Umberto Eco intervista Michel Foucault (video)

Archive footage of a 1968 discussion between Foucault, Umberto Eco and Enzo Melandri. Although Foucault responds in French, he is dubbed into Italian and it’s hard to hear what he says. As the comment included in the post notes, it would be interesting to know if there is a longer version of this video anywhere – especially if the original French is audible.

I’ve added this to the list of Foucault audio and video recordings available online –

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From one of the comments
L’incontro è avvenuto a Milano nel 1968, organizzato da Eco e da Enzo Melandri, che è il primo degli intervistatori in questo breve video. Una foto dell’incontro è stata inserita nella riedizione Quodlibet di “La linea e il circolo” di Enzo Melandri. Eco e Melandri scommisero una birra su come Foucault avrebbe pronunciato “episteme”: alla francese, secondo Melandri, o alla greca, secondo Eco (vinse Melandri). L’incontro non fu organizzato per caso: Melandri, assieme a Celati, Calvino, Carlo Ginzburg, e altri, lavoravano al progetto di una rivista incentrata sul concetto di “archeologia”, che purtroppo non andò in porto (sia Celati che Calvino hanno scritto un saggio che ruota attorno all’archeologia: si tratta dei materiali di discussione del progetto). Inoltre, Melandri stava scrivendo “La linea e il circolo”, nel quale si confronta anche con Foucault.
Sarebbe interessante sapere da dove proviene questo video, e se è disponibile…

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The Early Foucault update 9: from Shakespeare back to Foucault and Canguilhem

IMG_2710.JPGI’ve spent most of the first half of the summer revising my Shakespeare manuscript, which is now resubmitted. But I have been doing a little work on the early Foucault in the meantime, and on Canguilhem. With the latter, much of the work has been reference checking from the extensive notes I took on his work while I was in Amsterdam. Canguilhem references a lot of historical texts in biology and medicine, and I wanted to check all of his quotations at a minimum. I discussed some of the reasons why this was important, and challenging, here. Some of this work was done in Paris, and also at various libraries in London – the British Library, Senate House and the Wellcome Trust.

The reason I was in Paris was for another short visit to the Bibliothèque Nationale, where I worked through some more boxes of Foucault material. These concerned some thematically organized boxes of lectures and manuscripts on art, literature, criminology and madness. Some of the texts here have been published in the last several years; others are planned for the future. Only a few relate to the period I’m currently working on, but it’s clear that Foucault wrote quite a lot which he didn’t publish, and not all of this was delivered as a lecture. There are carefully written, and sometimes typed, texts, which it seems just were left to gather dust.

On the final day of this trip I made an initial survey of a box of materials relating to his early lecture courses at Lille. There are plans to publish at least one course from this period. Jacques Lagrange’s student notes are archived at IMEC, and there are some discussions of this material in works by Elisabetta Basso and Philippe Sabot, among others. Some of these courses were repeated at the ENS in Paris. I’ll need more time with this material, though I’m also hoping that a schedule for the publication of the pre-Collège de France courses will become available soon.

While I still have a lot of research to do, and expect this to go on for more than a year, I have spent some time beginning to write up some sections. So I have the draft of a chapter on Foucault’s teachers, a section on his time in Uppsala, a bit on the intellectual side of his relationship with Barraqué, and about half a chapter on his work translating Binswanger and von Weizsäcker. Each of these will need much more work, but little bits of the book are beginning to take shape. Now for a holiday, and then when I return I hope to make a bit more progress before the summer ends.


The previous updates on this project are here; and Foucault’s Last Decade and Foucault: The Birth of Power are now both available from Polity. Several Foucault research resources such as bibliographies, short translations, textual comparisons and so on are available here. On the Canguilhem project, see this page.

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Phoebe Moore’s new book: The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts

More information on Phoebe Moore’s forthcoming book.


My next book is about to come out. Published by Routledge, this is the summation of about four years of work I have been doing on the quantified self at work. The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts is the state of the art text on how technology and the use of technology for management and self-management changes the ‘quantified’, precarious workplace today.

Humans are accustomed to being tool bearers, but what happens when machines become tool bearers, where the tool is seemingly ever more precise in its calculation about human labour via the use of big data and people analytics by managements? Data, as quantified output, is treated as a neutral arbiter and judge, and is being prioritised over qualitative judgements in ‘agile’ key performance indicator management systems and digitalised client based relationships. From insecure ‘gig’ work to workplace health and wellness initiatives in office work…

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Phoebe V. Moore, The Quantified Self in Precarity – forthcoming from Routledge

9781138674066Phoebe V. Moore, The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts – forthcoming from Routledge. Looks great, but what a shame about the awful price. [Update: a paperback will follow]

Humans are accustomed to being tool bearers, but what happens when machines become tool bearers, calculating human labour via the use of big data and people analytics by managements?

The Quantified Self in Precarity highlights how,whether it be in insecure ‘gig’ work or office work, such digitalisation is not an inevitable process – nor is it one that necessarily improves working conditions. Indeed, through unique research and empirical data, Moore demonstrates how workplace quantification leads to high turnover rates, workplace rationalisation and worker stress and anxiety, with these issues linked to increased rates of subjective and objective precarity.

Scientific management asked us to be efficient. Now, we are asked to be agile. But what will this mean for the everyday lives we lead?

Bringing a fresh perspective on how technology and the use of technology for management and self-management changes the ‘quantified’, precarious workplace today, The Quantified Self in Precarity will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in fields such as Science and Technology, Organisation Management, Sociology and Politics.

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How to plan, create and launch a successful multi-author academic blog – advice from the LSE Impact of Social Sciences

How to plan, create and launch a successful multi-author academic blog – advice from the LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

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Academic Muse – advice for writers from Alan Klima

This looks a useful site with lots of advice on academic writing – Academic Muse from Alan Klima. There is a paid part of the site, but lots of free content too. Thanks to Sue Ruddick for the link.

I’ve shared a lot of things relating to this topic in the past, and there is an archive of Writing and Publishing posts and links.

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Foucault Studies: Discipline and Punish Today (2017)

New issue of Foucault Studies on Discipline and Punish now out

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Open letter on precarious and short-term contracts

Open letter on precarious and short-term contracts

You can read the full text of the letter here.

Feminist Philosophers

We write as members (existing staff, students, and graduates) of UK humanities departments to object to the proliferation of precarious short-term teaching contracts across UKHE institutions. As the UCU has reported, nearly half of UK universities now use zero-hours contracts to deliver teaching, and more than two-thirds of research staff are on fixed term contracts.

We recognise the need for short-term contracts in limited contexts; we also recognise that such contracts can sometimes provide early career academics with useful experience on the road to more permanent positions; however, this can only be the case if such contracts are not precarious, and if the temporary staff members are treated ethically.

A ‘precarious’ short-term contract may:

– last less than 12 months and/or be less than 1.0 FTE
– require an appointee to undertake a full teaching load with no paid time allocated to research
– require an appointee to take the…

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Adventures in Phenomenology: Gaston Bachelard – forthcoming with SUNY Press

63588_covAdventures in Phenomenology: Gaston Bachelard, edited by Eileen Rizo-Patron, Edward S. Casey and Jason M. Wirth – forthcoming with SUNY Press. Currently listed only as an expensive hardback, hopefully a paperback edition will follow.

Like Schelling before him and Deleuze and Guattari after him, Gaston Bachelard made major philosophical contributions to the advancement of science and the arts. In addition to being a mathematician and epistemologist whose influential work in the philosophy of science is still being absorbed, Bachelard was also one of the most innovative thinkers on poetic creativity and its ethical implications. His approaches to literature and the arts by way of elemental reverie awakened long-buried modes of thinking that have inspired literary critics, depth psychologists, poets, and artists alike. Bachelard’s extraordinary body of work, unduly neglected by the English-language reception of continental philosophy in recent decades, exhibits a capacity to speak to the full complexity and wider reaches of human thinking. The essays in this volume analyze Bachelard as a phenomenological thinker and situate his thought within the Western tradition. Considering his work alongside that of Schelling, Husserl, Bergson, Buber, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer, Deleuze, and Nancy, this collection highlights some of Bachelard’s most provocative proposals on questions of ontology, hermeneutics, ethics, environmental politics, spirituality, and the possibilities they offer for productive transformations of self and world.

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Shakespeare and Nietzsche, Garrick’s Temple, September 2nd 2017

untitled.pngShakespeare and Nietzsche, Garrick’s Temple, September 2nd 2017

On Saturday September 2, 2017 Shakespeare at the Temple -symposium returns to Garrick’s Temple with a fourth event, this time on Shakespeare and Nietzsche with talks by Katie Brennan, Paul Kottman, Bjorn Quiring, Tracy Strong and Scott Wilson.

There will be a concert following the event (optional) which will be a rare opportunity to hear compositions by Nietzsche himself, together with the music by Wagner and others that inspired him, performed under the direction of Chantal Schutz.

Tickets are £20 for the symposium (incl. lunch at the Bell Inn) and/or £10 for the concert. All proceeds go to supporting the Temple. Book at Eventbrite.

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