Special Issue "Political Genealogy after Foucault"
A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2018
Genealogy is now accepting submissions for a Special Issue on the theme, “Political Genealogy After Foucault.” Inspired by the work of Michel Foucault, this issue invites essays from scholars employing political genealogy as a methodology and model of theoretical inquiry representing a wide range of disciplines, from the social sciences to the humanities, from philosophy to geography to urban studies to cultural theory. The goal of this special issue is to publish some of the best and most current work in political genealogy, showing how this work invites us to rethink many of the key concepts in political theory as well as real ground-level political practice. Broadly conceived, the editorial team is interested in articles which demonstrate how political genealogy helps us to understand what Foucault calls “the history of our present,” while at the same time looking to our future, to what being a political subject will look like in a post-representational world.
Some of the topics that would be appropriate for this special issue include but are not limited to:
- How and in what ways political genealogy aims, in the words of Nikolas Rose, “to reshape and expand the terms of political debate, enabling different questions to be asked, enlarging the space of legitimate contestation.”
- Genealogies of cosmopolitanism and post-national identity.
- Counter-memory as an instrument of political freedom.
- Genealogy as a method for understanding the new world order (with respect to, for example, globalization, Trumpism, Brexit, neo-populism, the rise of terrorism).
- Re-thinking, through genealogy, the politics of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
- Genealogy and neo-liberalism; genealogy and corporatocracy.
- Genealogy in practice, with respect to, for example, how governmentality and its institutions affect the lives of real individuals.
Prof. Dr. Michael Clifford
Manuscript Submission Information
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- political genealogy
- genealogical methods
- political identity
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title：Heroes and Martyrs: Genealogy, Subjectivity and War in the Twenty-First Century
Abstract：From Ancient Greece to the collapsing Islamic State in the present, the same, timeless protagonists appear and their stories are told and re-told: the heroes and martyrs. This article proposes a genealogical approach, combined with Foucault’s conception of the subject as both constituted in relation to code-oriented moralities, and creatively self-formed in relation to ethics-oriented moralities (1984: 5, 25), to understand how it is possible to speak meaningfully of ‘heroes’ and ‘martyrs’ in the age of the drone. Section one will explore the applicability of genealogy as a means of understanding a history of the present in the context of war. The second section will assess Foucault’s ‘modes of subjectivation’ and ‘practices of the self’ (1984: 28), as a means of understanding the emergence of the ethical subject of war over millennia, before applying them to soldiers, jihadists and drone operators today. Then the third section will consider how a genealogical approach and the emergence of the ethical subject of war combine to enable ‘heroes’ and ‘martyrs’ to be spoken of and understood today. The purpose of such a study is to better understand how the ethical subject of war has emerged over time, and continues to be claimed and valorized by the state and political leaders in pursuit of political ends.
Title：Governing through Community: The Australian Assistance Plan in the 1970s
Abstract: Appeals to ‘the local’ and to ‘planning for people’ can have unintended consequences that serve to strengthen the power of the state. In 1973, the Australian Labor government under the leadership of Gough Whitlam instituted the Australian Assistance Plan, heralded as a visionary experiment in cooperative participatory behaviour. Under the Plan, government funded community centres and regional councils were to be places where the knowledge of local residents would be considered and valued alongside the ideas of local planning authorities, state and federal public servants. The training and employment of a new cadre of ‘community workers’ and new community organisational structures provided a focus for other ‘activist identities’ to have a legitimate space and role in governance. Discourses of empowerment, participation, community services, community development and community management, sensitive to locality, became salient in the Australian social welfare landscape. The reading of this initiative presented in this paper argues that, in contrast to stated intentions, these new vocations and expert discourses can be read as examples of Foucauldian governmentality—where practices of resistance, critique and dissent were drawn into new governing patterns—arguably, strengthening state directed interventions in the social welfare landscape, rather than local, decentred approaches.
Title: The Political Genealogy of Dance
Abstract: This essay provides the very first genealogical critique of the history and modernity of dance. In doing so it aims to establish the political importance of dance as an art not principally of the body and its biopolitical capacities for movement, but of images and imagination. It traces the development of dance as an art of imagination, lost and buried in the works of Domenico da Piacenza, Jean-Georges Noverre and Loie Fuller, as well as its counter-movement expressed in the work of Rudolf Laban. It also locates contemporary dance within this political conflict by exploring new works, especially those of Ivana Muller, which call upon beholders to use their imaginations through the evocation of histories and memories. Such works can be understood to be deeply political, it will argue, because they work to transform society by creating time for a belief in the impossible. At its best, dance does not simply incite bodies to move but suspends movement, transforming the very image of what a body is capable of. These aims and practices of dance speak to contemporary concerns within political practice, theory and philosophy for a reawakening of political imagination in times of crisis and neoliberal hegemony.
Title: Foucault and Foucault: Following in Pierre Menard’s Footsteps
Abstract: In his short story Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote Borges describes the extraordinary and paradoxical feat of an imaginary twentieth-century French writer who re-composes, as it were, part of Cervantes’ early modern masterpiece. Borges’ duplication of the text of the Quijote is meant to give narrative shape to the acknowledgement that a text acquires different meanings in different epochs. This essay first sets Borges’ approach to the construction of the past within a lineage of authors, which harks back to Nietzsche and points to Foucauldian genealogies. It then renews the endeavour of Borges’ character Menard, as it reproduces significant portions of Foucault’s 1971 paper Nietzsche, la généalogie, l’histoire. Whilst the selections of the Foucauldian text are not simply rewritten, as they are given a new English translation, they are also recombined and reconsidered in the light of our contemporary cultural and political context, which underwent significant changes during the apparently short span of time that separates us from the composition of Foucault’s seminal work.