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Foucauldian Genealogy and Maoism

Concerning the origin and foundation of the method of genealogy in Foucault’s work, there is an astonishingly unanimous “interpretative consensus” among Foucault scholars.[1] While there is great disagreement about a vast range or many aspects of Foucault’s thought and practice, it seems that there is an almost harmonious agreement regarding the emergence of genealogy in his work. The secondary literature on Foucauldian genealogy feels obliged to repeat reverently and respectfully: in the beginning was the word of Nietzsche.

Foucault himself made no secret of his intellectual affinity to Nietzsche’s genealogical method. On the backcover of the French edition of Discipline and Punish in 1975 he posed the main question of his book in explicit Nietzschean terms by asking “could we do the genealogy of modern morality starting from a political history of the body?” [peut-on faire la généalogie de la morale moderne à partir d’une histoire politique des corps?] resonating deeply and sonorously Nietzsche’s groundbreaking Genealogy of Morality of 1887. Moreover, he confessed in what was meant to be his final interview: “I am simply Nietzschean, and I try to see, on a number of points, and to the extent that it is possible, with the aid of Nietzsche’s texts – but also with anti-Nietzschean theses (which are nevertheless Nietzschean!) – what can be done in this or that domain.”[2]

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Thanasis Lagios, Foucauldian Genealogy and Maoism
20th March 2015 | 12:00 – 12:45

Conference paper, audio podcast on The Voice Republic site

Thanasis Lagios studied Philosophy, Pedagogy & Psychology (specialization: Philosophy), at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (1998 – 2003). Having completed his postgraduate studies (MA) in Political Philosophy at the University of York (UK, 2004-5), he successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens on “Stirner, Nietzsche, Foucault: The death of God and the end of Man” (2009), which was published by futura in 2012. He has published a Greek translation of Foucault’s 1978 interview “Considérations sur le marxisme, la phénoménelogie et le pouvoir” (futura, 2013). He has published several articles on the history of philosophy, epistemology and political philosophy. Since 2010, he has been teaching in the postgraduate program on Ethics at the Department of Philosophy, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Since 2013, he also teaches philosophy (epistemology/political philosophy) in the EU-sponsored program at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, “Plato’s Academy”.

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Colin Koopman, Historicizing the Critique of Power
20th March 2015 | 14:15 – 15:00

Conference paper, audio podcast on the Voice Republic site

Colin Koopman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon, where he is also 2014-15 Humanities Research Fellow and 2015-16 Wulf Professor of Humanities. He has published widely on genealogy, pragmatism, and political theory. His works on genealogy include his 2013 book Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity (Indiana University Press, 2013) and articles in Critical Inquiry, Constellations, Foucault Studies, and James Faubion’s recent Foucault Now (Polity, 2014) collection.

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Michel Foucault’s Death Valley Trip
Heather Dundas
20th March 2015 | 17:30 – 18:15

Conference Paper, audio and podcast on Voice Republic

Heather Dundas is a Russell Fellow and a candidate for the Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where she is writing her dissertation on the intersection of American landscape and culture and Foucault’s later work. In addition to her critical work, Dundas is a playwright and fiction writer. Her story “House Menu” has been nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and her play Cannibals, described as “a comic reverie” by The New York Times, has received dozens of productions and is published by Faber and Faber. Other stories and essays have been published in PMSpoemmemoirstory, Brain, Child, The Los Angeles Times, among others.

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Naissance de la biopolitique : contextes, lectures, réceptions, disputes
Colloque de Cerisy

Podcast sur le site La forge numérique

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Christian Laval, professeur de sociologie
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Date : 16/06/2015
Lieu : CCIC Cerisy
Durée : 53:17

Cette conférence a été donnée dans le cadre du colloque intitulé Foucault au Collège de France : une aventure intellectuelle et éditoriale qui s’est tenu au Centre Culturel International de Cerisy du 11 au 18 juin 2015, sous la direction de Frédéric GROS et Luca PALTRINIERI.

Les leçons de Michel Foucault au Collège de France, prononcées entre 1971 et 1984, constituent une somme théorique indépassable qui a profondément renouvelé la connaissance et la réception d’un des plus importants penseurs du XXe siècle. Au mois de mai 2015 a paru, aux éditions du Seuil / Gallimard, le volume Théories et institutions pénales, correspondant à l’année universitaire 1971-1972. Avec cette parution, un point final est mis à l’édition de ces cours mise en œuvre par François Ewald et Alessandro Fontana au milieu des années quatre-vingt-dix. Définitivement, avec cette entreprise éditoriale, une pensée de Foucault prise au vif de la parole s’est imposée sur la scène intellectuelle mondiale.
Le présent colloque entend revenir sur l’accomplissement de cette aventure intellectuelle, et surtout prendre la mesure de la diversité théorique et de l’intensité politique de ces leçons (de la pénalité à la psychiatrie, de la raison d’Etat au libéralisme, du souci de soi au courage de la vérité) en conviant un certain nombre de chercheurs, intellectuels, écrivains ou artistes à réfléchir sur ce qu’a pu représenter pour eux la redécouverte de cette parole.

Christian Laval, professeur de sociologie à l’Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, est spécialiste de l’utilitarisme et de l’œuvre de Bentham, sujets sur lesquels il a publié plusieurs ouvrages dans les années 1990. Il a publié ensuite L’homme économique (Éditions Gallimard, 2007) et une histoire de la sociologie, L’ambition sociologique (Folio, 2012). Il a écrit de nombreux articles et ouvrages sur les politiques éducatives et les transformations de l’école. Depuis 2007, il a co-écrit plusieurs ouvrages avec Pierre Dardot sur le néolibéralisme (La Nouvelle raison du monde, 2009), la pensée de Marx (Marx, prénom: Karl, 2012) et les alternatives politiques contemporaines (Commun, 2014).

Résumé de la communication

Le cours de l’année 78-79 (qui se déroule en fait de janvier à avril 79) est l’un des plus lus, et aussi l’un des plus controversés de Foucault. Il sert d’appui à tous ceux qui, pour des raisons variées, entendent faire de Michel Foucault, sinon un théoricien néolibéral avoué, du moins un sympathisant plus ou moins honteux du néolibéralisme. Nous voudrions d’abord montrer que le double contexte de production de ce cours, son actualité politique et sa place dans la recherche de Foucault, permet de faire un sort à ces imputations. Nous voudrions ensuite faire voir que le cours, aussi zigzaguant soit-il, donne du néolibéralisme comme art de gouverner une cohérence originale qui sera largement validée par son extension ultérieure. Nous voudrions enfin nous interroger sur les effets paradoxaux d’une publication qui vient plus de trente ans plus tard heurter un certain sens commun critique qui avait tendance à faire du néolibéralisme ce que Foucault considérait comme la plus grande erreur, à savoir une simple répétition du libéralisme classique. Il sera intéressant, pour conclure, de mettre en regard les interprétations foucaldiennes et bourdieusiennes du néolibéralisme.

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Prospects for an Ethics of Self-Cultivation

Introduction

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‘Prospects for an Ethics of Self-Cultivation’ is a two-year research project investigating the revival of ethical self-cultivation within the European philosophical tradition.

The project will host two international conferences and workshops. The first, entitled ‘Hellenistic Ethics from Nietzsche to Foucault’, took place at the University of Warwick, UK in September 2014. The second, entitled ‘Modern Appraisals of the Hellenistic Legacy’, will be at Monash University’s campus in Prato, Italy in June 2015.

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Harcourt, Bernard E., Digital Security in the Expository Society: Spectacle, Surveillance, and Exhibition in the Neoliberal Age of Big Data (2014). Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 14-404; APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2455223 and http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2455223##

Abstract:

In 1827, Nicolaus Heinrich Julius, a professor at the University of Berlin, identified an important architectural mutation in nineteenth-century society that reflected a deep disruption in our technologies of knowledge and a profound transformation in relations of power across society: Antiquity, Julius observed, had discovered the architectural form of the spectacle; but modern times had operated a fundamental shift from spectacle to surveillance. Michel Foucault would elaborate this insight in his 1973 Collège de France lectures on The Punitive Society, where he would declare: “[T]his is precisely what happens in the modern era: the reversal of the spectacle into surveillance…. We have here a completely different structure where men who are placed next to each other on a flat surface will be surveilled from above by someone who will become a kind of universal eye.”What should we make of those archetypes today? Do they help us better understand our neoliberal digital condition of data collection, mining, and profiling by corporate giants such as Google and Facebook, and the NSA? With neoliberalism and digitization — in the age of digital security — I suggest, we have gone beyond both spectacle and surveillance to a new form: one that is captured best by the idea of exposition or exhibition. Guy Debord spoke of “the society of the spectacle,” Foucault drew our attention instead to “the punitive society,” but it seems as if, today, we live in the expository society. This essay offers an architectural schema to better understand our contemporary distributions of power, one that focuses on the themed space of consumption. It then actualizes the metaphor by exploring one particular manifestation of a fully-digitized themed space, and asks how we have come to embrace and love these new forms of exhibition today.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 46

Keywords: Big Data, Digital Security, Spectacle, Surveillance, Exhibition, Expository Society, Foucault, Debord, Google, Facebook, NSA

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