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The seventeenth annual meeting of the Foucault Circle

Los Angeles, California
March 23-25, 2017
(hosted by Loyola Marymount University)

We invite individual papers on any aspect of Foucault’s work. Studies, critiques, and applications of Foucauldian thinking are all welcome. We will aim for a diversity of topics and perspectives.

Abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review, and are to be submitted to the program committee chair, Nicole Ridgway, by email (ridgwayn@uwm.edu) on/before Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Please indicate “Foucault Circle submission” in the subject heading, and include the abstract as a “.docx” attachment.
Individual paper submissions require an abstract of no more than 750 words.
Program decisions will be announced in December.

Each speaker will have approximately 35 minutes for paper presentation and discussion combined—papers should be a maximum of 3000 words (15-20 minutes reading time). In addition to paper sessions, the conference will also feature a screening and discussion of Sur les toits, a documentary film on the 1970s prison revolts in France. This session will be open to all participants.

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:

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International Conference


Ethical and political questions in the late Foucault

IFILNOVA / EPLab, Lisbon, 6th-7th March 2017


Marta Faustino, Gianfranco Ferraro, Luís de Sousa

The Laboratory of Ethics and Political Philosophy of IFILNOVA invites submissions for its international conference “Government of Self, Government of Others. Ethical and Political Questions in the Late Foucault”, to be held at the New University of Lisbon, on the 6th-7th of March, 2017.

Michel Foucault’s last lecture series at Collège de France constitute a unity that testifies a shift in his thought. This shift deepens and expands the course of his preceding works concerning the genealogy of subjectivity, while, at the same time, adding to it a significant ethical and political dimension. Foucault returns to the practices of the self in antiquity and looks at the birth of the techniques of truth that allow us to understand how the Western subject has developed from the creation of particular relationships with its own body and other subjectivities. At the same time, these courses put in evidence the relationship between truth and power which lies at the core of Western forms of power and even Western democracy, thus inciting us to question our current political environment and face some political challenges of our time. Finally, Foucault’s concern in these last years with the technologies of ethical self-formation through what he calls “care of the self” sheds new light on his philosophical endeavor as a whole and situates his reflections at the center of contemporaneous moral debates.

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of The Hermeneutics of the Subject (1981-1982) and celebrating the conclusion of the publication of all the lecture courses from the 1980s – from On the Government of the Living (1979-1980) to The Courage of Truth (1984) -, this conference aims to (re)launch the critical debate on the last stage of Foucault’s thought, evaluating in what way and to which extent the perspectives that Foucault offers in this period might help us to unravel modernity and also give us tools to ethically and politically understand and transform our present.

We accept proposals on any of Foucault’s lecture courses from the 1980s or any interrelated aspect of the last period of his thought. The dialogue with other authors from the philosophical, sociological or political tradition is strongly encouraged. Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Genealogy of subjectivity
  • Hermeneutics and truth
  • Care of the self and aesthetics of existence
  • Governmentality
  • Technologies of power and subjectivation
  • Will to truth and parrhesia
  • Knowledge and identity
  • Ethics and practices of freedom
  • Asceticism and philosophy
  • Foucault’s actuality

We welcome submissions from doctoral students, early career researchers or established academics. Paper proposals of 300 to 500 words, accompanied by a short biography (150 words), should be submitted (in either English, French or Portuguese) to ciclo.foucault@gmail.com by the 30th of November of 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be given by the 15th of December of 2016.

For further information, please contact ciclo.foucault@gmail.com.

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The 2016 conference of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) will take place at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus, December 7-9 2016.

The ASCP aims to provide a broad intellectual forum for academics and postgraduates working in the European philosophical tradition. Its annual conference is the largest event devoted to European philosophy in Australasia.

The conference will feature a number of curated streams, including ‘Philosophies of Self-Formation’, ‘Continental Philosophy and Other Traditions’, ‘Phenomenologies of Oppression’, ‘Law and Continental Philosophy’, ‘Philosophy and Creative Practice’ and ‘Politics and Technology’.

Inquiries can be addressed to s.bowden@deakin.edu.au. Please use ‘ASCP2016’ in the subject line.

The keynote speakers are Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern), John Lippitt (Hertfordshire), Anne Sauvagnargues (Paris Ouest) and John Sellars (King’s College London).


1. Philosophies of Self-Formation – curated by Matthew Sharpe (matthew.sharpe@deakin.edu.au)

The later work of Michel Foucault announced a turn towards classical philosophical conceptions of self-formation. Alongside work by Dumanski, Sellars, Voelke and others influenced by Pierre and Ilsetraut Hadot, Foucault’s later works point to an alternative understanding of the history of philosophy, paying renewed attention to the Hellenistic, Roman and early modern periods downplayed or overlooked in many 19th and 20th century histories. This stream will involve papers examining the history of the metaphilosophical conceptions of philosophy as a way of life, or as therapeutic, or as interested in paideia or self-formation, which reached its peaks during these periods. Papers are invited on the Stoics, Epicureans, Cicero, the sceptics, Petrarch and the renaissance philosophers, Montaigne and the new Pyrrhonists, the founders of the modern scientific project(s), the philosophes, Spinoza, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche … or other figures speaking to this theme.

6. Law and Philosophy – curated by John Morss and Luca Siliquini-Cinelli (john.morss@deakin.edu.au, l.siliquinicinelli@deakin.edu.au)

What is sovereignty? What is a legal right or a legal obligation? What is a nation? What, if anything, is a human right, the Rule of Law, Global Justice? Can law recognise the plural: can a legal cosmopolitanism transcend identity politics? In addressing such questions contemporary legal philosophy and jurisprudence are dominated by English-speaking, Anglo-American traditions in philosophy. Analytic traditions of a conservative stripe, themselves a narrow representation of English-speaking philosophical discourse, exert near-exclusive control on jurisprudential debate. Cultural hegemony is one reason for this but the lack of engagement between legal theorists and Continental philosophies is another. This stream hopes to address this gap by foregrounding the contributions and challenges to legal theory that are presented by writers such as Agamben, Arendt, Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Ranciere, Zizek. In terms of non-Anglo jurisprudence, while already well mined, the writings of Schmitt and of Kelsen may yet have more to yield to these debates. Philosophy of law is too important to ignore the wide variety of perspectives offered by Continental thought.

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Deuxièmes Journées d’études / 2nd Workshop
Epistémologie Historique: une histoire du présent
Historical Epistemology: a history of the present
19-20-21 mai 2016

Ecole doctorale de Philosophie ED 280, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Institut des sciences Juridique & Philosophique de la Sorbonne – UMR 8130
Centre de Philosophie Contemporaine de la Sorbonne, Equipe EXeCO

PDF of call for papers

The working domain of this workshop corresponds to the domain of historical epistemology (HEP), broadly understood both as a “tradition” and as a method in philosophy and history of science. On this occasion we would like to investigate one of the most distinctive traits of HEP, that is, the permanent tension between past and present it instantiates. As testified by many of its practitioners, HEP is an inquiry which is present-oriented, or, alternatively, it is written using the present as a standpoint. In this sense, normative (or recurrent) history of science, as conceptualized by Gaston Bachelard or Georges Canguilhem, relies on a current scientific norm, whereas Michel Foucault’s approach, beside introducing a difference between present and actuality, seems to question or limit the validity of current scientific norms. From the normative history of science to the project of an “history of the present” and of an “historical ontology of ourselves”, Foucauldian expressions reprised also by Ian Hacking, a space is opened for a methodological and philosophical reflection which is unavoidable for every further development of HEP. Probability (Hacking 1975, 1990), sexuality (Davidson 2001), objectivity (Daston-Galison 2007) and the experimental systems of molecular biology (Rheinberger 1997) are some examples of the categories and material constraints out of which our experience of the world and of ourselves are being structured today.

The histories that the aforementioned authors reconstruct of these categories and constraints illustrate the twofold critical import of an epistemological analysis: on the one hand, they articulate the intertwinement of ethical and epistemic norms while, on the other, they open up the space for new modalities of thought and action. The discussion of the role of the present and of actuality within HEP will thus give us the possibility to articulate the political and ethical stakes implied by this kind of inquiry.

With reference to this general framework, the proposals should constitute original articulations of either one of the following axes of problems:

I. The role of scientific norms and values in historiography: We would like to further analyze the role played by the present of science in HEP: how do the references to actuality vary according to the different scientific domains? To what extent does the continuous or discontinuous trajectory of an epistemic object determine (or is determined by) the kind of normativity at stake in a certain discipline? To what extent do the conditions of applicability of the principle of recurrence draw on the nature of the norms of a certain science? Is a recurrent history of human science possible? What gives a recurrent history its critical import? These questions bear on the different ways of relating the past to the present and of understanding the progress and transformations of the sciences.

II. The power of the concept: Works inspired by the approach of HEP have highlighted several ethical-political issues, while at the same time refusing to see the scientific norm as a simple effect of power. Such an assimilation of a scientific norm to an effect of power would abolish the normative privilege which a current science has on its past, thus neglecting the relation between truth and reality. What remains to be shown, however, is that scientific progress cannot be understood apart from concrete social and technical problems, that is, of man’s ability to comprehend and transform reality. We welcome contributions bearing on: the relation of a concept to its techniques; the analysis of techniques of observation, of measuring and of medical normalization; the relation between the classification of the living and the different manners of making up people; or the different epistemological, archaeological, and genealogical forms that an analysis of the relation power-knowledge can take.

Proposals (500 words plus a short presentation of the candidate) must be sent by 2016 February 1st (notification of acceptance or refusal by February 22nd), in word or pdf formats, to epistemologiehistorique@gmail.com. Proposals by graduate students and young researchers will be privileged. The languages of the workshop will be French and English.
Dates importantes / Important dates
Limite de proposition d’interventions / Application deadline : February 1st 2016
Réponse / Notification of acceptance: February 22th 2016
Remise de textes / Texts submission : May 6th 2016
Journées d’études / Workshop days : May 19-20-21st 2016

Comité scientifique / Scientific committee
Christian BONNET, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Jean-François BRAUNSTEIN, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Arnold I. DAVIDSON, Université de Chicago.
Pierre WAGNER, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Le comité d’organisation / The Organizing committee
Ivan MOYA DIEZ, Matteo VAGELLI (coordinateurs)

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Foucault @ 90
International Conference

22nd-23rd June 2016
University of the West of Scotland
Ayr Campus, Scotland, UK

Further information and registration

PDF conference flyer

Call for Papers
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of the French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-84). This interdisciplinary conference aims to reflect on the work of Michel Foucault and in particular on the question of its abiding relevance and value.

Keynote speakers include Stephen Ball, Mark Olssen, and Clare O’Farrell.

Based at our attractive Ayr campus, on the scenic west coast of Scotland, this conference promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable event. Research paper submissions are now sought on the conference themes listed below.

Abstracts should be up to 400 words in length and cover the context of the research, research questions, theoretical framework, methodology, findings, significance. Abstracts should be readied for blinded peer review. The conference will run as a series of 90-minute sessions with 3 or 4 papers allocated to each.

Symposia: the conference welcomes submissions for symposium sessions. These should comprise a set of four or more related paper submissions (as above) with an agreed Chairperson and Discussant.

Posters: posters will be displayed throughout the conference, with a set time agreed for presenters to be available to discuss their work with conference delegates. Posters should be submitted in A1/upright form and be accompanied by a 250 word abstract.

Conference/Abstract themes:
The conference seeks papers which deal with the work of Foucault in relation to any of the following themes:
• Education
• Health
• Justice
• Criminology
• Psychiatry/Psychology
• Methodology
• Sexuality
• Culture/aesthetics
• Philosophy
• Politics

Key dates

Abstract submission opens 15th October 2015
Abstract submission ends 1st March 2016
Notification of peer review/abstract acceptance 22nd March 2016
Early Bird Registration commences 22nd March 2016
Presentation times announced 15th April 2016
Early Bird Registration ends 1st May 2016

Abstract submissions should be emailed by attachment to: foucaultconference@uws.ac.uk

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Carte Semiotiche Annali 4 – Call For Papers in Italian, English, French and Spanish

PDF with full details

LE IMMAGINI DEL CONTROLLO. Visibilità e governo dei corpi
La redazione di Carte Semiotiche vi invita ad inviare proposte di contributo in italiano, inglese, francese o spagnolo (max. 2000 caratteri spazi inclusi o 500 parole) corredate di un breve profilo biografico (max. 10 righe) entro il 31 gennaio 2016 al seguente indirizzo: cartesemiotiche@gmail.com
Per ulteriori informazioni si prega di contattare i curatori del volume, Maria Cristina Addis (krix.addis@gmail.com) e Giacomo Tagliani (giacomo.tagliani@sns.it).

IMAGES OF CONTROL. Visibility and the Government of Bodies
The Editorial Board invites you to send an abstract with a proposal of contribution (2000 characters or 500 words) in English, French, Italian, Spanish (please attach a short biography) by the 31st of January 2016, to the following address: cartesemiotiche@gmail.com For any questions, please contact the editors Maria Cristina Addis (krix.addis@gmail.com) and Giacomo Tagliani (giacomo.tagliani@sns.it)

LES IMAGES DU CONTRÔLE. Visibilité et gouvernement des corps
La rédaction de Carte Semiotiche vous invite à envoyer vos propositions de contribution (max. 2000 caractères espaces inclus ou 500 mots) accompagnées d’une brève bibliographie (max. 10 lignes) avant le 31 janvier 2016 à l’adresse suivant: cartesemiotiche@gmail.com. Si vous avez des quéstiones, n’hesitez pas à contacter les directeurs éditorials du volume Maria Cristina Addis (krix.addis@gmail.com) et Giacomo Tagliani (giacomo.tagliani@sns.it)

IMÁGENES DEL CONTROL. Visibilidad y gobierno de los cuerpos
La redacción de Carte Semiotiche invita a enviar propuestas de contribuciones (máximo 2000 caracteres con espacios incluidos o 500 palabras) acompañadas de un breve perfil biográfico (máximo 10 líneas) del autor antes del 31 de enero de 2016 a la redacción: cartesemiotiche@gmail.com. Si tienes preguntas, contacter por favor los coordinadores del número Maria Cristina Addis (krix.addis@gmail.com) y Giacomo Tagliani (giacomo.tagliani@sns.it)

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The sixteenth annual meeting of the Foucault Circle

Sydney, Australia
June 29-July 2, 2016
(hosted by the University of New South Wales)

PDF of Call for papers

We invite individual papers and roundtable proposals (4-5 panelists) on any aspect of Foucault’s work. Studies, critiques, and applications of Foucauldian thinking are all welcome. We will aim for a diversity of topics and perspectives.

Abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review, and are to be submitted to the program committee chair, Richard A. Lynch, by email (lynchricharda@sau.edu) on/before Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Please indicate “Foucault Circle submission” in the subject heading, and include the abstract as a “.docx” attachment.

Individual paper submissions require an abstract of no more than 750 words; roundtable submissions require a 500-word abstract describing the theme and 150-word summaries of each panelist’s talking points.

Program decisions will be announced in December.

Each speaker will have approximately 35 minutes for paper presentation and discussion combined—papers should be a maximum of 3000 words (15-20 minutes reading time). Roundtables will have approximately 50 minutes total for presentation and discussion combined; individual panelists should plan to speak for no more than 5-7 minutes. In addition to paper and roundtable sessions, the conference will also feature a “reading group” discussion session (texts TBA) open to all participants.

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:

The Foucault Circle at UNSW will be held immediately before the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference which in 2016 is being hosted by Monash University at the Caulfield campus. AAP

Dates are: Sunday 3rd July – Thursday 7th July 2016. Scholars planning to attend the Foucault Circle may also wish to attend the AAP.

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