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

Valentim, I.V.L.
Between Academic Pimping and Moral Harassment in Higher Education: an Autoethnography in a Brazilian Public University
(2018) Journal of Academic Ethics, 16 (2), pp. 151-171.

DOI: 10.1007/s10805-018-9300-y

It is shocking to notice that universities still research few of what daily happens inside their walls. Even though knowledge amount to just a small part of the numerous things that are produced in/between academic relations, it is rare to find investigations in which academic modus operandi is the research focus. The text relies on references like Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari to investigate the subjectivities produced in Academia’s daily routines. With attention to experiences, to what many times is naturalized and said only in the corridors and behind the scenes, this paper uses autoethnography as its method with the aim of analysing academic relations in the context of a Brazilian public university. The narratives constructed here are traversed by songs, lived situations, and affectations. Stories that deal with trajectories of a professor since his arrival at a new workplace. E-mails, threats, exoneration. What is considered to be normal in Academia? What still shocks and affect us? The paper draws on concepts like moral harassment and academic pimping to guide the written narratives and to deepen analyses built throughout the paper. How is it possible to de-naturalize what we daily do in universities? Without predefined or definite answers, the text questions the ways how we relate to each other in Academia and stimulates reflections on the impacts of our academic relations, not only to work itself, but also to the lives of the involved ones. © 2018, Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature.

Author Keywords
Academia; Autoethnography; Bullying; Higher education; Moral harassment; Teachers’ work

Voase, R.
Holidays under the hegemony of hyper-connectivity: getting away, but unable to escape?
(2018) Leisure Studies, pp. 1-12. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2018.1475503

Holidays have been imagined as occasions of escape and liminal leisure. This conceptualisation requires re-evaluation as a consequence of the widespread adoption of portable communication devices (smartphones) and the use of Web 2.0 interactive platforms (social media). Studies suggest that the gratifications of contact with the ‘other’, and the enjoyment of the licence associated with the liminal condition, are compromised by endemic contact with the domicile. An analysis draws on the work of Heidegger and Althusser, and is supported by insights from Foucault, Arendt and Lacan. It is argued that users are ‘enframed’ and subjected by their devices. This re-imagining is representative of an evolving change in the human condition, of which the compromising of tourism-as-escape is but one manifestation. © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Author Keywords
escape; holiday; liminal; smartphone; social media; Tourism

Guy, S., Muchtar, O., Ronel, N.
How Can Governmental Positive Power Decrease Violence in Crime-Oriented Arenas? The Case of English Football
(2018) International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62 (8), pp. 2488-2504.

DOI: 10.1177/0306624X17694375

This article will survey the dramatic change English football had undergone since the end of the last century. The authors will closely explore the implementation of the Taylor Report recommendations, to convince that which power and management techniques were used to decrease violence in public areas that were previously considered dangerous and crime-oriented. It will be argued that disciplinarian techniques were practiced, much like those described in Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, while this very power has proven to be positive and revitalizing. It will be therefore concluded that power is at its most effective when operated via techniques of discipline and social inclusion. These arguments correspond with the positive criminology theory whose popularity within the discipline is gradually increasing. © 2017, © The Author(s) 2017.

Author Keywords
discipline; English football; positive criminology; positive power; social inclusion

Index Keywords
article, criminology, football, human, violence

Kabgani, S., Zargarian, A., Clarke, M.
The morbid dance of ideology on the scaffold: On subjectivity and capital punishment in Iran
(2018) Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, pp. 1-18. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1057/s41282-018-0083-2

In this paper we examine the discursive structures adopted by the Iranian state in the context of public execution. Specifically, we argue that the state’s insistence upon executing an offender in public is nourished by an intangible yet efficacious violence that has politically and psychically determinative consequences. As such, what is foregrounded in this paper are not the legal aspects of executing the offender and the act itself, but the visibility of this act and its after-effects in terms of the formation of particular subjectivity. The paper’s analysis draws on examinations of the psycho-discursive structure of the punitive state from the points of view of thinkers such as Foucault, Butler and Lacan. © 2018 Macmillan Publishers Ltd., part of Springer Nature

Author Keywords
Iran; Lacan; public execution; subjectivity; violence

Holloway, J., Keddie, A.
‘Make money, get money’: how two autonomous schools have commercialised their services
(2018) Discourse, pp. 1-13. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2018.1451305

Using the stories of two autonomous public schools in Australia, this paper demonstrates how commercialisation can simultaneously position schools as both consumer and for-profit producer. Drawing on Foucault’s articulation of discourse as that which constitutes and makes available what is possible to be said, done and imagined, the paper illustrates how the current marketised articulation of education is allowing for new possibilities of commercialisation in schools. Together these stories demonstrate that there are creative ways that these schools have embraced their autonomy, while relying on market solutions to acquire the resources they deem necessary for their students and their communities. However, it also shows how these resources and the attainment for them are inextricably constituted by the market orientation of education more broadly and how this presents potential dangers for what schools may be and become as a result. © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Author Keywords
autonomous schools; Commercialisation; marketisation; privatisation

Powell, D.
Governing the (un)healthy child-consumer in the age of the childhood obesity crisis
(2018) Sport, Education and Society, 23 (4), pp. 297-310.

DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2016.1192530

In recent years, multinational food and drink corporations and their marketing practices have been blamed for the global childhood obesity ‘crisis’. Unsurprisingly, these corporations have been quick to refute these claims and now position themselves as ‘part of the solution’ to childhood obesity. In this paper, I examine how and why corporations fund, devise and/or implement ‘healthy lifestyles education’ programmes in schools. By using a critical ethnographic research approach alongside Foucault’s notion of governmentality, I interrogate what those with the ‘will to govern’ (such as corporations) wanted to happen (e.g. fight obesity, change marketing practices and increase consumption), but also what actually happened when these corporatised education programmes met their intended targets in three New Zealand primary schools. I critically examine these programmes by focusing on the ways in which three technologies of consumption–product placement, transforming children into marketers and sponsorship–attempt to govern children to be lifelong consumers of the corporate brand image and their allegedly ‘healthy’ corporate products. Although students were not necessarily naïve and easily coerced into becoming mindless consumers of corporate products, students and their teachers readily accepted that sponsorship, product placement and marketing in schools were normal, natural, necessary and mostly harmless. Healthy lifestyles education programmes represent a new ‘brand’ of health, health education and corporation. The child-citizen is governed to become the child-consumer. Corporations’ anxieties about being blamed for childhood obesity are fused with technologies of ‘healthy consumption’: the consumption of corporate products, corporate philanthropy, the corporate brand and corporate ‘education’. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Author Keywords
childhood obesity; consumers; critical ethnography; food and drink industry; Foucault; governmentality; Health and physical education; marketing; sponsorship; technologies of consumption

Progressive Geographies

Foucault and Eribon 1982 - Le départ du prophète (on André Baudry)

This text was first published in Libération, July 12, 1982, p. 14 (pdf). There it is signed ‘DE’, and follows an interview with Didier Eribon with André Baudry. Readers would assume that ‘DE’ meant Didier Eribon, but in his book Michel Foucault et ses contemporains, Paris: Fayard, 1994, pp. 274-77, Eribon says that it was actually written by Foucault.

Eribon reproduces Foucault’s text on pp. 280-81 of his book, and the interview with Baudry which it accompanied, on pp. 278-79. But I was curious to see the text in its original form, and thought others might be too. As Eribon notes, there is a difference between the original and published text. It’s a minor contribution to an understanding of Foucault’s political views in the 1980s – Arcadie was a journal and organisation campaigning for gay rights.

There are several other uncollected notes, lectures and interviews by Foucault here

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Clare O’Farrell on Translating Foucault at the Movies, Columbia University Press blog, September 27, 2018

Today for National Translation Month we are presenting our film fans with a guest post from Clare O’Farrell who translated Foucault at the Movies by Michel Foucault, Patrice Maniglier, and Dork Zabunyan. In this post, O’Farrell gives a personal account of the challenges and opportunities that arose from this project. Foucault at the Movies brings together all of Foucault’s commentary on film, some of it available for the first time in English, along with important contemporary analysis and further extensions of this work. It offers detailed, up-to-date commentary, inviting us to go to the movies with Foucault.

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Special issue on Foucault in Iran
Iran Namag Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 2018

English Verso

Foucault and Iran Reconsidered: Revolt, Religion, and Neoliberalism
Michiel Leezenberg

French Secular Thought: Foucault and Political Spirituality
Brian Turner

Risking Prophecy in the Modern State: Foucault, Iran, and the Conduct of the
Corey McCall

Foucault and Epicureanism of the Iranian Revolution
Yadullah Shahibzadeh

What is at the heart of the dispute? Reflections on the Foucault Controversy Forty Years Later 
Kevin Gray and Rida Faisal

Iranian Conditions: Metaphors of Illness in Iranian Fiction and Film
Babak Elahi

Iranian Conditions: Metaphors of Illness in Iranian Fiction and Film
Babak Elahi

In Memoriam: Heshmat Moayyad, 1927-2018
Franklin Lewis

Persian Reverso

A Thunderbolt Out of the Blue: The Iranian Revolution in Foucault’s Thought
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

Possibilities and Limitations in Writing the History of the Present: Foucault and the Iranian Revolution
Ata Mohamed Tabriz

Foucault’ Accounts of the Iranian Revolution in Light of Islamic Historiography
Mahdi Shafieyan

Foucault and Iran
Daniel Defert

Michael Foucault’s 1979 Interview
Farès Sassine

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