Foucault News

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

Stephen J. Collier and Andrew Lakoff, The Government of Emergency: Vital Systems, Expertise, and the Politics of Security, Princeton University Press, 2022. From pandemic disease, to the disasters associated with global warming, to cyberattacks, today we face an increasing array of catastrophic threats. It is striking that, despite the diversity of these threats, experts and …

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Chakawata, W. Africa’s response to COVID-19: a governmentality in disguise masterclass? (2022) International Review of Sociology, . DOI: 10.1080/03906701.2022.2028403 Abstract At the risk of oversimplification, virtually all research that scrutinizes COVID-19 is propelled by identical points of departures which chief in their assessment, portray how the pandemic accentuates the likelihood of illiberal or autocratic regimes …

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Hao, A.X. Make this tango viral: Touching toward the untouchable in tele-synaesthesia performance (2021) Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, 8 (2-3), pp. 237-266. DOI: 10.1386/JCCA_00046_1 Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has created an uncanny rift between tact and touch as it expands the virtual towards its potential. Layer upon layer of new information has been repeatedly …

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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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Daniele Lorenzini, The Normativity of Biopolitics Working draft of a talk delivered at the Dutch-Belgian Foucault Circle on 24 February 2021. As was predictable, the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to the emergence of a new series of analyses centered on Michel Foucault’s notions of biopower or biopolitics. In this talk, I won’t draw any distinctions …

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Daher-Nashif, S. (2021). In sickness and in health: The politics of public health and their implications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sociology Compass, https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12949 Abstract Politics is a major player in health, sickness, and death affairs. This article reviews the role of politics in public health and its impact on health outcomes, mortality ratios, and death …

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Oleg Barabanov, Pandemic and Climate, History and Values: Results of the Valdai Club Expert Programme, 28 December 2021 In 2021, the coronavirus pandemic continued to be one of the most important events. Naturally, its influence on world politics and society remained the main focus of the Valdai Discussion Club experts. […] The pandemic and its …

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materiali foucaultiani volume VIII, numero 15-16 (gennaio-dicembre 2019) Vie, violence, pouvoir. Figures et frontières de la biopolitique (sous la direction de Philippe Sabot) Open access Valentina Antoniol, Cesar Candiotto, Amaury Delvaux, André de Macedo Duarte & Maria Rita de Assis Cesar, Marion Farge, Marcelo Raffin, Philippe Sabot, David Simard, Carolina Verlengia, Stéphane Zygart Recensioni – …

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Gandy, M. (2021), The zoonotic city: Urban Political Ecology and the Pandemic Imaginary. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, First published: 07 December 2021 https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.13080 Open access Abstract In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic this article takes a longer view of the evolving relationship between urbanization and the range of zoonotic diseases that …

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Robert Mitchell, Infectious Liberty: Biopolitics between Romanticism and Liberalism, Fordham University Press, 2021 Open access Review in Foucault Studies Abstract Infectious Liberty traces the origins of our contemporary concerns about public health, world population, climate change, global trade, and government regulation to a series of Romantic-era debates and their literary consequences. Through a series of …

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