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News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Han-yu Huang Risk, Fear and Immunity: Reinventing the Political in the Age of Biopolitics, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies 37.1 March 2011: 43-71 Abstract As an update of his continual concern for contemporary risk society since the 1980s, Ulrich Beck’s latest work World at Risk (2009) alerts us to the deterritorializing effects of global risk …

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Meloni, M. An unproblematized truth: Foucault, biopolitics, and the making of a sociological canon (2022) Social Theory and Health DOI: 10.1057/s41285-022-00177-5 Abstract Foucault’s argument that a major break occurred in the nature of power in the European Eighteenth century—an unprecedented socialization of medicine and concern for the health of bodies and populations, the birth of …

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Karmakar, G., Sarkar, J. Virus and Visible Reality: Biopolitics, Crime, and Disability in Peter May’s Lockdown (2021) NALANS: Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, 9 (18), pp. 306-323. Abstract This paper examines Peter May’s crime novel Lockdown (2020) to explain how a bioengineered virus cripples London and results in a crime, the denouement of which …

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Special Issue – Call for papers: Biopolitical tensions after pandemic times, Foucault Studies PDF of call for papers Foucault Studies Special issue call for papers Biopolitical tensions after pandemic times Guest editors Annika Skoglund, Uppsala University Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha, Kazi Nazrul University and ILSR, Calcutta Fabiana Jardim, University of São Paulo David Armstrong, King’s College …

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The Biopolitics of Punishment, Derrida and Foucault Edited by Rick Elmore and Ege Selin Islekel, Northwestern University Press, 2022 This volume marks a new chapter in the long-standing debate between Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault regarding argumentative methods and their political implications. The essays chart the undertheorized dialogue between the two philosophers on questions of …

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Collier, Stephen J, and Andrew Lakoff. “Vital Systems Security: Reflexive Biopolitics and the Government of Emergency.” Theory, Culture & Society 32, no. 2 (March 2015): 19–51. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276413510050. Abstract This article describes the historical emergence of vital systems security, analyzing it as a significant mutation in biopolitical modernity. The story begins in the early 20th century, …

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Victor Marchezini, The Biopolitics of Disaster: Power, Discourses, and Practices, Human Organization, Vol. 74, Iss. 4, (Winter 2015): 362-371. DOI:10.17730/0018-7259-74.4.362 Abstract With the increase in frequency and visibility of disasters in contemporary state societies, national governments have developed a collection of agencies to manage catastrophic events. These institutions invariably deal with human populations as a …

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Tim Christiaens (2021), “Against the Republican Foucault: How to Establish an Affirmative Biopolitics of Care”, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, 83 (4), 683-709. DOI: 10.2143/TVF.83.4.0000000 Open access link Abstract: In The Republic of the Living, Miguel Vatter argues that, at the end of the 1970s, Michel Foucault did not convert to but criticized neoliberalism from a republican …

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Karsten Schubert, Biopolitics of COVID-19: Capitalist Continuities and Democratic Openings, Interalia. A Journal of Queer Studies, Issue 16 2021 https://doi.org/10.51897/interalia/OAGM9733 Open access Abstract “Biopolitics” has become a popular concept for interpreting the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the term is often used vaguely, as a buzzword, and therefore loses its specificity and relevance. This article systematically explains …

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