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Clare O’Farrell, Tool-boxes and rolling marbles: The far-flung applications of Michel Foucault’s work (2016)

Date: Tuesday, 30th August 2016, 11:30am-1:00pm
A Block, Level 3, Conference Room 330
QUT, Kelvin Grove Campus
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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This paper was originally delivered as a keynote presentation to the Foucault @ 90 conference at Ayr in Scotland in June 2016.

Foucault famously said he was writing for users, not readers. He wanted his books to function as tooI-boxes to be deployed in the most applied of areas – he specifically names educators, magistrates, wardens, and conscientious objectors for instance. He also imagined his books as ‘rolling marbles’ that could be picked up and then sent elsewhere. Some 40 years after Foucault expressed these sentiments about his work, he has become the most cited theorist in the social sciences and humanities today. There has been a significant body of commentary on the reception of his ideas in the fields of philosophy, sociology, political theory and history and in applied fields such as education. But far less attention has been paid to some of the less obvious byways of knowledge and cultural expression where the marks of his work are to be found, areas which include acupuncture, dentistry, forestry, opera, graphic novels, even Doctor Who, to name but a few. In describing these unexpected appearances of Foucault’s work, I will be examining at the same time just what it is about his work that encourages such diversity and freedom in its uptake.

About the speaker
Dr. Clare O’Farrell is senior lecturer in the School of Cultural and Professional Learning at QUT. Her research interests include the work of Michel Foucault and its applications, and film and internet culture. She has published two books on Michel Foucault with Macmillan Press (1989) and SAGE (2005) and an edited book on applications of his work. She is currently completing a translation of Foucault’s work on film from French into English for Columbia University Press. She is a founding editor of the Q1 ranked Foucault Studies journal, editor of the Foucault News blog and maintains the michel-foucault.com site.

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Anders Fogh Jensen, Foucault – Systems of Thought – Systems of Management and Governance (2013)

Foucault – Systems of Thought: Systems of Management and Governance.
Danish philosopher Anders Fogh Jensen guides us through some of the primary issues in the philosophy of Michel Foucault (1926-84). Anders demonstrates that, to Foucault, the history of the systems of thought and the systems of governance – the history of how we think and how we think about governance – are one and the same. He also shows how Foucault is an extension of both Kant and Nietzsche in a history of how the categories of the sciences and thought change throughout time, and how knowledge, built on the categories of a certain time, is also always entangled in power. This explanation is about how punitive discipline functions, and finally also a suggestion of how the post-disciplinary society can be understood as a Project Society.
This lecture is based on Anders Fogh Jensen’s book “Mellem ting – Foucaults filosofi” (“In Between Things – The Philosophy of Foucault”). You can read the first chapters here:

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Date: May 30, 2014

Location: Stanford University Humanities Center

Talk Title: Paul Rabinow “Contemporary Inquiry: Ecologies of Assemblages”

Abstract: How should one conduct inquiry—today—into problems of broad scope and historical depth? How should one give form to participant-observation into problem spaces in which the specific site must be understood to be connected with multiple other sites and formations? In sum, how should one conduct contemporary inquiry?

In this keynote address, Paul Rabinow will argue that traditional modes of comparison have assumed that the parameters of comparison are known and/or stable. It follows that given that inquiry is focused on specific cases or examples. However, whilst terms such as culture or society or politics or history have functioned as the stable comparison units in the past (and continue to do so in much of the social sciences today), their status has come under sustained scrutiny in recent decades.

The challenge, then, is to conceptualize, narrate and give form to a mode of inquiry that would bring together diverse cases by Rabinow and his students and collaborators, such as: post-genomic forays into designing living organisms and systems; emergent forms of curatorial practices in the trans-national art market; the rise of right wing Hindu nationalist movements in India and the politics and representation of the border disputes in South Sudan. New modes of contemporary inquiry require conceptual innovation as well as a remediated practice of participant-observation that confronts and values the singularity of dimensions of such cases whilst refusing to abandon more general claims.

See more information at the contemporary.stanford.edu

Sponsored by: The Stanford Europe Center, Stanford Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and the Stanford Humanities Center.

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Dr. Thomas Lemke: “Biopolitics: Current Issues and Future Challenges”
Keynotes from the Biopolitics, Society, and Performance conference. October 2012, Trinity College Dublin.

Also of interest, another keynote lecture from the same conference

Rosi Bradotti: “What is ‘Human’ about the Humanities today?”

With thanks to Dirk Felleman for this link

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