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Foucault, Political Life and History – Workshop 5
Friday April 22nd 2015 11.00 – 16.00

London School of Economics
Room CLM.1.02 , first floor,
Clement House, The Aldwych

We are very happy to confirm the programme for the next workshop.

[10:15 approx] Dr Egle Rindzeviciute (Kingston University) : “System-Cybernetic Governmentality: Depoliticisation of Scientific Governance During the Cold War”

Dr Rindzeviciute’s new book, with the preliminary title “The Power of Systems: How Policy Sciences Opened Up the Cold War World”, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press in 2016. Focusing on the history of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the first international think tank in the world, established by the Soviet Union and USA in Luxemburg, Austria, in 1972, she examines how East-West scientists used transnational social networks and computer technologies to create an intellectual and institutional framework for global governance.

[13:45 approx] Dr S M Amadae (MIT and University of Helsinki) : “The challenges of appreciating and resisting neoliberalism” .
(Dr Amadae writes: “The idea is to capture the need to be charitable to the core intellectual and institutional basis of neoliberalism as the best means to critique and resist it. Recommended reading: Chapter 1, “Neoliberalism” in Prisoners of Reason, pp. 3-23 ; the concluding chapter of Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy, “From the Panopticon to the Prisoners Dilemma,” 291-96.

Please also note that Dr Amadae will also be speaking during her UK visit at Goldsmiths College on Monday April 25th at 4pm in room RHB 150, on: “From Panopticon to Prisoner’s Dilemma: Neoliberal Subjects as Prisoners of Reason”. The topic is intended to compliment her talk at FPLH. This event is open to all.

In this talk, S. M. Amadae (MIT and University of Helsinki) will explore how the pedagogy of game theory and practice of institutional design generates neoliberal subjects and neoliberal governance. This analytic approach enables us to understand the legitimation of a reactionary interventionist security state as well as the neopaternalism of ‘nudge’. Neoliberalism is staunchly counter-Enlightenment in reducing agency to consumptive preference satisfaction. It anticipates the further step toward algorithmic governance and mindless rationality consistent with treating information as signals sustaining rational choice rather than elementary ingredients to be vetted and shared to jointly create horizons of meaning and institutions based on shared expectations.


One thought on “Foucault, Political Life and History (2016)

  1. dmf says:

    does anyone know if these are being recorded?

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