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

Bürger, J., Laguna-Tapia, A. Individual homogenization in large-scale systems: on the politics of computer and social architectures (2020) Palgrave Communications, 6 (1), art. no. 47. DOI: 10.1057/s41599-020-0425-4 Open access Abstract One determining characteristic of contemporary sociopolitical systems is their power over increasingly large and diverse populations. This raises questions about power relations between heterogeneous individuals …

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Paul B. Preciado, Learning from the virus, ArtForum, May/June 2020 Open access IF MICHEL FOUCAULT had survived AIDS in 1984 and had stayed alive until the invention of effective antiretroviral therapy, he would be ninety-three years old today. Would he have agreed to confine himself in his apartment on rue de Vaugirard in Paris? The …

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Hofvenschioeld, E., Khodadadi, M. Communication in futures studies: A discursive analysis of the literature (2020) Futures, 115, art. no. 102493, DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2019.102493 Open access Abstract Communication is recognised as an essential part of futures work and yet research on the topic appears to be sporadic. This paper presents the results of a comprehensive literature review …

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Collstedt, C. Towards a biopolitics of the victimised body: Creating assault as a crime against health and life, c. 1945–1965 (2020) Scandinavian Journal of History, 45 (1), pp. 1-24. DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2019.1596833 Open access Abstract This article discusses the creation of assault as a crime against health and life as this discursive process is expressed through …

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Millar, E. Abortion stigma as a social process (2020) Women’s Studies International Forum, 78, art. no. 102328. DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2019.102328 Open access Abstract ‘Abortion stigma’ has become a critical concept in abortion scholarship, activism, policy and broader discourse. The concept of abortion stigma is, however, poorly defined and scholarship tends to use the concept in ways …

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Matthew G. Hannah, Jan Simon Hutta and Christoph Schemann, Thinking Through Covid-19 Responses With Foucault – An Initial Overview, Antipode online, 5 May 2020 (Department of Geography, University of Bayreuth) Open access This intervention originally appeared as the second half of a longer essay intended as a basis for discussion in a Masters seminar at …

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Sauka, A. (2020). The Nature of Our Becoming: Genealogical Perspectives. Le Foucaldien, 6(1), 4. DOI: 10.16995/lefou.71 Open access Abstract In the light of Philipp Sarasin’s work in Darwin und Foucault: Genealogie und Geschichte im Zeitalter der Biologie, the article delineates a genealogically articulated naturally produced culture and a cultured nature and discusses the genealogical implications …

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Daniele Lorenzini and Martina Tazzioli, Critique without ontology Genealogy, collective subjects and the deadlocks of evidence, Radical Philosophy, 2.07 (Spring 2020) Open access In the past few years, the number of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea has dramatically increased due to the strengthening of border controls and a deliberate politics of migration containment put …

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Philipp Sarasin, Understanding the Coronavirus Pandemic with Foucault?, Foucault Blog, March 31, 2020 DOI: 10.13095/uzh.fsw.fb.254 Open access It looks like a biopolitical dream: governments, advised by physicians, impose pandemic dictatorship on entire populations. Getting rid of all democratic obstacles under the pretext of “health,” even “survival,” they are finally able to govern the population as …

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Erle, S., Hendry, H. Monsters: interdisciplinary explorations in monstrosity (2020) Palgrave Communications, 6 (1), art. no. 53 DOI: 10.1057/s41599-020-0428-1 Open access Abstract There is a continued fascination with all things monster. This is partly due to the popular reception of Mary Shelley’s Monster, termed a ‘new species’ by its overreaching but admiringly determined maker Victor …

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