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tweetsDeleuze / Foucault: A Neoliberal Diagram, Mediatropes Vol 4, No 1 (2013)

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Table of Contents

Editorial Introduction: Neoliberal Diagrammatics and Digital Control
Matthew Tiessen, Greg Elmer

IPO 2.0: The Panopticon Goes Public
Greg Elmer

Resilience versus Resistance: Affectively Modulating Contemporary Diagrams of Social Resilience, Social Sustainability, and Social Innovation
Petra Hroch

Monetary Mediations and the Overcoding of Potential: Nietzsche, Deleuze & Guattari and How the Affective Diagrammatics of Debt Have Gone Global
Matthew Tiessen

Info Nymphos
Erika Biddle

A New Individuation: Deleuze’s Simondon Connection
Andrew Iliadis

Special Semiotic Characters: What is an Obstacle-Sign?
Gary Genosko

Tweets Speak: Indefinite Discipline in the Age of Twitter
Steven James May

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LEPH_133_L148 Foucault et la phénoménologie, Les Études philosophiques, n° 106, 2013/3, 152 pages. Special Issue

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Page 311 à 315
Jean-Claude Monod Présentation

Page 317 à 332
Philippe Sabot Foucault et Merleau-Ponty : un dialogue impossible ?

Page 333 à 344
Natalie Depraz De Husserl à Foucault : la restitution pratique de la phénoménologie

Page 345 à 358
Jean-Claude Monod La méditation cartésienne de Foucault

Page 359 à 368
Felix Heidenreich Une archéologie de l’« archéologie ». Sur une parenté rhétorique entre Husserl et Foucault

Page 369 à 371
Edmund Husserl Archéologie phénoménologique (1932)

Page 373 à 381
Guillaume Le Blanc Se moquer de la phénoménologie, est-ce encore faire de la phénoménologie ?

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Critique de la participation et gouvernementalité, Participations N° 6, 2013/2, 228 pages
Special Issue

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Dossier : Critique de la participation et gouvernementalité
Page 5 à 33
Guillaume Gourgues et al. Gouvernementalité et participation Lectures critiques

Page 35 à 63
Pierre Sauvêtre La problématisation de la participation à travers l’histoire de la gouvernementalité

Page 65 à 86
Sandrine Rui « Où donc est le danger ? » Participation et usages de Foucault

Page 87 à 118
Luigi Pellizzoni Une idée sur le déclin ? Évaluer la nouvelle critique de la délibération publique

Page 119 à 139
Doris Buu-Sao « Perúpetro est ton ami » : un gouvernement des contestataires en Amazonie péruvienne

Page 141 à 165
Alicia Márquez Murrieta Quand participation rime avec institutionnalisation Société civile, santé reproductive et critiques féministes au Mexique

Page 167 à 189
John Clarke L’enrôlement des gens ordinaires L’évitement du politique au cœur des nouvelles stratégies gouvernementales ?

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Les néolibéralismes de Michel Foucault, Raisons politiques, N° 52, 2013/4, 172 pages. Special Issue

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Frédéric Gros et al., Introduction

Pierre Dardot, Le capitalisme à la lumière du néolibéralisme

Stéphane Haber, Le néolibéralisme est-il une phase du capitalisme ?

Antoine Garapon, Michel Foucault, visionnaire du droit contemporain

Maurizio Lazzarato, Naissance de la biopolitique, à la lumière de la crise

Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, Néolibéralisme, théorie politique et pensée critique

Ferhat Taylan, L’interventionnisme environnemental,une stratégie néolibérale

Luca Paltrinieri, Quantifier la qualité Le « capital humain » entre économie, démographie et éducation

Pierre-Olivier Monteil, L’« englobant/englobé » selon Ricoeur :une critique implicite de la raison néolibérale

Denis Ramond, L’ironie de la liberté d’expression

Guillaume Sauvé, Le mort saisit le vif Penser la démocratisation comme processus autoritaire en Russie

Marianne Fougère, Lecture critique

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CFP, Itineration, Special Edition

Call for Projects: Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture Special Edition: Privacy and Dataveillance Due February 1, 2014

You may view the video and full version of the text-based CFP at this link: http://itineration.org/node/45

The special edition, Privacy and Dataveillance

Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture invites projects that engage questions of data collection and dataveillance. Some possible areas of inquiry may include, but are not limited to:

* Foucault’s metaphor of the panopticon and its relationship to questions concerning dataveillance
* The rhetorical means companies use to promote dataveillance tracking
* The concept of anonymity within social networks, social applications, or other data gathering endeavours (such as medical and financial fields)
* Means, implications, and consequences of subverting and resisting data-mining online
* Emergent needs of identity protection online from tracking technologies
* Public rhetorics concerning security and privacy
* The political and social implications of increased observational structures (online or not) and the resulting decrease in privacy
* Issues of legal and educational advocacy for greater privacy protection
* Technical communication regarding how terms of service and end user agreements discuss tracking technologies along with privacy and anonymity
* How data mining and advertising customization leads to assumptions about the attitudes and beliefs in geographical areas
* The roles of embodiment and disembodiment connected with gender and identity/privacy and anonymity
* The relationship between decreased privacy and anonymity online and boutique and big data practices.

Interested parties are invited to submit multimedia projects of varying style, form, and content. We are especially interested in projects that push the boundaries in their composition and presentation. In short, please experiment. Play. Learn a new trick. To that end, please note that Itineration no longer publishes text-based articles (“traditional” essay format). Please send any questions concerning project design, format, technical specifications, etc. to Senior Editor and Technical Specialist, Gerald Jackson, at geraldsjackson@gmail.com

Submissions should be emailed directly to Special Edition editor, Estee Beck, at esteenbeck@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2014. Submission accepted for publication will be published on a rolling basis upon completing the editorial process.

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CFP: Theoria: The Police and the Theory of the State

Submission deadline: Friday, February 28 2014

The editors of Theoria: A journal of Social and Political Theory invite contributors to interrogate contemporary political and social theory through the lens of policing, with the view of connecting politics and policing. Well documented reflections based on a variety of case studies would be welcomed, with a non exclusive privilege given to the ‘Global South’.

No government can maintain the rights of the citizens without a rigorous police force; but the difference between a free regime and a tyrannical one is that, in the former, the police is being employed against the minority, opposed to the general good, as well as against the abuses and negligences of the authority; while in the latter, the State’s police is being used against the poor offered to the injustice and the impunity of power.”

This claim was made in April 1794 by the french revolutionary Saint-Just. Redeployed and redefined in the burning context of the Terror and necessity to terminate it, some of the most classical concepts of the history of political thought (Freedom vs tyranny, General good vs particular interest, elite accountability vs impunity of power) provided the ideological principles framing the organization of a new police force. By doing so, Saint-Just’s claim might well represent the introduction of the question of policing, in the current signification of the term, into the realm of modern political thought and the theory of the State.

However, if the police, an institution by nature ambiguous (P. Napoli, Naissance de la police moderne, 1997), is at the core of contemporary politics, and a central object of literature and cinema, contemporary political theory has generally disregarded the question of policing. The main reason might be that it requires us to think about politics and general principles through history, practices, techniques, means of action, and ‘tainted occupations’. A recent phenomenon in the social sciences, the theory of policing formed its first paradigm precisely by rejecting any formulation aiming at linking policing and politics. It had defined the role of the police through its allegedly more specific element: its capacity and license to use force (E. Bittner, The Functions of the Police in Modern Society, 1970). This paradigm has oriented most sociological research on police: either they focused on the professionalization of the agents, describing it as a central element of the civilizing process, or they focused on the brutality and abuses of the same agents, showing the civilizing process as reversible.

This paradigm was recently scrutinized with the aim of providing a more complete, comprehensive and systematic theory of policing (J.-P. Brodeur, The Policing Web, 2010, chap. 4).

– A major dimension of policing now reintegrated into the framework of analysis is ‘high political policing’, such as intelligence work (Brodeur 2010, chap. 7), already conceived by Saint-Just as a political activity at the core of a modern democratic police. This points to another set of questions concerning the lack of interest in policing in contemporary political theory: considering the nature and function of policing leads to the interrogation of the practical as well as doctrinal place of Reason of state and secrecy in liberal democracy, and in the theory of liberal democracy.

– A second important dimension reintegrated into the theory of policing is ‘military policing’, in particular in the sense of militarized forces in charge of maintaining order and riot control (Brodeur 2010, chap. 9). Amongst other worldwide events inviting to reconceptualize the distinction between protest and sedition, the recent events of Marikana, when a special unit of the South African Police service opened fire against striking mineworkers, illustrated in the most spectacular way what it is when ‘the State’s police is being used against the poor’. It raised many questions about the situation of the right to life, the right to protest, and the maintenance of order in the post apartheid era. It points out also the necessity to develop the reflection on the doctrines, norms, practices and techniques of policing protest.

These two dimensions (‘high political policing’ and ‘military policing’) taken together generate the following question: what does the ongoing process of normalizing the state of exception and emergency measures – ranging from the demand for general control of common citizens to the use of massacre against protestors – say about the state of the society, and the theory of the state and of democracy?

Case-studies could include:

–  recent action movies (e.g. Padilha’s Tropa de Elite on the brazilian BOPE) as well as classical thriller (e.g. Rosi’s Illustrious Corpses on mafia, terrorism and the state). Is there a theory of the State and of the State’s action emerging of the genre?

– recent experiences in setting up new police forces in order to fight against police and elite corruption (e.g. Chàvez’s Policia Nacional Bolivariana)

– historical experiences in setting up dedicated units in charge of policing protest, tending to exclude massacre from the repertory of actions (e.g. the French CRS), and more recent developments.

– recent trends in policing studies in the Social sciences as well as in History (e.g. critical accounts on the impact of postcolonial studies in evaluating the current practices of maintaining order in the ‘Global North’)

– evaluations of Brodeur’s framework of analysis in the context of the policing web in South africa and the ‘Global South'; its implications for a general theory of the state.

– the place of Reason of state, secrecy and exception, from the point of view of policing, in contemporary theories of the state and of the liberal democracy (e.g. how to situate the heritage of Carl Schmitt or of Michel Foucault – the former showing a nostalgia for the  medieval conception of the mystery of the State, the second discovering the doctrine of Raison d’Etat after he published Discipline and Punish – in that undertaking?).

Contact: Christopher Allsobrook (THEORIASA@GMAIL.COM)

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Walzer, A.E.
Parrēsia, Foucault, and the Classical Rhetorical Tradition
(2013) Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 43 (1), pp. 1-21.

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In his last seminars, Michel Foucault analyzed parrēsia (frank speech) in classical Greece and Rome, a subject also addressed by classical rhetoricians. Foucault regards parrēsia as an idealized modality of truth telling-unartful, sincere, courageous speech that tells an unwelcome truth to power. Aligning rhetoric with flattery, Foucault excludes rhetorical parrēsia from his history of thought. This essay offers an alternative analysis of parrēsia from the perspective of classical rhetoric. Drawing especially on the comprehensive description in the Rhetorica Ad Herennium, this essay identifies within the classical tradition a feigned parrēsia as well as a sincere one and a rhetorically artful parrēsia as well as the unartful, bold one that Foucault favors. Furthermore, the essay traces a genealogy that highlights changes in the practice of parrēsia as the term is conceptualized in the context of friendship, at which point parrēsia takes on an unmistakably rhetorical character.

DOI: 10.1080/02773945.2012.740130

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