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Alain de Libera, Destructionis destructio. Heidegger, Foucault et la pensée médiévale

Collège de France
13 février – 27 mars 2017
17:00 19:00 Cours
Amphithéâtre Marguerite de Navarre – Marcelin Berthelot

Les cours et séminaires sont gratuits, en accès libre, sans inscription préalable.

With thanks to Eric Hennion for this news

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Published on Dec 8, 2016
Course: Contemporary Sociology Theory – WEEK 10 – Foucault and History of Sexuality – 1
Instructor: Assoc. Prof. Erdoğan Yıldırım

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Postmodernism and the Bible: Derrida and Foucault (2017)

7 week Course on openlearning.com
Starts: 13 Mar 2017 at 09:00 am
Convenor: Christopher Watkin

This course will help you see what Derrida and Foucault are really saying, and show you how you can bring their thought into conversation with the Bible. You will get an accessible introduction to the thought of two of the most influential French philosophers of recent decades, and you will learn methods for fostering meaningful engagement between philosophical ideas and biblical doctrine.

What will you gain from this course?
· An introductory overview to the work of two of the most important and influential postmodern thinkers of the twentieth century, whose ideas help shape our thinking today, including diagrams and explanations of key terms and quotations.

· A way of thinking about the bible that helps you bring it into conversation with philosophical ideas in an authentic and rigorous way.

· Weekly online discussion about the ideas and texts you are studying with an international community of fellow students who share your interest in the bible and postmodernism. This means that you get to learn from your fellow students, not just from the lecturer and tutor. You can comment, like, share documents, videos and images, and just chat or DM with people who share your interests.

· Through the online discussions you will gain a network of people interested in the same areas you are: friends, collaborators, mentors and mentees that you can keep in touch with once the course has finished.

· Expert help and support from a qualified tutor who will interact with your online discussions and help you with your questions.

· Helpful weekly multiple choice quizzes that enable you to track your learning.

· Weekly video lectures that include diagrams and real-time mark-up of texts.

· Recommended primary and secondary readings that allow you to explore Derrida, Foucault and the Bible for yourself.

· The option to complete a final assignment on a theme of your choice from the course, to share with your fellow students and to receive feedback from a qualified tutor. You can complete your assignment your way: a poster, a song, a poem, a video, a flash animation or a good old-fashioned essay.

Who is the course for?

Anyone interested in learning about two of the most important postmodern philosophers and how to bring their thought into conversation with the Bible.

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Applications are now open for the July intake of the MA in Continental Philosophy at Western Sydney University.

Our MA is an 18-month program that is designed primarily as a degree program for those excellent and promising students who would like to continue in a doctoral program. To that end, we will actively support students who wish to continue their studies in a doctoral program elsewhere.

The MA is housed in the Philosophy Research Initiative of Western Sydney University, which is an active group of philosophers and graduate students who also share in the lively intellectual and cultural life of other universities and of Sydney, Australia.

We have two stipends ($2000) to support international students and we also have professional travel funding ($2000) available to all MA students. Details can be found here:

Please do not hesitate to direct any queries to either of us directly or to the departmental email address

Best regards,
Dennis Schmidt (Chair of Philosophy)
Dimitris Vardoulakis (Director of Graduate Studies)

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The Philosophy Research Initiative at Western Sydney University will be running a new MA in Continental Philosophy from 2016 (to replace Honours, which will no longer be available from 2016).

Members of the group have special expertise in Kant and post-Kantian German thought from Hegel to Nietzsche, the traditions of 20th-century French and German philosophy emerging out of phenomenology and existentialism and moving into Critical Theory, deconstruction, post-structuralism, and the more recent philosophical trends arising out of those movements. We are open to diverse issues, but place a special emphasis on questions of ethics, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, environmental philosophy, and the historical sense of those questions.

More information about the MA

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The Analytics of Power Today: A Masterclass with Mitchell Dean

Date: Monday, Dec. 14th, 2015
Time: 8:45am—6:00pm
Place: TBA, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia

PDF of flyer

About the Masterclass
Over the last thirty years, we have witnessed three broad movements regarding power. The first is the displacement of the state from the centre of political analysis in favour of governance, networks and the energies found in civil society. The second is the rejection of sovereignty and its models, and notions of social structure, to stress the local, heterogeneous and contingent nature of power (Foucault and Deleuze). The third emphasizes the agency of the non-human, material and vital forces and actors (from Latour to Karen Barad). These three movements deconstruct the idea of power in different ways, denying that it has a source or can be possessed, and even depriving it of any explanatory value at all. In his recent book, The Signa-ture of Power, Mitchell Dean argues that such analyses only capture one pole of that which marks power relations. He proposes ways to analyse both governing and reigning, governmentality and sovereignty, different forms of life and the orders and laws of life, and how we can understand biopolitics, through four different analytical approaches. These might be called an analytics of government, a genealogy of order, an archaeology of glory, and an analytics of sovereignty. The challenge is to convert these into analytical frameworks capable of addressing empirical materials.

Mitchell Dean is Professor of Public Governance at the Copenhagen Business School. He is author of eight books, including Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society, The Constitution of Poverty: Towards a Genealogy of Liberal Governance, The Signature of Power and State Phobia and Civil Society: the Political Legacy of Michel Foucault (forthcoming) He describes his work as at the nexus between political and historical sociology

No Cost: This masterclass has been fully supported by the ARC Governing Performance Project and the School of Social Science, University of Queensland.

RSVP: Alison Gable (a.gable@uq.edu.au) by Thurs, 15th October 2015 to register your interest to attend

Participation in the Masterclass
This Masterclass will dialogically engage with questions of analyzing power today in conversation with Professor Dean and other senior academics. A small number of preparatory readings will be made available prior to the day. The masterclass is of course open to anyone. As the event is limited to 25 participants, it is essential to register your interest early. Preference is given to PhD students and early career academics who are invited to present their own work for collegial discussion and feedback.

Participants who wish to present should submit up to two pages outlining their research, their theoretical approach to power, and their main analytical or conceptual challenges. Twelve papers will be selected and circulated to all participants in anticipation of their presentation and discussion at the Masterclass.

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20th Century Continental Philosophy Ph.D. Programs

Editor’s note: This is a very new project which has just gone up on the web. Contributions are invited!

This wiki’s goal is to provide an unranked yet searchable list of Ph.D. (and terminal M.A.) programs that have strengths in 20th (and early 21st) century continental philosophy throughout the world. To meet this goal, all readers should also think of themselves as editors. If you see anything that needs to be changed or added, please do so.

This wiki is part of a larger wikiproject to help prospective graduate students in philosophy identify programs with strengths in their areas of interest. Ideally links will be provided to the websites, CVs, and PhilPapers profiles of the relevant faculty at each program. If faculty are unable to take on new students, they should be omitted from this wiki. The wiki’s primary intended audience is prospective or current graduate students with interests in 20th century continental philosophy who want to get the lay of the land by seeing who works where, and on what.

This wiki is very much under construction. Many programs and faculty members that should be listed here are not yet here–simply because this wiki was started almost from scratch quite recently. If you can, please pitch in. Still, there is already much information here. So take a look.

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