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International Conference
Ethical and political questions in the late Foucault”

6-8 March 2017

IFILNOVA – EPLab / FCSH – Philosophy Department
I&D Multiusos 2-3, Av. Berna 26C, Lisbon

Live streaming: https://videocast.fccn.pt/live/fcsh_unl/foucaultconference


6th March | Multiusos 3

09h30 – 10h00 Opening
António Marques (Director of IFILNOVA)
João Luís Lisboa (Coordinator of the Philosophy Department)
10h00 – 11h00 | Chair: Gianfranco Ferraro
Judith Revel (Paris West University Nanterre, France), “Subjectivation éthique, subjectivation politique: du “Je” au “Nous”?”

11h00 – 11h30 Coffee-Break

11h30 – 13h00 | Chair: Susana Viegas
• Ester Jordana (Bau/University of Barcelona, Spain), “Ethics of care (of the self and the others)”
• Amélie Berger-Soraruff (University of Dundee, UK), “Why We Should Take Care of Ourselves: Foucault According to Stiegler”
• Dominika Partyga (London School of Economics, UK), “Judith Butler on Self-Crafting: Between Nietzsche and Foucault”

13h00 – 14h30 Lunch

14h30 – 15h30 | Chair: Luís de Sousa
João Constâncio (IFILNOVA/New University of Lisbon, Portugal), “Foucault and the Problem of Recognition”
15h30 – 17h00 | Chair: Marta Faustino
• Karim Barakat (Duquesne University, USA), “Understanding Power relations through Governmentality”
• Laurence Barry (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), “Truth, Government, Subjectivity”
• Edgar Straehle (University of Barcelona, Spain), “On authority: a discussion between Foucault and Arendt”

17h00 – 17h30 Coffee-Break

17h30 – 19h00 | Chair: Marília Muylaert
• Marta Faustino (IFILNOVA/New University of Lisbon, Portugal), “Truth-telling as therapeutic practice: self-examination and confession in Foucault’s late writings”
• Andrea Teti (University of Aberdeen, UK), “Rethinking Foucault’s ‘Confessing Animal’”
• Kurt Borg (Staffordshire University, UK), “The Subversive Truth-Telling of Trauma: Survivors as Parrhesiastes”


7th March | Multiusos 2

10h00 – 11h00 | Chair: Gianfranco Ferraro
Philippe Sabot (University of Lille, France), “Le sujet et le pouvoir (de la vérité)”

11h00 – 11h30 Coffee-Break

11h30 – 13h00 | Chair: Bruno Dias
• Gianfranco Ferraro (IFILNOVA/New University of Lisbon, Portugal), “Qu’est-ce que nous sommes?” L’impatience de la liberté comme travail critique”
• Sam O’Brien (Monash University, Australia), “Parrhesia, Self-Government and the Political”
• Valeria Gammella (University of Naples Federico II, Italy), “La «conjoncture socratique»: la parrêsia philosophique comme tâche éthique et politique”

13h00 – 14h30 Lunch

14h30 – 15h30 | Chair: Marta Faustino
Luca Lupo (University of Calabria, Italy), “A matter of time. The stance of the Ancients towards the future in Foucault’s lectures at the Collège de France”
15h30 – 17h00 | Chair: Bartholomew Ryan
• Federico Testa (Monash University, Australia/ University of Warwick, UK), “‘The great cycle of the world’: Knowledge of Nature and the Cosmologic Perspective of the Care of the Self in HS”
• Bruno Dias (Centro de Filosofia/University of Lisbon, Portugal), “Critique of power within the bounds of mere resistance: the political uses of the late Foucault”
• Antonio Moretti (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Italy), “The issue of power between will to truth and parrhesiastic subjectivation”
17h00 – 17h30 Coffee-Break
17h30 – 19h00 | Chair: Luís de Sousa
• Giovanni Damele (IFILNOVA/New University of Lisbon, Portugal), “Which liberalism? Foucault, neoliberalism and ordo-liberalism”
• Matko Krce-Ivancic (University of Manchester, UK), “The care of self: is it perpetuating neoliberalism?”
• Rainer Mühlhoff (Free University of Berlin, Germany), “Governing by Affect. Subject and Power in post-industrial economy”


8th March | Multiusos 3

10h00 – 11h00 | Chair: Marta Faustino
Ernani Chaves (UFPA/Federal University of Pará, Brasil), “Cinismo e política: Foucault contra Hadot”

11h00 – 11h30 Coffee-Break

11h30 – 13h00 | Chair: Luís de Sousa
• Marília Muylaert (UNESP/São Paulo State University, Assis, Brasil), “O Cuidado de si, a dobra do fora, Foucault e Deleuze: intercessores para a ética-estética-política da Psicologia”
• José Caselas (Centro de Filosofia/University of Lisbon, Portugal), “A questão política em Foucault e Agamben: do Cuidado de Si ao Uso de Si”
• Susana Viegas (IFILNOVA/New University of Lisbon, Portugal), “A dobra e a anulação do sujeitar-se nos filmes de Joachim Trier”

13h00 – 14h30 Lunch

14h30 – 16h00 | Chair: Gianfranco Ferraro
• Evgenia Ilieva (Ithaca College, USA), “Foucault and Patočka on the Care of the Self”
• Élise Escalle (HAR/Paris West University Nanterre, France), “Notes towards a critical history of «musicalities». The use of musical pleasures and the care of the self in the 4th book of «Περί Μουσικής» («On Music») by Philodemus of Gadara”
• Erik Zimmerman (The New School for Social Research, USA), “Defending the Care of the Self from an Ethics of Self-Care”

16h00 – 16h30 Closing remarks

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Foucault & Religion
What consequences has Michel Foucault’s thought had for the study of religion?

March 10-11, 2017 | Swift Common Room and Lecture Hall

For more information, contact conference organizers Daniel Schultz (danielschultz@uchicago.edu) or Maureen Kelly (makelly@uchicago.edu).

This two-day conference will bring scholars from a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences into a conversation about Foucault and religion.

How has Foucault’s thought contributed to the formation of “religion” as an object of inquiry in different fields? What are the points of contact between practices of the self (spiritual exercises) and the anthropology of ethics?

How do empirical studies of religious and spiritual practices provoke us to rethink Foucault’s corpus?

In what ways do genealogies of the secular trade on Foucault’s analysis of power-knowledge and his use of the concept of critique?

What productive tensions are generated by interdisciplinary appropriations of Foucauldian concepts and critical-genealogical methodologies?

The “and” in the conference’s title intends to evoke a number of possible conjunctures between the two stated themes: the significance of religion within Foucault’s conceptual architecture, as well as the ways in which Foucault’s work has recast anthropological, sociological, and historical discourses on religion as an object of knowledge.

Sponsored by the Martin Marty Center at the Divinity School, the Lichtstern Foundation, the France Chicago Center, the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, the Philosophy of Religions Workshop, the Graduate Council, and the Divinity Students Association.

9:30-10:00         Coffee
10:00                 Welcome Remarks and Introduction to keynote speaker:

Arnold I. Davidson, University of Chicago

10:15-12:15         Keynote by Daniele Lorenzini, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne / Columbia University: “
Pleasures, Desire, Concupiscence: The Christian Chapter of Foucault’s History of Sexuality”

Dawn Herrera Helphand, University of Chicago
Steve CollinsUniversity of Chicago

12:15-13:15        Lunch for conference participants

13:15-14:45        Panel 1: Ethics, Self-transformation, and Political resistance 

Jonathan SchoferUniversity of Texas at Austin: “Foucault’s Ethics, the Present Day, and Deuteronomy Rabbah”

Daniel Wyche, University of Chicago: “The Practice of Dignity: The Care of the Self, Relations of Power, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott”

Respondent(s): Maureen KellyUniversity of Chicago

14:45-15:15        Coffee break

15:15-16:45        Panel 2: Askesis and the Spirituality of Thought

Jim FaubionRice University: “The Indecorous Ascetic”

Ann BurleinHofstra University: “A Passion of/for the Unlivable: Raymond Roussel and the Spirituality of Thought”

Daniel SchultzUniversity of Chicago
Xiao-bo YuanUniversity of Chicago

16:45-18:00        Reception, Swift Hall, 1st Floor, Common Room

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International Conference
Ethical and political questions in the late Foucault


6-8 March 2017
IFILNOVA – EPLab / FCSH – Philosophy Department
I&D Multiusos 2-3, Av. Berna 26C, Lisbon


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.

Keynote Speakers
Judith Rével (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre)
João Constâncio (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Philippe Sabot (Université de Lille)
Luca Lupo (Universitá della Calabria)
Ernani Chaves (Universidade Federal do Pará)

Marta Faustino, Gianfranco Ferraro, Luís de Sousa

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17th Annual Meeting of the Foucault Circle
Loyola-Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
March 23-25, 2017

Thursday 23 March

4:00-4:45 Foucault Circle Welcome

5:00-7:15 Film Screening of “Sur les toits” and Roundtable Discussion with director Nicolas Drolc

Moderator: Andrew Dilts
7:15-8:15 Reception with Filmmaker

Friday 24 March

8:30-9:00 Coffee/Tea, Light Breakfast

Moderator: Anthony Ristow
1. Kevin Jobe (Morgan State University, USA), Foucault & the Meaning of Politics: Towards a Genealogy of Tyrannical Power
2. Stephanie Martens (Laurentian University, Canada) Foucault’s Game(s): Jeu, Metaphors and Translations


Moderator: Ed McGushin
1. Verena Erlenbusch (University of Memphis, USA), The Spatiality of History: Foucaultian Genealogy and Coloniality of Power
2. Valentina Moro (Università di Padova, Italy, Brown University, USA), Politics of Refusal: Criticizing the Notion of Exclusion through the Interruption of the Settlers’ Narration

Moderator: Brad Stone
1. Selin Islekel (Loyola Marymount University, USA), Haunting Dead: Necropolitics of Mourning and Grief
2. Sarah Earnshaw (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany), Foucault in Foreign Policy: Interrogating the Global Society to Be Defended

1:15-2:30 LUNCH

Moderator: Joanna Crosby
1. Dianna Taylor (John Carroll University, USA), The Relation of Self to Self and (Counter)Normalization: Irish Republican Women During and After the Troubles
2. Don Deere (Loyola Marymount University, USA), Truth, Terror, and Dangerous Speech: Foucault and León Rozitchner
3. Sanem Guvenc-Salgirli (Emily Carr University, Canada, Fernand Baudel Center, USA), Governmentality, Sovereignty, and Critique: Revisiting Foucault’s Contemporary Relevance

4:30-5:30 Business Meeting

6:30 DINNER (Location TBD)

Saturday 25 March

8:30-9:00 Coffee/Tea, Light Breakfast

Moderator: Kevin Jobe
1. Martín Bernales Odino (Boston College, USA), Towards a Genealogy of Latin American Poverty: La Buena Policía de los Pobres (The Good Police of the Poor)
2. Berndt Clavier (Malmö University, Sweden), On Veridiction: Metrologies of Art in the European Welfare State
3. Diana Young (Carleton University, Canada), Images of the Individual Rights and Governmental Power in Canadian Criminal Law

Moderator: Dana Belu
1.Kevin Thompson (DePaul University, USA) Intolerable: Foucault’s Historical Constructivism
2. Shruti Rao and Kristi Carey (University of British Columbia, Canada) Error Signals: Registering Intimacies and Occlusions of the Female Body Politic

12:10-1:30 LUNCH

Moderator: Nicole Ridgway
1. Alex Feldman (Pennsylvania State University, USA) Foucault and Meinecke at the Intersection of Raison d’Etat, Historicism, and Ethics: The Problem of History
2. Andrew LaZella (University of Scranton, USA), Vie Autre: Foucault’s Neo-nominalism and the Invention of the Improbable

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Journée d’étude
“Foucault est-il incontournable pour les études de genre ?”

Samedi 4 février 2017
9h15 – 17h
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, UFR de Philosophie
17 rue de la Sorbonne, Paris 5e
Salle Halbwachs (escalier C, 1er étage)

9h15 – Sandra Laugier & Daniele Lorenzini (philosophie, Paris 1) : Accueil

9h30 – Pascale Molinier (psychologie sociale, Paris 13 SPC) & Olivier Ouvry (psychiatrie, psychanalyse, Paris 13 SPC) : Introduction. Problématiques

9h45 – Laurie Laufer (psychanalyse, Paris Diderot) : Une psychanalyse foucaldienne ?

10h30 – Rostom Mesli (littérature comparée, University of Pittsburgh) : « Et la Queer Theory créa Foucault à son image… »

11h15 – Pause

11h30 – Aurélie Pfauwadel (psychanalyse, philosophie, Paris 1) : « Il n’y a pas de normes sexuelles : il n’y a que des normes sociales ». Lacan, réponse à Foucault

12h15 – Manuela Salcedo (sociologie, EHESS) : La sexualité des migrant.e.s : comment la France trie, vérifie et juge via le dispositif de soupçon

13h – Pause déjeuner

14h30 – Thamy Ayouch (philosophie, psychanalyse, Lille 3) : Catégories historiques, « réalités de transaction » : Foucault dans l’œuvre de Joan W. Scott

15h15 – Guillaume le Blanc (philosophie, Paris-Est Créteil) : Critique de l’identité personnelle. De Foucault à Butler

16h – Julie Mazaleigue-Labaste (philosophie, Paris 1) : Foucault au prisme des gay and lesbian studies : de l’inversion sexuelle à l’identité de genre

Cette journée d’étude est organisée dans le cadre du programme Trans/FEM financé par le Défi Genre de la mission interdisciplinarité du CNRS et du « Séminaire Foucault » 2016-2017 (PhiCo, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne).

Les inscriptions se font par mail avant le 3 février à l’adresse : transfem88@gmail.com

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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, 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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Foucault e as insurreições


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