Foucault Studies <p><span id="E112" class="qowt-font4-PalatinoLinotype">Foucault Studies</span><span id="E113" class="qowt-font4-PalatinoLinotype"> is the only international journal in the English language devoted to the work and influence of the&nbsp;</span><span id="E115" class="qowt-font4-PalatinoLinotype">thinker Michel Foucault, often listed as the most cited contemporary author within the human and social sciences.</span></p> en-US <p>Authors retain copyright to their work, but assign the right of the first publication to Foucault Studies. The work is subject to a <a href="">CC BY-NC-ND 4.0</a> license, but despite these restrictions, authors can take for granted that Foucault Studies will permit articles published in Foucault Studies to be translated or reprinted in another format such as a book providing a full reference is made to Foucault Studies as the original place of publication.</p> (Asker Bryld Staunæs & Sille Høker Neumann) (Claus Rosenkrantz Hansen) Sun, 09 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 60 Editorial Sverre Raffnsøe Copyright (c) 2019 Sverre Raffnsøe Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 Altering absence: From race to empire in readings of Foucault <span id="E571">This article will address sexuality as a medium of empire, approaching this question through the </span><span id="E572">absence </span><span id="E573">of empire in Foucault’s history of sexuality. This absence of empire is all the more enigmatic given that it coincides with the omnipresence of race. To that extent, I argue for an “alteration of absence” in the reading of Foucault. Acknowledging the paradoxical presence of race--perhaps even its centrality--in Foucault’s analysis of sexuality and liberalism is a necessary step to reveal the depth of another absence, that of empire and coloniality. The article discusses this blind spot in Foucault’s work, arguing that a form of racial distinction operates through sexuality.</span><span id="E575">It attempts to assess how influential this “imperial absence” is to the genealogy of sexuality and race. Lastly, it also sketches some possible reconfigurations of Foucault’s theses when read in colonial or postcolonial contexts.</span> Claire Cosquer Copyright (c) 2019 Claire Cosquer Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 Governing Goods, Bodies and Minds: The Biopolitics of Spain during the Francoism (1939-1959) <span id="E673">In this article I am going to analyse the creation of a series of disciplinary and regulatory mechanisms aimed at increasing the State’s forces and decreasing the individual’s capacity to protest during the initial years of Franco’s regime. In order to do this, after an introductory section that presents certain concepts and methodologies, I am going to describe three areas of analysis in which the biopolitical mechanisms belonging to the Franco regime emerged: the economic sphere, the medical-social sphere and the ideological-educational sphere. I will use the analysis of these mechanisms to present the training and functioning of the totalitarian governmentality during the first years of the Franco regime, and the creation of a subjectivity, which was considered to be the cornerstone on which the regime was supported for almost forty years.</span><span id="E675">Finally, I will conclude with some considerations about the biopolitical interpretation of fascism and Francoism. </span> Salvador Cayuela Copyright (c) 2019 Salvador Cayuela Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 How Parrhesia Works through Art The Elusive Role of the Imagination in Truth-Telling <span>In his late lectures at the Collège de France, Foucault underpins the pre-eminence of art as the modern site of parrhesia. He omits, however, the aesthetic question: how does parrhesia work through art? A compelling question, firstly, because “truth-telling” seems to be at odds with art as an imaginative process. Secondly, because parrhesia implies a transformation in the listener, while Foucault’s limited notion of discourse precludes transformation beyond discourse. This essay hypothesizes that parrhesiastic art effects a transformation in the imagination, without dismissing this transformation as unreal. As Foucault’s utterances about the imagination are restricted to his earliest publications, this essay features a combined reading of Foucault’s early and late discussions of art. To further analyze the elusive role of the imagination in the late discussions, the essay employs the Deleuzian notion of “dramatization”, an epistemological method that draws on the imagination to escape representational thought. The essay thus aims to demonstrate that parrhesia mirrors the artwork in its intuitive and dynamic relation to truth. Subsequently, it argues that Foucault and Deleuze, respectively proceeding from a limited and an unlimited mode of thinking, come infinitely close in their thinking of art.</span> Marrigje Paijmans Copyright (c) 2019 Marrigje Paijmans Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 “Each Punishment Should Be a Fable”: Punitive Analytics, The Punitive-City Diagram, and Punishment as Technology of Power in Foucault’s Works of the 1970s and 1980s <span id="docs-internal-guid-35c1d937-7fff-4162-28ec-0cb51a9b2a6f"><span>Michel Foucault’s </span><span>Punitive Society </span><span>lectures make clear that, for him, punishment presents a critical problem. On the one hand, Foucault struggles to develop a conceptual vocabulary adequate to punishment, and particularly to the prison-form as a penal development. On the other hand, the </span><span>Punitive Society </span><span>lectures clearly indicate the stakes of punishment. How, Foucault asks, might punishment focalize relations of power? How might it serve as a field of struggle? What does a punitive technology of power look like, if it exists? Indeed, across numerous works from the 1970s and 1980s, Foucault traces the varying place of penalties within penal and punitive tactics, showing how punishment reciprocates historical relations of power and problems of power. Yet it remains necessary to develop Foucault’s account of punishment, which is never formalized. In this paper, I develop punishment as a polyvalent technology. Foucauldian punishment may be an analytic, a technology, and—in the allegorical “punitive city” from </span><span>Discipline and Punish</span><span>—a diagram of power. I argue that Foucauldian punitive power seizes the body in the name of an authority or a reified power to subordinate individuals to that authority, and with an objective to correct the individual’s relation to a multiplicity. It operates “above,” at the level of, and in “fragments” of embodied individuals. Further, with Foucault’s account of the “punitive city,” we find a theoretical model in which</span><span>punishment becomes the ordering force of the social, and therein a diagram of punitive power exerted in extensive form across the social field.</span></span> Mario Bruzzone Copyright (c) 2019 Mario Bruzzone Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 On Nietzsche Philipp Kender Copyright (c) 2019 Philipp Kender Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 Robert Harvey, Sharing Common Ground. A Space for Ethics Sverre Raffnsøe Copyright (c) 2019 Sverre Raffnsøe Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon Ben Golder Copyright (c) 2019 Ben Golder Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 Foucault at the Movies Kyler Chittick Copyright (c) 2019 Kyler Chittick Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 A Foucauldian Interpretation of Modern Law. From Sovereignty to Normalisation and Beyond Gerrardo del Cerro Santamaría Copyright (c) 2019 Gerrardo del Cerro Santamaría Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 Genealogies of terrorism, revolution, state violence, empire Déborah Brosteaux Copyright (c) 2019 Déborah Brosteaux Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 The Government of Desire: A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject Alex Underwood Copyright (c) 2019 Alex Underwood Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 Active Intolerance, Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition Simone Webb Copyright (c) 2019 Simone Webb Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000 Ironic Life Simone Webb Copyright (c) 2019 Simone Webb Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:08:00 +0000