David Beer discusses Metric Power on the New Books in Critical Theory podcast

9781137556486David Beer discusses Metric Power on the New Books in Critical Theory podcast with Dave O’Brien.

How do metrics rule the social world? In Metric Power (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) David BeerReader in Sociology at the University of York, outlines the rise of the metric and the role of metrics in shaping everyday life. The book outlines the core theoretical concepts, such as neo-liberalism, bio-power, and bio-politics, alongside the characteristics themes of metric power, including practices of making (in)visible, the social life of methods and data, and questions of agency. These theoretical discussions are set against the broad backdrop of the rise of big data, corporate power, social media, and algorithm based decision making. Metric Power is located within the study of broader social inequalities, meaning the book makes important reading for anyone concerned with how our daily experiences of technologies, organisations, and social institutions, are shaped, unequally, by the power of metrics.

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Michel Foucault e as insurreições: é inútil revoltar-se?

5d904f_9fcfafa3c0f04c56a94cc3a1919081ba-mv2_d_2478_3501_s_4_2Michel Foucault e as insurreições: é inútil revoltar-se?, Margareth Rago, Sílvio Gallo (orgs.).

Thanks to Marcelo Hoffman for the link to this collection, who says that many of the contributors will also be contributing to the next issue of the Carceral Notebooks.

O X Colóquio Internacional Michel Foucault, realizado na Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) entre 24 e 27 de outubro de 2016, teve como proposta de reflexão as revoltas, as resistências e as insurreições na filosofia desse pensador. Procurou discutir a dimensão da liberdade, da desobediência e das lutas em suas reflexões, na contramão das leituras simplificadoras, para não dizer ressentidas, que se satisfazem em enquadrar sua filosofia como antiemancipacionista, isto é, como incapaz de fornecer saídas, a despeito das brilhantes análises sobre o exercício do poder na vida cotidiana.
Assim, este livro, organizado a partir de um conjunto de textos especialmente escritos para o evento e devidamente revistos por seus respectivos autores, nos apresenta um amplo panorama do pensamento de Michel Foucault e derivações dele para pensar nossas questões contemporâneas.


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European citizens want information on migration – not higher walls

Nick Vaughan-Williams and Georg Löfflmann in The Conversation

Politics Reconsidered

Written by Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams and Dr. Georg Löfflmann for The Conversation.

Fortress Europe: Macdeonian soldiers patrol the Greek border. Georgi Licovski/EPA

Despite being bombarded with headlines about the “migrant crisis” facing Europe, little is really known about how European citizens perceive and experience migration in their daily lives. As part of our ongoing research we’ve found that rather than linking “irregular” migration with fears of terrorism, EU citizens have a more nuanced position on border security. The people we’ve interviewed rejected both border walls and open borders as political solutions to the issue of migration into Europe.

Tougher border security has been a key pillar of the way the EU has responded to the increase in migration since 2015. But our findings contradict the European Commission’s argument that there is a “powerful consensus” among EU institutions and public opinion on the need to enhance border security in response to…

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Helen Sword in the Times Higher Education on academic writing

9780674737709I’ve mentioned Helen Sword’s book Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write here before. There is a short discussion on this theme from her in the Times Higher Education.

How do successful academics write, and how do they learn to write? What are their daily routines, their formative experiences, their habits of mind? What emotions do they associate with their academic writing? And where do they find the “air and light and time and space”, as the poet Charles Bukowski put it, to get their writing done? These were among the questions that I asked as part of a research project that eventually took me to 45 universities in 15 countries.

Feedback from more than 1,300 academics, PhD students and other researchers from across the disciplines revealed that successful writing is built on a complex and varied set of attitudes and attributes, including behavioural habits of discipline and persistence, artisanal habits of craftsmanship and care, social habits of collegiality and collaboration and emotional habits of positivity and pleasure. [more here]

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What Kind of People Do We Want to Be? David Harvey on the Right to the City

Sandro Mezzadra and David Harvey discuss the right to the city in Bologna.

Deterritorial Investigations

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Foucault’s Last Decade and Foucault: The Birth of Power forthcoming in Chinese translation

Foucault-The-Birth-of-Power-cover9780745683911.jpgBoth Foucault’s Last Decade and Foucault: The Birth of Power are now forthcoming in Chinese translation with Beijing Publishing Group.

Both books are also forthcoming in Korean with Nanjing Publishing House.

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Foucault: The Birth of Power reviewed at LSE Review of Books

Foucault-The-Birth-of-Power-coverFoucault: The Birth of Power is reviewed at LSE Review of Books by Syamala Roberts.

In Foucault: The Birth of Power, Stuart Elden outlines how the theorisation of power was the essential tool developed within Foucault’s work and political activities in the early 1970s following his return from Tunisia. Drawing on writings, interviews, lectures and unpublished or newly available manuscripts, Elden offers an indispensable read for those looking to gain further insight into Foucault as a writer, philosopher and activist, recommends Syamala Roberts. [continues here]


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Primo Levi – Translating and Being Translated

Primo Levi – Translating and Being Translated, translated by Harry Thomas

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On the Philosophische Fragmente – the original version of Adorno and Horkheimer’s The Dialectic of Enlightenment

untitledJames Schmidt has two fascinating posts discussing the history of the Philosophische Fragmente – the original version of Adorno and Horkheimer’s The Dialectic of Enlightenment. Part I and Part II


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Judith Butler “Critique, Crisis, Violence” – video of Bologna lecture

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