Complicités et ambivalences de la psychiatrie, Münsterlingen et le carnaval des fous de 1954 (2017)

Elisabetta Basso is one of the key scholars of the very early Foucault, so this should be good. There was a very interesting documentary study of this visit that she co-edited a couple of years ago –

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Elisabetta Basso, Complicités et ambivalences de la psychiatrie, Münsterlingen et le carnaval des fous de 1954, Médecine/Sciences (Paris), Volume 33, Number 1, Janvier 2017
DOI: 10.1051/medsci/20173301019

Complicities and ambivalences of psychiatry: Münsterlingen and the 1954 feast of fools

En mars 1954, Michel Foucault visite l’asile de Münsterlingen, dans le canton de Thurgovie, sur la rive suisse du lac de Constance. Lieu d’activité de psychiatres bien connus, notamment Hermann Rorschach, Münsterlingen est devenu célèbre dans l’histoire de la psychiatrie surtout grâce au travail de Roland Kuhn, qui fut actif à l’asile de 1939 à 1979. Grand spécialiste du test psychodiagnostique de Rorschach et découvreur au début des années 1950 du premier médicament antidépresseur, Kuhn fut également très proche de Ludwig Binswanger, dont il accueille favorablement l’approche anthropologique de la maladie mentale. C’est précisément pour rencontrer Kuhn et Binswanger que le jeune Foucault se rend en Suisse, à une époque où…

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Editorial from the relaunched Environment & Planning B: Urban Analytics & City Science

After Environment and Planning C’s relaunch as Politics and Space, now Environment and Planning B has a new subtitle. Read Mike Batty’s editorial on the change here.

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The right to have visiting rights- Seyla Benhabib and her visit to the UK

The right to have visiting rights– The story of Seyla Benhabib and her visit to the UK.

There’s a small but telling irony behind an important lecture at Cambridge tomorrow evening (Monday, 13 February) on migrants, refugees, and “the right to have rights.” The lecturer, the Yale political philosopher Seyla Benhabib, a visiting professor this term at the university’s Centre for Gender Studies, has lectured in England several times before. In 2002 she delivered Cambridge’s Seeley Lectures on the theme, “Citizens, Residents, and Aliens.”

Yet, this year, the British consulate in New York, operating under rules instituted by former Home Secretary Theresa May, made Benhabib’s visa-application process so Kafkaesque and expensive that the process  succeeded in making the United Kingdom look like a failed state fronting for a band of mercenaries.

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Jo VanEvery – A Scholarly Writing Guide

writing-short-guide-cover-sIn the many posts on this site on writing and publishing, I’ve sometimes mentioned the name of Jo VanEvery, whose blog/website is a very valuable resource. She now has a short e-book available, A Scholarly Writing Guide – go here to see online retailers that stock it. It’s very cheap, short and offers good advice.

Getting stuck is a normal part of the writing process, even for experienced writers. My aim in publishing this Short Guide is to help you generate new writing projects, keep your writing projects moving forward, and ensure that your writing process results in publications. Designed so you can refer to it whenever you get stuck, this Short Guide breaks down the scholarly writing process into stages and provides both a description of that stage and writing prompts to help you get unstuck.


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Adam Kotsko on work, productivity and overwork

Adam Kotsko reflects on work, productivity and overwork in a post entitled ‘Workohol‘ at An und für sich.

This resonated with me given the multiple projects I have running in parallel at the moment. Almost all of these are books – authored or edited. There is an article in development, but I see that very much as an outline of a book project. I’ve been debating writing a post on why I prioritise books over articles, even in the era of research assessment we live and work in. I’ve been holding back on writing that because it risks being read as something written from a position of privilege, but there are perhaps some more general issues which might be of wider interest.

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Foucault and Animals (2016)

An interesting collection – shame about the prohibitive price.

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foucault-animalsFoucault and Animals
Edited by Matthew Chrulew and Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel, Brill, 2016

Foucault and Animals is the first collection of its kind to explore the relevance of Michel Foucault’s thought for the question of the animal. Chrulew and Wadiwel bring together essays from emerging and established scholars that illuminate the place of animals and animality within Foucault’s texts, and open up his highly influential range of concepts and methods to different domains of human-animal relations including experimentation, training, zoological gardens, pet-keeping, agriculture, and consumption. Touching on themes such as madness and discourse, power and biopolitics, government and ethics, and sexuality and friendship, the volume takes the fields of Foucault studies and human-animal studies into promising new directions.

Biographical note
Matthew Chrulew, Ph.D. (2011) is a research fellow in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. His essays have…

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The importance of being REF-able: academic writing under pressure from a culture of counting at the LSE blog

The importance of being REF-able: academic writing under pressure from a culture of counting at the LSE blog. Some interesting discussion, not least because it puts the emphasis on the (perceived) quality of publications, not the absolute quantity.


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Trump’s new empire: Thoughts on American imperialism in the age of Trump. A sneak peek from Israel/Palestine

Hagar Kotef and Merav Amir at the Disorder of Things.

The Disorder Of Things

A guest post by Hagar Kotef and Merav Amir. Hagar Kotef is a Senior Lecturer of Political Theory and Comparative Political Thought at the Department of Politics and International Relations, SOAS, The University of London. She is the author of Movement and the Ordering of Freedom (Duke University Press, 2015). Dr Merav Amir is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Human Geography at the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast. Her recent publication is titled “Revisiting Politicide: State Annihilation in Israel/Palestine”, and is due to be published in Territory, Politics, Governance.

In trying to understand the horror that unfolds post Trump election, two main threads seem to dominate left discourse and blogosphere. The first rightly focuses on the horror itself, on the unprecedented coup-d′état unfolding before our eyes, on the attacks on the constitution, on fascismorotherforms of totalitarianism or authoritarianism, and on brute institutionalized

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Harvey visualizes capital at Oxford

David Harvey’s recent lecture at Oxford.


Here’s the video of Harvey’s talk at Oxford a couple of weeks ago, again focusing on his ‘Marx project’ and related adventures in the theory of value. Although his presentations are frequently based on implicit conceptual diagrams it’s relatively rare to see him using actual slides and graphs as he does here. So much to discuss here, but the result looks fascinating.


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An Interview with Agamben on his intellectual beginnings

An interesting interview with Agamben, though it needed some follow-up questions. Agamben makes an extraordinary claim about Heidegger and anti-Semitism, which needed either much greater elaboration or at least a challenge.


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