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The Politics of Legality in a Neoliberal Age

1-2 August 2014

Staff Common Room, Level 2, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

Building F8. See map

Daniel McLoughlin and Ben Golder are organising a symposium in the Law School on 1-2 August 2014, under the umbrella of the ‘Public Law and Legal Theory Project’ at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. The event is supported both by the Centre and by the Faculty’s workshop support scheme.

The organisers would like to warmly invite all who are interested to attend the event. Registration is free but we do ask that people register their intention to attend by emailing an RSVP to gtcentre@unsw.edu.au with the subject line ‘Neoliberalism Symposium’. Please hurry as spaces are limited!

8.30-9.00:         Registration and Collection of Name Badges

9.00-9.30           Welcome and Introduction

Daniel McLoughlin (University of New South Wales)

9.30-10.45        Panel 1: The Political Economy of Neoliberalism

Damien Cahill, ‘Embedded Neoliberalism and its Durability’ (University of Sydney)

Rob Nicholls, ‘And so to Bed: Regulatory Regimes as a Mechanism to Embed Neoliberalism’ (University of New South Wales)

10.45-11.15:    Morning Tea

11.15-12.30:    Panel 2: Neoliberalism and State Authority

Anna Yeatman, ‘Neoliberalism and the Question of Authority’ (University of Western Sydney)

Chris Butler, ‘State Power under Authoritarian Neoliberalism’ (Griffith University)

12.30-13.30:    Lunch

13.30-15.15:    Panel 3: Law and Economy in Neoliberal Thought

Jessica Whyte, ‘Governing homo œconomicus: Michel Foucault, Adam Ferguson, and the Providential Logic of Civil Society’ (University of Western Sydney)

Miguel Vatter, ‘Legal Systems and Economic Equilibrium: Hayek vs Becker’ (University of New South Wales)

Paul Patton, ‘Rights, Interests and the Basis of Government’ (University of New South Wales)

15.15-15.45:    Afternoon Tea

15.45-17.00:    Panel 4: Neoliberal Uses of the Rule of Law

Martin Krygier, ‘Trajectories of the Rule of Law: Pre-liberal, Liberal, Neo-, and Non-’ (University of New South Wales)

Melinda Cooper, ‘Postcolonial Family Law – Economic Liberalization, Rule of Law and the Reinvention of Tradition’ (University of Sydney)


Saturday 2 August 2014

Staff Common Room, Level 2, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

10.00-11.45:    Panel 5: Law and Neoliberalism in the Global South

Fleur Johns, ‘Power Dispersal in the Work of Milton Friedman and in the Mekong River Basin: Nam Theun II and Xayaburi’ (University of New South Wales)

Javier Couso, ‘Constructing “Privatopia”: The Role of Constitutional Law and Courts in Chile’s Radical Neoliberal Experiment’ (Universidad Diego Portales)

Chepal Sherpa, ‘Theorizing Democratic Legality under Neoliberal Capitalism: India’s Neoliberal Project and the Maoist Alternative’ (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

11.45-12.15:    Morning Tea

12.15-14.00:    Panel 6: Neoliberal Legality Beyond the Nation State

Thomas Biebricher, ‘Understanding the Rise of Juridical Neoliberalism in Europe’ (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘Neo-liberalism as Legalism: The Rise of the Judiciary and International Trade Law’ (Durham University)

Jothie Rajah, ‘Neo-liberalism and the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index’ (American Bar Foundation)

14.00-15.00:    Lunch

15.00-16.45:    Panel 7: Strange Bedfellows? Human Rights and Neoliberalism

Samuel Moyn, ‘A Powerless Companion: Human Rights in the Age of Neoliberalism’ (Harvard)

Zeynep Kivilcim, ‘Articulating Human Rights Discourse in Local Struggles in a Neoliberal Age’ (Istanbul University)

Ben Golder, ‘The Neoliberal Question: Human Rights, Legal Form, and Political Strategy’ (University of New South Wales)

14.45:                 End

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Jeudi philosophie “Mal faire, dire vrai. Fonction de l’aveu en justice”, rencontre-conversation avec Fabienne Brion et Michel Senellart

Librairie Vrin: 6 place de la Sorbonne,
75005 Paris,
29 Novembre 2012
6:30 pm

Source m/f materiali foucaultiani

At last something I will actually be able to go to. How exciting :-)

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New Foucault: A Symposium
Friday, 9 November 2012

Building 2.G.04 and 3.G.55, Bankstown Campus of The University of Western Sydney, Australia
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The influence of Michel Foucault’s work through the Humanities and social sciences has been sustained across more than three decades, but earlier orthodox understandings and glosses, focused on major texts and central concepts have now given way to careful analysis of less obvious but important contemporary implications. The recent publication and translation of Foucault’s lecture series, and closer examination of various shorter texts has opened up new interpretive directions. This seminar brings together scholars working in three new directions drawing on Foucault’s texts: theorizing law and neo-liberalism, renovating bio-political perspectives, and mobilizing critical concepts of experience and self-transformation.

11.00 – 12.30 Session 1, B2.G.04: Three Ways of Thinking Biopolitics beyond the Human

Matthew Chrulew (Macquarie University) – “Animals as Biopolitical Subjects”
Dinesh Wadiwel (University of Sydney) – “Thrasymachus’ Objection: Examining Pastoral Power as a Mode of Sovereignty”
Paul Alberts (UWS) – “A Foucault for the Anthropocene”

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch: Light Lunch provided
1.30 – 3.00 Session 2, B3.G.55: Foucault and Neo-liberalism

Paul Patton (UNSW) “Foucault’s ‘critique’ of Neo-liberalism Revisited”
Miguel Vatter, (UNSW) – “Foucault and Hayek on the Nomos of Civil Society”?
Respondent: Charles Barbour (UWS)

3.00 – 3.30 Afternoon Tea
3.30 – 5.00 Session 3, B3.G.55: Foucault and Critical Thought of Experience

Timothy O’Leary, (Hong Kong) – “New Tools, New Foucault? The Critique of Ethical Experience”
Jana Sawicki, (Williams, Mass.) – “Foucault, Feminism, and Queering Critical Thought”
Respondent: Allison Weir (UWS)

All Welcome – RSVP to philosophy@uws.edu.au

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Call for Papers : Foucault and Mobilities Research

A Two-Day Symposium, 6th and 7th of January 2013, Lucerne, Switzerland

The publication in English and in German of Michel Foucault’s lectures at the Collège de France in the years 1970-1984 has been a key driver of the recent renaissance of research inspired by his work across the social sciences. As part of this, sociologists, geographers and others in the academic world have begun to draw on and work with a wider range of Foucauldian concepts than in earlier studies. Foucault’s thinking on power/knowledge, panopticism, discourse, the role of the sciences, and so on still resonates strongly across the social sciences but it is the topics that he lectured on at the Collège that arguably attract the bulk of attention: a surge of interest has occurred among social scientists in his writings on apparatuses/dispositifs, governmentality, self-government and ethics to name but a few concepts. The translation of the lectures into German and English has also brought to the fore a greater focus on the liveliness of the world, the non-discursive realm, materiality and resistance than Foucault is usually credited for. In fact, and as Philo (2012) has noted, the lectures show more than his published books that Foucault was closer to Deleuze than is often assumed.

Foucault’s work has been employed and embraced enthusiastically by ‘mobilities’ scholars (e.g. Adey, 2009; A. Jensen, 2011; Merriman, 2007; Paterson, 2008, Richardson and Jensen, 2008; Schwanen et al, 2011; Manderscheid, 2012). It can nonetheless be argued that mobilities researchers have not yet fully explored or exhausted the potential of Foucault’s philosophy for understanding mobilities. Against this background we seek to bring together scholars from across the social sciences with a shared interest in both mobilities and Foucauldian thinking. Mobilities are here understood broadly as the flows (or lack thereof) of people, artefacts, money, ideas, practices, and so on across a wide variety of spatial and temporal scales, both in contemporary societies or in the past. More specifically, we are soliciting conceptual and/or empirical papers that address one or several of the following topics or a related theme:

-          The governmentalities that shape mobilities

-          The government of im/mobile others and selves

-          Mobility dispositifs

-          Mobile subjectivities

-          Formation and contestation of material landscapes of mobilities

-          Ethics of mobility and mobile ethics

-          Discourses surrounding and underpinning mobilities

-          Mobilities as an object of knowledge

-          The ‘disciplining’ of mobilities

-          Techniques of im/mobility and im/mobile techniques

-          Conceptualisation of mobilities in regards to biopolitics and territory

The two-day symposium aims at connecting scholars from different disciplines with an interest in this range of topics. If you are interested in participating in this event with a paper, we ask that you prepare an abstract of no more than 250 abstract and send this to one of the organisers no later than 10th of June 2012.

Katharina Manderscheid, Lucerne University(katharina.manderscheid@unilu.ch)

Tim Schwanen, University of Oxford(tim.schwanen@ouce.ox.ac.uk)

David Tyfield, Lancaster University(d.tyfield@lancaster.ac.uk)

Source: Via Stuart Elden’s blog Progressive Geographies

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Governing Human Beings in the Age of the Brain: A Symposium with Nikolas Rose

Presented by the Centre for the History of European Discourses at
the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld, Australia

Wednesday, November 16
1.30pm to 5.30pm
Social Sciences and Humanities Library Conference Room,
Level 1 Duhig Building (Bldg 2), St Lucia Campus [See Map]

In his recent study, The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century (2006), Nikolas Rose examines the transformative effects of brain imaging technologies and recent developments in neuroscience on late twentieth and early twenty-first century concepts of the self. “Over the past half century,” he argues, “we human beings have become somatic individuals, people who increasingly come to understand ourselves, speak about ourselves, and act upon ourselves—and others—as beings shaped by our biology.” The papers in this symposium will examine the implications of this newly biologised understanding of subjectivity across the wide range of cultural, clinical and commercial contexts in which it can be found. The symposium will conclude with a public lecture by Nikolas Rose.

Programme
“The Biological Imaginary: Science and the Somaticised Self”
Elizabeth Stephens, ARC Research Fellow
Centre for the History of European Discourses
The University of Queensland

“Avoiding the Seductions of Neurohype in Ethical Analyses of Addiction Neuroscience”
Wayne Hall, NHMRC Australia Fellow
UQ Centre for Clinical Research
The University of Queensland

“Brain Whisperers: New Forms of Consumer Monitoring on the Frontiers of Neuroscience”
Mark Andrejevic, ARC QE II Fellow
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
The University of Queensland

“A Neurobiological Complex? Governing Human Beings in the Age of the Brain”
Nikolas Rose, Martin White Professor of Sociology
BIOS Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society
London School of Economics

This symposium is free, but registration is essential for seating and catering purposes. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Stephens: e.stephens@uq.edu.au

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Politics Beyond the Biopolitical Subject
A Symposium

Brisbane, Australia, December 8-9, 2011

Hosted by Griffith University
Funded by the Finnish Academy

The theory of biopolitics has, in the years since Michel Foucault first deployed the concept, taken a decidedly affirmative turn. No longer is biopolitics theorized simply to expose the violence done to human beings in order to develop and secure the welfare of the species. Numerous theorists of biopolitics now claim, in different ways, to have discovered in ‘life itself’ the basis on which to build a subject capable of resisting biopolitical regimes of violence and security. The biophilosophical traditions of thought which have developed in Foucault’s wake have sought to invest in the biological life of the subject as the very foundation on which to build a politics of resistance to biopolitical modes of power. An ‘affirmative biopolitics’ in popular parlance.

Can life itself function as an ontological foundation for a political subjectivity of resistance to biopolitical regimes? How can the biological life of the subject be a sufficient condition on which to base a politics of contestation to such regimes when it is the first presupposition of liberalism, the tradition of thought and governance to which these regimes owe their origin? Can life itself be conceived as the foundation for a post-liberal theory of subjectivity, given its fundamentality for liberal biopolitics and its biologized subject? What alternative ways of theorizing life are available to us? Is it possible to articulate a concept of the political that attunes us to our vital capacities rather than our finite vulnerabilities? Can we remake the world or must we only strive to survive in it?

Sharing in the assumption that the political is a fundamentally affirmative category, this symposium goes in search of the forms of becoming that the political subject is capable of when freed from stultifying accounts of its being which revolve around the fears of what can be done to its biological life. The reduction, in other words, of political subjectivity to biopolitical subjectivity. The future of the political subject will not depend on its life as such, but on the deeds and bonds of which it is capable, some of which will compromise its mere life, and the very livability of its subjectivity. Our gambit is that political subjects do not merely live in order to fit in with and adapt to their existing conditions, or desire the sustainability of the conditions for their living the lives they do. In contrast they resist those conditions, and where successful, overcome them, transforming them into that which they were not, in the process establishing new conditions by which to live differently. Thus our task is to affirm the other side to the subject which entails not its experience of openness to injury but the ways by which it decides what it wants, asserts what it possesses, and celebrates what it is able to do, in accordance with truths which transcend its existence as a merely living entity.

We invite papers that address this thematic from across the disciplines.

Send your abstracts (200-300 words) to Gideon Baker (g.baker@griffith.edu.au)
and Julian Reid (julian.reid@ulapland.fi) by May 31, 2011.

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