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A Foucauldian Take on Border Violence and Mediterranean Acts of Escape, Maurice Stierl, 04/25/16

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Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and Society, Townsend Center for the Humanities: Course Thread on Law and the Humanities, and the Institute of European Studies.

The unauthorized mass-movements of 2015, when more than a million people crossed maritime borders into European space, demonstrated more clearly than ever before that Europe’s deterrence politics had failed. The necropolitical obstacle course created by its border regime proved unable to prevent these disobedient mobilities. What we witness today, while often termed a “migrant or refugee crisis,” is in fact a crisis of the European project. Current processes of internal re-bordering along sovereign nation-state lines and logics significantly undermine Europe’s supposed post-national ethos and trans-border imaginary. In this talk Stierl explores “Europe in crisis” and relates to some of the experiences he made through his own activist involvement in “border struggles,” as part of the activist collective ‘WatchTheMed Alarm Phone’ that has created a “hotline” for people in distress at sea. Advocating the freedom of movement and seeking to democratize maritime borderzones, the collective has created a presence in spaces seemingly reserved for sovereign state actors and has facilitated the safe arrival of thousands of travelers. In this talk he also draws from three “moments” in Michel Foucault’s writing and thought that help us think conceptually through the relationship between (migrations’) excess and (borders’) control and prompt us to reflect on the ways in which “Mediterranean acts of escape” transform the European socio-political landscape and community.

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As part of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Religion Forum 2009-10 Lecture Series, Mark D. Jordan, Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Divinity at HDS, presented “Reading Foucault: Becoming Again What We Never Were” on April 12, 2010. This event was sponsored by the Committee on Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Religion at Harvard.

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Ciclo de conferencias de Nikolas Rose (2015)
Nuevo horario conferencia de Nikolas Rose . Martes 17/11, 18 horas. Quebec 415, Providencia.


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Jessica Whyte on Michel Foucault and ‘the right to intervene’

Audio of talk on the Foucault-Blog

Last year Jessica Whyte from the University of Western Sydney was a visiting scholar at the Zentrum Geschichte des Wissens in Zurich. On October 22, she held a lecture on “A Right of Private Individuals or a Responsibility of States? Michel Foucault and the Right to Intervene”, in which she talked about Foucault’s thoughts on the Iranian Revolution, neoliberal economic policies, the politics of human rights and much more.

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The Neoliberalism Controversy and Saint Foucault
Professor Mitchell Dean

Copenhagen Business School

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Tues 15 December 2015
3pm – 5pm

Room 116
Sir Llew Edwards Building (14)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia campus

There is currently something of a controversy concerning Michel Foucault and neoliberalism, sparked by a book of that title, edited by Daniel Zamora and Michael Behrent (Polity, 2015). The book has already achieved notoriety in its earlier French form, but it chimed with the recent claim by François Ewald, that Foucault had made an “apology of neoliberalism” in the late 1970s. Here I argue that this controversy signals the end to a rather de-contextualized and ahistorical view of Foucault as a felicitous combination of activist and radical critic of mainstream knowledge and institutions who somehow became the most influential figure in the humanities and social sciences. I offer some reflections both on the habitus and persona of high-status intellectuals and on the social and political contexts in France during a moment of historic rupture with the post-war settlement. I argue that it is possible to identify Foucault’s affirmative views on neoliberalism as an ideal set of principles of social organization, as a language of critique of the welfare state, and as an element of actual political forces within the French Left of the 1970s. I conclude by suggesting that the current discussion might signal a change of Foucault’s status today from “unsurpassable horizon” of critical thought to acknowledged classical thinker, with strengths and limitations, and a series of problems that might not be our own.

Mitchell Dean is Professor of Public Governance at the Copenhagen Business School. He is author of, among others, Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society (Sage, 1999/2010), The Signature of Power (Sage, 2013), and, with Kaspar Villadsen, State Phobia and Civil Society: the Political Legacy of Michel Foucault (Stanford University Press, 2015). He has published extensively in international journals and describes his work as at the nexus between political and historical sociology and political theory and philosophy.

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Michel Foucault et la peinture

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Faculty Associate, Catherine Soussloff, will be giving a series of seminars on “Michel Foucault et la peinture” as Visiting Lecturer at the Collège de France in Paris on May 5, 12, 19 and 26 beginning at 2:30 pm.

About the speaker:

Catherine M. Soussloff’s research explores the historiography, theory, and philosophy of art in the European tradition from the Early Modern period (ca. 1400) to the present. She has published books and over forty essays and articles, and she has lectured extensively in Canada, Europe, the U.K., the U.S.A., and South America. Professor Soussloff has advised and supervised M.A. and Ph.D. graduates in Art History, Visual and Cultural Studies, History of Consciousness, Literature, and History. Known for her comparative and historical approaches to the central theoretical concerns of art history and aesthetics, Soussloff’s recent publications have focused on: Performance theory and visual culture, theories of painting from Leonardo da Vinci to contemporary post-structuralism, concepts of the Baroque, Viennese art and culture in the early 20th century, Jewish studies and art history, contemporary theories of the image, and curatorial practice.  She is presently preparing two books for publication: Michel Foucault and Painting and Theory for Art in the Late Twentieth Century.  Soussloff’s views on Foucault are featured in the Slovenian art mockumentary: MY NAME IS JANEZ JANŠA (dir. Janez Jansa). 

Before coming to UBC in 2010 as Head of the department, Professor Soussloff taught for twenty-four years at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she held a prestigious University of California Presidential Chair in Visual and Performance Studies and the first Patricia and Rowland Rebele Chair in the History of Art. For twelve years Soussloff was Director of Visual and Performance Studies, an international and multi-disciplinary faculty-graduate research initiative. In that capacity she programmed major conferences and an annual seminar series, funded by competitively awarded grants. She recently served as Chair of the Editorial Board of the Art Journal (College Art Association of America) and she was a founding editor of Images: Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture. For two years she was a member of the board of Live Vancouver, the city’s performance art biennale.

Professor Soussloff has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Getty Research Institute, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the College Art Association of America, the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania and the Institute for the Humanities at New York University. In summer 2011 Soussloff was resident at the University of California, Irvine where she held a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar fellowship for the study of Walter Benjamin’s Later Writings. During the academic year 2013-14 Catherine M. Soussloff is a distinguished scholar in residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Collège de France, Salle 5 11, place Marcelin-Berthelot, 75005 Paris
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Thomas Zummer. Foucault, the apparatus and the sublime. 2014

Published on 12 Feb 2015

http://www.egs.edu/ Thomas Zummer, artist and independent scholar, giving a talk on the apparatus in Foucault and Agamben, the phantasma and the sublime. In the final section of the clip, Leslie Thornton’s film “A philosopher’s walk on the sublime” is shown. Theorists discussed include Foucault, Nietzsche, Agamben, Heidegger, Sophocles, Jean-Luc Nancy and others. The talk essentially presents a complex meditation on the philosophical concepts of dispositif/apparatus, withdrawal, violence, the sublime, the phantasm and the aporias of communication. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2014 Thomas Zummer and Leslie Thornton.

Thomas Zummer is an artist and lecturer at the Tyler School of Art and a visiting professor in critical studies in the Transmedia Programme at the Hogeschool Sint Lukas, Brussels, as well as visiting professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee. Thomas Zummer is an internationally aclaimed independent scholar and writer, as well as being an artist and curator. As an artist he has exhibited internationally since 1976, including at Exit Art, Thread Waxing Space, and The Dia Foundation in New York City as well as at the CAPC in Bordeaux and Wigmore Hall in London. With his wife, they have had a long collaboration as well with The Wooster Group, acting in many of their performances. Most recently, Zummer was artist in residence at the haudenschildGarage in La Jolla, California. In 1995 Thomas Zummer won 5th Prize in the ACA/CODA Architectural Design Competition for the City of Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics.

Education has played an essential role in the development of Thomas Zummer as both an artist and writer. His academic career began in Michigan where his undergraduate studies at Delta College and University of Michigan. Zummer’s undergraduate studies focused on paleozoology, philosophy and cinema. In 1974 Thomas moved to Hartford, Connecticut. Thomas Zummer obtained his BFA in 1976, focusing on Aesthetics and Cinema Studies at the Hartford Art School / University of Hartford. Thomas Zummer participated as a panelist and attended seminars at the Center for 20th Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee room 1979-82. From 1980-81 Thomas was at the New School for Social Research where he was a graduate faculty and studied philosophy. In 1982 Thomas Zummer began his studies with Paul de Man and Jacques Derrida at Yale University in the Comparative Literature department. Thomas Zummer then worked as a research assistant to Michel Foucault. at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1981-86 Zummer studied with Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Umbert Eco, Paul Ricoeur and John Searle at the University of Toronto, Institute for Semiotics and Structural Studies. From 1991-92 Zummer studied Arabic Languages at The New School for Social Research.

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