Editor: I am pleased to announce a new book which I translated which will be out in July.

Foucault at the Movies
Michel Foucault, Patrice Maniglier, Dork Zabunyan. Translated and Edited by Clare O’Farrell
Columbia University Press, forthcoming July 2018

Michel Foucault’s work on film, although not extensive, compellingly illustrates the power of bringing his unique vision to bear on the subject and offers valuable insights into other aspects of his thought. Foucault at the Movies brings together all of Foucault’s commentary on film, some of it available for the first time in English, along with important contemporary analysis and further extensions of this work.

Patrice Maniglier and Dork Zabunyan situate Foucault’s writings on film in the context of the rest of his work as well as within a broad historical and philosophical framework. They detail how Foucault’s work directly or indirectly inspired both film critics and directors in surprising ways and discuss his ideas in relation to significant movements within film theory and practice. The book includes film reviews and discussions by Foucault as well as his interviews with the prestigious film magazine Cahiers du cinéma and other journals. Also included are his dialogues with the noted French feminist writer Hélène Cixous and film directors Werner Schroeter and René Féret. Throughout, Foucault and those he is in conversation with reflect on the relationship of film to history, the body, power and politics, knowledge, sexuality, aesthetics, and institutions of internment. Foucault at the Movies makes all of Foucault’s writings on film available to an English-speaking audience in one volume and offers detailed, up-to-date commentary, inviting us to go to the movies with Foucault.

Patrice Maniglier is a senior lecturer in the department of philosophy at the University of Paris–Nanterre.

Dork Zabunyan is professor of film studies at the University of Paris–8.

Clare O’Farrell is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the Queensland University of Technology. Her books include Foucault: Historian or Philosopher? (1989) and Michel Foucault (2005).


Réal Fillion, Freedom, Responsibility, and the ‘American Foucault’, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Volume: 30 issue: 1, page(s): 115-126
January 1, 2004


Foucault’s work is rich enough to sustain multiple readings. I argue in this paper for the continued construction and maintenance of what I have called the ‘American Foucault’, whose principal preoccupation is with the question of how to be free within our contemporary political constraints and possibilities. (Such a Foucault can be found in the works of American writers such as W. E. Connolly, Todd May, and Thomas Dumm.) Appreciation of Foucault’s contribution to an understanding of freedom is too often hampered, however, by the insistence on the part of many of the most influential of Foucault’s critics (and some of his defenders) that his particular mode of thinking is ultimately too irresponsible. It is thought that Foucault’s refusal to account for the grounds of his work vitiates his overall project. I argue that, if we distinguish between the ‘account-ability’ demanded by his critics and the ‘response-ability’ that his work permits, we will be in a better position to appreciate the timeliness of his conception of freedom.

Keywords accountability, critique, Foucault, freedom, genealogy, responsibility, theory

The End of a Line: Care of the Self in Modern Political Thought
Alexandre Lefebvre, Genealogy 2017, 1(1), 2;


Open access

This article examines the reasons why Foucault thought that morality based on the care of the self died out in the modern age. I pay special attention to his contention that modern political thought was a key player in bringing about this demise. The essay consists of two parts. In Part One, I overview Foucault’s conception of the care of the self and situate it within his later work on ancient philosophy and culture. In Part Two, I turn to his remarks on the incompatibility between the ancient tradition of the care of the self and an ascendant modern political philosophy based on the notions of rights and the juridical subject. To conclude, I suggest that while Foucault may have overstated this compatibility he opened the door to consider how the care of the self could be taken up in the context of modern and contemporary political theory.

Keywords: Foucault; care of the self; political theory; rights; human rights

Paul Patton, Foucault on Power and Government
Full text available on academia.edu

Foucault’s lectures in 1976 open with the statement of an intellectual crisis. They proceed to a series of questions about the nature of power and the ways that he has conceived of it up to this point: what is power? How is it exercised? Is it ultimately a relation of force? Only some of these questions are answered in the course of these lectures. His answer to the conceptual questions about the nature of power and the appropriate means to analyze it is not forthcoming until after the discovery of ‘governmentality’ in 1978 and his lectures on liberal and neoliberal governmentality in 1979. This talk aims to retrace his answers to these questions in the light of the published lectures and to examine the consequences of these answers for his overall approach to the analysis power, and for his analysis of liberal and neoliberal governmental power.

Issue: 3-4
Page Numbers: 57-76.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication Name: Sociological Problems (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Special Issue edited by Antoinette Koleva, Kolyo Koev, Michel Foucault: New Problematizations

This paper will appear, translated into Bulgarian and in a paper-printed version, in a special issue of the journal Sociological Problems {Социологически проблеми}, a publication of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Michel Foucault. This special issue’s editors are Antoinette Koleva
and Kolyo Koev

Neurotechnologies of justice: Neuroscience beyond the courtroom
By Professor Nikolas Rose
, Australian Neurolaw Database, On Soundcloud, March 2017

In this talk I will explore the actual and potential impacts of developments in neuroscience and neurotechnology in the criminal justice system beyond the courtroom. There has beenmuch discussion about the role of genetics and brain scanning in criminal trials and their impact on the legal fiction of free will, although evidencethat genetic or brain based defences succeed in exculpation is equivocal. In this talk, I will focus elsewhere, and explore the impact of claims to be able to ‘read the brain’ in neural lie detection and beyond, the potential uses of novel neurotechnologies for risk assessment, preemptive intervention, and their role in ‘law enforcement’ and ‘crowd control’, and some questions arising from machine learning and artificial intelligence. The challenges posed by the ‘dual use’ potential of some advances in neuroscience, where technologies intended for civilian purposes also have military and security uses, are particularly significant at a time when the boundaries between the criminal justice and the wider security system are increasingly blurred.

O Poder e o Panoptismo da Cidadania, Segundo M. Foucault – Profa. Dra. Olaya Fernandez

21 de agosto de 2017 (segunda-feira)

Conferência – O Poder e o Panoptismo da Cidadania, Segundo M. Foucault

Conferencista: Profa. Dra. Olaya Fernandez – Universidad de La Rioja UR – Espanha

Horário: 19h30min às 22h

Local: Auditório Erico Verissimo, Laboratório Avançado de Tecnologias da Informação e Comunicação (LABTICS) – Setor D2 118. Campus São Leopoldo

A atividade ocorreu como um pré-evento do ‘IX Colóquio Internacional IHU. A Biopolítica como Teorema da Bioética‘.

Une pratique éthique d’émancipation
Isabelle Galichon
Ouverture Philosophique
Paris. L’Harmattan

Les derniers travaux de Michel Foucault peuvent être appréhendés comme une nouvelle grille de lecture pour l’analyse des pratiques d’écriture personnelle dont peut se saisir la théorie littéraire. Dans ses cours au Collège de France sur les pratiques de soi antiques, Michel Foucault ébauche une généalogie de l’écriture de soi : celle-ci ne vise pas à découvrir ce qui est « intus et in cute » comme l’annonçait Rousseau en exergue des Confessions, mais à élaborer un sujet éthique par l’ascèse, par l’exercice de l’écriture. La pratique de l’écriture personnelle, dès lors qu’elle renonce au psychologique, à une « histoire de la personnalité » (Philippe Lejeune) et s’ouvre à une altérité, devient une « pratique de liberté » (Michel Foucault). Face à une épreuve existentielle (le deuil, la maladie), face aux agressions de l’histoire, face à un contexte sociopolitique répressif, le récit de soi en tant que pratique éthique de subjectivation offre un cheminement vers une émancipation que la littérature peut aussi aider à interpréter.

Le récit de soi requiert dès lors une lecture éthique et convoque, nécessairement, pour son analyse, la littérature et la philosophie.

Isabelle Galichon est docteure en littératures française, francophone et comparée, et chercheuse associée à l’EA Telem (Bordeaux-Montaigne). Elle co-dirige un séminaire de recherche au Collège International de Philosophie sur l’écriture de soi. Elle est membre du comité de rédaction de la revue Mémoire en jeu (éd. Kimé).

Broché – format : 13,5 x 21,5 cm
ISBN : 978-2-343-13573-1 • janvier 2018 • 272 pages
EAN13 : 9782343135731
EAN PDF : 9782140055461

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