y la parrhesía cínica)
p. 206 / Luiz Celso Pinho – O imperativo do discurso corajoso: a “parresia” no último curso de Foucault
p. 216 / Rodrigo Castro Orellana – Foucault y el debate postcolonial. Historia de una recepción problemática
p. 250 / Vera Malaguti Batista – Foucault na periferia da barbárie
p. 264 / Mariana Canavese – Señas particulares: la fortuna argentina y latinoamericana de Foucault
p. 283 / María Emilia Tijoux & Gonzalo Díaz Letelier – Inmigrantes, los “nuevos bárbaros” en la gramática biopolítica de los estados contemporáneos
p. 310 / Angela Donini – Biopolítica e tecnossexualidade
p. 321 / Juan Pablo Arancibia Carrizo – Lenguaje, Tragedia y Melancolía en la Filosofía Política de Foucault
p. 360 / Stefano Righetti – Foucault, l’invisibile e la fotografia

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Originally posted on requiem for certainty:

Out in the latest issue of Foucault Studies (in the review essay section)–a symposium on my ‘Genealogy as Critique.’  Honored am I that Amy Allen, Eduardo Mendieta, & Kevin Olson have taken the time to develop responses both careful and critical in orientation.  A hope is that this exchange will help further ongoing conversations about the role and status of critical theory vis-a-vis the contemporary (in Rabinow’s sense of that term).  Some of the topics covered in the symposium (which consists of responses by Allen, Mendieta, and Olson plus my reply): normativity (+ cryptonormativity + normativeness), the status of universality and contingency, the place (or not) of the transcendental in genealogy, the relation between methodology and deployment in philosophy, and how to thinking about the challenge of choosing a problem (object, space, field) for inquiry.

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The cover image was produced by Astra Howard, an Action Researcher/Performer currently living in Sydney Australia. Spanning more than a decade, her work has sought to elicit and document marginalised, or overlooked, experiences and discourses of the city. The specific image I have chosen is part of a series entitled ‘Kings Cross the Whisper.’ This series displays selections from a poem about the Kings Cross area that was written by a local socially marginalised man. The images alludes to forgotten histories and marginalization in an increasingly homogenised and gentrified part of Sydney.

Foucault Studies
Number 18: October 2014
Special Issue on Ethnographies of Neoliberal Governmentalities

Table of Contents

Editorial PDF
Sverre Raffnsøe, Alain Beaulieu, Sam Binkley, Barbara Cruikshank, Knut Ove Eliassen, Marius Gudmand-Høyer, Johanna Oksala, Sven Opitz, Jyoti Puri, Jens Erik Kristensen, Alan Rosenberg, Mathias Adam Munch 1-4

Special Issue on Ethnographies of Neoliberal Governmentalities

Introduction PDF
Michelle Brady 5-10
Ethnographies of Neoliberal Governmentalities: from the neoliberal apparatus to neoliberalism and governmental assemblages PDF
Michelle Brady 11-33
Fixing Non-market Subjects: Governing Land and Population in the Global South PDF
Tania Murray Li 34-48
Neo‐Liberalism, Police, and the Governance of Little Urban Things PDF
Randy K. Lippert 49-65
The Grassroots and the Gift: Moral Authority, American Philanthropy, and Activism in Education PDF
Katharyne Mitchell, Chris Lizotte 66-89
Resisting the lure of the paycheck: Freedom and dependence in financial self-help PDF
Daniel Fridman 90-112


The politics of health in the eighteenth century PDF
Michel Foucault 113-127
Bio‐history and bio‐politics PDF
Michel Foucault 128-130


Disciplining the Ethical Couponer: A Foucauldian Analysis of Online Interactions PDF
Stephanie Gonzalez Guittar, Shannon K. Carter 131-153
Michel Foucault and Michael Oakeshott: The Virtuosity of Individuality PDF
Jacob Segal 154-172
Law, Objectives of Government, and Regimes of Truth PDF
Leila Brännström 173-194

Section in collaboration with Foucault Circle

Introduction to section from the 12th Annual Foucault Circle Conference PDF
Devonya N. Havis, Richard A. Lynch 195-196
Spotting the Primacy of Resistance in the Virtual Encounter of Foucault and Deleuze PDF
Marco Checchi 197-212
Platonism, Christianity, Stoicism: The Subject, The Truth, And The Political Import Of Their Relationship In Three Traditions PDF
Robin Weiss 213-237

Review Essay section

The Normative and the Transcendental: Comments on Colin Koopman’s Genealogy as Critique PDF
Amy Allen 238-244
On Left Kantianism: From Transcendental Critique to the Critical Ontology of the Present PDF
Eduardo Mendieta 245-252
Genealogy, Cryptonormativity, Interpretation PDF
Kevin Olson 253-260
Genealogy, Methodology, & Normativity beyond Transcendentality: Replies to Amy Allen, Eduardo Mendieta, & Kevin Olson PDF
Colin Koopman 261-273

Review Essay

Outside In, Inside Out, Again and Yet Again: Foucault’s Game in Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling PDF
Daniel T. O’Hara 274-278


Double review: Artières & Bert, Un succès philosophique: L’Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique de Michel Foucault ; Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique de Michel Foucault. Regards critiques 1961-2011, Textes choisis et présentés par Artières et al. PDF
Elisabetta Basso 279-286
Tom Roach, Friendship as a Way of Life: Foucault, AIDS, and the Politics of Shared Estrangement (New York: SUNY Press, 2012) PDF
Matthew Halse 287-290
David Galston, Archives and the Event of God: The Impact of Michel Foucault on Philo-sophical Theology (Montreal McGill-Queens’ University Press, 2011) PDF
Ebru Thwaites 291-292
Lauri Siisiainen, Foucault and the Politics of Hearing (New York: Routledge, 2012) PDF
Perry Zurn 293-296
Lee Braver, Groundless Grounds: A Study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012) PDF
Apple Zefelius Igrek 297-300
Thomas Nail, Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) PDF
Nathan Widder 301-304
Double review: Maudemarie Clark and David Dudrick, The Soul of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil ; Christa Davis Acampora and Keith Ansell Pearson, Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil: A Reader’s Guide PDF
Robert Guay


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Assuming Gender would like to invite submissions to our forthcoming special issue: ‘Neoliberal Gender, Neoliberal Sex’.

Neoliberalism has recently come to define a particular object of critical enquiry, especially after the financial crisis of 2008. Considered by some to have superseded terms such as postmodernism and globalisation, neoliberalism is no longer taken as merely an economic ideology adhered to by a rich elite but as a global norm that touches the lives of billions. In this special issue we aim to explore how neoliberalism, as a form of governmental rationality, goes beyond the realm of fiscal conduct and has affected, influenced or moulded the construction of gendered subjectivities, especially in the realm of cultural production. While much has been written about the deployment of neoliberal strategies and techniques as a mode of governance, especially through the lens of Michel Foucault’s concept of ‘governmentality’, less has dealt with its consequences on how these transformations have affected representations of gender and sexuality in popular culture. This special issue aims to add to this growing field of critical enquiry.

In respect to the title, ‘Neoliberal Gender, Neoliberal Sex’, we particularly welcome submissions that address the relationship between practices of cultural production and models of neoliberal rationality/governmentality.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the relationship between gender, sexuality and neoliberalism in:-

  • The aesthetics of austerity
  • Post-feminism
  • Television/Reality TV
  • Radio
  • Cinema
  • Literature
  • Contemporary pop music/video
  • Computer games
  • News media
  • Social media and the internet
  • Artistic practice
  • Sport and fitness
  • Pornography
  • Self-help, Self-motivation
  • Food Culture
  • Charity/Fundraising
  • Comic Books/Graphic Novels

Articles are welcome from academics and graduate students from any academic discipline. We also welcome inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches.

Submissions should follow the Assuming Gender submission guidelines. Deadline for the completed article: Friday, 7th November 2014.

Submissions and enquiries should be sent to the issue editor, Tom Harman, at gender@cardiff.ac.uk. If you would like to discuss a proposal please contact Tom as soon as possible.

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Call for Papers: DISCOURSES OF MADNESS/ DISCOURS DE LA FOLIE (Special volume of Neohelicon [43, 2016]. Guest-Editor: R.-L. Etienne Barnett)


Contributions on any aspect of madness in (of, and) textuality are welcome for consideration. Possible areas of focus, among a plethora of other options: literary representations of the alienated mind; mad protagonists or mad writers; madness as a vehicle of exile, as a form of marginalization, of dissipation, of disintegration, of revelation or self-revelation; interpretations of madness as a manifestation of structure, style, rhetoric, narrative; madness as a reflection of cultural assumptions, values, prohibitions; madness, as prophetic or dionysiac, poetic, or other; the esthetics of madness; philosophical, ethical, ontological, epistemological, hermeneutic and esthetic implications of the discourse/narrative of madness..

From an alternative vantage point, one might question: how does the deviant mind-set of authorial figures and/or fictional characters determine the organization of time, space and plot in the narrative? How does the representation of delusional worlds differ from the representation of other “non-mad” mental acts (dreams, fantasies, aspirations) and from other fictional worlds (magic, imaginings, phantoms) — if it does? Contributors are welcome to address these and other questions in a specific work, in a group of works, or in a more general/theoretical reflection, in and across any national tradition(s), literary movement(s) or œuvre(s).


  • Do not mistake for wisdom these fantasies /Of your sick mind. (W. Soyinka)
  • I could spend my whole life prying loose the secrets of the insane. (A. Breton)
  • When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. (M. Twain)
  • If we lose our sanity/We can but howl the lugubrious howl of idiots/The howl of the utterly lost/Howling their nowhere-ness. (D. H. Lawrence)
  • When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? (Cervantes)
  • There is always some reason in madness. (Nietzsche)
  • No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness. (Aristotle)
  • Behind their dark glass, the mad own nothing. (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  • The madman will no longer be the exiled one, the one relegated to the margins of our cities, but rather he who becomes a stranger to the self, impugned for being who he is. (M. Foucault)
  • So long as man is protected by madness, he functions and flourishes. (E. Cioran)
  • Culture is perishing, as are we … in an avalanche of words, in sheer madness. (M. Kundera)
  • The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes. (A. Gide)
  • Books have led some to learning and others to madness. (Petrarch)
  • What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is yet minimal; for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams. (Calderón de la Barca)
  • Where am I, I don’t know, I’ll never know, in the silence you don’t know, you’ll never know, you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on. (S. Beckett)
  • Demoniac frenzy, moping melancholy, and moon-struck madness. (J. Milton)



Theoretical or applied contributions focused upon “discourses of madness” in the literary “arena” are invited and will be accorded full and serious consideration.

Manuscripts in English, French German or Italian — not to exceed twenty (25) double-spaced pages, including notes, bibliography and appendices, where applicable — are welcome. Contributions written in any but one’s first (or native) language must be scrupulously reviewed, edited and proofed by a “native” specialist prior to submission.

Format and submission requirements: Papers must prepared in strict accordance with APA (not MLA) guidelines and are to be accompanied by an abstract and 6-8 key words or expressions in English. (A second abstract and set of key words in the language of the article, if not in English, is strongly recommended.)

Submit via email in the form of a WORD document (attachment) to: R.-L. Etienne Barnett (Guest-Editor) at: RL_Barnett@msn.com (primary submission address) with a second copy to RLEBarnett@editionsdegresecond.be (secondary submission address).

OCTOBER 1, 2015

Prof. R.-L. Etienne Barnett
RL_Barnett@msn.com (Primary Email)
RLEBarnett@editionsdegresecond.be (Secondary Email)
Email: rl_barnett@msn.com (primary email)
Visit the website at http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/linguistics/journal/11059

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