My favourite music of 2019

A list of the music released this year which I enjoyed the most…

  • The Aristocrats, You Know What?
  • Bass Communion, Reconstructions and Recycling
  • Big Big Train, Grand Tour
  • Tim Bowness, Flowers at the Scene
  • Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Complete (box)
  • Kate Bush, Remastered Part I/Part II (box)
  • Rosalie Cunningham, Rosalie Cunningham
  • Miles Davis, Rubberband
  • Flying Colors, Third Degree
  • Gong, The Universe Also Collapses
  • Richard Henshall, The Cocoon
  • Isildurs Bane and Peter Hammill, In Amazonia
  • Nick Johnson, Wide Eyes in the Dark
  • Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, The Bucket List
  • King Crimson, Heaven and Earth (box) and Live in Newcastle, 1972
  • Lonely Robot, Under the Stars
  • Magma, Zess (Le jour du néant)
  • Marillion, Afraid of Sunlight (box) and With Friends from the Orchestra
  • The Neal Morse Band, The Great Adventure
  • No-Man, Love You to Bits
  • Opeth, In Cauda Venenum
  • The Pineapple Thief, Hold Our Fire
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Bird Box (score)
  • Sonar with David Torn, Tranceportation Volume 1
  • Stefan Thelan, Fractal Guitar
  • Tool, Fear Inoculum

Live, I enjoyed Steve Rothery, Haken, The Pineapple Thief, The Neal Morse Band, Tim Bowness, King Crimson, Big Big Train, Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, Marillion, Steve Hackett and Flying Colours.

For previous years, see the lists from 201820172016, 2015, 20142013 and 2012.

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Foucault à l’épreuve de la psychiatrie et de la psychanalyse, Astérion (ENS de Lyon), 21/2019

Foucault à l’épreuve de la psychiatrie et de la psychanalyse, Astérion (ENS de Lyon), 21/2019 – thanks to Foucault News for this link

Challenging Foucault with psychiatry and psychoanalysis
Sous la direction de Laurent Dartigues et Elisabetta Basso

Open access online – pdfs require subscription

Le dossier a pour but d’interroger, à partir de Michel Foucault, le lien entre la réflexion épistémologique sur la santé mentale et l’historicité des savoirs qui la cernent. La contribution d’Elisabetta Basso s’appuie sur les manuscrits foucaldiens des années 1950 afin d’analyser le chantier à partir duquel le jeune Foucault inaugure une réflexion qui l’amènera à une mise en question radicale du bien-fondé des sciences humaines. Ugo Balzaretti discute le rapport de la psychanalyse à la biopolitique, qu’il approfondit à la lumière de l’archéologie de la psychanalyse que Foucault développe dans Naissance de la clinique et Les mots et les choses, mais aussi de la généalogie du pouvoir esquissée dans La volonté de savoir. L’article de Laurent Dartigues a pour objet la manière dont Foucault lit et utilise la psychanalyse, dont la présence ne concerne pas les seuls écrits des années 1950 et 1960, mais reste constante tout au long de l’œuvre du philosophe, avec un statut incertain et fluctuant. Aurélie Pfauwadel s’intéresse à un point d’achoppement qui concerne une des généalogies foucaldiennes de la psychanalyse, celle qui, dans les années 1970, met le freudisme du côté de la normalisation. Clotilde Leguil se concentre sur la pensée de Lacan, dont elle fait remarquer la dimension politique dans la mesure où elle promeut une conception anti-identitariste du sujet. Enfin, le dossier présente la transcription d’un inédit de Foucault sur la psychanalyse, où le philosophe entend mesurer l’apport de la psychanalyse à la compréhension de la maladie mentale.

The aim of this special issue is to question, starting from Michel Foucault, the link between the epistemological reflection on mental health and the historicity of the knowledge that defines it. Elisabetta Basso’s contribution draws on Foucault’s manuscripts of the 1950s, in order to analyze how the young Foucault initiates a reflection that leads him to radically put into question social sciences. Ugo Balzaretti discusses the relationship between psychoanalysis and biopolitics, which he explores in the light of the archaeology of psychoanalysis developed by Foucault in Naissance de la clinique and Les mots et les choses, but also in the genealogy of power outlined in La volonté de savoir. Laurent Dartigues’s article deals with the way in which Foucault reads and uses psychoanalysis – whose presence in Foucault’s corpus does not only concern the writings of the 1950s and 1960s – but remains constant throughout the philosopher’s work, with an uncertain and fluctuating status. Aurélie Pfauwadel dwells on a stumbling block that concerns one of the genealogies of psychoanalysis outlined by Foucault, the one that, in the 1970s, put Freudism on the side of normalization. Clotilde Leguil focuses on Lacan’s thinking, by emphasizing its political dimension in that it promotes an anti-identitarist conception of the subject. Finally, the dossier presents the transcription of an unpublished manuscript by Foucault on psychoanalysis, in which the philosopher intends to assess the contribution of psychoanalysis to the understanding of mental illness.

Elisabetta BASSO and Laurent DARTIGUES

Elisabetta BASSO
De la philosophie à l’histoire, en passant par la psychologie : que nous apprennent les archives Foucault des années 1950 ?
From philosophy to history, through psychology: what do we learn from the Foucault archives of the 1950s?
Cogito et histoire du sujet : quelques remarques sur la biopolitique et la psychanalyse
Cogito and history of the subject: some remarks on biopolitics and psychoanalysis
La question de psychanalyse chez Michel Foucault
Psychoanalytical disorders in the Foucault’s thought
La psychanalyse et la société de normalisation : Lacan versus Foucault
Psychoanalysis and the society of normalization: Lacan versus Foucault
Clotilde LEGUIL
Le sujet lacanien, un « Je » sans identité
The Lacanian subject, an “I” without identity
Michel FOUCAULT and Elisabetta BASSO
Un manuscrit de Michel Foucault sur la psychanalyse
A manuscript by Michel Foucault on psychoanalysis

Thomas EBKE
La connaissance vitale de la vie : une parallaxe entre Canguilhem et Plessner [Full text]
Vital knowledge of life: A parallax view between Canguilhem and Plessner

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Hannah Arendt and Theodor W. Adorno’s correspondence on the legacy of Walter Benjamin

Hannah Arendt and Theodor W. Adorno’s correspondence on the legacy of Walter Benjamin – in the Los Angeles Review of Books, edited and translated by Susan H. Gillespie and Samantha Rose Hill

THE 1967 CORRESPONDENCE between Hannah Arendt and Theodor W. Adorno followed Walter Benjamin’s death by nearly 30 years. The acrimony that grew between Arendt and Adorno during the intervening decades is present in these letters. Who had the right, ethically and intellectually, to edit and publish Benjamin’s work?

Samantha Rose Hill’s bio on the LARB site says she is writing a biography of Arendt.

Update: there is a fascinating piece on Benjamin’s last work and the feud between Arendt and Adorno over its editing by Samantha Rose Hill here.

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London Review of Books – new website and open access until 15 January 2020

The London Review of Books has a new website and content is open access for one month:

For a full calendar month, there won’t be a paywall of any kind anywhere on the site. This means that not only all 24 of this year’s issues, but also our entire archive, dating back to 25 October 1979 and containing almost 17,500 articles, will be free to read, for everyone, without limits, until midday on Wednesday 15 January. Merry Christmas!Where to start? Why not on our new subject hub pages, where you’ll find selections of some of the best pieces we’ve published, as well as other curated collections of brilliant articles linked by particular themes.

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Jonathan Basile on  Derrida’s Seminars: Writing Before Writing Before the Letter in 3:AM Magazine

Jonathan Basile writes about at Derrida’s Seminars: Writing Before Writing Before the Letter in 3:AM Magazine.

Thanks to Peter Gratton at Philosophy in a Time of Error for the link.


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Response to the Danny Dorling article by Alison Blunt, Martin Evans and others

In November, Danny Dorling published a piece in Emotion, Space and Society entitled ‘Kindness: A new kind of rigour for British Geographers‘ (open access), which was picked up by The Times Higher Education – “Geography seen as ‘soft option’ by ‘posh’ students, warns Dorling. Now Alison Blunt, Martin Evans and many heads of Geography departments reply – “Geography degrees are preparing disadvantaged students for relevant careers.


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Marcelo Hoffmann on Perry Anderson, Brazil Apart: 1964-2019

Marcelo Hoffmann reviews Perry Anderson, Brazil Apart: 1964-2019, at Berfrois: The Workers’ Party and the Rise of Bolsonaro

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Books received – a pile from the Verso sale

The Verso sale runs until the end of December 2019

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Books received – Dumézil, Sartre, Canguilhem, Baxstrom and Meyers

Two books by Dumézil, one by Sartre, the latest volume of the Canguilhem Oeuvres, and Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers, Realizing the Witch: Science, Cinema, and the Mastery of the Invisible.

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The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, The City and Urban Society

The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, The City and Urban Society – edited by Michael E. Leary-Owhin and John P. McCarthy

The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre,The City and Urban Society is the first edited book to focus on Lefebvre’s urban theories and ideas from a global perspective, making use of recent theoretical and empirical developments, with contributions from eminent as well as emergent global scholars.

The book provides international comparison of Lefebvrian research and theoretical conjecture and aims; to engage with and critique Lefebvre’s ideas in the context of contemporary urban, social and environmental upheavals; to use Lefebvre’s spatial triad as a research tool as well as a point of departure for the adoption of ideas such as differential space; to reassess Lefebvre’s ideas in relation to nature and global environmental sustainability; and to highlight how a Lefebvrian approach might assist in mobilising resistance to the excesses of globalised neoliberal urbanism. The volume draws inspiration from Lefebvre’s key texts (The Production of Space; Critique of Everyday Life; and The Urban Revolution) and includes a comprehensive introduction and concluding chapter by the editors. The conclusions highlight implications in relation to increasing spatial inequalities; increasing diversity of needs including those of migrants; more authoritarian approaches; and asymmetries of access to urban space. Above all, the book illustrates the continuing relevance of Levebvre’s ideas for contemporary urban issues and shows – via global case studies – how resistance to spatial domination by powerful interests might be achieved.

The Handbook helps the reader navigate the complex terrain of spatial research inspired by Lefebvre. In particular the Handbook focuses on: the series of struggles globally for the ‘right to the city’ and the collision of debates around the urban age, ‘cityism’ and planetary urbanisation. It will be a guide for graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching, and a key reference for academics in the fields of Human Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Applied Philosophy, Planning, Urban Theory and Urban Studies. Practitioners and activists in the field will also find the book of relevance.

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