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Book Symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, Society for contemporary thought and the Islamicate world (SCTIW)


“Foucault and Iran” by Banu Bargu (New School for Social Research)


“Rescuing the Revolution from Its Outcomes” by Anthony C. Alessandrini (Kingsborough Community College / CUNY Graduate Center)


“Foucault: Against the Ideology of the Enlightenment” by Corey McCall (Elmira College)


“Foucault’s Folly: Iran, Political Spirituality, and Counter-Conduct” by Kevin Thompson (DePaul University)


“Foucault, the Iranian Revolution, and the Politics of Collective Action” by Navid Pourmokhtari (University of Alberta)

“A Letter to Foucault: Selectively Narrating the Stories of Secular Iranian Feminists” by  Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi (Columbia University)


“Revisiting Foucault in Iran: A Response” by Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)


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Foucault in Ireland
24 March 2017
Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Attendance is free but you are required to register

A symposium focused on the engagement of the ideas of Michel Foucault by scholars working on the island of Ireland. It begins with a roundtable on the recent works on Foucault by Stuart Elden and then has papers from academics working in Ireland or on Irish topics – including criminology, international relations, social work, philosophy, geography, literary studies, cultural studies, English, etc.

Preliminary Programme
9.30. Registration, Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
9.45. Introductions
10.00. Roundtable on Stuart Elden’s Foucault: the birth of power (Polity, 2017) and Foucault’s Final decade (Polity, 2016). With Stuart Elden,
Gerry Kearns, Mick Wilson, and Audronė Žukauskaitė. There will be flyers on the day so that people can order the books at a discount
11.00. Session 1
12.00. Lunch
13.00. Session 2
14.00. Session 3
15.00. Tea
15.30. Session 4
16.30. Final Roundtable
17.30. Reception and book launch for S.E. Wilmer and Audronė Žukauskaitė (eds.), Resisting Biopolitics: Philosophical, Political and Performative Strategies (Routledge, 2016). Trinity College

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Introduction: The Making Visible of Carceral Politics

Marijn Nieuwenhuis, University of Warwick

This symposium contains a rich collection of contributions based on the screening of the French documentary film Sur les Toits (“On the Roofs”). On a Wednesday in May 2016 I invited the film’s independent maker, Nicolas Drolc, and a number of academics from across Warwick’s humanities and social sciences to the screening of the movie. The result was a friendly and productive discussion on an important, but sometimes forgotten, episode in the history of incarceration (see, however, Zurn and Dilts 2016). The essays presented here comprise an interview with the director and a series of original reflections (from Dominique Moran, Sophie Fuggle, Anastasia Chamberlen, Oliver Davis and Stuart Elden) on both the film and its subject of investigation.

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The “Biological Turn” in Law – A Critical Appraisal

This symposium is a cooperation between UNSW Law, the Initiative for Bio-Legalities, the School of Social Sciences, and the Biopolitical Studies Research Network, UNSW.

Date: Friday, 23 October, 2015
Venue: Staff Common Room, Level 2, UNSW Law Building
RSVP: http://thebiologicalturninlaw.eventbrite.com.au

This symposium is interested in pursuing some of the implications of the “biological turn” in the human and social sciences as they touch upon jurisprudence and legal theory. Many studies show that with the increasing use of biological markers of identity (genetic, biometric, etc.), the traditional category of the legal (and moral) person is increasingly becoming unable to articulate or track the new interfaces between life and law. This symposium thematizes the empirical and normative transformations in the ideas of legal personhood, legal form, and subjective rights caused or motivated by the biologization of law and politics.

PDF of full program and speaker biographies

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Call for Papers
Theatre, Performance, Foucault!

TaPRA Theatre, Performance, and Philosophy working group interim event
– a one-day symposium

Date: 4th July 2015
Location: King’s College London

Further info

Michel Foucault was not only one of the most controversial and provocative thinkers of the 20th Century, he was also one of its most inventive and penetrating researchers: his work restlessly innovating new methodological openings around which other thinkers would forge entirely new disciplinary fields. Notoriously hard to pin down, his work evades easy categorisation – indeed, who was Foucault? – poststructuralist philosopher, historian of ‘systems of thought’, ‘radical journalist’ – Foucault seems to have been all of these things, and so much more. It is perhaps for this reason that his work retains its currency for us. Fundamentally, what makes Foucault’s work compelling comes down to the question that he repeatedly asked – a question that remains just as vital and urgent today: ‘what are we at the present time?’

It is with this question in mind that the Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) is delighted to host a one-day symposium entitled: “Theatre, Performance, Foucault!” as its interim event. If Foucault was fond of employing theatre as a metaphor in his work, in this symposium we wish to take that metaphor literally: how does Foucault’s work help us to understand contemporary and/or historical problems in theatre and performance today?

The symposium will consist of curated round-tables, twenty-minute papers and ten-minute provocations. If you would like to contribute a paper or provocation to the symposium, please submit a max. 200-word abstract and brief biography by 23rd May to Tony Fisher (tony.fisher@cssd.ac.uk), Kélina Gotman (kelina.gotman@kcl.ac.uk), and Eve Katsouraki (e.katsouraki@uel.ac.uk). We will get back to you with a response by 31st May.

Papers and provocations may address any aspects of Foucault’s thinking and/or Foucauldian approaches to theatre and performance, including the following:

– Theatre, performance and biopolitics

– Theatre, performance and state power

– Theatre, performance and ethics

– Theatre, performance and genealogy

– Performance and discipline(s)

– Theatre, Foucault & the non-human life / animal rights

– Performance, Foucault & ecology

– Theatre and the social sciences

– Theatre, performance and archaeology

– Theatre, performance and the history of ‘madness’

– Theatre, performance and the history of sexuality

– Theatre, performance and discourse

– Performance, Foucault & his heirs

Please note: You need to be an existing member of TaPRA to present or attend. If you are not, you can become a member at the cost of £10. Registrations will open by the end of May and you can register via Eventbrite (details to follow).

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GIP Legacy

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DePaul University Humanities Center & the Department of Philosophy

Foucault and the legacy of the prisons information group (GIP)

MAY 8th, 2015
Richardson Library 115
2350 N. Kenmore
Chicago, IL 60614

Scholars Symposium

1:00-1:10 Opening Remarks
Kevin Thompson, DePaul University

1:10-1:30 “The Dialectic of Theory and Practice”
Bernard Harcourt, Columbia University

1:30-1:50 “Prisoners Inside / Intellectuals Outside: The GIP and the French prison revolts (1971-2)”
Nicolas Drolc, Documentarian

1:50-2:10 “The Creaturely Politics of Prisoner Resistance Movements”
Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University

2:10-2:30 “The GIP and the Question of Failure”
Perry Zurn, DePaul University

2:30-3:00 Q & A

Film Screening

7:00-8:30 Sur les toits (2014, French with English Subtitles)

8:30-9:00 Q & A with Director Nicolas Drolc

(2014, French with English Subtitles)
Nicolas Drolc, Director

Between September 1971 and the end of 1972, for the very first time in French history, prison inmates collectively initiated revolts that led to a takeover of their prisons, to the occupying of prison roof tops, and to the direct communication of their demands to the public.

Now, forty years later, filmmaker Nicolas Drolc explores this forgotten page of social struggle. Through a mixture of archival footage and recordings and extensive interviews with the leaders of the revolt at Nancy, a prison warden from Toul, lawyer Henri Leclerc, sociologist and GIP co-founder Daniel Defert, as well as the ex-convict, writer, and political activist, Serge Livrozet, Sur les toits (On the roofs) paints a portrait of a time and a struggle whose legacy challenges us to confront in our own day the questions of imprisonment, punishment, and the diffusion of the carceral practices of control, surveillance, and normalization.

All events are free and open to the public.

Proceedings are forthcoming in a special issue of the Carceral Notebooks.

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The Politics of Legality in a Neoliberal Age

1-2 August 2014

Staff Common Room, Level 2, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

Building F8. See map

Daniel McLoughlin and Ben Golder are organising a symposium in the Law School on 1-2 August 2014, under the umbrella of the ‘Public Law and Legal Theory Project’ at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. The event is supported both by the Centre and by the Faculty’s workshop support scheme.

The organisers would like to warmly invite all who are interested to attend the event. Registration is free but we do ask that people register their intention to attend by emailing an RSVP to gtcentre@unsw.edu.au with the subject line ‘Neoliberalism Symposium’. Please hurry as spaces are limited!

8.30-9.00:         Registration and Collection of Name Badges

9.00-9.30           Welcome and Introduction

Daniel McLoughlin (University of New South Wales)

9.30-10.45        Panel 1: The Political Economy of Neoliberalism

Damien Cahill, ‘Embedded Neoliberalism and its Durability’ (University of Sydney)

Rob Nicholls, ‘And so to Bed: Regulatory Regimes as a Mechanism to Embed Neoliberalism’ (University of New South Wales)

10.45-11.15:    Morning Tea

11.15-12.30:    Panel 2: Neoliberalism and State Authority

Anna Yeatman, ‘Neoliberalism and the Question of Authority’ (University of Western Sydney)

Chris Butler, ‘State Power under Authoritarian Neoliberalism’ (Griffith University)

12.30-13.30:    Lunch

13.30-15.15:    Panel 3: Law and Economy in Neoliberal Thought

Jessica Whyte, ‘Governing homo œconomicus: Michel Foucault, Adam Ferguson, and the Providential Logic of Civil Society’ (University of Western Sydney)

Miguel Vatter, ‘Legal Systems and Economic Equilibrium: Hayek vs Becker’ (University of New South Wales)

Paul Patton, ‘Rights, Interests and the Basis of Government’ (University of New South Wales)

15.15-15.45:    Afternoon Tea

15.45-17.00:    Panel 4: Neoliberal Uses of the Rule of Law

Martin Krygier, ‘Trajectories of the Rule of Law: Pre-liberal, Liberal, Neo-, and Non-’ (University of New South Wales)

Melinda Cooper, ‘Postcolonial Family Law – Economic Liberalization, Rule of Law and the Reinvention of Tradition’ (University of Sydney)

Saturday 2 August 2014

Staff Common Room, Level 2, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

10.00-11.45:    Panel 5: Law and Neoliberalism in the Global South

Fleur Johns, ‘Power Dispersal in the Work of Milton Friedman and in the Mekong River Basin: Nam Theun II and Xayaburi’ (University of New South Wales)

Javier Couso, ‘Constructing “Privatopia”: The Role of Constitutional Law and Courts in Chile’s Radical Neoliberal Experiment’ (Universidad Diego Portales)

Chepal Sherpa, ‘Theorizing Democratic Legality under Neoliberal Capitalism: India’s Neoliberal Project and the Maoist Alternative’ (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

11.45-12.15:    Morning Tea

12.15-14.00:    Panel 6: Neoliberal Legality Beyond the Nation State

Thomas Biebricher, ‘Understanding the Rise of Juridical Neoliberalism in Europe’ (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘Neo-liberalism as Legalism: The Rise of the Judiciary and International Trade Law’ (Durham University)

Jothie Rajah, ‘Neo-liberalism and the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index’ (American Bar Foundation)

14.00-15.00:    Lunch

15.00-16.45:    Panel 7: Strange Bedfellows? Human Rights and Neoliberalism

Samuel Moyn, ‘A Powerless Companion: Human Rights in the Age of Neoliberalism’ (Harvard)

Zeynep Kivilcim, ‘Articulating Human Rights Discourse in Local Struggles in a Neoliberal Age’ (Istanbul University)

Ben Golder, ‘The Neoliberal Question: Human Rights, Legal Form, and Political Strategy’ (University of New South Wales)

14.45:                 End

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