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Bruno Latour, Why Has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern, Critical Inquiry 30 (Winter 2004)

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Wars. So many wars. Wars outside and wars inside. Cultural wars, science wars, and wars against terrorism. Wars against poverty and wars against the poor. Wars against ignorance and wars out of ignorance. My question is simple: Should we be at war, too, we, the scholars, the intellectuals? Is it really our duty to add fresh ruins to fields of ruins? Is it really the task of the humanities to add deconstruction to destruction? More iconoclasm to iconoclasm? What has become of the critical spirit? Has it run out of steam?

[…] What has become of critique when DARPA uses for its Total Information Awareness project the Baconian slogan Scientia est potentia? Didn’t I read that somewhere in Michel Foucault? Has knowledge-slash-power been co-opted of late by the National Security Agency? Has Discipline and Punish become the bedtime reading of Mr. Ridge?

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Dowd, J.
Moments that matter: Educational entanglements and ecologies of action
(2017) Review of Communication, 17 (1), pp. 3-17.

DOI: 10.1080/15358593.2016.1260761

Abstract
In this article, I argue that “the freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves” is intimately entangled with processes of education. To understand this relationship, we need to articulate more fully the role and state of teaching and learning both within and outside of academe. I argue that education allows for a negotiation of one’s relationship within broader ecologies of action, which comprise constellations of power (and their correlate ideologies), discourses, bodies, material sites, and practices. More specifically, I elucidate three primary ways that education might serve as a powerful mode of tactical resistance to the deleterious effects of neoliberalist regimes and their exclusionary agendas: (1) research and rejuvenated public intellectualism; (2) understanding teaching as the nurturing of capacities rather than as a conduit for information transfer; and (3) centering education on the cultivation of a learning mode.2 © 2016 National Communication Association.

Author Keywords
Democracy; Education; Foucault; Lefebvre; Resistance; Urban society

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Elisabetta Basso, Complicités et ambivalences de la psychiatrie, Münsterlingen et le carnaval des fous de 1954, Médecine/Sciences (Paris), Volume 33, Number 1, Janvier 2017
DOI: 10.1051/medsci/20173301019

Complicities and ambivalences of psychiatry: Münsterlingen and the 1954 feast of fools

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En mars 1954, Michel Foucault visite l’asile de Münsterlingen, dans le canton de Thurgovie, sur la rive suisse du lac de Constance. Lieu d’activité de psychiatres bien connus, notamment Hermann Rorschach, Münsterlingen est devenu célèbre dans l’histoire de la psychiatrie surtout grâce au travail de Roland Kuhn, qui fut actif à l’asile de 1939 à 1979. Grand spécialiste du test psychodiagnostique de Rorschach et découvreur au début des années 1950 du premier médicament antidépresseur, Kuhn fut également très proche de Ludwig Binswanger, dont il accueille favorablement l’approche anthropologique de la maladie mentale. C’est précisément pour rencontrer Kuhn et Binswanger que le jeune Foucault se rend en Suisse, à une époque où il s’intéresse à la psychopathologie « existentielle ». Sa visite a lieu pendant la fête du Carnaval de l’asile.

Abstract
In March 1954, Foucault visited the psychiatric asylum of Münsterlingen (Canton Thurgau), on the Swiss side of Lake Constance. Münsterlingen was the chosen place of activity for well-known psychiatrists, including Hermann Rorschach (1910-1913), and it became famous in the history of psychiatry especially through the work of Roland Kuhn, who was active in the asylum from 1939 to 1979. Kuhn was an expert in the Rorschach psycho-diagnostic test, as well as the discoverer of the first antidepressant in the early 1950s. He was also very close to Ludwig Binswanger, whose anthropological approach to mental illness had a strong influence on his own psychiatric practice. It is precisely in order to meet Kuhn and Binswanger that the young Foucault went to Switzerland, at a time when he was interested in philosophical anthropology and “existential psychopathology”. Foucault’s visit took place during the Carnival at the asylum, when the patients leave the hospital wearing the masks that they have made up and created.

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