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werbinKenneth C. Werbin, The List Serves: Population Control and Power, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2017

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Preface by: Geert Lovink. Edited By: Miriam Rasch. Cover design: Katja van Stiphout. DTP: Leonieke van Dipten. EPUB development: Leonieke van Dipten. Printer: Print on Demand. Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2017. ISBN: 978-94-92302-15-1, paperback, 182 pages.

About the book:
Inspired by taxonomist Jack Goody’s theorizing of ‘ancient lists’ as ‘intellectual technologies’, this book analyzes listing practices in modern and contemporary formations of power, and how they operate in the installation and securing of the milieus of circulation that characterize Michel Foucault’s conception of governmentality. Propelling the list’s role in the delimitation and policing of risky and threatening elements from out of history and into a contemporary analysis of power, this work demonstrates how assemblages of computer, statistical, and list technologies first deployed by the Nazi regime continue to resonate significantly in the segmenting and constitution of a critical classification of contemporary homo sapiens: the terrorist class, or homo sacer.

Author: Kenneth C. Werbin is an Associate Professor of Digital Media and Journalism at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford Campus. His research focuses broadly on questions surrounding digital and social media, commodification and surveillance. His work has been published in notable journals including Media Culture and Society, The Canadian Journal of Communication, The International Review of Information Ethics, Fibreculture and The Journal of Canadian Studies. His current Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded research engages digital storytelling methods to raise awareness amongst young adults about digital privacy through the co-creation of a series of 21st-century digital learning materials.

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henckNicholas Henck, Insurgent Marcos: The Political-Philosophical Formation of the Zapatista Subcommander, Editorial A Contracorriente (January 9, 2017)

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For over two decades now Subcommander Marcos has acted as military leader and spokesperson of Mexico’s Zapatista movement. In the process of doing so he has also become a key figure in the anti-capitalist and anti-globalization movements. There has been little attempt however to examine in significant detail the political-philosophical influences at work upon this important contemporary thinker. This book aims to rectify this by establishing which political-philosophical currents Marcos was exposed to during his formative years as a student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and then examining the Subcommander’s discourse in order to ascertain the extent to which these persisted in his thinking years later. Concretely, what we discover is that in his youth Marcos was especially influenced by his reading of Louis Althusser, Michel Foucault, and Nicos Poulantzas, and that certain core components of their thinking helped to form, and indeed continued to inform, the Subcommander’s political philosophy.

Reviews
“This book is an outstanding success in weaving together strands of literary theory, political practice, and political theory in delivering a window on the political-philosophical formation of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. In its detailed scope and depth of coverage it is an essential read on the making of Marcos and the politics of Zapatismo”
Adam David Morton (University of Sydney), author of Revolution and State in Modern Mexico

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9783319503004Ball, Stephen J., Foucault as Educator, SpringerBriefs on Key Thinkers in Education, 2017

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  • First concise volume adressing together Foucault’s references to the field of education
  • Discusses Foucault’s perspective on the relations of power that are inextricably embedded in the pedagogical processes
  • Describes Foucault’s genealogical method as a form of education

This book considers Foucault as educator in three main ways. First, through some consideration of what his work says about education as a social and political practice. That is, education as a form of what Allen (2014) calls benign violence – which operates through mundane, quotidian disciplinary technologies and expert knowledges which together construct a ‘pedagogical machine’. Second, through an exploration of his ‘method’ as a form of critique. That is, as a way of showing that things are ‘not as necessary as all that’, a way of addressing what is intolerable. This suggests that critique is education of a kind. Third, through a discussion of some of Foucault’s later work on subjectivity and in particular on ‘the care of the self’ or what we might call ‘a pedagogy of the self’. Each chapter introduces and discusses some relevant examples from educational settings to illustrate and enact Foucault’s analytics.

Table of contents
The Impossibility of Education
Education as Critique—‘Un-thinking’ Education
Education as the Pedagogy of the Self

About the author
Stephen J Ball is Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology of Education at the University College London, Institute of Education. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2006; and is also Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; and Society of Educational Studies, and a Laureate of Kappa Delta Phi; he has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Turku (Finland), and Leicester. He is co-founder and Managing Editor of the Journal of Education Policy.

His main areas of interest are in sociologically informed education policy analysis and the relationships between education, education policy and social class. He has written 20 books and had published over 140 journal articles. Recent books: How Schools do Policy (2012), Global Education Inc. (2012), Networks, New Governance and Education (with Carolina Junemann)(2012), and Foucault, Power and Education (2013).

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bassoFoucault à Münsterlingen. À l’origine de l’Histoire de la folie
Jean-François Bert & Elisabetta Basso (ed.)
Avec des photographies de Jacqueline Verdeaux, Éditions de l’EHESS

En 1954, Michel Foucault participe à une fête des fous à l’asile psychiatrique suisse de Münsterlingen, dont il reste des photos, inédites. Étrange cérémonie, survivance d’un rituel hérité directement du Moyen Âge, qui marqua le jeune philosophe en train d’élaborer une nouvelle manière de parler de la folie et de son histoire.

Cette visite de Michel Foucault en mars 1954 à l’asile psychiatrique suisse de Münsterlingen le jour d’un carnaval des fous nous apprend beaucoup à la fois sur le jeune philosophe – l’année 1954 est riche en événements pour lui –, mais aussi sur ce rituel qui a perduré jusqu’au milieu du xxe siècle. Photos, archives, textes éclairent ce moment trop souvent négligé par les spécialistes de Michel Foucault. Ce début des années 1950 est pourtant marqué par l’entrée de Foucault dans les asiles et par sa passion pour les innovations qui touchent la psychologie clinique.

C’est la germaniste Jacqueline Verdeaux, munie d’un Leika, qui photographie. Ces images laissent entrevoir l’étrange sensation qu’a pu ressentir Foucault lors de ce jour improbable où les fous « jouent » aux fous. Une sensation d’autant plus étrange que l’asile cantonal est, avec la clinique universitaire du Burghölzli de Zürich, l’une des plaques tournantes de la psychiatrie suisse.

Ce livre, qui aborde une période inexplorée, et non abordée dans La Pléiade à paraître, nous pousse à renverser les perspectives familières concernant Michel Foucault.

Table des matières

« Retour à Münsterlingen »
par Jean-François Bert

La « gentille dame Largactil », la « méchante dame Geigy » : la clinique psychiatrique de Münsterlingen vers 1954
Magaly Tornay, traduction de Yann Dahhaoui

Foucault et le Rorschach
Jean-François Bert & Elisabetta Basso

Foucault et le Carnaval
Emmanuel Désveaux

Foucault à Lille, 1952-1955 : entre philosophie et psychologie
Philippe Sabot

Fiches préparatoires de Michel Foucault sur l’histoire de la psychiatrie
Jean-François Bert & Elisabetta Basso

Première lecture de Traum und Existenz
Transcription Jean-François Bert, présentation Elisabetta Basso

Le rêve et de l’existence, histoire d’une traduction
Elisabetta Basso

Correspondance Foucault-Binswanger
Traduction de René Wetzel, présentation par Elisabeth Basso

De quelques sources de Maladie mentale et personnalité. Réflexologie pavlovienne et critique sociale
Luca Paltrinieri

Foucault et le savoir psychologique : retour sur deux articles rédigés en 1954
Jean-François Bert

La fête des fous de Michel Foucault
Yann Dahhaoui

Unissons-nous, soyons fous ! ». Fête des fous, carnaval et Mad Pride : Continuités, ruptures et perspectives
René Wetzel

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ogdenSteven G. Ogden, The Church, Authority, and Foucault. Imagining the Church as an Open Space of Freedom, Routledge, 2017

The Church, Authority, and Foucault addresses the problem of the Church’s enmeshment with sovereign power, which can lead to marginalization. Breaking new ground, Ogden uses Foucault’s approach to power and knowledge to interpret the church leader’s significance as the guardian of knowledge. This can become privileged knowledge, under the spell of sovereign power, and with the complicity of clergy and laity in search of sovereigns. Inevitably, such a culture leads to a sense of entitlement for leaders and conformity for followers. All in the name of obedience.

The Church needs to change in order to fulfil its vocation. Instead of a monarchy, what about Church as an open space of freedom? This book, then, is a theological enterprise which cultivates practices of freedom for the sake of the other. This involves thinking differently by exploring catalysts for change, which include critique, space, imagination, and wisdom. In the process, Ogden uses a range of sources, analysing discourse, gossip, ritual, territory, masculinity, and pastoral power. In all, the work of Michel Foucault sets the tone for a fresh ecclesiological critique that will appeal to theologians and clergy alike.

Table of Contents

1 The Church and the problem of sovereign power

2 Under Foucault’s gaze: the subject, freedom, and the power-knowledge concept

3 The concept of authority: guardians, gossip, and the sovereign exception

4 The spell of monarchy and the sacralization of obedience

5 The Church as an open space of freedom

6 New spaces and the imagination

7 Bearing the lightning of possible storms: critique, space, imagination, wisdom

Biography
Steven Ogden is an adjunct lecturer in theology, and a member of the Center for Public and Contextual Theology (PACT), with Charles Sturt University Australia. He is also the Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Fortitude Valley. Previously, Steven has been the Principal of St Francis Theological College Brisbane, and the Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral Adelaide.

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Foucault and Animals (2016)

foucault-animalsFoucault and Animals
Edited by Matthew Chrulew and Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel, Brill, 2016

Foucault and Animals is the first collection of its kind to explore the relevance of Michel Foucault’s thought for the question of the animal. Chrulew and Wadiwel bring together essays from emerging and established scholars that illuminate the place of animals and animality within Foucault’s texts, and open up his highly influential range of concepts and methods to different domains of human-animal relations including experimentation, training, zoological gardens, pet-keeping, agriculture, and consumption. Touching on themes such as madness and discourse, power and biopolitics, government and ethics, and sexuality and friendship, the volume takes the fields of Foucault studies and human-animal studies into promising new directions.

Biographical note
Matthew Chrulew, Ph.D. (2011) is a research fellow in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. His essays have appeared in Angelaki, SubStance, New Formations, Foucault Studies and elsewhere.

Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel, Ph.D. (2006) is a Lecturer in Human rights and Socio-Legal Studies at The University of Sydney. He is author of the monograph The War against Animals (Brill, 2015).

Table of contents
Foreword
List of Contributors
Editor’s Introduction: Foucault and Animals, Matthew Chrulew and Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel

Part One: Discourse and Madness
1. Terminal Truths: Foucault’s Animals and the Mask of the Beast, Joseph Pugliese
2. Chinese Dogs and French Scapegoats: An Essay in Zoonomastics, Claire Huot
3. Violence and Animality: An Investigation of Absolute Freedom in Foucault’s History of Madness, Leonard Lawlor
4. The Order of Things: The Human Sciences are the Event of Animality, Saïd Chebili.
(Translated by Matthew Chrulew and Jeffrey Bussolini)

Part Two: Power and Discipline
5. “Taming the wild profusion of existing things”: A Study of Foucault, Power, and Human/Animal Relationships, Clare Palmer
6. Dressage: Training the Equine Body , Natalie Corinne Hansen
7. Foucault’s Menagerie: Cock Fighting, Bear Baiting, and the Genealogy of Human-Animal Power, Alex Mackintosh

Part Three: Science and Biopolitics
8. The Birth of the Laboratory Animal: Biopolitics, Animal Experimentation, and Animal Wellbeing, Robert G. W. Kirk
9. Animals as Biopolitical Subjects, Matthew Chrulew
10. Biopower, Heterogeneous Biosocial Collectivities and Domestic Livestock Breeding, Lewis Holloway and Carol Morris

Part Four: Government and Ethics
11. Apum Ordines: Of Bees and Government, Craig McFarlane
12. Animal Friendship as a Way of Life: Sexuality, Petting and Interspecies Companionship, Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel
13. Foucault and the Ethics of Eating, Chloë Taylor
Afterword, Paul Patton

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sexographyNicholas de Villiers, Sexography.Sex Work in Documentary, University of Minnesota Press, Forthcoming 2017

A bold challenge to rethink the ways we view sex work and documentary film

The turn of the twenty-first century has witnessed an eruption of nonfiction films on sex work. The first book to examine a cross-section of this diverse and transnational body of work, Sexography confronts the ethical questions raised by ethnographic documentary and interviews with sexually marginalized subjects. Nicholas de Villiers argues that carnal and cultural knowledge are inextricably entangled in ethnographic sex work documentaries.

De Villiers offers a reading of cinema as a technology of truth and advances a theory of confessional and counterconfessional performance by the interviewed subject who must negotiate both loaded questions and stigma. He pays special attention to the tactical negotiation of power in these films and how cultural and geopolitical shifts have affected sex work and sex workers. Throughout, Sexography analyzes the films of a range of non–sex-worker filmmakers, including Jennie Livingston, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Shohini Ghosh, and Cui Zi’en, as well as films produced by sex workers. In addition, it identifies important parallels and intersections between queer and sex worker rights activist movements and their documentary historiography.

De Villiers ultimately demonstrates how commercial sex is intertwined with culture and power. He advocates shifting our approach from scrutinizing the motives of those who sell sex to examining the motives and roles of the filmmakers and transnational audiences creating and consuming films about sex work.

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