Category Archives: Writing

Jeroen Vandaele on translations of Foucault’s Surveiller et punir

Jeroen Vandaele, ‘What is an author, indeed: Michel Foucault in translation‘, Perspectives: Studies in Translatology, Vol 24 No 1, 2016, pp. 76-92 (requires subscription). A very interesting piece which discusses translations of Foucault’s Surveiller et punir with lots of examples and comparisons. Though … Continue reading

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Five strategies to get your academic writing “unstuck”

‘Five strategies to get your academic writing “unstuck”‘from Raul Pacheco-Vega at the LSE Impact of Social Science blog. This is a repost from his own blog, and the first of a series.

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Useful resources for academic writers

Raewyn Connell open access e-book Writing for Research (via Clive Barnett) Michelle Lipinski, ‘The Path to Publishing Your First Book‘, at Stanford University Press blog And, less serious and more experimental, McKenzie Wark’s 2013 advice on ‘How to Beat Writer’s Block‘

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Foucault: the Birth of Power Update 7 – working at the Bibliothèque Nationale and a meeting with Foucault’s nephew

Last week was spent at the Bibliothèque Nationale again, continuing the work on the Foucault papers archived there. I worked through four boxes – the last of the five boxes of preparatory notes for Surveiller et punir that also relate to … Continue reading

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Foucault: the Birth of Power Update 6 – working on The Punitive Society, drafting Chapter Three, work on Chapter Six and giving some talks

The bulk of the recent work has been on Chapter Three. This is mainly a discussion of The Punitive Society, along with related materials. The chapter is based on a long review essay I wrote on the French original for Historical Materialism … Continue reading

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Which philosopher would fare best in a present-day university?

Which philosopher would fare best in a present-day university? – a discussion in The Guardian by Lloyd Strickland. If you know Lloyd’s work – which I do – then the answer is not surprising…

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Foucault’s Last Decade – working on the proofs

The proofs for Foucault’s Last Decade have now arrived, so I need to make time to work on them. The Polity webpage for the book is still incomplete, but you can read much more about the book here. I’m also working … Continue reading

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How to give a conference paper – some excellent advice to read and share

How to give a conference paper – some excellent advice to read and share from Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn.

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Foucault: the Birth of Power Update 5 – more on his collaborative work and drafting Chapter Two on Théories et institutions pénales

Most of the most recent work on this book project has been on the section of Chapter Two discussing the Nu-Pieds revolts. An analysis of these, and the repression that follows, takes up the first seven lectures of Théories et … Continue reading

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Mark Carrigan, Social Media for Academics (Sage, 2016) – now available to pre-order

Mark Carrigan’s book, Social Media for Academics, is now available to pre-order. Social media is an increasingly important part of academic life that can be a fantastic medium for promoting your work, networking with colleagues and for demonstrating impact. However, alongside … Continue reading

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