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SUBJECTIVITÉ ET RÉVOLUTION
19 décembre 2017, de 10h à 13h30
Columbia Global Centers – Paris
4 rue de Chevreuse
75006 Paris

À quelles conditions les révolutions et les soulèvements peuvent-ils constituer des matrices de subjectivation ? Quelle place faut-il accorder, au sein de ces expériences visant la transformation du monde social et politique, à la subjectivité et à ses vertus « éthiques » (courage, intégrité, abnégation, etc.) ? Comment articuler la dimension individuelle de l’engagement en première personne à la dimension collective de la lutte, de l’occupation de places, de la grève générale, etc. ?

Rejoignez-nous à Reid Hall (Paris) le 19 décembre 2017 :

10h – Bernard E. Harcourt (Columbia University/EHESS) & Daniele Lorenzini (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles/CCCCT)
Introduction
10h20 – Sophie Wahnich (IIAC, CNRS)
Le courage individuel et collectif en mai-juin 1789 : interroger en historienne la lecture sartrienne de l’archive
10h50 – Frédéric Gros (Sciences Po Paris)
L’éthique du politique
11h20 – Discussion
11h50 – Pause
12h – Guilel Treiber (KU Leuven)
« Se convertir à la révolution »: la révolte comme miracle vécu
12h30 – Judith Revel (Université Paris Nanterre)
Critiques de l’Un : moments révolutionnaires et compositions subjectives
13h – Discussion

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6/13 | REVOLT: FOUCAULT IN IRAN

Daniel Defert (éditeur de Michel Foucault)
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi (University of Illinois at Urbana)
Judith Revel (Université Paris Nanterre)
Moderated by John Rajchman, Daniele Lorenzini, and Bernard E. Harcourt

December 14, 2017 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Jerome Greene Annex, Columbia University
(410 West 117th Street, New York)

See also these links
BERNARD E. HARCOURT | INTRODUCTION TO FOUCAULT ON IRAN: REVOLT AS POLITICAL SPIRITUALITY

DANIELE LORENZINI | PERMANENT VIRTUALITIES

Michel Foucault identified in the Iranian uprising of 1978 a modality of religious political revolt and a form of political spirituality that privileged, in the secular realm, expressly religious aspirations. What Foucault discovered in Iran was, in his words, a political spirituality: a mass mobilization on this earth modeled on the coming of a new Islamic vision of social forms of coexistence and equality.

Foucault described the mass mobilization in Iran as an Islamic uprising. He did not minimize in any way its Islamic religious foundations or modes of expression. On the contrary, Foucault framed the uprising through the lens of Ernst Bloch’s thesis, in The Principle of Hope (3 vols., 1954-1959), on the rise, in Europe, from the twelve to the sixteenth century, of the religious idea that there could come about on this earth a form of religious revolution. Foucault related the events in Iran to this religious model, originally formulated by dissident religious groups in the West at the end of the Middle Ages—and which Foucault referred to as “the point of departure of the very idea of Revolution.”

Foucault explicitly characterized the will of those Iranians in revolt with whom he had contact as taking the form of a “religious eschatology”—not the form of a quest for another political regime, nor in his words for “a regime of clerics,” but instead for a new Islamic horizon. When those in revolt spoke of an Islamic government, Foucault maintained, what they had in mind were new social forms based on a religious spirituality, sharply different than Western models. Foucault pointed to Ali Shariati as the thinker who had most clearly posed the problematic and formulated this vision.

It is to this model of uprising as political spirituality, this modality of religious political revolt that we turn to in Uprising 6/13. By contrast to the modality of revolt that we discussed during our seminar Uprising 3/13 on the Arab Spring, the modality of revolt that Foucault identified in Iran in 1978-79 was expressly and primarily religious. Much (but of course not all, as evidenced once again by subsequent events) of the ideological wellspring in Tahrir Square was more secular, leaderless, and occupational: a form of disobedience against a secular authoritarian regime—at least as portrayed in much of the reportage and documentaries like Tahrir: Liberation Square, directed by Stefano Savona (2012). The situation was very different in 1978 Iran, at least on Foucault’s assessment. And it gives rise to a different modality of revolt: a religious eschatological modality of uprising.

Foucault did not condemn this mode of political spirituality—to the contrary, he wrote about it with respect and admiration for those who rose up and risked their lives against their oppressors. Foucault did warn that “Islam—which is not simply a religion, but a mode of life, a belonging to a history and to a civilization—risks constituting a gigantic powder keg, at the scale of hundreds of millions of people. Since yesterday, any Muslim state can be revolutionized from within, from the basis of its secular traditions.” But he traveled to Iran without hostility, rather with sympathy for the uprising.

And it is here, in his writings on Iran, that Foucault most clearly articulated what he called his own “theoretical ethic”: “It is ‘antistrategic’: to be respectful when a singularity revolts, intransigent as soon as power violates the universal.” (Useless to Revolt?)

Respectful of the individual who rises up, in order to keep one’s indignation and intransigence for the power that represses. What a remarkable statement—and an excellent place to start our seminar on Foucault on Iran: Revolt as Political Spirituality.

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Crítica da representação e crise da ontologia: Foucault e Magritte – Philippe Sabot
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No final de novembro de 2016, os Programas de Pós-Graduação em História e Filosofia da UFG organizaram uma jornada dedicada aos 50 anos de “As Palavras e as Coisas”.
“Crítica da representação e crise da ontologia: Foucault e Magritte” foi o título da conferência apresentada Philippe Sabot. O professor da Universidade de Lille, além de renomado estudioso da obra do filósofo francês, foi o responsável pela edição crítica de “Les mots et les choses” nas obras completas de Michel Foucault, publicadas recentemente na prestigiosa coleção Bibliothèque de la Pléiade.

Philippe Sabot permaneceu uma semana na UFG, onde ministrou mais duas conferências sobre os manuscritos de Michel Foucault e participou de uma série de atividades acadêmicas.

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Séminaire “Penser l’identité et le sujet avec Foucault” à Curitiba (UFPR et PUCPR)
22 et 23 novembre 2017

Ce séminaire constitue le premier volet du programme TaFac (Travailler avec Foucault: approches contemporaines). Ce séminaire sera suivi, les 19 et 20 mars 2018, d’un colloque à Lille sur le thème “Discours et politiques de l’identité – avec et à partir de Foucault”.

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