Gordana Fontana-Giusti’s Foucault for Architects is now out (via Heterotopian Studies).
From the mid-1960s onwards Michel Foucault has had a significant impact on diverse aspects of culture, knowledge and arts including architecture and its critical discourse. The implications for architecture have been wide-ranging. His archaeological and genealogical approaches to knowledge have transformed architectural history and theory, while his attitude to arts and aesthetics led to a renewed focus on the avant-garde.
Prepared by an architect, this book offers an excellent entry point into the remarkable work of Michel Foucault, and provides a focused introduction suitable for architects, urban designers, and students of architecture.
Foucault’s crucial juxtaposition of space, knowledge and power has unlocked novel spatial possibilities for thinking about design in architecture and urbanism. While the philosopher’s ultimate attention on the issues of body and sexuality has defined our understanding of the possibilities and limits of human condition and its relation to architecture.
The book concentrates on a number of historical and theoretical issues often addressed by Foucault that have been grouped under the themes of archaeology, enclosure, bodies, spatiality and aesthetics in order to examine and demonstrate their relevancy for architectural knowledge, its history and its practice.
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Three postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Copenhagen ‘EuroChallenge’ Interdisciplinary Research Programme Department of Political Science, Facuty of Law, Faculty of Humanities ‘EuroChallenge’ is a major new interdisciplinary project, financed by the University’s 2016 strategic funding initiative. It addresses key questions about the place of Europe in the context of a rapidly and radically changing global order. The project is a collaborative venture, involving three faculties (Social Science, Law and Humanities), under the directorship of Professor Ben Rosamond of the Department of Political Science and three co-PIs: Professors Mikael Rask Madsen (Law) Hans-Jörg Trenz (Humanities), and Marlene Wind (Political Science). It is organized into three work packages. In this first round of appointments one postdoctoral fellow will be recruited to each work package as follows:
3-year Assistant Professorship, Department of Political Science, affiliated to work package 1: ‘The European market space and the new global economy: constructions, paradigms and policies.’
3-year postdoctoral fellowship hosted by the iCourts Centre of Excellence in the Faculty of Law, affiliated to work package 2: ‘The European legal-political space in a new global order? The global challenge to European markets, human rights and constitutionalized democracy’
2-year postdoctoral fellowship (with the possibility of up to one year’s extension), hosted by Centre for Modern European Studies in the Faculty of Humanities, affiliated to work package 3: ‘Complex diversity: the social and cultural interpretations of changing European and global order’
The application deadline for all positions is 24 June 2013.
Spheres Of Action: Art and Politics, edited by Éric Alliez and Peter Osborne, recently out with MIT Press.
Contemporary art is increasingly part of a wider network of cultural practices, related through a common set of references in cultural theory. Within Europe, relations between national theoretical traditions have become more fluid and dynamic, creating an increasingly transnational—or postnational—space for European cultural and art theory. This book offers a snapshot of recent influential work in contemporary art and political theory in France, Italy, and Germany, in the form of original writings by major representatives of each of the three overlapping national traditions.
In France, debates center on the status and possibilities of the image. Éric Alliez, Georges Didi-Huberman, Elisabeth Lebovici, and Jacques Rancière each adopt a distinctive approach to the making, undoing, and remaking of aesthetic images in contemporary art and their political significance. From Italy, Antonio Negri, Maurizio Lazzarato, Judith Revel, and Franco Berardi each address the “immaterial” situation of contemporary art. From Germany, Peter Sloterdijk, Peter Weibel, and Boris Groys reassess the contemporary legacy of postwar art, demonstrating appropriations of vitalism, structuralism, and deconstruction, respectively.