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Contrivers’ Review Call for Essays on Technology

Through 2015 and beyond, Contrivers’ Review will dedicate a series of articles and interviews examining technology and society from several complementary angles. Our goal is to bring together a broad range of topics and perspectives in order to build a common, interdisciplinary conversation. Broadly, we envision three themes: digital humanities, political and social theory, identity and recognition.

The issue on the social theory of technology will explore the ways in which technology exists on a continuum between an instrument or tool of subjects and societies and a seemingly autonomous historical force that shapes and determines subjects and societies.

The social theory of technology has gained momentum in recent years. Thinkers like Langdon Winner, Paul Virilio, Bruno Latour, and Bernard Stiegler—a non-exhaustive list—have contributed to our theoretical toolbox, generating new approaches out of the work of Weber, Marcuse, Foucault, and Heidegger. Nevertheless, there remains an urgent need to understand the changes driven by the pace of technological innovation. The social theory of technology seeks to place technics alongside economics, politics, and society as a major constitutive force in history.

There are many areas where a theoretical engagement of technology might be productive. Areas that we anticipate contributions include:

  • “Technology” as a theme in Marx, 18th century, etc. (biographical and historical studies)
  • “Technology” and Economics, Sociology, etc (intersectional studies or disciplinary overviews)
  • “Technology” and the Body, Gender, Morality, Autonomy, etc (conceptual studies)
  • “Technology” in Latour, Stiegler, etc (archaeological studies)
  • Post-Humanism, Social speed, Education, the Market, Media (topical studies)

Definitive answers to these questions are unlikely to be forthcoming. This issue of Contrivers’ Review is meant to spark a discussion.

Contributions on the topic of technology are not restricted to these questions. We invite and desire a wide range of perspectives. Essays should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Please send us a query letter at editors@contrivers.org. For more information, please refer to our masthead.

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Colin Gordon has recently set up a profile on Academia.edu and is gradually uploading his collected works to this site. There are currently 20 items on this site with more to come. Most of these works are on Foucault. Some of the uploaded items include material which was not included in the published versions. For example:

Introduction (uncut version) to Michel Foucault, The Essential Works 3: Power, ed. James D Faubion. New Press, 2000

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Philosophie N° 123 – Foucault : a priori, phénoménologie et histoire de la raison , Editions de minuit

Ce numéro consacré à Foucault s’ouvre par un texte de Wouter Goris, “L’a priori historique chez Husserl et Foucault”. Il analyse l’oxymore philosophique qu’est l’a priori historique, dont il retrace l’origine dans le célèbre texte “L’origine de la géométrie” où Husserl thématise l’a priori de l’historicité, c’est-à-dire les structures formelles de tout horizon historique qui précèdent et fondent toute rationalité historiographique.

Chez Foucault, il s’agit moins d’un a priori de l’histoire que d’un a priori dans l’histoire : formes a priori de la dicibilité et de la visibilité qui caractérisent une épistémè. Le numéro se poursuit avec “L’être de l’homme à travers limites et finitude : Foucault et la critique de l’ontologie heideggérienne”, où Claude Vishnu Spaak réfléchit à la notion d’ontologie chez Foucault, pour montrer en quoi la construction foucaldienne de l’ontologie historique se distingue de sa conception heideggérienne comme science transcendantale de l’être.

Il met en évidence le caractère central de la notion de finitude, ainsi que sa différence chez les deux auteurs : elle fonde chez Heidegger la possibilité de l’existence humaine, lui conférant son horizon de sens ; chez Foucault, la “pensée du dehors” à laquelle s’expose l’homme comme être fini conduit à une démarcation nette entre les registres de l’être et du sens. Dans “La phénoménologie manquée de Foucault : Husserl et le contre-modèle de l’anthropologisme kantien”, John Rogove compare les interprétations husserlienne et foucaldienne de l’anthropologisme kantien : Foucault, comme Husserl, attribue à Kant la responsabilité de l’anthropologisation de la pensée occidentale qui, ensuite, a bifurqué en une philosophie du sujet (qui se serait déployée avec Husserl) et en un positivisme anthropologiste qui en serait le complément et le fondement secrets.

Foucault semble par là méconnaître la critique radicale de la première par la phénoménologie, ainsi que la parenté qui relie la phénoménologie et son propre projet. Dans “L’histoire critique de la raison par Foucault comme remise en cause de la rationalité”, Fabrice de Salies dégage la préoccupation centrale de Foucault par-delà la pluralité de ses enquêtes historiques sur les savoirs empiriques et la matérialité des pratiques : mettre en évidence l’historicité de la rationalité, son caractère relatif, variable, limité et subordonné aux jeux conflictuels des relations de pouvoir – dont toute rationalité n’est qu’une expression intellectualisée.
Dessiner les motifs, modalités et visées de cette histoire critique de la rationalité doit permettre d’apprécier la nature du déplacement qu’il impose à la pensée : faire de la politique la philosophie première. Enfin, dans “Foucault et Lévi-Strauss en miroir”, Daniel Liotta oppose les modes d’intelligibilité propres aux deux penseurs : repérer la continuité d’une fonction à travers la variation de ses matériaux pour l’un – l’objet étant défini par ses possibilités de transformation symbolique -, et identifier la continuité d’une forme à travers la variation de ses finalités pour l’autre – les objets de discours étant définis par le devenir multiple de leur “forme”.

Confrontation qui conduit à concevoir en miroir, mais non en opposition, les principes de l’invention culturelle et les figures de notre liberté chez les deux penseurs. D. P.

Sommaire

Wouters Goris
L’a priori historique chez Husserl et Foucault
traduit par Julien Farges

Claude Vishnu Spaak
L’être de l’homme à travers limites et finitude :
Foucault et la critique de l’ontologie heideggérienne

John Rogove
La phénoménologie manquée de Foucault :
Husserl et le contre-modèle de l’anthropologisme kantien

Fabrice de Salies
L’histoire critique de la raison par Foucault comme remise en cause de la rationalité

Daniel Liotta
Foucault et Lévi-Strauss en miroir

Notes de lecture

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

Further info

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

Sommario

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

© La revisione del testo e le opinioni ivi espresse sono di esclusiva responsabilità degli Autori

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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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