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David Newheiser, Foucault, Gary Becker and the Critique of Neoliberalism, 13, 2016,
Theory, Culture & Society September 2016 vol. 33 no. 5 3-21

doi: 10.1177/0263276415619997

Although Foucault’s 1979 lectures on The Birth of Biopolitics promised to treat the theme of biopolitics, the course deals at length with neoliberalism while mentioning biopolitics hardly at all. Some scholars account for this elision by claiming that Foucault sympathized with neoliberalism; I argue on the contrary that Foucault develops a penetrating critique of the neoliberal claim to preserve individual liberty. I show that the Chicago economist Gary Becker exemplifies what Foucault describes elsewhere as biopolitics: a form of power applied to the behaviour of a population through the normalizing use of statistics. Although Becker’s preference for indirect intervention might seem to preserve the independence of individuals, under biopolitics individual liberty is itself the means by which populations are governed indirectly. In my view, by describing the history and ambivalence of neoliberal biopolitics, Foucault fosters a critical vigilance that is the precondition for creative political resistance.

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See also video of author presenting paper

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Editor: Although Rodrigo Firmino’s long running Panopticam project has stopped working, this is worth knowing about.

Watching Jeremy, Watching Me, Watching Jeremy

About this Project
The idea of this project came from the irony of having the skeleton of the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham (with a wax head and real clothes) – known, among other things, for designing and proposing the panopticon, later explored by the French philosopher Michel Foucault – recording images of passers-by and visitors in one of the rooms in the main building of the University College London (UCL).

In his will, Bentham requested that after his death, his body be displayed in public, in what he called the “Auto-Icon”. At the UCL now, it is possible to see what is left from his body in a glass case. As part of a research project called PanoptiCam, from UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial AnalysisUCL Centre for Digital HumanitiesUCL Public and Cultural Engagement, and UCL’s Bentham Project, a webcam was installed on the top of the Auto-Icon watching the reaction of passers-by looking at Jeremy’s remains, and broadcasts the images live online via twitter and youtube.

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Editor: For those of you who, like myself, are involved in teaching Foucault: I find this analysis by Slavoj Žižek of John Carpenter’s 1988 film They Live, from Sophie Fiennes’ 2012 film The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology to be particularly apt.

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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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Thanasis Lagios, Foucauldian Genealogy and Maoism
20th March 2015 | 12:00 – 12:45

Conference paper, audio podcast on The Voice Republic site

Thanasis Lagios studied Philosophy, Pedagogy & Psychology (specialization: Philosophy), at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (1998 – 2003). Having completed his postgraduate studies (MA) in Political Philosophy at the University of York (UK, 2004-5), he successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens on “Stirner, Nietzsche, Foucault: The death of God and the end of Man” (2009), which was published by futura in 2012. He has published a Greek translation of Foucault’s 1978 interview “Considérations sur le marxisme, la phénoménelogie et le pouvoir” (futura, 2013). He has published several articles on the history of philosophy, epistemology and political philosophy. Since 2010, he has been teaching in the postgraduate program on Ethics at the Department of Philosophy, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Since 2013, he also teaches philosophy (epistemology/political philosophy) in the EU-sponsored program at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, “Plato’s Academy”.

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Des jardins autres, L’Harmattan ,
Sous la direction de Alexandre Néné et Sarah Carmo
Archives Karéline

ISBN : 978-2-35748-111-4 • mai 2015 • 324 pages

L’extension des villes, la dissolution de leur espace et le phénomène de périurbanisation font du jardin une composante du paysage urbain de plus en plus convoitée. Perçu très souvent comme une bouffée d’air permettant d’échapper à des espaces citadins de plus en plus violents, il est une donnée relationnelle importante à partir de laquelle on pense les villes de demain. Les jardins jouent également sur un effet de sortie : ils sont un espace déviant dans la logique du monde…

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PDF programme

Reprenant ainsi la formule consacrée par Michel Foucault, la journée d’étude « Des Jardins Autres » vise à interroger, dans une approche pluridisciplinaire, l’altérité caractéristique du jardin. Les études de cas seront privilégiées bien que les approches théoriques soient aussi acceptées. Nous proposons ainsi plusieurs axes de recherches :

See also this silent video of photos from the conference and gardens

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Colin Koopman, Historicizing the Critique of Power
20th March 2015 | 14:15 – 15:00

Conference paper, audio podcast on the Voice Republic site

Colin Koopman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon, where he is also 2014-15 Humanities Research Fellow and 2015-16 Wulf Professor of Humanities. He has published widely on genealogy, pragmatism, and political theory. His works on genealogy include his 2013 book Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity (Indiana University Press, 2013) and articles in Critical Inquiry, Constellations, Foucault Studies, and James Faubion’s recent Foucault Now (Polity, 2014) collection.

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