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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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Call For Papers:

Conduct and Counter-Conduct:
Critical Concepts for Old and New Times?

A special issue of Foucault Studies,

edited Barbara Cruikshank (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
and Sam Binkley (Emerson College)

PDF of Call for papers

Recently, Arnold Davidson* distinguished Michel Foucault’s conceptions of conduct and counter-conduct as the most notable contribution of Foucault’s 1978 lectures. “It is astonishing,” he wrote, “and of profound significance, that the autonomous sphere of conduct has been more or less invisible in the history of modern (as opposed to ancient) moral and political philosophy.” Following Davidson’s lead, we invite contributions for a special issue of Foucault Studies on the theme of counter-conduct. We invite submissions, in particular, to take up the historical, conceptual, and political significance of conduct and counter-conduct either separately or in combination. These might include theoretical inquiries, empirical studies, comparative historical works, interpretive cultural studies or any other mode of intellectual engagement that addresses the theme of counter-conduct.

Questions and topics we aim to address in this volume include:

  • Given the immanent relation between conduct and counter-conduct, what is the critical difference between them? How can we distinguish between an instance of conduct and one of counter-conduct?
  • How should we understand the concepts of conduct and counter-conduct, articulated by Foucault in 1978, in relation to his previous and subsequent published works? Or, do these concepts stand apart in relation to a particular problematization?
  • Are these categories we can use across time, place, religions, institutions? If so, what forms do conduct and counter-conduct take today? If not, what demarcates their usage?
  • How can contemporary political movements, governmentalities, or moral and political philosophies be engaged through the concepts of conduct and counter-conduct?
  • Does counter-conduct help us understand new subjectivities and identities shaped by race, class, gender, sexuality, ability or other categories at the margins?
  • What value does the concept of counter-conduct hold for historical studies?
  • How is counter-conduct distinguishable from reform and reformation of the self, institutions, or of society? Foucault struggled in his lecture to distinguish counter-conduct as a category from resistance, revolt, and dissent, among other categories. Why does Foucault need to invent a new concept rather than use the vocabularies of pastoral struggles themselves?
  • What contribution can the concept of counter-conduct make to contemporary scholarship on governmentality?
  • What is the significance of counter-conduct in the context of contemporary neoliberalism or other formations of global capital, and to the many oppositional social movements that have emerged in their wake?
  • How can counter-conduct be understood alongside other theorizations of resistance, revolt, and transgression derived from Marxism, post-colonial theory, feminism, cultural studies or queer theory?
  • What is the relationship of counter-conduct to religion, spirituality and mysticism, either historically or in contemporary manifestations?
  • How does counter-conduct enable a bridge between the politics and ethics, either in Foucault’s researches or in other contexts?

This special issue of Foucault Studies will appear in Spring 2016. At this time the editors welcome abstracts for submission by October 1, 2014. Final essays will be due April 1, 2015. Please direct all questions and correspondence to both editors: Samuel_binkley@emerson.edu, and cruiksha@polsci.umass.edu.

Foucault Studies is an open-access, peer reviewed interdisciplinary online journal. Since 2004, Foucault Studies has covered the full influence of Foucauldian thought on such problematics and fields of study as power, politics, law, history, social and cultural theory, sexuality, race, religion, gender studies, psychoanalysis, philosophy, geography, architecture, education, health studies, management studies and media studies, as well as others. The Journal also publishes translations of shorter pieces from Foucault’s oeuvre, and carries book reviews, conference and seminar reports. Visit Foucault Studies at www.foucault-studies.com.


* Arnold I. Davidson, “In Praise of Counter-Conduct”, History of the Human Sciences October 2011 vol. 24 no. 4 25-41

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Foucault Studies is pleased to announce the publication of issue 17

A Special Issue on Foucault and Deleuze
guest edited by Nicolae Morar, Thomas Nail, Daniel W. Smith

Issue 17 also includes:

3 original articles on the topics of:
Foucault’s discursive practices
Orientalist discourses in Foucault’s work
Foucault’s late studies of and with classical Greek and Roman texts

9 book reviews

Foucault Studies is an electronic, open access, peer reviewed, international journal that provides a forum for scholarship engaging the intellectual legacy of Michel Foucault, interpreted in the broadest possible terms. We welcome submissions ranging from theoretical explications of Foucault’s work and texts to interdisciplinary engagements across various fields, to empirical studies of contemporary phenomena using Foucaultian.

All articles are freely available as open access on our website:



Number 17:

April 2014: Foucault and Deleuze

Table of Contents
Sverre Raffnsøe, Alain Beaulieu, Sam Binkley, Patricia Clough, Sven Opitz, Jyoti Puri, Jens Erik Kristensen, Alan Rosenberg, Marius Gudmand-Høyer, Johanna Oksala, Knut Ove Eliassen, Mathias Adam Munch

Special Issue on Foucault and Deleuze

Foucault and Deleuze – Guest Editors’ Introduction
       Nicolae Morar, Thomas Nail, Daniel W. Smith

Three Concepts for Crossing the Nature-Artifice Divide: Technology, Milieu, and Machine
       Marco Altamirano

Becoming-Other: Foucault, Deleuze, and the Political Nature of Thought
       Vernon W. Cisney

Freedom, Teleodynamism, Creativity
       William E. Connolly

Ethics and the ontology of freedom: problematization and responsiveness in Foucault and Deleuze
       Erinn Cunniff Gilson

Foucault and Deleuze: Making a Difference with Nietzsche
       Wendy Grace

Uncertain Ontologies
Dianna Taylor

Toward a Theory of Transversal Politics: Deleuze and Foucault’s Block of Becoming
Christopher Penfield


Reclaiming discursive practices as an analytic focus: Political implications
       Carol Bacchi, Jennifer Bonham

Orientalism as a form of Confession
       Andrea Teti

For The Love Of Boys
       John M. Carvalho



Johanna Oksala, Foucault, Politics, and Violence (Evanston, Il: Northwestern University Press, 2012)
       Christopher Mayes

Luca Paltrinieri, L’expérience du concept (Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 2012)
       Matteo Vagelli

Simon O’Sullivan, On the Production of Subjectivity: Five Diagrams of the Finite-Infinite Relation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
       Tara Marie Dankel

Rosi Braidotti, Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory (New York: Colombia University Press, 2011)
       Mujde Kliem

Daniel W. Smith and Henry Somers-Hall (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Deleuze (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
       Kenneth Noe

Paul Elliot, Guattari Reframed (London; New York: I.B. Tauris, 2012)
       Jonathan Fardy

Mark Bonta and John Protevi, Deleuze and Geophilosophy: A Guide and Glossary (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004)
       Cheryl Gilge, Keith Harris

Colin Koopman, Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013)
       George W. Shea, IV

Michel Foucault, Le beau danger: Entretien avec Claude Bonnefoy, édition établie et présentée par Philippe Artières (Paris: Editions EHESS, 2011)
Adina Arvatu

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New issue of materiali foucaultiani (II:4), consecrated mostly (but not exclusively) to “Butler/Foucault: Undoing Norms, Reworking Subjects”.


Table of contents

A che prezzo si diviene soggetti?  (pp. 3-7)

Laura Cremonesi, Orazio Irrera, Daniele Lorenzini, Martina Tazzioli


Butler/Foucault: Undoing Norms, Reworking Subjects

Introduzione  (pp. 9-16)

  Laura Cremonesi, Orazio Irrera, Daniele Lorenzini, Martina Tazzioli


Vulnerabilità e resistenza. Intervista a Judith Butler  (pp. 17-26)

di Federica Sossi e Martina Tazzioli


Vulnerability and Resistance. Interview with Judith Butler  (pp. 27-36)

by Federica Sossi and Martina Tazzioli


Barred Subjects. Framing the Criminal Body with Foucault and Butler  (pp. 37-68)

Sophie Fuggle


Gli atti insurrezionali discorsivi dei prigionieri di Guantánamo: la rivendicazione di una politica della vulnerabilità  (pp. 69-93)

Laura De Grazia


Alterità della vita e alterazione del mondo. Ritorno sulla figura del cinico in Foucault e la performance drag in Butler  (pp. 95-114)

Céline Van Caillie


Confessioni precarie. Veridizione di sé e vulnerabilità alle norme in Michel Foucault e Judith Butler  (pp. 115-140)

  Attilio Bragantini


Soggetto, potere, discorso. Da Foucault a Butler, passando da Bourdieu  (pp. 141-163)

  Philippe Sabot


Corpi Soggetti Norme  (pp. 165-189)

  Carlo Parisi


The Departure from Categories and the Temporality of Norms. Working through Political Epistemology with Foucault and Butler  (pp. 191-215)

  Martina Tazzioli



Michel Foucault: carne, concupiscenza e corpo casto  (pp. 217-235)

 Arianna Sforzini


L’archivio e gli archivi. Archeologia dei discorsi e governo dei viventi  (pp. 237-254)

Alain Brossat


Michel Foucault e la Rivoluzione francese  (pp. 255-282)

  Sophie Wahnich


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Gouvernementalité et biopolitique : les historiens et Michel Foucault
Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, 2013/4-5 (n° 60-4/4 bis). 208 pages.

Further info

Foucault historien ?

Michael C. Behrent
Penser le XXe siècle avec Michel Foucault

Paolo Napoli
Foucault et l’histoire des normativités

Luca Paltrinieri
Biopouvoir, les sources historiennes d’une fiction politique

Des outils pour l’histoire

Sezin Topçu
Technosciences, pouvoirs et résistances : une approche par la gouvernementalité

Luc Berlivet
Les ressorts de la « biopolitique » : « dispositifs de sécurité » et processus de « subjectivation » au prisme de l’histoire de la santé

Jean-Baptiste Fressoz
Biopouvoir et désinhibitions modernes : la fabrication du consentement technologique au tournant des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles

Parcours foucaldiens en histoire

Vincent Denis
L’histoire de la police après Foucault. Un parcours historien

Philippe Artières
Un historien foucaldien ?

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