Foucault’s Late Politics. Special Issue. South Atlantic Quarterly (2022)

Foucault’s Late Politics. Special Issue. South Atlantic Quarterly (2022)

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Foucault’s Late Politics. Special Issue. South Atlantic Quarterly, October 2022, Vol 121, Issue 4

Introduction: The Late Foucault and the Allegories of Theory
Gavin Walker

Beyond Neoliberal Realism: Foucault’s Late Politics
Johanna Oksala

Crisis and Transition: The Late Foucault and the Vocation of Philosophy
Benjamin Noys

The Revolutionary and Anti-Capitalist Politics of the Late Foucault: The Quest for Economic Sovereignty
Ken Kawashima

The Will to Strategy: Foucault’s Interregnum, 1976–1979
Gavin Walker

Constituting New Modes of Thought and Life: On the Late Foucault
Judith Revel

Foucault’s Anti-Oedipus
Yoshihiko Ichida

Tragedy and Juridical Forms
Alberto Toscano

Foucault’s Solitude
Asad Haider

Is a Communist Governmentality Possible?: Parrhēsia, Care of the Self, and the Possibility of Another Life
Panagiotis Sotiris

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William Walters and Martina Tazzioli (eds.), Handbook on Governmentality – Edward Elgar, April 2023

William Walters and Martina Tazzioli (eds.), Handbook on Governmentality – Edward Elgar, April 2023

The Handbook on Governmentality discusses the development of an interdisciplinary field of research, focusing on Michel Foucault’s post-foundationalist concept of governmentality and the ways it has been used to write genealogies of modern states, the governance of societal problems and the governance of the self.

Contributors include: Claudia Aradau, Carol Bacchi, Wendy Brown, Graham Burchell, Partha Chatterjee, Sahil Jai Dutta,  Stuart Elden, Ben Golder, Colin Gordon,  Jef Huysmans, Jonathan Xavier Inda, Hans-Martin Jaeger, Samuel Knafo,   Susanne Krasmann, Clara Lecadet, Emanuele Leonardi, Daniele Lorenzini, Ian Alexander Lovering,  Brett Neilson, Luigi Pellizzoni, Cristina Rojas, Nikolas Rose, Srila Roy, Ranabir Samaddar, Maurice Stierl, Martina Tazzioli, Miriam Ticktin,  William Walters, Richard Weiskopf, Chenchen Zhang 

‘Nearly forty years after his death, governmentality remains Michel Foucault’s most elusive and productive theoretical concept; especially in generating interdisciplinary empirical scholarship. Now with its revelatory introductory chapter and powerhouse collection of leading contemporary scholars, Walters and Tazzioli’s Handbook on Governmentality has demystified the topic and opened governmentality to a new generation of critical researchers across the social sciences and humanities.’
– Jonathan Simon, University of California, Berkeley, US

‘Governmentality has become a ubiquitous term in social and political theory. Stemming from Foucault, the concept has been stretched and even squeezed over the last years. This impressive Handbook lays the basis for a new season in governmentality studies, exploring new geographical and conceptual frontiers. An amazing achievement!’
– Sandro Mezzadra, University of Bologna, Italy

My piece in here is entitled “The Yoke of Law and the Lustre of Glory: Foucault and Dumézil on Sovereignty”. It’s the first in a series of pieces exploring the links between Foucault and Dumézil through Foucault’s career.

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Thom Tyerman, Everyday Border Struggles: Segregation and Solidarity in the UK and Calais – book discussion, online event, 8 February 2023, 5pm

Book Launch: Everyday Border Struggles: Segregation and Solidarity in the UK and Calais

ONLINE EVENT – 8th February 2023, 17:00-18:30

Thom Tyerman will discuss his book Everyday Border Struggles: Segregation and Solidarity in the UK and Calais with Ana Aliverti (University of Warwick) and Joe Turner (University of York)

In an age of mobility, borders appear to be everywhere. Encountered more and more in our everyday lives, borders locally enact global divisions and inequalities of power, wealth, and identity. From the Calais ‘jungle’ to the UK’s ‘hostile environment’ policy, this book examines how borders in the UK and Calais operate through everyday practices of segregation. At the same time, it reveals how border segregation is challenged and resisted by everyday practices of ‘migrant solidarity’ among people on the move and no borders activists. In doing so, it explores how everyday borders are key sites of struggles over and against postcolonial and racialised global inequalities. This talk will be of interest to scholars and students working on migration, borders, and citizenship as well as practitioners and organisers in migrant rights, asylum advocacy, and anti-detention or deportation campaigns.  

Join the meeting using this link on the day of the discussion

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Nikolina Bobic and Farzaneh Haghighi (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Volume I: Violence, Spectacle and Data – Routledge, November 2022

Nikolina Bobic and Farzaneh Haghighi (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Volume I: Violence, Spectacle and Data – Routledge, November 2022

One for libraries, at this price… [update Jan 2023: a more affordable e-book is also available. If you buy direct from Routledge, code FLE22 currently gives a 20% discount]

For architecture and urban space to have relevance in the 21st Century, we cannot merely reignite the approaches of thought and design that were operative in the last century. This is despite, or because of, the nexus between politics and space often being theorized as a representation or by-product of politics. As a symbol or an effect, the spatial dimension is depoliticized. Consequently, architecture and the urban are halted from fostering any systematic change as they are secondary to the event and therefore incapable of performing any political role. This handbook explores how architecture and urban space can unsettle the unquestioned construct of the spatial politics of governing.

Considering both ongoing and unprecedented global problems – from violence and urban warfare, the refugee crisis, borderization, detention camps, terrorist attacks to capitalist urbanization, inequity, social unrest and climate change – this handbook provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary research focused on the complex nexus of politics, architecture and urban space. Volume I starts by pointing out the need to explore the politics of spatialization to make sense of the operational nature of spatial oppression in contemporary times. The operative and active political reading of space is disseminated through five thematics: Violence and War Machines; Security and Borders; Race, Identity and Ideology; Spectacle and the Screen; and Mapping Landscapes and Big Data. 

This first volume of the handbook frames cutting-edge contemporary debates and presents studies of actual theories and projects that address spatial politics. This Handbook will be of interest to anyone seeking to meaningfully disrupt the reduction of space to an oppressive or neutral backdrop of political realities.

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A big day for Lacan publications… Premier écrits, Seminar XIV: La Loqique du fantasme, English translation of Seminar XIX: Or Worse, Points edition of Seminar V

27 January 2023 seems to be a big day for Lacan publications…                 

Premier écrits – on which I say a little here

Le Séminaire Livre XIV: La Logique du fantasme, edited by Jacques-Alain Miller – the first seminar to be published in French for quite a long time, now legal problems have been addressed.

the paperback of the English translation of Or Worse… translated by A.R. Price (seminar XIX)                     

and the Seuil Points edition of Le Séminaire V: Les formations de l’inconscient (which has been out in the original format for a long time, and is already translated as Formations of the Unconscious by Russell Grigg)

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Carlo Ginzburg: ‘In history as in cinema, every close-up implies an off-screen scene’

Carlo Ginzburg: ‘In history as in cinema, every close-up implies an off-screen scene’ – Verso blog

translated by David Fernbach from a text in Le Monde des Livres

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Cara Nine, Sharing Territories: Overlapping Self-Determination and Resource Rights – Oxford University Press, March 2022

Cara Nine, Sharing Territories: Overlapping Self-Determination and Resource Rights – Oxford University Press, March 2022

In Sharing Territories, Cara Nine defends a river model of territorial rights. On a river model, groups are assumed to be interdependent and overlapping. If we imagine human settlements and territorial rights as established in river catchment areas-not on lands with walls and borders-the primary features of group life are not independence and distinctness. Drawing on natural law philosophy, Nine’s theory argues for the establishment of foundational territories around geographical areas like rivers. Usually lower-scale political entities, foundational territories overlap with and serve as the grounding blocks of larger territorial units. Examples of foundational territories include not only river catchment areas but also urban areas, drawn around individuals who hold obligations to collectively manage their surroundings. Foundational territorial authorities manage spatially integrated areas where agents are interconnected by dense and scaffolded physical circumstances. In these areas, individuals cannot fulfil their natural obligations to each other without the help of collective rules. As foundational territories overlap the territories of other political units, Nine frames a theory of nested and shared territorial rights, and argues for insightful changes to the allocation of resource rights between political groups and individuals.

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Joseph Vogl, Capital and Ressentiment: A Short Theory of the Present, translated by Neil Solomon – Polity, November 2022

Joseph Vogl, Capital and Ressentiment: A Short Theory of the Present, translated by Neil Solomon – Polity, November 2022

The proliferation of social media has provided ideal conditions in which feelings of anger and frustration can be expressed and shared, forming a deep pool of ressentiment that is being drawn upon and exploited by populist and authoritarian leaders.

In his new book, Joseph Vogl shows how this dynamic is rooted in the fusing of finance capital and information in a new form of information capitalism that is reshaping the affective economy of our societies.  The capital accumulation strategies of powerful new platforms and social media are pushing people into fragmented, opposing, and conflictual communities where ressentiment is nurtured and grows.  The feelings of grievance and rejection generated by capitalism are redirected into attacks on migrants, foreigners, and others, thereby deflecting their critical potential, and bolstering the system that is their source. It is the cunning of ressentiment that provides the key to understanding why, despite the profusion of communication in our social media age, global finance and information capital can be neither understood nor attacked as a totalizing power.

This brilliant analysis of the ways in which information capitalism is transforming the affective economy of our societies will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the forces that are shaping our societies today.

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Engin Isin relaunched website – The Subjects of Politics

Engin Isin has relaunched his website – The Subjects of Politics – with most of his publications available to download, some thematic organisation with “reflections on concepts and methods that guided it and the questions that motivated it”, along with possible connections to an “interest in images”.

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Books received – Lévi-Strauss, Lacan, Tamm, Geoghegan, Barthes

A few books bought recently, including Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan, Code: From Information Theory to French Theory and Jacques Lacan’s The Object Relation, recently out in paperback.

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