The last of the books and journals received while I was away in Melbourne. Liberté, Libertés is a collection by Robert Badinter with a preface by François Mitterand. Foucault discusses this in a 1977 interview which was published shortly after his death (and so it is not in Dits et Écrits). The Rosanvallon book is also linked to Foucault – he participated in some of Foucault’s seminars in the late 1970s. The rest are journal issues, most of which I get as a member of the board or through a society subscription, though at the bottom there is an interesting new issue of the Harvard GSD journal New Geographies. This issue is entitled Grounding Metabolism and was sent by the editors, Daniel Ibañez and Nikos Katsikis – many thanks!
The ‘highlights’ section of the Environment and Planning D: Society and Space website has been updated. Several recent papers are now available open access – including pieces by Giorgio Agamben, Henri Lefebvre, Bruce Braun, Melissa Wright, Katharyne Mitchell, Sarah Elwood, Matthew Gandy…
This site’s list of Foucault’s uncollected notes, lectures and interviews has been updated again.
One which took a bit of locating was a text supposedly under the title ‘Pour la défense libre’, prepared in late 1979 for a 1980 meeting of lawyers. The text was apparently originally unsigned, and is sometimes attributed to multiple authors, but both Daniel Defert (‘Chronologie’, DE I, 57) and Philippe Chevalier report that Christian Revon says Foucault was its sole author. It was published in Actes, No 24-25, but it’s actually in a supplement rather than the issue itself (pp. 5-6) – the copy I bought didn’t include it. I found it eventually in the useful archival collections Liasse 1: Se défendre, p. 9, and Quelques archives de la lutte pour la défense libre, pp. 10-11. The image below (click to expand) is the full text. It actually has the title “Se défendre”:
Clauses 2 and 3 are quoted in Defert’s Chronology, which is in English in the Blackwell Companion. I’m fairly sure no complete English translation exists. Given Defert mentions it, it’s strange that it’s not included in Dits et écrits.
I am still looking for nine texts – five in French, one of which is in a Tunisian paper, and one each in Portuguese, Italian, Dutch and English. Please help if you can. These are proving very difficult to locate.
Video of Neil Brenner’s recent lecture at the Melbourne School of Design
And an interview conducted on that visit: Man about town: Neil Brenner on reframing our cities and their global impact; with a transcript here.
Thanks to Alvaro Sevilla Buitrago at Multipliciudades for the links.