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Butler/Foucault: undoing norms, reworking subjects

Butler / Foucault : défaire les normes, retravailler les sujets

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Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Luigia Parlati

Summary

The fourth issue of the journal Materiali foucaultiani will centre on “Butler and Foucault: undoing norms, reworking subjects”. We would welcome contributions that focus both on Butler’s uses of some Foucauldian concepts/approaches and on critical analyses that make use of the two authors to develop specific themes.

Announcement

Argument

Foucault’s analyses on sexuality have had a huge influence on Judith Butler’s theories on gender and sexual identities. Both Foucault and Butler’s work have played an eminent role within the feminist debate of the last decade, especially in the Anglo-Saxon and in the Spanish contexts. More broadly, Butler’s analysis of the working of norms in shaping subjects is a widely explored area of study and it is often used as an important reference also by Foucauldian scholars. At the same time, Butler’s work has taken into account some Foucauldian ethical and political issues as production of subjectivity and critical attitude: even if her latest work develops a conception of ethics and ethical subject that draws mostly from Levinas and Arendt to propose the idea of “unchosen cohabitation” and stress vulnerability as a common universal condition of human life, the Courses of the late Foucault at the Collège de France do represent an important theoretical horizon for Butler which she engages to rethink processes of subjectivation. The ethical intersection of Butler and Foucault’s preoccupations is one of the least explored among scholars dealing with their work. Moreover, Butler has engaged in a theoretical conversation with Foucault’s work on parrhesia in her theory of performative acts: it is particularly the account of the subject’s “scene of address” and her focus on body politics that many political and philosophical analyses have been drawing from.

It is along these three main orientations that this special issue of materiali foucaultiani on “Butler and Foucault: undoing norms, reworking subjects” will centre. Contributions could focus both on Butler’s uses of some Foucauldian concepts/approaches and on critical analyses that make use of the two authors to develop specific themes.

We would welcome contributions concerned with the following themes:

  • The force of norms: heteronormativity of subjects and “drift” from the norms.
  • Critical attitude and critique as virtue.
  • Body insurrections, gender construction and the undoing of the politics of identity.
  • Performative acts, parrhesia, scenes of answerability.
  • Counteracting the politics over life: vulnerability, precariousness and production of subjectivity.
  • Ethical issues: ethics as unchosen cohabitation / ethics as reflective practice of freedom.

Abstracts of 1000 words (in Italian, English or French) should be submitted

by June 1st, 2013

to: redazione@materialifoucaultiani.org

Selected articles will have to be presented by September 15th, 2013, and will then be submitted to the peer review process.

Scientific Committee

  • Laura Cremonesi (Università di Pisa)
  • Orazio Irrera (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7)
  • Daniele Lorenzini (Université Paris-Est Créteil/Sapienza Università di Roma)
  • Martina Tazzioli (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Date(s)

  • Saturday, June 01, 2013

Keywords

  • Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, normes, sujet, éthique, identité, études de genre, féminisme, politique, critique, Levinas, Arendt, cohabitation, actes performatifs, parresia, corps, résistance, liberté

Contact(s)

  • Daniele Lorenzini
    courriel : d [dot] lorenzini [at] email [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Daniele Lorenzini
    courriel : d [dot] lorenzini [at] email [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Butler/Foucault: undoing norms, reworking subjects », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, https://calenda.org/247630

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