Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London
The publication of Michel Foucault’s Lectures at the Collège de France,
1983-84 in English will be complete in April 2011 and his first Collège de
France lecture course, La Volonté de Savoir will be published for the first
time in February. The Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University
of East London is holding a one-day conference on Friday, September 9th,
2011 which will re-assess Foucault’s contribution to radical thought and the
application of his ideas to contemporary politics. What does it mean to draw
on Foucault as a resource for radical politics, and how are we to understand
the politics which implicitly informs his work ?
Many commentators today would seem to claim Foucault as the theorist of a
politics which eschews all utopian ambition in favour of a certain
governmental pragmatism, while others would claim him for a rigorous but
ultimately rather simple libertarianism : can either of these positions ever
be adequate to the radicalism of Foucault¹s analyses ? Does it matter ?
What is the significance of Foucault¹s ideas of Œgovernmentality¹ and
Œbiopolitics¹ in understanding his later oeuvre and its implications ; do
either of these terms deserve to carry the weight attributed to them by some
commentators ? What is the ongoing relevance of Foucault¹s account of
disciplinarity : is, it, as Lazzarato has claimed, a historical category no
longer fully applicable to contemporary forms of power ?
How can Foucauldian ideas be brought bear on the analysis of austerity
politics ? Is there a role for Foucault’s ideas in formulating effective
resistance to the increasing erosion of civil liberties that operates both
within countries and across state boundaries ? Can the notion of bio-power
account for contemporary forms of racism ? How can Foucauldian epistemology
enable an understanding of the biopolitics of contemporary scientific
Confirmed Keynotes :
Stuart Elden, Professor in the Department of Geography, Durham University.
Mark Kelly, Lecturer in Philosophy, Middlesex University.
Abstracts of no more than 350 words are invited, to arrive no later than
Tuesday, 1st March 2011. Subjects may include, but are not limited to :
Foucauldian thought and contemporary subjectivation
Foucault and other thinkers
Governmentality and everyday life
Strategic discourses of war and terror
New technologies of the self
Foucault and new forms of resistance
Heterotopias now and in the future
Foucault and the erosion of the state
Disciplinary society and the society of control
Foucault, British politics and the ’big society’
Foucault, post-Fordism and post-democracy
Email abstracts to Jeremy Gilbert (j.gilbertuel.ac.uk) and Debra Benita
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