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L’incontro è avvenuto a Milano nel 1968, organizzato da Eco e da Enzo Melandri, che è il primo degli intervistatori in questo breve video. Una foto dell’incontro è stata inserita nella riedizione Quodlibet di “La linea e il circolo” di Enzo Melandri. Eco e Melandri scommisero una birra su come Foucault avrebbe pronunciato “episteme”: alla francese, secondo Melandri, o alla greca, secondo Eco (vinse Melandri). L’incontro non fu organizzato per caso: Melandri, assieme a Celati, Calvino, Carlo Ginzburg, e altri, lavoravano al progetto di una rivista incentrata sul concetto di “archeologia”, che purtroppo non andò in porto (sia Celati che Calvino hanno scritto un saggio che ruota attorno all’archeologia: si tratta dei materiali di discussione del progetto). Inoltre, Melandri stava scrivendo “La linea e il circolo”, nel quale si confronta anche con Foucault.
Sarebbe interessante sapere da dove proviene questo video, e se è disponibile una verione più lunga.

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Michel Foucault, Dire vrai sur soi-même Conférences prononcées à l’Université Victoria de Toronto

Vrin – Philosophie du présent
296 pages – 12,5 × 18 cm
ISBN 978-2-7116-2749-3 – mars 2017

À la fin du premier semestre 1982, Michel Foucault prononce à l’Université Victoria de Toronto un cycle de conférences intitulé Dire vrai sur soi-même. Le thème de ces conférences, s’inscrivant dans le cadre du projet d’une généalogie du sujet occidental moderne, est la formation historique de l’herméneutique de soi. Après avoir analysé le type très particulier de connaissance de soi et de rapport à soi qui caractérise l’askêsis gréco-romaine, où il s’agit pour le sujet d’établir avec lui-même une relation de possession et de souveraineté, Foucault étudie le renversement qui conduit, aux premiers siècles du christianisme, et tout particulièrement dans les communautés monastiques, à la naissance d’une herméneutique de soi conçue comme l’exploration et le déchiffrement par le sujet de sa propre intériorité. Pour définir ce renversement, Foucault introduit ici une distinction inédite entre deux formes d’ascèse, l’une tournée vers la vérité, l’autre tournée vers la réalité. Parallèlement aux conférences, Foucault conduit à Toronto un séminaire consacré à l’étude détaillée de textes des auteurs anciens sur lesquels s’appuient ses analyses de la culture de soi antique. Il y présente également une esquisse des différentes significations de la notion de parrêsia dans l’Antiquité, qui allait devenir le thème principal de ses derniers travaux. Ces conférences et ce séminaire sont publiés ici pour la première fois, dans une édition critique.

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Letzlove, portrait(s) Foucault
Adaptation de Pierre Maillet
d’après Vingt ans et après / Letzlove l’anagramme d’une rencontre de Thierry Voeltzel
mise en scène Pierre Maillet

Du mar. 28/02/17 au sam. 04/03/17
Rouen
Du mar. 25/04/17 au jeu. 27/04/17
Brest

Critiques

Présentation

Eté 1975. Un jeune homme fait du stop sur l’autoroute en direction de Caen. Le conducteur qui s’arrête a un look inhabituel : un homme chauve, avec des lunettes cerclées d’acier, un polo ras du cou et une curiosité constante pour son jeune passager. Ils échangent leurs coordonnées avant de se dire au revoir… Trois ans plus tard paraîtra un livre d’entretiens entre cet inconnu de vingt ans, Thierry Voeltzel, et ce célèbre philosophe, Michel Foucault, qui avait alors tenu à garder l’anonymat. Au cours de la conversation qui se noue entre eux, sont abordées les mutations existentielles de la jeunesse dans son rapport avec la sexualité, les drogues, la famille, le travail, la religion, la musique, les lectures… et la révolution. Quarante ans après, l’intérêt de ce document réside autant dans les expériences vécues de Thierry que dans le portrait en creux de son interviewer.

Le passage au théâtre de ces entretiens rendra donc palpable, physique et vivante l’impression directe provoquée à leur lecture. Mettre en avant la rencontre, et surtout le jeune homme. En faire le portrait avec une chaise, un projecteur diapos et deux micros. Utiliser les outils de tout conférencier, professeur, ou rencontre publique quelconque (du moins en 1975) pour mettre l’intime en lumière avec la même franchise et la même décontraction que son interlocuteur il y a quarante ans. Nous serons deux, comme dans le livre. En lumière le jeune Thierry, qui sera un garçon d’aujourd’hui et surtout du même âge. Quant à moi je me chargerai des questions. L’idée de cette forme, très autonome et très simple permettrait au spectacle de circuler le plus possible : à l’université, dans les librairies, bibliothèques, divers lieux culturels et sociaux, en appartements, mais aussi bien sûr au théâtre, dans les décors des spectacles qui joueraient au même moment, pourquoi pas… La circulation presque interventionniste de cette parole intime et libertaire me paraît juste, excitante, et permet de poser simplement par le biais d’une attention particulière à la jeunesse et au dialogue inter générationnel, la question de la liberté et de l’engagement.

Letzlove – portrait(s) Foucault, d’après « Vingt ans et après », de Michel Foucault et Thierry Voeltzel (éd. Verticales, 2013). Adaptation et mise en scène Pierre Maillet. Le Monfort Théâtre, 106, rue Brancion, Paris 15e. Tél. : 01-56-08-33-88. Du mardi au samedi à 20 h 30, jusqu’au 21 janvier. Durée : 1 h 20. Puis à Rouen du 28 février au 4 mars, et à Brest du 25 au 27 avril.

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fargeDisorderly Families: Infamous Letters from the Bastille Archives
By Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault
Edited by Nancy Luxon
Translated by Thomas Scott-Railton
University of Minnesota Press | 344 pages | January 2017
ISBN 978-0-8166-9534-8 | jacketed cloth | $35.00

First published in French in 1982, this first English translation of Disorderly Families contains ninety-four letters collected by Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault from ordinary families who submitted complaints to the king of France in the eighteenth century to intervene and resolve their family disputes. Together, these letters offer unusual insight into the infamies of daily life.

PRAISE FOR DISORDERLY FAMILIES:
“An enlightening compilation that will leave historically inclined readers wanting to dig a little further into the archives.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Expertly edited, this thoughtful translation of Disorderly Families adds a central pillar to the English archive of Michel Foucault’s work. A source of fascination for him since at least the 1950s, the Bastille lettres de cachets deeply influenced and shaped his analysis of power. As he discovered, these letters were what he and Arlette Farge would call a ‘popular practice,’ demanded from below, and not an arbitrary exercise of monarchical power—and they would become a key building block for Foucault’s theory of power-knowledge. This exceptional English translation gives life to Foucault’s—and Farge’s—subversive desire to breathe life into these beautiful, infamous, and obscure lives.” —Bernard E. Harcourt, Columbia University

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Arlette Farge is Director of Research in Modern History at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris and the author of more than a dozen books, including Fragile Lives and The Allure of the Archives.

Michel Foucault (1926–1984) was a French philosopher and held the Chair in the History of Systems of Thought at the Collège de France. He is often considered the most influential political theorist of the second half of the twentieth century. His most notable works include History of Madness, Discipline and Punish, and The History of Sexuality, among others.

Nancy Luxon is associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Crisis of Authority: Politics, Trust, and Truth-Telling in Freud and Foucault.

Thomas Scott-Railton is a freelance French–English translator living in Brooklyn, New York, and previously translated Arlette Farge’s The Allure of the Archive.
For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book’s webpage:
https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/disorderly-families

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subjectsFoucault and the Making of Subjects
Edited by Laura Cremonesi; Orazio Irrera; Daniele Lorenzini and Martina Tazzioli, Rowman & Littlefield. Forthcoming October 2016

Michel Foucault’s account of the subject has a double meaning: it relates to both being a “subject of” and being “subject to” political forces. This book interrogates the philosophical and political consequences of such a dual definition of the subject, by exploring the processes of subjectivation and objectivation through which subjects are produced. Drawing together well-known scholars of Foucaultian thought and critical theory, alongside a newly translated interview with Foucault himself, the book will engage in a serious reconsideration of the notion of “autonomy” beyond the liberal tradition, connecting it to processes of subjectivation. In the face of the ongoing proliferation of analyses using the notion of subjectivation, this book will retrace Foucault’s reflections on it and interrogate the current theoretical and political implications of a series of approaches that mobilize the Foucaultian understanding of the subject in relation to truth and power.

Reviews

This fascinating set of essays brings together some of the best known French and Anglophone commentators on Foucault’s work today. The result is a splendid collection of engagements with Foucault’s late reconceptualization of subjectivity that ranges widely over the late lecture courses at the Collège de France, and beyond. Foucault and the Making of Subjects takes a subject we thought we knew well – Foucault and the subject – and makes it new (and urgent, again) for us. Endlessly interesting and provocative.
— Ben Golder, University of New South Wales

This is an excellent collection including work by established scholars as well as some of the leading members of a new generation of continental Foucault scholarship. The focus on Foucault’s concern with the making of subjects’ sustains its coherence across a diverse range of contributions. Critically probing and extending Foucault’s work across topics of autonomy, truthfulness, sexual avowal, ideology, desire, and collective subjectivities, it demonstrates the salience of, and resources offered by, Foucault’s work for social and political theory.
— David Owen, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Southampton

In this inspiring collection, which features a very significant and newly available interview with Foucault, the authors mount an engaging and detailed case for Foucault’s practical utility in conceptualising ethical and political action at both the individual and social levels. Carefully refuting a number of commonly held misconceptions about Foucault’s work on this score, this book is essential reading.
— Clare O’Farrell, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology

In the fast growing field of research on Foucault, this volume stands out. It provides careful and expert appraisals of recently published textual sources, as well as offering strikingly novel insights on the important issue of collective political resistance.
— Johanna Oksala, Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki, Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, USA

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Progressive Geographies

image_miniArlene Farge and Michel Foucault, Disorderly Families: Infamous Letters from the Bastille Archives, forthcoming with University of Minnesota Press, edited by Nancy Luxon and translated by Thomas Scott-Railton. The UMP page says January 2017; Amazon suggests November 2016. There will be a companion book of essays, entitled Archives ofInfamy, also edited by Nancy Luxon – more details when available.

Drunken and debauched husbands; libertine wives; vagabonding children. These and many more are the subjects of requests for confinement written to the king of France in the eighteenth century. These letters of arrest (lettres de cachet) from France’s Ancien Régime were often associated with excessive royal power and seen as a way for the king to imprison political opponents. In Disorderly Families, first published in French in 1982, Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault collect ninety-four letters from ordinary families who, with the help of hired scribes, submitted complaints…

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Danger, Crime and Rights: A Conversation between Michel Foucault and Jonathan Simon.
Edited and transcribed by Stuart Elden.Theory, Culture & Society May 10, 2016

doi: 10.1177/0263276416640070

Abstract
This article is a transcript of a conversation between Michel Foucault and Jonathan Simon in San Francisco in October 1983. It has never previously been published and is transcribed on the basis of a tape recording made at the time. Foucault and Simon begin with a discussion of Foucault’s 1977 lecture ‘About the Concept of the “Dangerous Individual” in 19th-Century Legal Psychiatry’, and move to a discussion of notions of danger, psychiatric expertise in the prosecution cases, crime, responsibility and rights in the US and French legal systems. The transcription is accompanied by a brief contextualizing introduction and a retrospective comment by Simon.

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