Back in Paris at the Bibliothèque Nationale today. A few hours going through another box of Foucault’s manuscripts at the Richelieu site, then over to the François Mitterrand site to go through some newsletters and pamphlets relating to his activism. Off to Caen tomorrow to work at IMEC, again mainly on his activist work with the Groupe d’information sur les prisons and Groupe Information Santé.
Proper update soon – previous ones here.
A pile of recent books bought or received. Alex Vasudevan’s Metropolitan Preoccupations: The Spatial Politics of Squatting in Berlin was sent by him; and Richard Whatmore, What is Intellectual History? came from Polity – preordered in recompense for review work. Both look really interesting.
The rest were bought and, except for Saccio, Shakespeare’s English Kings, they are all for the Foucault work. Trois milliards de pervers is a reproduction of an issue of the Recherches journal (no 12) run by Guattari’s CERFI group – it was banned as an obscene publication and original copies are very hard to find. This is a reproduction that appeared earlier this year. Foucault spoke out in defence on the journal and was part of a discussion in the next issue. Also a copy of Recherches no 46 which is François Fourquet’s reflection on the collaborative work done with Guattari, Deleuze, Foucault and others in the early 1970s. The book with no spine marking is the first report from that work, Généalogie des équipements collectifs : première synthèse, which appeared in 1973. These works are all listed in this site’s bibliography of Foucault’s collaborative projects. The final book is the very recent Foucault à Münsterlingen, which is a documentary account of Foucault’s visit to the ‘fête des fous’ in 1954. It includes some reproductions of Foucault’s texts and letters relating the translation work he did on Ludwig Binswanger.
Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds – forthcoming collection edited by Maayan Amir and Ruti Sela from Punctum. Includes essays by Levinas, Bauman, Agamben, Harman and many others, including a piece by me entitled ‘Outside Territory’ which is mainly on Shakespeare. Some of the papers, including mine, were first presented at a conference in Paris; some come from a similar conference in New York; others are classic papers reprinted. Should be out in early 2016. Full details here.
The concept of extraterritoriality designates certain relationships between space, law and representation. This collection of essays explores contemporary manifestations of extraterritoriality and the diverse ways in which the concept has been put to use in various disciplines. Some of the essays were written especially for this volume; others are brought here together for the first time. The inquiry into extraterritoriality found in these essays is not confined to the established boundaries of political, conceptual and representational territories or fields of knowledge; rather, it is an invitation to navigate the margins of the legal-juridical and the political, but also the edges of forms of representation and poesies.
Within its accepted legal and political contexts, the concept of extraterritoriality has traditionally been applied to people and to spaces. In the first case, extraterritorial arrangements could either exclude or exempt an individual or a group of people from the territorial jurisdiction in which they were physically located; in the second, such arrangements could exempt or exclude a space from the territorial jurisdiction by which it was surrounded. The special status accorded to people and spaces had political, economic, and juridical implications, ranging from immunity and various privileges to extreme disadvantages. In both cases, a person or a space physically included within a certain territory was removed from the usual system of laws and subjected to another. In other words, the extraterritorial person or space was held at what could be described as a legal distance. (In this respect, the concept of extraterritoriality presupposes the existence of several competing or overlapping legal systems.) It is this notion of being held at a legal distance around which the concept of extraterritoriality may be understood as revolving.
Foucault’s Last Decade is now available to preorder, either direct from the publisher or at online bookstores. It’s currently scheduled for May 2016, but might be a little earlier. It will be in hardcover and paperback, the latter going for £17.99 or $26.95.
On 26 August 1974, Michel Foucault completed work on Discipline and Punish, and on that very same day began writing the first volume of The History of Sexuality. A little under ten years later, on 25 June 1984, shortly after the second and third volumes were published, he was dead.
This decade is one of the most fascinating of his career. It begins with the initiation of the sexuality project, and ends with its enforced and premature closure. Yet in 1974 he had something very different in mind for The History of Sexuality than the way things were left in 1984. Foucault originally planned a thematically organised series of six volumes, but wrote little of what he promised and published none of them. Instead over the course of the next decade he took his work in very different directions, studying, lecturing and writing about historical periods stretching back to antiquity.
This book offers a detailed intellectual history of both the abandoned thematic project and the more properly historical version left incomplete at his death. It draws on all Foucault s writings in this period, his courses at the Collège de France and lectures elsewhere, as well as material archived in France and California to provide a comprehensive overview and synthetic account of Foucault s last decade.