Canguilhem, Œuvres complètes Tome V : Histoire des sciences, épistémologie, commémorations 1966-1995 – to appear in January 2018

9782711623648.jpgGeorges Canguilhem, Œuvres complètes Tome V : Histoire des sciences, épistémologie, commémorations 1966-1995 will appear in January 2018

Quelque cent vingt écrits publiés de 1966 à 1995 composent ce tome V des Œuvres complètes de Georges Canguilhem.
Une cinquantaine furent de ceux qui établirent sa réputation comme historien des sciences et comme épistémologue. D’autres, souvent passés plutôt inaperçus, éclairent les voies par lesquelles, instruit des avancées de la biologie moléculaire, Canguilhem crut devoir mener le réexamen de sa philosophie biologique. Plusieurs écrits montrent combien Canguilhem, à contre-courant des naturismes en vogue, avait le souci de mener et de poursuivre une réflexion éthique sur les questions de la technique et de la médecine. Dans nombre de notices ou de discours touchant des collègues ou d’amis disparus, nombreux dans ce tome V, il relève les exigences intellectuelles et morales qui animèrent leur vie. Le lecteur reconnaïtra que ces exigences furent également les siennes, loin des facilités de la mondanité philosophique.
Textes édités, introduits et annotés par Camille Limoges


This is seriously good news for my Canguilhem book project, since this will save me having to find a huge number of separately published pieces. With volumes I and IV already published, and II and III comprising the books Canguilhem published in his lifetime, all of which are easily available, this will mean I have easy access to all the published works. Volume VI will be a biography, bibliography index and some other things. That will be interesting when it does appear, but not essential for the completion of my book. Volume V is going to make my life – and the long-suffering inter-library loan staff at Warwick – much easier.
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Derrida Today CFP

Derrida Today conference at Concordia, Montreal


6th Derrida Today Conference 2018 – CFP

The 6th Derrida Today Conference will be held at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada from May 23-26th 2018. The Conference is being co-organised by Matthias Fritsch (Concordia University), Nicole Anderson (Macquarie University) and Stella Gaon (Saint Mary’s University).

Keynotes: *Tom Cohen (University at Albany, State University of New York, USA) *Drucilla Cornell (Rutgers University, USA) *Alexander Garcia-Düttmann (Berlin University of the Arts, Germany) *Ginette Michaud (Université de Montréal, Canada) *Elizabeth Rottenberg (De Paul University, USA).

The conference will be broadly interdisciplinary and invites contributions from a range of  academic, disciplinary and cultural contexts. We will consider papers and panel proposals on any aspect of Derrida’s work, or deconstruction, in relation to various topics and contemporary issues. For further information download the CFP.

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Books received – Foucault, Lacan, Heidegger, Custer, Deutscher & Haddad, Nieuwenhuis & Crouch


The most recent volume of Foucault’s lectures in English, Lacan’s Autre Ecrits, Heidegger’s Zollikoner Seminare, the edited collection on Foucault/Derrida: Fifty Years Later and Marijn Nieuwenhuis and David Crouch’s The Question of Space: Interrogating the Spatial Turn between Disciplines. The last was sent by the publisher, and the Foucault course was recompense for review work.

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Territory, Law and the Anthropocene, workshop at Warwick, 1 December 2017


On 1 December 2017, the Territory subgroup of the ICE-LAW project will hold its second workshop, Territory, Law and the Anthropocene, in the Department of Politics and International Studies (Room E2.02) at University of Warwick (UK).

ICE LAW is both a question – do we need a law of ice, just as we have laws about territory on land and the UN convention on the Law of the Sea – and an acronym – Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World. As such the project has broadened its focus to look at the interrelation of geophysical features of the Earth and legal-political questions more generally. This specific workshop thus contributes to ICE LAW’s work by looking at how specific territories are being transformed as a result of anthropogenic climate change – coastlines, mountains and glaciers, deserts and rivers. More generally it asks how do we need to rethink our way of theorising territory, and the legal-political regimes that govern it, in the light of these changes?

The format of the workshop will be of 20 minute presentations with lots of time for discussion, a longer presentation from the Italian Limes project, and then a closing roundtable with Dora Kostakopoulou, Phil Steinberg and Davor Vidas reflecting on the day’s presentations and how the themes connect to their work.


9.45am welcome

10-11.30am – Session 1: Law, Security and the Anthropocene (chair Klaus Dodds)

  • Nigel Clark (Lancaster Environment Centre) – The Paleopolitics of Climate Change
  • Madeleine Fagan (PAIS, University of Warwick) – Security in the Anthropocene: Environment, Ecology, Escape
  • Timo Koivurova (Law, University of Lapland) – What is the Role of International Law in Coping with Climate Change Consequences?

11.30am-12noon coffee

12noon-1pm – Session 2: Italian Limes project ( (chair Stuart Elden)

  • Marco Ferrari and Andrea Bagnato, Italian Limes: Mapping the Shifting Border across Alpine Glaciers

1-2pm lunch (speakers and discussants only)

2pm-3.30pm – Session 3: Shifting Territories (chair Phil Steinberg)

  • Isla Forsyth (Geography, University of Nottingham) – Genealogies of the desert: Imaginaries, Materialities and Mobilities of violence in the Second World War
  • Ingrid Medby (Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University) – The Arctic State in the Anthropocene: From Anthropolitics to Geopolitics and Back Again?
  • Klaus Dodds (Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London) – The Polar Regions strike back? Fissuring, Rising and Shrinking in International Law and Geopolitics

3.30pm-4pm coffee

4pm-5pm – Session 4: roundtable discussion (chair Stuart Elden)

  • Dora Kostakopoulou (Law, University of Warwick)
  • Phil Steinberg (Geography, Durham University)
  • Davor Vidas (Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway/University of Leicester)

5pm – close/drinks

7pm – Dinner for speakers and discussants

The conference is open to all – further enquiries can be directed to the workshop convenor, Stuart Elden (

Full details including abstracts here.

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Rancière interviewed at France Culture

Jacques Rancière interviewed


Here discussing his new book (Les Bords de la fiction [Seuil, 2017]) on literature, the sensible, and the notion of a common world. In French (though the pacing is easy enough for those who have lost fluency). (Also, the pic makes him look half dead–but is five years old.)

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Academics’ top tips for publishing success in The Times Higher Education

Academics’ top tips for publishing success in The Times Higher Education. As long as you read with attention to different disciplines and academic systems, and treat all of this as advice, there are some useful suggestions here.

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Brad Evans interviews Brian Massumi on affect, power and violence

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailHistories of Violence: Affect, Power, Violence — The Political Is Not Personal – Brad Evans speaks with Canadian philosopher and social theorist Brian Massumi. A conversation in Brad Evans’s “Histories of Violence” series in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Michel Foucault’s acid trip in Death Valley: Interview with Simeon Wade with great archival photos (updated)

I’ve just heard that Simeon Wade died in October, making this interview even more important. My condolences to Wade’s family.

Progressive Geographies

Boom California has just published an interview with Simeon Wade, conducted by Heather Dundas. If you’ve read the Foucault biographies, you’ll probably know about the acid trip in Death Valley story. James Miller makes a great deal of this, having talked to Simeon Wade who, with his partner Michael Stoneman, took Foucault on the journey. Wade was the originator of the ‘Chez Foucault’ fanzine which I’ve previously discussed and shared on this site.

The interview with Wade is fascinating, though some of its claims need to be taken with caution. The visit took place in June 1975, four months after Surveiller et punir appeared in French, and eighteen months before History of Sexuality volume I was published. That the trip had a profound effect on Foucault may well be true, but that it led him to criticise Bentham for the first time is impossible. And if it had such…

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The Struggle to Defend One of the Largest Universities of Brazil

‘The Struggle to Defend One of the Largest Universities of Brazil’ by Esther Arantes, Heliana Conde, and Estela Scheinvar – full statement here. Thanks to Marcelo Hoffman for sending me this.


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Books received – Ryzinski, Jünger, Geroulanous, Lacan, Barraqué


Remigiusz Ryzinski’s Foucault w Warszawie, Ernst Jünger, The Worker, Stefanos Geroulanous, Transparency in Postwar France: A Critical History of the Present, two volumes of Lacan’s seminar, and Jean Barraqué’s Écrits. Stefanos kindly sent a copy of his book, and the Jünger translation was a gift from its editor and co-translator, Laurence Paul Hemming. The rest were bought. I’d need help with the Polish text on Foucault’s time in Warsaw, but the references will likely be helpful.

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