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3èmes journées d’études sur l’Épistémologie Historique
3rd Workshop on Historical Epistemology
Pour une épistémologie historique des transformations techniques
For an Historical Epistemology of Technical Transformations

18-19-20 mai 2017
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

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Ces troisièmes journées d’études seront consacrées à la place des techniques dans les études d’épistémologie historique. Il s’agira d’explorer cette thématique d’un point de vue méthodologique et d’approfondir différents cas d’étude de transformations techniques et technologiques.

La question des techniques est de première importance pour l’épistémologie historique, entendue au sens large: bien qu’elle soit souvent présentée comme une histoire purement conceptuelle, l’étude de techniques y a occupé une place centrale dans l’enquête sur le déroulement concret des pratiques scientifiques. Le rapport entre sciences et techniques a été ainsi largement problématisé, en insistant souvent sur la primauté du moment technique par rapport à la systématisation théorique.

A cet égard, ces journées permettront de discuter des recherches en cours sur différentes transformations techniques et technologiques dans les domaines les plus variées: sciences médicales et biologiques, sociales, physiques ou tout autre champ disciplinaire où les chercheurs se sont servis de la “boîte à outils” de l’épistémologie historique. Nous attendons donc un ensemble de contributions caractérisées par des approches différentes, capables d’aborder le sujet proposé dans sa généralité, notamment selon les axes définis dans les deux sections suivantes:

I. Les épistémologues historiques face aux techniques L’épistémologie française a repensé les techniques avec une certaine précocité par rapport à la philosophie des sciences anglo-saxonne, qui, jusqu’aux années 1980, est restée liée au programme post-positiviste de la priorité de la théorie sur l’observation et l’expérimentation. Bachelard, Koyré, Canguilhem, Foucault, dans leurs analyses de la connaissance scientifique, ont assignée des rôles spécifiques aux techniques. C’est Hacking qui, dans la phase contemporaine et anglophone de l’épistémologie historique, a contribué à rétablir la centralité du “style du laboratoire” et des manières d’intervenir dans le monde par rapport aux manières de le concevoir. Dans son sillage, d’autres auteurs, comme L. Daston, P. Galison et H.-J. Rheinberger ont accordé une grande attention à l’histoire matérielle et au rôle que les instruments et les appareils jouent dans la production du savoir scientifique. Qu’a changé la prise en compte des techniques? Comment cette prise en compte a-t-elle elle-même pu évoluer au fil des temps?

II. Histoire des techniques, histoire des concepts Au niveau méthodologique, nous souhaiterions également recevoir des contributions traitant des conceptions du rapport entre techniques et théorie dans l’histoire des sciences et, plus généralement, sur le rôle des techniques dans le processus de développement scientifique. De ce point de vue, une attention particulière sera donné aux interventions qui proposent de discuter l’originalité de l’épistémologie historique vis-à-vis d’autres approches méthodologiques d’étude des sciences, notamment les nombreuses études sociales des sciences et des technologies (STS), mais aussi par rapport à d’autres traditions de pensée philosophiques qui ont traité la même question, comme la phénoménologie (Husserl, Merleau-Ponty), l’anthropologie philosophique (Gehlen, Marquard), l’herméneutique (Nancy), la philosophie sociale (Ellul), etc.

Les propositions d’interventions (500 mots, plus une présentation courte du candidat) sont à nous faire parvenir, avant le 3 février 2017 (date de réponse le 27 février), en format word ou pdf à epistemologiehistorique@gmail.com. Les deux langues de la rencontre seront le français et l’anglais.

[English]

The 3rd Edition of this Workshop is dedicated to the role of techniques within the field of Historical Epistemology (HEP). This topic will be developed from a methodological point of view and different case studies involving technical and technological transformations will be taken into account.

The problem of techniques is a crucial matter for HEP, broadly understood: although it is chiefly understood as a conceptual history, HEP has systematically drawn from the study of techniques for inquiring about the concrete development of scientific practices. Moreover, the connection between sciences and techniques has been widely discussed by many, if not all, of the practitioners of HEP, often with the result of highlighting the primacy of the technical, experimental and productive moments over the theoretical and speculative ones.

With this in mind, the workshop will involve discussion of on-going researches about different technical and technological transformations in many different fields: the medical and the social sciences, biology, physics and other disciplines in which the researchers have borrowed from HEP’s toolbox. We expect contributions from different approaches in order to address the proposed topic in its generality, in particular according to the two following axes:

I. Historical epistemologists facing techniques Compared to Anglo-Saxon philosophy of science, which, until the 1980s, had maintained a strong link to a post-positivist programme granting primacy to theories over observation and experimentation, French epistemology reassessed the role of techniques with a certain precocity. In their analyses of scientific knowledge, Bachelard, Koyré, Canguilhem and Foucault assigned to techniques a particular role. In the contemporary moment of HEP it is I. Hacking who has decisively contributed to reestablish the centrality of the “laboratory style” and of the ways to intervene in the world with respect to the ways to conceive it. In his wake, other authors, like L. Daston, P. Galison and H.-J. Rheinberger have given full attention to the material history and to the role instruments and apparatuses play in the production of scientific knowledge. What did the taking into account of techniques change? How did this consideration itself evolve over time?

II. History of techniques, history of concepts On the methodological level, we welcome proposals dealing with the relationship between techniques and theories within the history of science and, more generally, on the role techniques have in the processes of scientific development. Under this light, particular attention will be given to those interventions which will envisage to discuss the originality of HEP with respect to other epistemological approaches within science studies, i.e. the science, technology and society studies (STS), but also the relation to other philosophical traditions which have dealt with the same questions, such as phenomenology (Husserl, Merleau-Ponty), anthropology (Gehlen, Marquard), hermeneutics (Nancy), social philosophy (Ellul), etc.

Proposals (500 words plus a short presentation of the candidate) must be sent by February 3rd, 2017 (notification of acceptance or refusal by February 27th), in word or pdf formats, to epistemologiehistorique@gmail.com. The languages of the workshop will be French and English.

Dates importantes / Important dates
Limite de proposition d’interventions / Application deadline: February 3rd 2017
Réponse / Notification of acceptance: February 27th 2017
Remise de textes / Text submission: May 6th 2017
Journées d’études / Workshop days: May 18-19-20 2017

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

Comité d’organisation / Organizing committee
Ivan MOYA DIEZ, Laurent LOISON, Matteo VAGELLI (coordinateurs)
Tiago ALMEIDA, Marcos CAMOLEZI, Wenbo LIANG, Gabriele VISSIO

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CALL FOR PAPERS

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, December 9, 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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CALL FOR PAPERS

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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CALL FOR PAPERS

International Conference

GOVERNMENT OF SELF, GOVERNMENT OF OTHERS

Ethical and political questions in the late Foucault

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

Organizers

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).


Streams

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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APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONS / CALL FOR PAPERS
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.
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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)
Tiago ALMEIDA, Audrey BENOIT, Nicola BERTOLDI,
Marcos CAMOLEZI, Wenbo LIANG

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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
(papers/posters/symposia)
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

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

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