Archive for July, 2017

Power inscribes order on space through codes. Bureaucratic codes measure and normalize dynamic ecologies and constitute the substrate of any infrastructural system, organization, and praxis. They striate space and punctuate time to increase efficiency, maximize profit, reduce risk, and maintain order in cultural, social, economic, and political spheres. #decoding gauges the agency of spatial practices in relation to the challenges and capacities prompted by codes and protocols.

Organized by students in the Doctor of Design Studies program, this conference investigates the impact of codes, concerned with mapping of environments, demarcation of legal territories, operational protocols of logistics and risk management, and codes of building and subtraction. By exposing the spatial and socio-cultural implications of micro-politics embedded in the hidden codes and protocols, we speculate about the potential agency of design practices mediating between processes of normalization, and the live, complex, and unpredictable ecologies of human habitation.


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Reinvenções de Foucault

Ana Kiffer.(org.)
Antonio Pele.(org.)
Francisco de Guimaraens.(org.)
Mauricio Rocha.(org.)
Rafael Becker.(org.)

Lamparina, 2017
ISBN 978 85 8316 050 2Cód. barras 9788583160502

Em 1973, Michel Foucault apresenta no Collège de France o Curso “A sociedade punitiva”, parte do conjunto de análises que servirão de base ao livro Vigiar e Punir, de 1975. As gravações do curso foram perdidas e apenas uma transcrição e o resumo foram conservados. Publicado em dezembro de 2013, o Curso sugere muitas questões aos leitores de Foucault e solicita a reformulação de algumas convicções correntes sobre sua obra. Variações sobre a análise da prisão, continuidades e rupturas em relação a Vigiar e Punir e esclarecimentos (ou novos enigmas) sobre a complexa relação entre Foucault e Marx são alguns dos assuntos que emergem da leitura do Curso. Em 2015, um evento acadêmico na PUC Rio teve como fio condutor a interpretação de ‘‘A sociedade punitiva’’ no horizonte da obra foucaultiana. Os trabalhos apresentados por pesquisadores argentinos e brasileiros são agora compilados e oferecidos ao público no livro Reinvenções de Foucault.

Pesquisadores participantes: Mauricio Rocha, Edgardo Castro, Ana Kiffer, Peter Pál Pelbart, Joel Birman, Susana Murillo, Francisco de Guimaraens, Angelica de Britto Pereira Pizarro, Cristina López, Antonio Pele, Fabián Ludueña Romandini, Marcelo Raffin, Rachel Nigro, Bernardo Carvalho Oliveira, Leon Farhi Neto, Andrea Moreira Streva, Eduardo Stelmann, Fernanda Ferreira Pradal, Juliana Moreira Streva, Felipe de Andrade e Souza, Clécio Lemos, Julia Naidin, Rafael Cataneo Becker, Alessandra Vannucci, Aline Caldeira Lopes, Larissa Drigo Agostinho.


Mauricio Rocha

“Surveiller et punir”: entre dispositivo y veridicción
Edgardo Castro<

“Attica, Attica!”: Foucault e os 39 detentos
Eduardo Stelmann

Ilegalismos: uma categoria sobre o poder punitivo seletivo em diálogo com o marxismo?
Fernanda Ferreira Pradal

Foucault y Marx: aproximaciones a la construcción de un dispositivo de lectura
Susana Murillo

O poder de matar do Estado em Michel Foucault: uma investigação sobre o racismo
Juliana Moreira Streva

O biopoder e os direitos em Michel Foucault
Francisco de Guimaraens

O problema da norma no funcionamento do poder em “A sociedade punitiva”
Angelica de Britto Pereira Pizarro

Entre a lei e a norma
Andrea Moreira Streva

Tempo de vida e tempo de trabalho em “A sociedade punitiva” de Foucault
Felipe de Andrade e Souza

“Homo penalis” no Brasil neoliberal: entendendo o grande encarceramento a partir de Foucault
Clécio Lemos

De la guerra contra el derecho: consideraciones sobre los aportes y limitaciones del enfoque belicoso del dispositivo jurídico
Cristina López

A infâmia e o “Intolerável”: personagens da dissidência na filosofia de Foucault
Julia Naidin

Reformular “la sociedad punitiva” como crítica al capitalismo
Antonio Pele

La disciplina monástica medieval como dispositivo económico-político: una genealogía complementaria de “Vigilar y castigar”
Fabián Ludueña Romandini

O problema da resistência em Foucault: da guerra civil à dispersão?
Rafael Cataneo Becker

Las cuestiones de la verdad y la subjetividad en el proyecto “Vigilar y castigar”
Marcelo Raffin

Foucault e o “estruturalismo”: uma relação “problemática”
Rachel Nigro

Antígona e a coragem de dizer a verdade
Alessandra Vannucci

Entre o amor e a guerra: união homoafetiva e Forças Armadas no Brasil
Aline Caldeira Lopes

A própria vida como prova: perigo e experimentação na educação em Foucault
Bernardo Carvalho Oliveira

Foucault e a questão do sujeito
Joel Birman

Michel Foucault e o nomadismo intelectual
Leon Farhi Neto

O diagrama, funções e operações
Larissa Drigo Agostinho

Cadernos do corpo para o cárcere da alma
Ana Kiffer

Da dessubjetivação nomádica à subjetivação herética: Foucault, Agamben, Deleuze
Peter Pál Pelbart

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The eighteenth annual meeting of the Foucault Circle

John Carroll University
University Heights, OH
April 6-8, 2018

We seek submissions for papers on any aspect of Foucault’s work, as well as studies, critiques, and applications of Foucauldian thinking.

Paper submissions require an abstract of no more than 750 words. All submissions should be formatted as a “.doc” or “.docx” attachment, prepared for anonymous review, and sent via email to the attention of program committee chair Joanna Crosby (foucault.circle@ gmail.com) on or before December 14, 2017. Indicate “Foucault Circle submission” in the subject heading. Program decisions will be announced during the week of January 15, 2018.

This year’s meeting will include a discussion session on Foucault’s 1971 lecture on the work of Manet, Manet and the Object of Painting. The meeting will begin Friday afternoon with a guided tour at the Cleveland Museum of Art focusing on Manet’s work. Morning and afternoon paper sessions will be held on Saturday, followed by a business meeting and dinner. The conference will conclude with paper sessions on Sunday morning. Presenters will have approximately 40 minutes for paper presentation and discussion combined; papers should be a maximum of 3500 words (20-25 minutes reading time).

Logistical information about lodging, transportation, and other arrangements will be available after the program has been announced.

For more information about the Foucault Circle, please see our website:
or contact our Coordinator, Ed McGushin:

Funding for the 2018 meeting of the Foucault Circle is being provided by
the Don Shula Chair in Philosophy.

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Garland, David, ‘What is a “history of the present”? On Foucault’s genealogies and their critical preconditions’ Punishment & Society (2014) 16(4)365 – 384

DOI: 10.1177/1462474514541711

In this article Michel Foucault’s method of writing a “history of the present” is explained, together with its critical objectives and its difference from conventional historiography. Foucault’s shift from a style of historical research and analysis conceived as “archaeology” to one understood as “genealogy” is also discussed, showing how the history of the present deploys genealogical inquiry and the uncovering of hidden conflicts and contexts as a means of re-valuing the value of contemporary phenomena. The article highlights the critical observations of present-day phenomena from which a history of the present begins, paying particular attention to Foucault’s concept of “dispositif” and his method of problematization. Foucault’s analyses of Bentham’s Panopticon, of the disciplinary sources of the modern prison, and of the technology of confession are discussed by way of illustration.

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Schuilenburg, M., & Peeters, R. (2017). Gift politics: exposure and surveillance in the anthropoceneCrime, Law and Social Change, 1-16.

Open access

This article discusses the role of gift relations in the Anthropocene. We reinterpret Mauss’s original concept of the gift to understand its application and transformation in a social context that increasingly sees human behavior as a resource for the realization of governmental and corporate objectives. Contemporary gift relations focus on reciprocity through personal data instead of physical artifacts, and on promoting control and consumerism instead of forging moral and personal obligations. In our analysis, we distinguish two important elements. First, gifts are used to elicit voluntary exposure of personal data by individuals. In exchange for personal data, people are granted material or immaterial rewards. Second, gift relations have a pervasive element of surveillance that aims to influence behavior through personalized feedback or mechanisms of punishment and reward for good behavior.

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Progressive Geographies

mediumAnother piece of Foucault from the archive was published last year – Michel Foucault, ‘Homère, les récits, l’éducation, les discours‘ edited by Martin Rueff in NRF. Apparently these notes date from the drafting of The Archaeology of Knowledge.

I’ve ordered a copy of this issue, but I found the reference just by chance – I’m wondering if there is a composite list of recently published short pieces by Foucault. My own piece, ‘The Uncollected Foucault‘ appeared in Foucault Studies in 2015 (open access), and was an attempt at a comprehensive list, but it’s already eighteen months out of date. I have a Google Scholar alert but it didn’t pick this one up. There was also an interesting piece on literature and madness in Critique last year. Is anyone else keeping track of new pieces of evidence?

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Workload survival guide for academics, Advice on how to cope with all the work and when to say no to opportunities, Times Higher Education, February 18, 2016

[Editor: This piece by Stuart Elden is part of a larger feature on current workload problems in the university]

‘I try to agree only to talks that move the writing forward, using them as deadlines for producing parts of a wider whole’

I recently spent three days at the Institut Mémoires de l’Edition Contemporaine at the Abbaye d’Ardenne, outside Caen in Normandy. This houses the archives of many French writers, publishers and institutions, including a valuable collection of papers by and relating to Michel Foucault.

The reading room is in the abbey itself; the other buildings have been converted into study-bedrooms, a refectory and conference rooms. Most people using the collections stay on site, take meals together and work in the reading room all the time it is open. There is a shared collective endeavour, a comfortable silence in working hours and a genuine interest in each other’s work in the communal spaces.

All this is at some distance from the working lives of most academics today. Teaching, preparation, marking, office hours, meetings, emails, phone calls and so on make consolidated and protected time for individual study very difficult to obtain and protect. Yet much of our most important work, perhaps especially for academics in the social sciences and humanities, happens alone, in time that cannot easily be quantified, measured or evaluated. Journal articles, chapters and books need consolidated, isolated and protected time; the slow accumulation of reading, thinking and writing, repeated and repeated.

I’m in a privileged position in general in terms of my academic role, and especially this academic year, when I am on sabbatical. But I have an ambitious plan: one book was submitted in the summer before the sabbatical began, I have another that I want to complete and a third with which I want to make good progress. So I set myself some rules to try to structure the days and make the most of the time available (these work just as well for isolated research days, or even just a few hours of writing time).

Number one is not to check email in the morning; email has a habit of setting the day’s agenda for you, instead of being but one of the tasks you need to address. I try to keep nothing in my inbox. This does not mean that every email is already answered, or the associated task completed. It means that the only ones in there are ones I have never seen. Some messages are sorted into consolidated folders – things to do in the office, things to read at some point – others are turned into tasks with scheduled dates and times. So, if nothing in my inbox is older than half a day, it can’t be that urgent. If it is, it’s the sender’s problem, not mine.

I try to keep the morning, or the whole of a shorter slot, as consolidated writing time. I set the agenda. If I’ve had a few productive hours of writing, and feel I am moving things forward, then I am better placed to deal with other tasks – review work, editorial duties, reading PhD students’ work, answering messages. I restrict social media use, usually by using a plug-in to block or limit time. I can always use my phone or iPad, but then it’s really obvious that I’m not working.

I try to agree only to talks that move the writing forward, using them as deadlines for producing parts of a wider whole. There are always exceptions, but preparing a talk can become a major diversion from a focus. The same goes for writing or editing projects – often intriguing, flattering and tempting, and I do those that I can, but they have a cost.

Certain places are also associated with productive work. The specialist archives are one; I’ve also done good work in the British Library Rare Books room in the past. But the best place is still my home study. Close the door – physical and virtual – and get back to writing.

Stuart Elden is professor of political theory and geography at the University of Warwick and author of the forthcoming Foucault’s Last Decade. He blogs at Progressive Geographies.

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