Pride 2018: Demystifying Queerness and Sexuality – Talking Dog Productions Presents The History of Sexuality, BY SAMANTHA GOLDAUG 11, 2018, Forget the Box (Montreal)
The History of Sexuality is a play that is going to make you uncomfortable, but the reasons it will are the very reasons why you should see it.
Following a successful run at the Mainline theater in September 2017, it was selected as part of Pride 2018’s programming. Playwright, director, and producer Dane Stewart set out to write a play about queerness and power dynamics and the result is a piece that is visceral, heartrending, intellectual, sexy, and authentic.
The play revolves around a Master’s seminar about Michel Foucault’s book, The History of Sexuality taught by Marie, played by Renée Hodgins. It is through this seminar that the stories of the professor and her students are tied together. Though they have their own lives and relationships with power dynamics and sexuality, they always end up in class to talk about Foucault.
A new facebook page in French by Pierre Bouyer with extracts from Foucault’s work and posts of other original material, blog style.
Editor: I have recently updated my extensive, but by no means comprehensive, bibliography of works on Foucault and Education .
If there is anything missing, please send me an email and I will add it in. Items in languages other than English are welcome.
Returning to Reims by Didier Eribon review – can you escape your upbringing?
Steven Poole, The Guardian, Fri 3 Aug 2018
This book is also a touching memoir of sexual awakening, and a gallery of philosophical ideas and characters, as Eribon explains with passion what inspired him as a teenager about the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre, and later those of Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault. He is terrifically, amusingly rude, meanwhile, about the conservative philosopher Raymond Aron, whom he once met: “The very moment I set eyes on him, I loathed his ingratiating smile, his soothing voice … he was a soldier in the service of those in power helping them to maintain their power.”
Marina Benjamin, Didier Eribon’s Returning to Reims is a potent memoir about the cost of changing class, New Statesman, 8 August 2018
It has taken Eribon 35 years to emerge from the “class closet” and acknowledge that spring-vaulting himself out of poverty into the starry heights of French intellectual life might have entailed losses. Thirty-five years – over the course of which he fashioned himself into a successful journalist; professor of sociology; friend, confidant and acclaimed biographer of Michel Foucault; and protégé of Pierre Bourdieu, famed theorist of how bound we are to our habitus, that social niche to which multiple signifiers peg us. In 2008, Eribon was awarded Yale University’s prestigious Brudner Prize for his work on “intellectual history, on homosexuality, on minoritarian subjectivities”.
10 artists to watch at SummerWorks 2018
BY GLENN SUMI, STEVE FISHER, KATHLEEN SMITH AUGUST 4, 2018 2:18 PM, nowtoronto.com
One of the city’s original site-specific ensembles, this fiercely eclectic company – which now splits its time between Toronto and Brooklyn – always uses movement, text, design and setting in intriguing ways. Their latest, Café Sarajevo Episode 1, takes its inspiration from a debate between theorists Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky that aired on Dutch television in 1971. Whoa.
The show will use that year – in which the Vietnam War was raging, the Doors ruled the airwaves and people were taking psychedelic drugs and engaging in free love – to reflect on our own tumultuous times. The use of a smartphone app – the show is being billed as a live podcast experience – will add another fascinating layer to the experience.
August 11 to 19 at Toronto Media Arts Centre – Main Gallery