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Les Samedis du Collège international de philosophie
Débat autour du livre de Daniele Lorenzini
“Éthique et politique de soi. Foucault, Hadot, Cavell et les techniques de l’ordinaire” (Paris, Vrin, 2015)

avec Frédéric Gros (Sciences Po), Orazio Irrera (Paris 8/CIPh),
Daniele Lorenzini (Paris 1/Columbia University), Philippe Sabot (Lille 3)

Samedi 25 mars 2017, 10h-13h
Bibliothèque Marguerite Audoux, Salle rez-de-jardin (10 rue Portefoin, 75003 Paris)

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Wendy Brown. In the account of Neoliberalism. 2016

European Graduate School Video Lectures

Published on Jan 25, 2017
http://www.egs.edu Wendy Brown, Professor of Philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS. Saas-Fee Switzerland. August 13 2016.

Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley. Her research interests include the history of political and social theory, Continental philosophy, and critical theory, together with the examination of contemporary capitalism. In her research into the problems that plague contemporary capitalism and neoliberalism, she employs theoretical works of Michel Foucault, Max Weber, Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, and Frankfurt school.

In 1983, Wendy Brown received her doctoral degree from Princetown University. She subsequently taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz and also at Williams College. Since 1999, she has been teaching at the University of California, Berkeley.

Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics (2005) consists of seven articles which were all written for some particular occasion. Brown emphasises this trait of her book and claims that “such occasions mimic, in certain ways, the experience of the political realm: one is challenged to think here, now, about a problem that is set and framed by someone else, and to do so before a particular audience or in dialogue with others not of one’s own choosing.” Every essay in this book begins with a particular problem: what is the relationship between love, loyalty, and dissent in contemporary American political life?; how did neoliberal rationality become a form of governmentality?; what are the main problems of women’s studies programs?, etc. According to Brown, the aim of these essays is not to produce definitive answers to the given questions but “to critically interrogate the framing and naming practices, challenge the dogmas (including those of the Left and of feminism), and discern the constitutive powers shaping the problem at hand.”

In Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire (2006), Wendy Brown subverts the usual and widely accepted conception that tolerance is one of the most remarkable achievements of the modern Western world. She argues that tolerance cannot be perceived as a complete opposite to violence, but that can also be used to justify violence. In order to substantiate this thesis, Brown associates tolerance with figures like George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Samuel Huntington, Susan Okin, Michael Ignatieff, Bernard Lewis, and Seyla Benhabib and claims that “tolerance as a political practice is always conferred by the dominant, it is always a certain expression of domination even as it offers protection or incorporation to the less powerful.”

Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (2010) examines the revival of wall-building in the contemporary world. She shows that the function of these walls is ultimately problematic because they cannot stop crimes, migration, or smuggling, cannot play a defensive role in the case of a war like they did in the past, and they cannot do anything against potential terrorist attacks. However, even if they cannot stop all these threats, walls still have an important symbolic function which Brown explores in her book.

Her most recent work Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (2015) uses Michel Foucault’s The Birth of Biopolitics to analyze the hollowing and evisceration of democracy under neoliberal rationality. Brown describes neoliberalism as a furtive attack on the very foundation of democracy. She treats “neoliberalism as a governing rationality through which everything is “economized” and in a very specific way: human beings become market actors and nothing but, every field of activity is seen as a market, and every entity (whether public or private, whether person, business, or state) is governed as a firm. Importantly, this is not merely a matter of extending commodification and monetization everywhere, as in the old Marxist depiction of capital’s transformation of everyday life. Neoliberalism construes even non-wealth generating spheres—such as learning, dating, or exercising—in market terms, submits them to market metrics, and governs them with market techniques and practices. Above all, it casts people as human capital who must constantly tend to their own present and future value.” To be saved, democracy again needs to become not only the object of theoretical rethinking but also of political struggle.

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

Audio of lecture

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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Le séminaire “Foucault et la question sociale II”
tiendra sa première séance vendredi prochain, le 4 novembre, de 14h à 18h,
à l’Université Lille 3,
UMR STL, salle D. Corbin (métro Pont-de-Bois)

Programme :

14h – Daniele Lorenzini (Paris 1/Columbia University) : Pourquoi la question sociale ?
14h15 – Audrey Benoit (Paris 1/Lille 3) : La critique féministe à la lumière du matérialisme discursif foucaldien
15h – Arianna Sforzini (ICI, Berlin) : Réponse et discussion générale
16h – Philippe Sabot (Lille 3) & Orazio Irrera (Paris 8) : Présentation et discussion de l’ouvrage de Frédéric Rambeau (Paris 8), “Les secondes vies du sujet. Foucault, Deleuze, Lacan” (Hermann, 2016), en présence de l’auteur

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Affiche SemFouc 16-17


Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Institut des sciences juridique et philosophique de la Sorbonne (UMR8103)
Centre de philosophie contemporaine de la Sorbonne (PhiCo)

Séminaire Foucault 2016-2017


Animé par Jean-François Braunstein et Daniele Lorenzini

Les séances ont lieu de 10h30 à 12h30 à l’Université Paris 1, UFR de Philosophie, 17 rue de la Sorbonne, Paris 5e, escalier C, 1er étage, salle Lalande

15 octobre 2016
David SIMONETTA (Collège de France)
« Histoire des idées et histoire des sciences dans L’archéologie du savoir et les épreuves inédites »

19 novembre 2016
Martin RUEFF (Université de Genève)
Titre à préciser

17 décembre 2016
Philippe SABOT (Université Lille 3)
« Le statut de l’événement dans L’archéologie du savoir »

21 janvier 2017
Judith REVEL (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre)
« Le visible et le caché. Quelques remarques sur la place des problèmes historiographiques dans L’archéologie du savoir »

18 mars 2017
Matteo VAGELLI (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
« L’archéologie aux États-Unis. Remarques pour une relecture du “Foucault américain” »

20 mai 2017
Jocelyn BENOIST (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
« L’histoire en extériorité »

Pour pouvoir assister au séminaire, l’inscription est obligatoire. Veuillez envoyer un mail, d’ici le vendredi 14 octobre, à l’adresse suivante : seminairefoucault@gmail.com. Une pièce d’identité vous sera demandée à l’entrée du bâtiment de la Sorbonne.

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Formas de vida e práticas dos valores: políticas da subjectividade no último Foucault
October 26, 2016 – February 15, 2017
Ciclo de seminários do EPLab

Todas as sessões se realizarão das 18h00 às 20h00, em sala a anunciar.

IFILNOVA – Instituto de Filosofia da Nova
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. Berna 26, Lisboa


Coordenação: Marta Faustino e Gianfranco Ferraro

26 Out – Marta Faustino: “A dimensão ético-politica do pensamento de Foucault”
16 Nov – José Caselas: “O sujeito reencontrado: a subjectividade como categoria política”
14 Dez – Marilia Muyalert: “A clinica do comum – desdobramentos de Foucault”
18 Jan – Gianfranco Ferraro: “Verdade e transformação de si: um pensamento do desassossego”
15 Fev – Paulo Roberto: “A parrésia em Foucault”

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