Colin Koopman, “”New Media, New Power? From Biopower to Infopower” (2013)

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Colin Koopman, “”New Media, New Power? From Biopower to Infopower,” Sept. 21 2013. Frontiers of New Media Symposium, University of Utah.

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2nd International Summer School in Urban Ethnography

From 9th to 13th of September the University of Trento organise the 2nd International Summer School in Urban Ethnography. 
This year’s focus is the visual, at the conceptual, methodological and substantive level. Among the themes that will be touched are:
  • Urban visuality and urban in/visibilities;
  • Visualizing the city, urban rhythms and urban transformations;
  • Visualizing urban objects, spaces, atmospheres, events and cultures;
  • Researching into the visible and invisible life of public places;
  • Understanding the episteme of the image;
  • Practicing and reflecting upon visual research methodologies.

Teaching method will be based mainly on interactive formats, such as workshops, data sessions, and ‘ethnographer’s kitchen’ sessions. Participants will have a chance to present their research project and hear a feedback on them. 
You can find all the relevant information here: 
The deadline for applying is the 15th of July. Please circulate to those you think may be interested. 
Andrea Pavoni
University of Westminster
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“Geopolitical bodies, material worlds” – New book series at Rowman and Littlefield International

Having just submitted a book review of John Protevi’s Life, War, Earth to CITY, the announcement of this series piqued my attention.

“Geopolitical bodies, material worlds” — edited by Ian Klinke and Jason Dittmer.

This series publishes studies that originate in a range of different fields that are nonetheless linked through their common foundation: a belief that the macro-scale of geopolitics is composed of trans-local relations between bodies and materials. It is the interaction of these elements that produces the forces that shape global politics, often with outcomes that differ from the predictions of macro-scaled theories. This world poses questions: how do materialities such as the built environment and the body reproduce global power structures, how are they caught up in violent transformations and how do they become sites of resistance? How do assemblages of human and non-human elements both fortify and transform political space? What possibilities for political change are latent within the present?

The series seeks proposals for monographs and carefully crafted edited collections that are ecumenical with regard to theory and approach but rigorous in their consideration of materiality and embodiment. Drawing on work from across international relations, political geography, science and technology studies, and political anthropology, the series will initially prioritise three strands of research: The first of these will attract work on global politics and the built environment, from hardened landscapes of warfare to more fluid and networked political spaces. The second strand will look beyond material landscapes, to the geopolitical entanglements of bodies, discourses, and technological networks. The final theme will target research on the earth as an active geopolitical agent, emphasizing the vertical dimensions of geopolitics and its relations with the environment.

Editorial board:

Pete Adey, Royal Holloway, University of London
Ben Anderson, Durham University
Andrew Barry, University College London
William Connolly, John Hopkins University
Simon Dalby, Balsillie School of International Affairs
Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway, University of London
Stuart Elden, University of Warwick
Sara Fregonese, University of Birmingham
Chris Gibson, University of Wollongong
Stephen Graham, Newcastle University
Jennifer Hyndman, York University
Martin Müller, University of Zürich
Anssi Paasi, University of Oulu
Rachel Pain, Durham University
Richard Powell, University of Oxford
Jo Sharp, University of Glasgow
Vicki Squire, University of Warwick
Christine Sylvester, University of Connecticut
Kathryn Yusoff, Queen Mary, University of London
Sarah Whatmore, University of Oxford

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Sisters of Chaos and More: Deleuze (and Guattari) Conference List 2015

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After a month and a half absence from blogging here, I present what has become one of this blog’s most popular reoccurring posts – the annual Deleuze conference list for 2015. There is a variety of international locations, which is great to see. As recent as five years ago most conferences on Deleuze were primarily confined to Western Europe. There are four continents represented in this list!

The list is organized with the most pressing submission deadline first. If there are any conferences that are missing, don’t hesitate to let me know and I will update the list.

Philosophy, Art, and Society: Gilles Deleuze Conference in Lima

Location: Lima, Peru
Date: October 2 and 3, 2014
Deadline: June 30, 2014
More information can be found here. The call for papers is here.

Thinking Through Deleuze: Nomadic Subjects, Global Citizenship and Posthumanism

Location: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Date: February…

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Rabinow on the radio, on ‘Foucault and the contemporary’

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CFP: Hellenistic Ethics in Nietzsche and Foucault (2014)

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Prospects for an Ethics of Self-Cultivation

Conference 1: ‘Hellenistic Ethics in Nietzsche and Foucault’

Date: 25-27 September, 2014

Location: The University of Warwick, UK

PDF of call for papers

1st Call for Abstracts:

Philosophical interest in the ethical ideal of self-cultivation has increased in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as philosophers have sought alternatives to deontological and utilitarian theories. This interest has been most evident in the widespread revival of virtue ethics, although contemporary virtue ethicists tend to focus on Aristotle’s account of character formation. Philosophers in the modern European tradition, however, have been influenced by other views on self-cultivation from the Hellenistic period. Nietzsche’s account of self-cultivation, for instance, is closer to Epicurus’s than Aristotle’s, while Foucault draws extensively on Stoicism and Cynicism for his account. The insights of these thinkers suggest that we may deepen and expand our understanding of self-cultivation by reassessing the merits of the Hellenistic…

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First time teaching a novel

Today was a big day, marking my first attempt at teaching a novel in my CHID (Comparative History of Ideas) course at UW. The class is called “Writing and Reading the City” and I developed the syllabus for it about 2 years ago in an effort to win a teaching fellowship at the UW-Bothell campus. I wasn’t successful in getting the fellowship but I ended up applying for a job in CHID later that same year, which I got, and am teaching this course for the second time. It has been an awesome opportunity to teach a course organized around Lefebvre’s tripartite framework for studying space, and to introduce students across campus to a compelling cross-section of ways to study cities. We range fairly widely, covering Haussmannization alongside Baudelaire (thanks to Marshall Berman), Jane Jacobs, Le Corbusier, Soja, Foucault, Mike Davis, Hardt & Negri, Kevin Lynch, Michael Sorkin, Sartre and Berman himself, among others.

Last year I gave students the opportunity to read Teju Cole’s Open City as part of their final project, but nobody took me up on it. This year I made it a requirement and our discussion today marked my first effort to teach fiction. Well, “teach” is probably too strong of a word — “facilitate a discussion” is more accurate. It was great to sit for almost two hours and share a book that nobody in the course had read or even heard of before (32 students). Some new voices emerged in the discussion, as did really excellent connections to material we had previously covered. I am now in my fifth year of my program and have been teaching almost the entire time, but this really was a new experience: to be there with students, trying to guide them through a book form that has not played any role in my formal higher education (I was trained as a structural engineer, for what it’s worth). We are finishing the book for Wednesday and I couldn’t be happier with how today went.

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