EOI: Doc/Post-Doc Applied Research Program: Governmentality Of Migratory Flows (2017)

Expressions of Interest invited.
Doc / Post-Doc Applied Research Program: Governmentality Of Migratory Flows (2017)


The European Public Law Organization (EPLO) [i] through its Department of Hellenic Center of European Studies (EKEME) has applied for funding under the framework of Jean Monnet to support the launch of a one-year Doc/Post-Doc Program focusing on Migratory Flows as a major Governmentality issue [ii]The proposed program will be comprised of five intensive four-day sessions held in Greece, France, Spain and Luxembourg and conducted by academics from the following institutions in those countries: the University of Athens, the University of the Aegean, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the University of Bordeaux and the University of Luxembourg.

This program is primarily addressed to Doc and Post-Doc researchers with an interdisciplinary interest, but is also open to highly motivated Masters’ degree students.

Interested Students should contact the Program’s administration via e-mail with a short letter of interest and a copy of their CV at the following address: kpanselinos@eplo.int (Application Deadline: August 31st, 2017).

Program Description

The main topic of the Program is Migration as perceived through the lens of Governmentality, in particular as a permanent challenge to set the biopolitical border between constituted power, primarily of the nation State and the EU, and strategic power as concern for the population. It recognizes dimensions of a new class war in migratory flows, in particular in transnational conditions proper to the European Union that has been built on the freedom to move. It will attempt to provide a transversal understanding for all parts concerned as this may be achieved through the governmentality approach and addressed to both migrants and the indigenous societies.

A. The innovative aspects of this Program may be traced in the following features:

  • Members of Academia, both professors and researchers will use the conceptual tools of Governmentality to problematize on actual, real-life situations based on legal texts and practices as those become evident in almost real time.
  • Academics will be faced with organizations and people with experience in the field (NGOs, migrant organizations) and interested civil society at large, thus encouraging a direct debate between Practice and Theory.
  • All this will constitute a truly transnational venture, by bringing together Students, Researchers and Professors from different epistemic backgrounds, regardless of nationality.

B. Fitting the European governance perspective into terms of Foucauldian governmentality is a theoretical and practical challenge that will be adequately met by experienced academics that have significant experience of the European Union institutions. The following academics will deliver the program:

  • Professor Emeritus Nikos Scandamis (European Law, University of Athens) has conducted the EU’s migratory policy as Director at the European Commission in the 80’s and is the author of «Paradigme de la Gouvernance européenne. Entre souveraineté et marché».
  • Professor Emeritus Achilleas Mitsos taught European policies and politics at the University of the Aegean and was Director General for Research of the European Commission until 2005.
  • Jean Monnet Professor Olivier Dubos of the University of Bordeaux, Director of the Montesquieu Law Review and the review “Droits européens », has published extensively in the area of Public Law and especially human rights, recently on « Les agences décentralisées : catégories juridiques et méandres de la gouvernementalité dans l’Union » (Bruxelles 2016).
  • Professor Eleftheria Neframi teaches European Law at the University of Luxembourg. She was professor at Paris 13 University as “agrégée” of the faculties of law in France. She has published widely on questions of European external relations, European litigation and Europeanization of national law.
  • Professor Marta Franch Saguer teaches Administrative Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, author, among others, of «Le gouvernement économique européen».

C. The Program will be of an intensive nature and will involve seminar-like classes where attendance is mandatory and active participation is essential. For the Academic year of 2017/2018, the Program will be comprised of five Sessions taking place at the facilities of the participating organizations on the following dates:

Inaugural Session (October 20th – October 24th, Sounion, Greece)

Autumn Session (December 15th- December 19th, Bordeaux, France)

Winter Session (February 23rd – February 27th, Barcelona, Spain)

Spring Session (April 13th – April 17th, Luxembourg)

Closing Session (June 15th – June 19th, Island of Tinos, Greece).

D. A Diploma level degree will be granted to participants attending all sessions, whereas a Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those choosing to be involved in only one or several sessions. The working language is English; however working knowledge of French is an asset.

E. This program is tuition-free. The tuition of this program will be covered by the Jean Monnet funding mechanism, pending the success of the application. Students will be responsible for their own accommodation and travel expenses, and will be assisted by the relevant organizing institution in each country.

Interested Students that wish to apply should contact the Program’s administration via e-mail with a short letter of interest and a copy of their CV at the following address: kpanselinos@eplo.int (Application Deadline: August 31st, 2017).

[i] The EPLO is an international organization dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the area of Public Law lato sensu and Governance, including but not limited to, inter alia, national, comparative and European public law, human rights law and environmental law and the promotion of European values for a better generation of lawyers and democratic institutions worldwide. There are sixteen countries, sixty nine Universities and four public authorities currently participating within its Board of Directors. To this date it has developed, organized and supported more than 200 educational, research, training, institution building and other activities and has provided assistance to democratic institutions in more than 70 countries.

[ii] Governmentality is a concept coined by the philosopher Michel Foucault, defined as “the ensemble formed by the institutions, procedures, analyses and reflections, the calculations and tactics that allow the exercise of this very specific albeit complex form of power, which has as its target population, as its principal form of knowledge political economy, and as its essential technical means apparatuses of security”. This is a relational conception of society and its institutions connecting the political and the subjective realms by reflecting on the historical and social conditions that rendered a certain historical knowledge of society “real”. It is proper to critically reflect on the findings of governance research in a kind of a meta-analysis which is particularly promising for complex situations, such as the population flows.

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Ecole Doctorale de Philosophie: Epistémologie Historique: une histoire du présent (2016)


Ecole Doctorale de Philosophie ED 280

Centre de Philosophie Contemporaine de la Sorbonne
Institut des sciences Juridique & Philosophique de la Sorbonne UMR 8103
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Programme 2èmes Journées d’études
Epistémologie Historique: une histoire du présent
Historical Epistemology: a history of the present
19-20-21 mai 2016
Inscriptions sur https://episthist.hypotheses.org/

Jeudi 19 mai
Salle Cavaillès (17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005, Escalier C, 1er étage)

Matinée 9h00-13h00
Modérateur : Luca Paltrinieri

Pr. Pierre-Marie MOREL, Directeur Ecole Doctorale de Philosophie
Pr. Sandra LAUGIER, Directrice Centre de Philosophie Contemporaine de la Sorbonne
Pr. Jean-François BRAUNSTEIN, Comité scientifique des journées

« La physionomie en mouvement »
KEYNOTE ADDRESS par François DELAPORTE, Université d’Amiens

10h50-11h00 Pause-café

« Pour en finir avec l’analyse conceptuelle : Les mécanismes pathologiques et la philosophie biologique chez Canguilhem »
Jonathan SHOLL, KU Leuven

« Le concept d’obésité et son statut épistémologique »
Andrea SAGNI, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3

« Autism: an Historical Ontology »
Arianna BARAZZETTI, University of Bergamo; Pietro BARBETTA, University of Bergamo/Milan Centre for Family Therapy; Andrée BELLA, University of Milano-Bicocca; Enrico VALTELLINA, University of Venice/ UERJ, Rio de Janeiro.

APRES-MIDI 14H30-18H00
Modérateur : Ferhat Taylan

« Sur le matérialisme conceptuel de Cavaillès et la méthodologie de l’épistémologie historique »
Paul TIENSUU, University of Helsinki

« Deux formes de vérité sans vérité. Foucault entre Canguilhem et Nietzsche »
Ivan MOYA DIEZ, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

15h50-16h00 Pause-café
« Ce que change la prise en compte du présent. Le cas de la théorie cellulaire au XIXe siècle »
Laurent, LOISON, Centre Cavaillès, ENS Paris

« Des normes de l’évolution à l’évolution des normes. Pour une archéologie des théories évolutionnaires des interactions sociales »
Nicola BERTOLDI, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

« History from the Inside: Synthetic Biologists as Historians of Science »
Massimiliano SIMONS, University of Leuven

Vendredi 20 mai
Salle Lalande (17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005, Escalier C, 1er étage)

MATINEE 9h00-13h00
Modérateur : Laurent Loison

« Normativité et présentisme. L’épistémologie historique et la question du « mariage » entre philosophie et histoire des sciences »
Matteo VAGELLI, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

« Can the History of an Epistemic Norm Bear a Normative Value? Some Reflections on the Status and the Tasks of an Historical Epistemology »
Eugenio PETROVICH, University of Milan

« The Logic of Epistemological Recurrence. Methodology and Normativity in the History and Philosophy of the Sciences »
David PENA-GUZMAN, Laurentian University, Canada

11h30-11h40 Pause-café

« Medicine and the Individual: Reflections on Georges Canguilhem »
KEYNOTE ADDRESS par Cristina CHIMISSO, Open University, UK

APRES-MIDI 14H30-18H00
Modérateur : Orazio Irrera

« Une phénoménotechnique à partir de Spinoza : Quelques remarques critiques à propos de Physique et Métaphysique de Gaston Bachelard »
Gerardo IENNA, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

« L’apport de l’épistémologie historique bachelardienne au marxisme : science, idéologie et construction de la réalité chez Althusser »
Audrey BENOIT, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

15h50-16h00 Pause-café

« L’émergence de l’épistème computationnelle en médecine »
Mathieu CORTEEL, Université Paris-Sorbonne.

« Reflex and Resistance: Canguilhem and the Power of the Concept »
Samuel TALCOTT, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

« Quels rôles jouent les arguments physiologiques dans l’évolution du concept de « situation de travail » dans la « physiologie professionnelle » (1860-1960) ? »
Barthélemy DURRIVE, Université Aix-Marseille

Samedi 21 mai
Salle Lalande (17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005, Escalier C, 1er étage)

MATINEE 9h45-13h00
Modérateur : Daniele Lorenzini

« The Critical Elements of Foucault’s Figure of Man »
Lucas OLSEN, University of Memphis

10h50-11h00 Pause-café
Séance conjointe avec le Séminaire Foucault animé par Jean-François Braunstein

« De la disciplinarisation des savoirs, enjeux et perspectives de recherche »
KEYNOTE ADDRESS par Sabine ARNAUD, Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin

APRES-MIDI 14H30-17H30
Modérateur : Claude-Olivier Doron

« Le milieu, concept relationnel. Normativité des vivants et adaptation: de Canguilhem à Gould et Lewontin »
Fiorenza LUPI, Université de Roma “La Sapienza”

« Une réflexion archéologique de la MTC holistique à travers les problématiques d’événement QingHaoSu »
Mingjie TANG, Institut de philosophie, Académie chinoise des sciences sociales

15h50-16h00 Pause-café

« The Biomedical Formation of “Homosexuality” in the Iberian Contemporary Authoritarianisms: A Comparative Epistemological, Historical case »
Francisco MOLINA, UNED, Madrid

« “Humor”: from Biology to Culture in an Historical Epistemology´s Perspective »
Juan QUEIJO, University of the Republic, Uruguay

Comité scientifique
Christian BONNET, CHSPM, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Jean-François BRAUNSTEIN, PhiCO, ISJPS, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Arnold I. DAVIDSON, Université de Chicago
Pierre WAGNER, IHPST, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Comité organisateur
Ivan MOYA DIEZ, Matteo VAGELLI (coordinateurs)

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Embodying Temporalities: Deep Time, Genealogy, Exile (2016)

Embodying Temporalities: Deep Time, Genealogy, Exile

The Collegium Phaenomenologicum will convene for its 41st annual session in Città di Castello, Italy, from July 11–29, 2016. The Collegium is intended for faculty members and advanced graduate and postdoctoral students in philosophy and related disciplines. The core of the program consists in a series of lecture courses, individual lectures, and intensive text-based seminars.

A participants conference will be held July 9-10.

Courses, Lectures, and Instructors

Week 1: Deep Time: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida

David Wood, Vanderbilt University  

Additional Lectures by Mauro Carbone (Université de Lyon), Paul Davies (University of Sussex),John Sallis (Boston College), Ted Toadvine (University of Oregon)

Week 2: Genealogical and Corporeal Temporalities: Nietzsche, Foucault

Charles Scott & Nancy Tuana, Vanderbilt and Penn State University

Additional Lectures by Robert Bernasconi (Penn State University), David Farrell Krell (DePaul University), Omar Rivera (Southwestern University), Anne O’Byrne (Stony Brook University)

Week3: Time in Exile: Heidegger, Blanchot, Lispector

Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback (SödertörnUniversity)

Additional Lectures by Claudia Baracchi (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca),Sean Kirkland (DePaul University), Jason Winfree (CSU Stanislaus)

Participants will be comfortably housed at Hotel Le Mura (***) in the historic center of Città di Castello. The cost for room and board (full pension) will be €40 (double occupancy) and €54 (single room) per day. The program fee for the three-week session will be €275. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2016.(This is flexible).

Prof. Alejandro A. Vallega and Daniela Vallega-Neu
Department of Philosophy
University of Oregon
1295 University of Oregon
Susan Campbell Hall 211
Eugene, OR 97403
dneu@uoregon.edu and

Prof. Andrew Benjamin
Australian Correspondent
Department of Philosophy and Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization
Monash University
Tel: (+03) 99035003

Prof. Gert-Jan van der Heiden
European Correspondent
Department of Philosophy
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Po Box 9103
6500 HD Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Tel: 31-24-3616227

Prof María Acosta
Latin American Correspondant
Department of Philosophy
DePaul University

Benjamin Brewer
Graduate Assistant
Emory University
561 South Kilgo Circle
214 Bowden Hall
Atlanta, GA 30322

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CFP: Historical Epistemology: a history of the present (2016)

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)

Calls for papers Doctoral and postgrad schools

École Doctorale de l’Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault IMEC (2015)

École Doctorale de l’Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault IMEC

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14, 15 et 16 octobre 2015

Contacts :
Arianna Sforzini : arianna.sforzini@univ-paris-est.fr ; 0781684341 Judith Revel : jrevel@u-paris10.fr ; 0667320713

Mercredi 14 octobre :

Train Paris Saint Lazare-Caen, départ 8h45 Arrivée Caen : 10h53, transfert à l’IMEC


Après-midi, première séance

Clara Zgola : « Les formes de vie ‟autres” et la question urbaine » (CRAL/Pologne) Valentina Moro : « Parrêsia et lamentation : analyser la tragédie grecque avec Michel Foucault » (Université de Padoue, Italie)
Guilel Treiber : « Des contre-conduites à la résistance collective » (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgique)


Jeudi 15 octobre Matin, seconde séance

Frédéric Porcher : « Foucault et le renouveau de la théorie critique » (Université de Strasbourg, France)
Ivan Ponton : « Autour de Théories et institutions pénales : Foucault et le marxisme » (Université Lille 3, France)


Alex Feldman : « La seconde évaluation foucaldienne de Canguilhem : historicisation et matière étrangère » (Penn State University, USA)
Ivan Moya Diez : « La valeur de la vérité, la plus récente erreur de la vie. De Foucault à Canguilhem » (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)


Après-midi, troisième séance :

Ismahène Chamki : « Les normes de l’intelligence, instrument du pouvoir disciplinaire en milieu scolaire » (Université de Nantes, France)
Alice Ancelle : « Modèle critique de relations de soins en EPHAD » (Université Lille 3, France)


Anderson Lima da Silva : « Michel Foucault, la philosophie, l’histoire » (Université de Sao Paulo, Brésil)
Daphné Le Roux : « Pratiques et subjectivation chez Michel Foucault : une réflexion critique » (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France)


Vendredi 16 octobre Matin, quatrième séance :

Ilaria Fornacciari : « Entre archive et critique: Foucault autour de Manet » (Université de Bâle/Université Paris 8)
Clara Mogno : « Foucault et l’image» (Université de Padoue, Italie/Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France)
Ester Jordana Lluch : « La question de la transformation chez Michel Foucault » (Université de Barcelone, Espagne)


Départ pour la gare
Train : départ Caen 14h56, arrivée Paris 16h47

En présence de (selon les sessions) : Frédéric Gros, Orazio Irrera, Judith Revel, Philippe Sabot, Arianna Sforzini

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Governmentality, Neoliberalism, Economy: strategies for critiques of power (7 – 9 December 2015) | CBS – Copenhagen Business School

Governmentality, Neoliberalism, Economy: strategies for critiques of power
(7 – 9 December 2015)
CBS – Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

PhD School
Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies
Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy


Mitchell Dean, Professor of Public Governance, CBS
Stuart Elden, Professor, Monash University
Ute Tellmann, Fakultät Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg
Kaspar Villadsen, Professor (mso), Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy, CBS, Denmark
Marius Gudmand-Høyer, Post.Doc. Scholar, Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy, CBS, Denmark

Course coordinator
Kaspar Villadsen and Mitchell Dean


Only PhD students can participate in the course.

The course requires the submission of a short paper that deals with conceptual problems or analytical designs in relation to Foucauldian inspired/governmentality studies. Furthermore, papers that apply Foucauldian concepts to empirical problems in a variety of domains are welcomed. The paper should state the theme and the analytical strategy of the PhD project and it should be approx. 5 pages. In the paper, the PhD student should state his/her main analytical challenge/concern at his/her current stage in the project.

Papers must be in English. DEADLINE is 2 December 2015.

It is a precondition for receiving the course diploma that the student attends the whole course.


The course will provide the participants with:

a) An updated introduction to key analytical concepts in the governmentality literature, and the potentials and limits of these concepts will be discussed

b) Possibilities for supplementing the governmentality approach with other analytical resources will be discussed. and

c) a discussion of Foucault’s relationship to neoliberalism and his understanding of the economy

In brief, the course aims to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the governmentality framework, that is, its analytical possibilities, its current status, and its possible directions of development with a particular emphasis on contemporary debates on neoliberalism and the economy.


Over the last 20 years, post-Foucauldian “governmentality studies” have come to growing prominence. These studies have been effective in critically analysing new types of liberal government, in particular by demonstrating ‘the active side of laissez faire’. They describe how the motto of ‘pulling back the state’ has been accompanied by a series of governmental strategies and technologies aimed at shaping institutions and subjects in particular ways. Perhaps most noticeably, they have presented a diagnosis of a proliferation of regimes of enterprise and accounting in new and surprising places. But a wide range of other domains have been subjected to governmentality analysis spanning from genetic screening and risk calculation, new crime prevention strategies, to health promotion by self-responsibilisation. In this respect the concepts in governmentality studies continue to constitute effective tools for critical social analysis.

Nevertheless, in recent years critical objections have been raised against the governmentality approach. It has been noted by some observers that the Foucauldian and post-structuralist language, originally used for critical academic purposes, seems to be increasingly appropriated by ‘the powers’ that were the object of such critique. Most notably, this point has been voiced (although in different versions) by Zizek, Boltanski, and Hardt & Negri. These thinkers suggest that a post-structural ’politics of difference’ increasingly seems to be an integral part of the ways, in which institutions and companies organise themselves. Contemporary liberal ways of governing have begun to speak for the dissolution of binary essentials, the destabilisation of rigid power structures, the creation of space for the subject’s self-transforming work upon itself, and so on. In light of this development, we need to think of how to revitalise the Foucauldian concepts of critique/criticism or whether we must push a critical perspective beyond Foucault. A central theme of the PhD course is the search for effective analytical strategies for critique of power (some perhaps less noticed) in the works of Foucault and other writers within and outside the governmentality tradition.

The course gives importance to the need for contextualizing both the concepts that we use for making analysis, both in terms of being aware of how concepts emerge in a particular historical-political context that shape them. We shall hence discuss how to do intellectual history on recent thinkers, including Foucault himself. Foucault’s most intensive reflection on political questions was in the 1970s. Given that the key source of his reflections here are lectures and interviews, we should attend to this reflection less as elaborated theory and more as a kind of performance in a definite context with specific interlocutors. A Foucault very different from his Anglo-American decontextualized reception as a theorist of omnipresent micro-powers emerges if we do so. There are of contemporary events and political currents: European terrorism, state socialism, French Maoism, the Iranian Revolution, the prospects of a Socialist government in France, etc. But there are specific interlocutors including his assistants (Kriegel, Ewald), seminar participants (Pasquino, Procacci, Rosanvallon), colleagues (Donzelot, Castel, Deleuze), auditors, political fractions such as the Second Left and Italian autonomist Marxists. If statements should be read in terms of what they do as much as what they mean, then the diverse trajectories of these thinkers are also relevant to reading Foucault’s political thought.

Teaching style

The course will use lectures given by specialists in the field, round table discussions, and presentation of papers from PhD students. Participation in the course requires a paper with an outline of PhD project or parts of the project. See more details above.

Enroll no later than
Wednesday, 28 October, 2015

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