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Anthony Alessandrini, “Rescuing the Revolution from Its Outcomes”, Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World, March 23 2017

Part of a Book Symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, University of Minnesota Press, 2016, 272 pp., $27.00 US (pbk), ISBN 9780816699490.

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Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment is an exemplary book in a number of ways, but perhaps first and foremost because of what the book does not do. While it represents the most extensive and sympathetic consideration in English of Michel Foucault’s writings on the events leading up to and culminating in the Iranian Revolution, Ghamari-Tabrizi does not fall into the commonplace critical practice of arguing whether Foucault was “right” or “wrong” about the revolution and its aftermath. More admirably, Foucault in Iran is not satisfied with performing the subtler but still ultimately familiar work of simply asking what Foucault’s writings on Iran can do for us in analyzing our contemporary context. Instead, the book performs Ghamari-Tabrizi’s scrupulous allegiance to what he finds most valuable in Foucault’s work: his insistence upon recognizing “the singularity of the revolution” and the concomitant need “to liberate it from the constraints of universalist narratives” (75). By doing so, he manages to contribute not only a new and significant understanding of Foucault’s late work on ethics, but also an important re-historicizing of the Iranian Revolution for an audience that very likely needs this re-telling. It is on this notion of singularity as Ghamari-Tabrizi reads it out of Foucault’s work, as well as out of the revolution itself, that I will thus focus on in my contribution to this roundtable


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The Colonial and Settler Studies Research Network

The Centre for Critical Human Rights Research

Biopolitics: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable

How and in what ways is the body a site of intervention for power in colonial and postcolonial situations? How do race and gender affect modes of governmentality and representation? This roundtable considers these and related questions from the perspectives of historical, literary and cultural studies.

Chair: Anshuman Mondal (English and Postcolonial Studies, Brunel University).
Jane Carey (History, University of Wollongong)
Timothy Neale (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University)
Michael R. Griffiths (English and Writing, University of Wollongong)
Vera Mackie (History, University of Wollongong)

Tuesday 23rd February, 2016
3:30–5:00 pm
LHA Research Hub 19.2072

The event will be followed by a launch of Griffiths’s edited collection Biopolitics and Memory in Postcolonial Literature and Culture (Ashgate 2016).

Tuesday 23rd February 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

The book addresses the intersection of biopolitics and public practices of memory from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa to the United Nations Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the Stolen Generations in Australia.

If you would like to attend, please reply to Alexander Brown  by Monday 22nd February for catering purposes.

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Foucault and May 1968

Published on 18 Jun 2015

François Ewald (CNAM), Bernard Harcourt (Columbia Law School, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought), and Jesús R. Velasco (LAIC Chair, Columbia University) delve into the influences and effects of Michel Foucault’s lectures at the College de France, Penal Theories and Institutions (1971-1972). The panelists explore how the social unrest of 1968 influenced Foucault as he began to work out theories on repressive disciplinary penal systems that he would develop fully in one of his most important works, Discipline and Punish.

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NOV 18, 2014 | 7PM
Albertine Books
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

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On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the death of Michel Foucault, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Collège International de Philosophie present Minds in Migration: a series of lively debates on contemporary issues.

Non-fiction books, recently translated from French, will serve as a starting point to explore crucial issues such as conflicts and reconciliations, untranslatables, whistleblowing and self-censorship, environmental threats, capitalism and dialogue between religions. Philosophers, novelists, artists, social and political scientists, translators, journalists and movie directors alike will join the conversation and shed light on questions raised by these works.

The debates should not only prove to be great food-for-thought, but hopefully also efficient tools of empowerment.

A discussion about Michel Foucault’s The Courage of Truth (transl. Graham Burchell, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

In his last course at the Collège de France, Michel Foucault investigated the function of ‘truth telling’ in politics. In view of sobering revelations such as the Snowden affair, panelists will delve into the subject of self-restraint as contrasted with the risks taken by whistleblowers.

With DIDIER FASSIN (Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) ANN STOLER (Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies, New School for Social Research) DIOGO SARDINHA (Chair, Collège International de Philosophie)

Moderated by ERIC BANKS (Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities)

In partnership with the Institute for Public Knowledge and the New York Institute for the Humanities.



Eric Banks is a writer and editor based in New York. A former senior editor of Artforum, Banks relaunched Bookforum in 2003 and was editor in chief until 2008. Banks’s writing has appeared in Bookforum, the New York Times Book Review, the Financial Times, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, Aperture… From 2011 to 2013, he served as president of the National Book Critics Circle. He is a two-term member of the NBCC board of directors and chair of its award committees on Biography and Criticism. He is researching a book about the life and afterlife of Renaissance writer, doctor, and savant François Rabelais.

Didier Fassin is an anthropologist and a sociologist who has conducted fieldwork in Senegal, Ecuador, South Africa, and France. Trained as a physician in internal medicine and public health, he dedicated his early research to medical anthropology. More recently, he has developed the field of critical moral anthropology. He is currently conducting an ethnography of the state, through a study of police, justice, and prison, and analyzes the possible contribution of the social sciences to a public debate regarding security, punishment, and inequality. His recent books include The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry Into the Condition of Victimhood (2009), Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present (2011), Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing (2013).

Diogo Sardinha is the Chair of the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, where he also heads the research program “Violence and Politics” (2010-2016). He studied philosophy in Lisbon and at Paris-Nanterre University before continuing his research in São Paulo and Berlin. He has published L’Emancipation de Kant à Deleuze (Hermann, 2013) and Ordre et Temps dans la Philosophie de Foucault (L’Harmattan, 2011). In 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University.

Ann  Stoler is Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at the The New School for Social Research in New York. She holds a PHD in anthropology from Columbia University and is known for her writings about the treatment of race in the works of French philosopher Michel Foucault. Stoler has worked on issues of colonial governance, racial epistemologies, and the sexual politics of empire, and is the Founding Director of the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) at the New School for Social Research


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Foucault : la prison aujourd’hui
19-30 mars 2014

Dix jours d’événements autour des représentations de la pièce de théâtre FOUCAULT 71
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(Texte d’Anne-Catherine Menétrey-Savary, Le Courrier, 3 mars 2014)

et autour de la manifestation: La question de l’abolition de la prison

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With thanks to Dirk Felleman for this link

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Dotan Leshem College de France lectures 10.25.13.indd

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