CFP: After Biopolitics conference (2015)

Originally posted on Foucault News:

Call for Papers After Biopolitics

The Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Rice University will be hosting the 29th Annual (SLSA) Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Conference.

November 12-15, 2015 at the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) located within the Houston Medical Center and Rice University.

Keynote Speakers:
Viciane Despret
Mark Dion

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  • The concept of “Life”
  • Immunitary and autoimmunitary paradigms of biopolitics
  • Race, species, and biopolitics
  • States of exception: theoretical and historical dimensions
  • Bioengineering life
  • Biomedia and bioart
  • Biopolitics and the Anthropocene
  • The politics of medicalization and the Medical Humanities
  • The biopolitics of foodways
  • “Letting die”: the biopolitics of extinction
  • Biopolitics and the ecological paradigm
  • Biopolitics and genocide
  • “Making live”: biopolitics, health, and hygiene
  • Neoliberalism and biopolitics
  • The concept of sovereignty in biopolitical thought
  • Biopolitical histories of race, gender, and sexuality
  • Genetics, epigenetics, and biopolitics
  • “Flesh”: concepts of the…

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Conspicuous construction

Originally posted on Real-World Economics Review Blog:

from David Ruccio


The high times aren’t going away in New York.

The city of just six years from now will be dramatically taller, with a series of luxury high-rises towering above Central Park, a new West Side development and downtown spires.

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Whyte: “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces”

This video appears online and disappears rather frequently, but you can download it on the vimeo site.

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[Re]Build: A Call for Contributors and Participants

Keith Harris:

I like everything about this [Re]Build idea. I am particularly interested in translating right now, especially from French, which I’m trying to learn for a handful of reasons, so I would be up for making connections on that front (intersections of critical theory and urban theory). I am also interested in a lot of the rumblings I’m reading about the Right to the City, and intersections with Deleuze, Guattari, and Foucault from South America (and my Spanish is better than my French). I’m also interested in ways to “put down roots” in cities, as evidenced by a little thought experiment here…on that note, I actually also have a Master’s degree in structural engineering, if there are others out there who want to talk about pooling practical capacities.

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Shock and austerity. Stock market instability. Stagnant wages and the decline of purchasing power. War. Climate change. Despite these multiplying crises, capitalism retains an essential tool that allows itself to perpetuate itself on a global level despite its internal contradictions: the ability to leverage technological developments to liquidate the political power of those who would oppose it. At such a crossroads, when labor as an organized force is being dissolved into flexible precarity, how does one attempt to tip the scales and reverse our accelerating fragility? The answer lies in a shift of focus, from a politics of power to a politics that looks critically at infrastructure, a politics of re-purpose, (re-)design, appropriation and the reclamation of space, and of new forms of economic expression.

What the future will be, or whatever name we want to label the path to it, there is one realization that is facing us: it…

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3-minute Thesis Presentations

While finalizing a syllabus for my spring quarter class, I was thinking I wanted students to do short presentations during our final exam period. Dividing the length of the period by the number of students currently enrolled, I realized that I only had about four minutes available for each student, so I started to look up methods for short presentations and came across this:

Thanks to The Thesis Whisperer for posting this. I’m going to use it in my class and for myself too.

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Keith Harris:

Comme quelqu’un d’essayer apprendre le français, cet article est très interessant et drôle aussi.

Originally posted on AGENT SWARM:

Les anglais schizos dans la vie quotidienne et cartésiens dans la théorie, les français cartésiens dans la vie quotidienne et schizos dans la théorie? Très intéressante ébauche d’une typologie comparative des cultures. Under-standing the English.

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Originally posted on AGENT SWARM:

The book, whose title is a question, begins in the modality of uncertainty:

“Peut-être ne peut-on poser la question Qu’est-ce que la philosophie? que tard, quand vient la vieillesse, et l’heure de parler concrètement”.

“Perhaps one can pose the question What is philosophy? only late, when old age, and the time to speak concretely, comes”.

In French the book begins with “Perhaps”, a remarkable beginning for a book of philosophy, in the element of doubt and conjecture, rather than of dogma and mastery. Such a question is posed by the Idiot, who does not act in the situation according to the habitual sensori-motor schemas, but whose attention is concentrated on a question deeper than the situation, concerning the event hidden within the situation and not its current actualisation. The pronoun is “one”, the “fourth person of the singular”, the pronoun is that associated with the impersonal event. The question takes…

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