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Many thanks to all who commented on Twitter and Facebook on yesterday’s photo – especially Alistair Leadbetter and Rangel Luis Manuel.

gettyimages-124131619-2048x2048 FRANCE – FEBRUARY 23: Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes and Pierre Boulez in Paris, France on February 23, 1978. (Photo by Gilbert UZAN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

From left to right, the people are Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Roland Barthes, Jean-Claude Risset, Gerald Bennett, Michel Decoust, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze.

There are some details on the event here.

Rangel also sent a link to a video of the event, organised by IRCAM at the Centre Pompidou. It includes Foucault’s contribution, which I’d not seen before.

It can be seen here.

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Dianna Taylor, Sexual Violence and Humiliation. A Foucauldian-Feminist Perspective, Routledge, 2019

Description
This book presents humiliation as a key harm of sexual violence against women, showing that humiliation manifests within the relation of self to itself, and that Foucault’s critique of subjectivity provides resources for feminist conceptualization and countering of sexual violence and humiliation.

Within feminist philosophy and theory, rape and sexual assault are often described as humiliating to victims, yet relatively few in-depth feminist philosophical accounts and analyses exist of humiliation as a harm of sexual violence against women. This book provides such an account and analysis of both humiliation generally and sexual humiliation resulting from sexual violence more specifically. The book’s elucidation of possibilities for countering sexual violence and humiliation, moreover, breaks with standard feminist approaches by critiquing rather than appealing to subjectivity. Through analysing specific instances of anti-sexual violence protest, it shows that cultivation of alternative modes of self-relation furthers rather than undermines feminist efforts to combat sexual violence. Throughout, the book draws upon concrete, recent and contemporary instance of sexual violence against women and feminist anti-sexual violence protest to illustrate and support its arguments.

This will become a key text for feminist scholars and Foucault scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It will also be of interest to feminist anti-sexual violence activists.

Table of Contents
Introduction: How Much Does It Cost for Victims/Survivors to Tell the Truth?

Chapter One: “You Can’t Critique the Subject”

Chapter Two: Subjectivity, Sexual Violence, and Sexual Humiliation

Chapter Three: Speaking Out, Countering Sexual Humiliation, Transforming Oneself

Chapter Four: Militant Bodies

Conclusion: Gestures of Solidarity

Dianna Taylor is Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. She is co-editor of Feminism and the Final Foucault (University of Illinois Press, 2004) and Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, Agency (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007), and editor of Michel Foucault: Key Concepts (Acumen, 2010).

Lance Wheatley (2019) Foucault’s concepts of structure … and agency?: A critical realist critique, Journal of Critical Realism, 18:1, 18-30, DOI: 10.1080/14767430.2019.1572941

ABSTRACT
What is the relationship between structure and agency? French philosopher Michel Foucault weighed in on this question, and I argue that some of his writings indicate that he held views that were strongly structuralist. If I am correct in my interpretation of Foucault in these works, was he right to think this? Is there evidence in his work that perhaps agents do have more influence than his concept of structuralism can account for? I suggest that this is the case and will argue that Foucault’s structuralist views are incomplete and result in an incoherence. I then offer a critical realist account of structure and agency which seems to be able to resolve the incoherence and thus offers a better explanation of the evidence that Foucault provides.

KEYWORDS: Foucault, structure, agency, critical realism

L’épistémologie historique. Histoire et méthodes
Édité par Jean-François Braunstein, Iván Moya Diez, Matteo Vagelli, Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2019

Qu’est-ce que l’« épistémologie historique » ? À cette question ce volume répond en esquissant le portrait d’un Janus bifrons, dont l’une des faces est tournée vers le « style français » traditionnel en histoire des sciences et l’autre vers les avancées épistémologiques anglo-saxonnes les plus contemporaines. Quels sont les échanges, les continuités et décalages, les convergences et divergences entre des philosophes ou historiens des sciences aussi divers que Gaston Bachelard, Georges Canguilhem, Michel Foucault, Ian Hacking, Hans- Jörg Rheinberger, Peter Galison ou Lorraine Daston ? De même que l’on peut distinguer différentes époques et versions de l’épistémologie historique et de l’historical epistemology, de même les « méthodes » mobilisées dans des contextes scientifiques particuliers sont très diverses. Ce volume vise à réfléchir plus avant, à partir de l’étude de cas précis, sur les modalités selon lesquelles des objets et des concepts émergent historiquement à l’intérieur des diverses sciences. Les objets mathématiques ont-ils une histoire ? Comment des sujets humains sont-ils devenus les objets d’une science de l’observation ? Le traitement statistique des données est-il la seule issue possible pour les sciences médicales ? En donnant ces exemples, parmi d’autres, des possibilités d’interactions entre sciences, philosophie et histoire, ce volume veut montrer que l’épistémologie historique n’est pas un « livre de recettes » méthodologiques, mais bien plutôt un champ de questionnement ouvert : la flexibilité de l’épistémologie historique lui permet de répondre à bon nombre des défis posés par la philosophie des sciences contemporaine.

The editors would like to dedicate this volume to the memory of François Delaporte (1941-2019).

Contents

« Qu’est ce que l’épistémologie historique ? »
Des « échantillons » plutôt que des manifestes………………………………………………. 5
Jean-François Braunstein, Ivan Moya Diez, Matteo Vagelli

La clinique et les sources de l’histoire archéologique……………………………………… 13
François Delaporte

Historicités, objectivités, rationalités

Relations entre logique, mathématiques et langage.
Bachelard et l’empirisme logique ……………………………………………………………. 23
Sandra Pravica

Natura constructa et phénoménotechnique.
Spinozisme et pensée des mathématiques chez Gaston Bachelard. …………………… 43
Gerardo Ienna

Jean Cavaillès, de la logique de Husserl à la dialectique du concept ………………… 59
Gabriele Vissio

Le réflexe et la résistance. Canguilhem et le pouvoir du concept …………………….. 73
Samuel Talcott

Normativité des vivants et adaptation. De Canguilhem à Lewontin……………….. 87
Fiorenza Lupi

L’épistémologie historique en héritage. Althusser, Foucault
et la fabrique conceptuelle de l’histoire……………………………………………………. 103
Audrey Benoit

Foucault’s Change of Attitude Toward Psychology in 1953………………………….. 117
Daniel R. Rodríguez-Navas

Le statut du concept dans l’épistémologie historique,
de Cavaillès à Foucault ………………………………………………………………………. 133
Ferhat Taylan

Can the History of an Epistemic Norm Bear Normative Value ?
Some Reflections on the Status and Tasks of Historical Epistemology ……………… 149
Eugenio Petrovich

Ian Hacking, de l’archéologie de la probabilité au « façonnement des gens » ……. 159
Matteo Vagelli

Objets épistémiques, savoirs, sciences

Epistemic and Political Things. An Analytical Framework
for a Historico-Political Epistemology…………………………………………………….. 173
Laurens Schlicht, Martin Herrnstadt

L’archéologie à l’épreuve des savoirs formels.
Mathématiques et formalisation dans le projet d’une archéologie des savoirs …… 187
Juan Luis Gastaldi

Pour en finir avec l’analyse conceptuelle. Les mécanismes pathologiques
et la philosophie biologique chez Canguilhem…………………………………………… 207
Jonathan Sholl

L’émergence de l’épistémè computationnelle en médecine …………………………….. 227
Mathieu Corteel

Pour une épistémologie historique de la génétique des populations…………………. 243
Nicola Bertoldi

Ce que change la prise en compte du présent.
Comment écrire l’histoire du concept de cellule cancéreuse ?…………………………. 259
Laurent Loison

Details
Édité par/Jean-François Braunstein, Iván Moya Diez, Matteo Vagelli
Collection/ Philosophie
Éditeur/ Éditions de la Sorbonne
ISBN-13/ 979-10-351-0327-9
Date de publication/ 03 octobre 2019
Publication/ Paris, France
Nombre de pages de contenu principal/ 270
Format/ 16 x 24 cm
Prix/ 23,00 €

Conference at Harvard University on Foucault’s Confessions of the Flesh

5 December 2019

In February 2018, the fourth and final volume of Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality project—Confessions of the Flesh—was published for the first time in French by Éditions Gallimard. This is an extraordinary publishing event since the book was not supposed to have been printed at all. This one-day conference will assess the reception and impact of this missing volume of Foucault’s History of Sexuality. It will highlight the text of Confessions of the Flesh, its place in Foucault’s oeuvre, the context in which he wrote, and the contemporary relevance of this new work. It is far enough away from the Foucault-overload of past decades that it is now possible to freshly examine the enduring value of this influential thinker—a re-examination inspired by the belated publication of his final book.

Organizers
Julian Bourg (Boston College)
Annabel Kim (Harvard University)

Breakfast | 9:00 am-9:30 am

Opening Remarks | 9:30 am-9:45 am
Annabel Kim (Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University)
Julian Bourg (History Department, Boston College)

Panel 1 | 9:45 am-11:15 am
Confessions of the Flesh and Foucault’s Oeuvre
Bernard Harcourt (Law and Political Science, Columbia; EHHSS, Paris)
Manon Garcia (Society of Fellows, Harvard University)
Comment: Annabel Kim

Panel 2 | 11:15 am-12:45 pm
The Christian Optic
James Bernauer, S.J. (Philosophy, Boston College)
Agustín Colombo (Postdoctoral Researcher, Boston College)
Comment: Edward McGushin

Lunch (for participants only) | 12:45 pm-2:00 pm

Panel 3 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
Mark D. Jordan (Divinity School, Harvard University)
Lynne Huffer (Department of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Emory University)
Comment: Durba Mitra (Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University)

Coffee break | 3:30 pm-4:00 pm

Panel 4 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Foucault After the Confessions
Rey Chow (Literature, Duke University)
Austin Sarfan (Literature, Duke University)
Comment: Julian Bourg

Foucault franco-allemand : lectures actuelles en dialogue

Programme,(PDF, 1,09Mo)

14 octobre 2019 11h-19h
Journée organisée par le CEVIPOF, l’Ecole docorale de Sciences po et le Centre Michel Foucault.

11h-13h : Panel 1 : Current work by doctoral students

« Foucault’s moral monsters: gender and the reversal of penal norms »
Amélie Bescont, Sciences Po, CEVIPOF
« Autonomy, Recognition and the Politics of Knowledge in Foucault and Honneth »
Antoine Athanassiadis, UC Dublin
« Diverging assonances: Foucault as a critic of Schmitt »
Valentina Antoniol, EHESS/University of Bologna
13h-14h30: Lunch

14h30-16h30 : Panel 2 : Foucault as a normative theorist?
Chair : Niklas Plaetzer, Sciences Po, CEVIPOF
« Dimensions of Freedom in Foucault’s Work »
Karsten Schubert, université de Freiburg Frédéric Gros (Sciences Po, CEVIPOF) : Qu’est-ce qu’une révolution ?
16h30-17h: Cofee break

17h-19h: Panel 3 : Critical theory and practice after Foucault
Chair : Lucile Richard, Sciences Po, CEVIPOF
« Prefigurative Emancipation: The Effective Knowledge of Foucault’s Critique »
Frieder Vogelmann (université de Francfort) :
Judith Revel, université Paris Nanterre : title tbc

Michael, K.S.
Wearing your heart on your sleeve: the surveillance of women’s souls in evangelical Christian modesty culture
(2018) Feminist Media Studies, pp. 1-15. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2018.1490915

Abstract
A few years ago, a rash of online debates over whether Christian women should wear yoga pants spread across white evangelical blogs and social media. These were followed by conversations about the meaning of “modesty” more broadly, including who has the ability or authority to “read” women’s piety, or their very souls, through their dress. Drawing on media interface theories and close analyses of these debates, this article examines how some evangelical women resist the surveillant male gaze in their religious communities by implying that their modesty resides not in signs that are legible to others but in their own embodied experiences of pleasure and care. The article argues further that the case of white evangelical modesty culture offers an example of Foucault’s concept of the “soul” and the micro-physics of power that produce it, something that has been overlooked by the literature’s focus on the role of the state and corporations in surveillance. Moreover, absent a more capacious understanding of the sociality of surveillance, current approaches to biometric surveillance have also neglected important limits to surveillance that are suggested by evangelical women’s tactical resistance to the gendered politics of surveillance in their communities.

Author Keywords
clothing; Gender; media; religion; surveillance

Michael Clarke, Governmentality and the politics of exclusion in Xinjiang, East Asia Forum: Economics, Politics and Public Policy in East Asia and the Pacific

China is undertaking a program of mass incarceration of the Uyghur population in its far north-western province of Xinjiang (East Turkestan to Uyghurs) in a system of region-wide detention in re-education or vocational training centres. Central to the operation of what some observers have termed a ‘carceral state’ in Xinjiang has been the fusion of governmentality and a Schmittian politics of exclusion with 21st century technological innovation.

[…]
An examination of the operation of this system of mass repression reveals that the CCP’s treatment of the Uyghur population in Xinjiang is animated by governmentality, the politics of exclusion and new surveillance technologies.

Governmentality, as Michel Foucault argued, concerns the problem of government in its broadest sense. For Foucault ‘to govern … is to control the possible field of action of others’. The CCP has long sought to direct the conduct of its citizens in a manner that manages and controls their ‘possible field of action’.

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Hay, J.
The automated states, automated government, and self-automation of the ‘smart’ appliance: three questions about refrigerators
(2018) Media International Australia, 166 (1), pp. 57-69.

DOI: 10.1177/1329878X17739014

Abstract
This essay considers the automation of the everyday through ‘smart’ domestic appliance, specifically the current regime of smart refrigerators. The essay revisits and rethinks perspectives about media by McLuhan, focusing particularly on his discussion of clothing, cars, clocks, light bulbs, and highways as ‘media’. The essay outlines a critical practice (a ‘critical refrigerator studies’), as a means of rethinking ‘media power’, through perspectives by Foucault about technologies of government and through perspectives by Otter about Liberal objects. © 2017, © The Author(s) 2017.

Author Keywords
automation; governmentality; Liberal objects; media; smart appliance

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