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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

Entry is free but please register with Eventbrite by Monday, 29th August 5:00pm

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

Podcast on soundcloud

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.

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.

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A Foucauldian Take on Border Violence and Mediterranean Acts of Escape, Maurice Stierl, 04/25/16
CIR/UC Berkeley
Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) / UC Berkeley
Berkeley, United States

Audio Lecture on Soundcast

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Seminar with Daniel Defert: “Reflections on Foucault’s Will to Know” (2013)

Political Science Department and the The France Chicago Center present “Reflections on Foucault’s Lessons on the Will to Know”, with Daniel Defert, Moderated by Bernard E. Harcourt Julius Kreeger Professor and, Chairman of the Political Science Department.

Daniel Defert edited the French edition of Foucault’s Leçons sur la volonté de savoir. Cours au Collège de France 1970-1971 (Gallimard/Seuil 2011), which is being released in English in May 2013 under the supervision of Professor Arnold Davidson of the University of Chicago.

Daniel Defert is a prominent French AIDS activist and the founding president (1984-1991) of the first AIDS awareness organization in France, AIDES. He started the organization after the death of his partner, the French philosopher Michel Foucault.

He is an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud. A professor of sociology, Daniel Defert has been Assistant (1969-1970), Maître-assistant (1971-1985), then Maître de Conférence (from 1985) at the Centre Universitaire of Vincennes, which became in 1972, Université de Paris VIII Vincennes.

Daniel Defert is author of numerous articles in the domain of ethno-iconography and public health. He also co-edited with François Ewald the Dits et Ecrits of Michel Foucault (1994), a posthumous collection of Foucault’s interviews and writings.

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Marcelo Hoffman, Foucault and the Political Party
20th March 2015 | 11:00 – 11:45

Audio, podcast on the Voice Republic site

Marcelo Hoffman holds a PhD from the University of Denver, and has taught at Earlham College and Marian University. His research focuses on contemporary political theory, with a particular emphasis on the contributions of Michel Foucault. He is the author of Foucault and Power: The Influence of Political Engagement on Theories of Power (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014). His writings have been published in New Political Science, Telos, Philosophy & Social Criticism and Michel Foucault: Key Concepts.

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S. M. Amadae, From Panopticon to Prisoner’s Dilemma: Neoliberal Subjects as Prisoners of Reason

25th April, 4pm

RHB 150, Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London SE14 6NW

In this talk, S. M. Amadae (MIT and University of Helsinki) will explore how the pedagogy of game theory and practice of institutional design generates neoliberal subjects and neoliberal governance.  This analytic approach enables us to understand the legitimation of a reactionary interventionist security state as well as the neopaternalism of ‘nudge’.  Neoliberalism is staunchly counter-Enlightenment in reducing agency to consumptive preference satisfaction.  It anticipates the further step toward algorithmic governance and mindless rationality consistent with treating information as signals sustaining rational choice rather than elementary ingredients to be vetted and shared to jointly create horizons of meaning and institutions based on shared expectations.

S. M. Amadae is author of Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy(Cambridge, 2016) and Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy: The Cold War Origins of Rational Choice Liberalism (Chicago, 2003)

All are welcome and no registration is necessary. Details on how to find Goldsmiths are here.

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Oliver Davis, Foucault Tomorrow: Codicil for a Queer Pharmatopia

mp3 of paper delivered in February 2014.

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