Foucault News

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

S. Walby, The COVID pandemic and social theory: Social democracy and public health in the crisis (2021) European Journal of Social Theory, 24 (1), pp. 22-43. DOI: 10.1177/1368431020970127 Abstract Social theory is developing in response to the coronavirus (COVID) crisis. Fundamental questions about social justice in the relationship of individuals to society are raised by …

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Carlo Salzani COVID-19 and State of Exception: Medicine, Politics, and the Epidemic State, Paris Institute for Critical Thinking, 12 March 2021 Open access The article analyzes the paradigm of the state of exception which has been evoked in relation to the exceptional measures adopted against the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, with particular reference to …

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Zaidi, Z., Bush, A.A., Partman, I.M. et al. From the “top-down” and the “bottom-up”: Centering Foucault’s notion of biopower and individual accountability within systemic racism. Perspectives on Medical Education (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40037-021-00655-y Open access First paragraph In the wake of worldwide events coalescing in 2020, the presence of anti-Black racism in the United States was made …

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Anders Fogh Jensen, Brave New Normal, Filosoffen, 2021 (See also earlier post) The book is an introduction to the history of Epidemics through the analytical lens of Foucault. Throughout history, epidemics have repeatedly posed a single, provocative question: ‘Organise or die – what will you do?’ This book explores how different societies have answered. In …

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Marios Emmanouilidis, The Parasitic Folding. Humans-as-Animals, States and Machines that Come from the Outside: Homologies between a Virus and Finance, Translated from the Greek by Barbara Santos, Transversal (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Vienna) , December 2020 Open access The text approaches the Covid-19 epidemic from two points of view: (a) as a war …

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Pele, Antonio, and Stephen Riley. “For a Right to Health Beyond Biopolitics: The Politics of Pandemic and the ‘Politics of Life.’” Law, Culture and the Humanities, (February 2021). DOI: 10.1177/1743872120978201 Open access Abstract We argue, drawing on the work of Didier Fassin, that the right to health can be understood as an essential part of …

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Tom Roach, Screen Love. Queer Intimacies in the Grindr Era, SUNY Press. Engaging analysis of men-seeking-men media as paradoxical sites of both self-marketing and radical queer sociality. In work, play, education, and even healthcare, we are using social media during COVID-19 to approximate “normal life” before the pandemic. In Screen Love, Tom Roach urges us …

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Covid-19 no Brasil e diagnóstico do presente: análise do discurso e biopolítica, Revista Ética e Filosofia Política, v. 2 n. 23 (2020): Episteme e Práxis DOI: 10.34019/2448-2137.2020.33287 Open access Resumo A partir do pano de fundo da gestão política da pandemia de COVID-19, este artigo visa apresentar e discutir a noção foucaultiana de biopolítica articulando …

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Federico Jose Lagdameo, Normalizing the Population: The Biopolitics of the “New Normal”, Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture XXIV.1 (2020): 67–97. Open access Abstract While the whole world is trying to get its bearings in the face of the radical changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, two prevailing attitudes or approaches have emerged: …

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