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Fejes, A.
The confessing academic and living the present otherwise: Appraisal interviews and logbooks in academia
(2016) European Educational Research Journal, 15 (4), pp. 395-409.

DOI: 10.1177/1474904116636637

In this paper, drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, I argue that academics are enmeshed in power relations in which confession operates, both on and through academics. Drawing on Foucault’s genealogy of confession, I illustrate how academics are not only invited to reflect on performance, faults, temptations and desires in their work and private life, but as teachers they mobilise the same kind of technology in relation to students. These power relations are connected to wider changes in society, where discourses on New Public Management have become all pervasive in organising and governing public institutions. The examples of the use of appraisal interviews and logbooks as governing techniques illustrate how government currently operates through the freedom of the individual. The paper ends with a discussion on how books of life could introduce a different relation of the self to the self in academia, and thus provide opportunities to live the present otherwise. © The Author(s) 2016.

Author Keywords
academia; appraisal interviews; Confession; Foucault; higher education; logbooks


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International Conference
Ethical and political questions in the late Foucault”

6-8 March 2017

IFILNOVA – EPLab / FCSH – Philosophy Department
I&D Multiusos 2-3, Av. Berna 26C, Lisbon

Live streaming: https://videocast.fccn.pt/live/fcsh_unl/foucaultconference


6th March | Multiusos 3

09h30 – 10h00 Opening
António Marques (Director of IFILNOVA)
João Luís Lisboa (Coordinator of the Philosophy Department)
10h00 – 11h00 | Chair: Gianfranco Ferraro
Judith Revel (Paris West University Nanterre, France), “Subjectivation éthique, subjectivation politique: du “Je” au “Nous”?”

11h00 – 11h30 Coffee-Break

11h30 – 13h00 | Chair: Susana Viegas
• Ester Jordana (Bau/University of Barcelona, Spain), “Ethics of care (of the self and the others)”
• Amélie Berger-Soraruff (University of Dundee, UK), “Why We Should Take Care of Ourselves: Foucault According to Stiegler”
• Dominika Partyga (London School of Economics, UK), “Judith Butler on Self-Crafting: Between Nietzsche and Foucault”

13h00 – 14h30 Lunch

14h30 – 15h30 | Chair: Luís de Sousa
João Constâncio (IFILNOVA/New University of Lisbon, Portugal), “Foucault and the Problem of Recognition”
15h30 – 17h00 | Chair: Marta Faustino
• Karim Barakat (Duquesne University, USA), “Understanding Power relations through Governmentality”
• Laurence Barry (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), “Truth, Government, Subjectivity”
• Edgar Straehle (University of Barcelona, Spain), “On authority: a discussion between Foucault and Arendt”

17h00 – 17h30 Coffee-Break

17h30 – 19h00 | Chair: Marília Muylaert
• Marta Faustino (IFILNOVA/New University of Lisbon, Portugal), “Truth-telling as therapeutic practice: self-examination and confession in Foucault’s late writings”
• Andrea Teti (University of Aberdeen, UK), “Rethinking Foucault’s ‘Confessing Animal’”
• Kurt Borg (Staffordshire University, UK), “The Subversive Truth-Telling of Trauma: Survivors as Parrhesiastes”


7th March | Multiusos 2

10h00 – 11h00 | Chair: Gianfranco Ferraro
Philippe Sabot (University of Lille, France), “Le sujet et le pouvoir (de la vérité)”

11h00 – 11h30 Coffee-Break

11h30 – 13h00 | Chair: Bruno Dias
• Gianfranco Ferraro (IFILNOVA/New University of Lisbon, Portugal), “Qu’est-ce que nous sommes?” L’impatience de la liberté comme travail critique”
• Sam O’Brien (Monash University, Australia), “Parrhesia, Self-Government and the Political”
• Valeria Gammella (University of Naples Federico II, Italy), “La «conjoncture socratique»: la parrêsia philosophique comme tâche éthique et politique”

13h00 – 14h30 Lunch

14h30 – 15h30 | Chair: Marta Faustino
Luca Lupo (University of Calabria, Italy), “A matter of time. The stance of the Ancients towards the future in Foucault’s lectures at the Collège de France”
15h30 – 17h00 | Chair: Bartholomew Ryan
• Federico Testa (Monash University, Australia/ University of Warwick, UK), “‘The great cycle of the world’: Knowledge of Nature and the Cosmologic Perspective of the Care of the Self in HS”
• Bruno Dias (Centro de Filosofia/University of Lisbon, Portugal), “Critique of power within the bounds of mere resistance: the political uses of the late Foucault”
• Antonio Moretti (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Italy), “The issue of power between will to truth and parrhesiastic subjectivation”
17h00 – 17h30 Coffee-Break
17h30 – 19h00 | Chair: Luís de Sousa
• Giovanni Damele (IFILNOVA/New University of Lisbon, Portugal), “Which liberalism? Foucault, neoliberalism and ordo-liberalism”
• Matko Krce-Ivancic (University of Manchester, UK), “The care of self: is it perpetuating neoliberalism?”
• Rainer Mühlhoff (Free University of Berlin, Germany), “Governing by Affect. Subject and Power in post-industrial economy”


8th March | Multiusos 3

10h00 – 11h00 | Chair: Marta Faustino
Ernani Chaves (UFPA/Federal University of Pará, Brasil), “Cinismo e política: Foucault contra Hadot”

11h00 – 11h30 Coffee-Break

11h30 – 13h00 | Chair: Luís de Sousa
• Marília Muylaert (UNESP/São Paulo State University, Assis, Brasil), “O Cuidado de si, a dobra do fora, Foucault e Deleuze: intercessores para a ética-estética-política da Psicologia”
• José Caselas (Centro de Filosofia/University of Lisbon, Portugal), “A questão política em Foucault e Agamben: do Cuidado de Si ao Uso de Si”
• Susana Viegas (IFILNOVA/New University of Lisbon, Portugal), “A dobra e a anulação do sujeitar-se nos filmes de Joachim Trier”

13h00 – 14h30 Lunch

14h30 – 16h00 | Chair: Gianfranco Ferraro
• Evgenia Ilieva (Ithaca College, USA), “Foucault and Patočka on the Care of the Self”
• Élise Escalle (HAR/Paris West University Nanterre, France), “Notes towards a critical history of «musicalities». The use of musical pleasures and the care of the self in the 4th book of «Περί Μουσικής» («On Music») by Philodemus of Gadara”
• Erik Zimmerman (The New School for Social Research, USA), “Defending the Care of the Self from an Ethics of Self-Care”

16h00 – 16h30 Closing remarks

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