Two pieces on political ceremony (open access)

A few years ago I wrote a piece on Foucault, Shakespeare and ceremony, and then, pre-pandemic, considered whether there might be a bigger project on this question. It led to a survey piece for a handbook edited by some Warwick colleagues. The pieces are available here:

Elden, S. “Foucault and Shakespeare: Ceremony, Theatre, Politics“, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol 55, Spindel Supplement S1, 2017, pp. 153-172.

Elden, S. “Ceremony, Genealogy, Political Theology”, in Shirin M. Rai, Milija Gluhovic, Silvija Jestrovic and Michael Saward (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Politics and Performance, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021, pp. 377-90.

While the Foucault and Shakespeare project remains in the background – I’ve published one other piece on the relation, and have some draft pieces delivered as lectures – the ceremony idea did not get developed. I didn’t feel I had anything distinctive to say, and I wasn’t sure I was sufficiently interested to explore further. But maybe the second piece is useful for others exploring these ideas.

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1 Response to Two pieces on political ceremony (open access)

  1. Clare O'Farrell says:

    Reblogged this on Foucault News.

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