Time Served: Discipline & Punish 40 Years On. CFP

Hey, you might want to go to this, even give a paper at this… get in touch with Sophie here.

11-12 September 2015, The Galleries of Justice, Nottingham, UK

Call for papers
40 years after it was first published in French, the impact of Michel Foucault’s seminal text Discipline and Punish on theories of incarceration, discipline and power remains largely unchallenged. The aim of this conference is to revisit the text in light of the past four decades of penal developments, public debate and social consciousness on incarceration as it continues to constitute society’s mode of punishment par excellence.
In addition to thinking through the legacy of Discipline and Punish and its continued relevance today, specific focus will be given to the text itself, its position within Foucault’s wider critical project and its important relationship with his activism most notably the work of the GIP [Groupe d’Information sur les prisons] during the early 1970s. For example, the publication in 2013 of his 1973 lectures at theCollège de France on La Société Punitive, calls for a return to this period and a new engagement with Foucault’s work on prisons, not least in its pursuit of a more openly Marxist critique of the relationship between incarceration and bourgeois capital accumulation.
Here, attention should also be paid to Foucault’s methodology in researching and writing the text. Discipline and Punish marks his movement from an archeological to a genealogical approach towards what he terms the ‘history of the present.’ What is at stake in this shift and how effective is his genealogical method for thinking through the material and discursive structures of incarceration operating within our own society and moment? How does the juxtaposition set up between the torture and killing of Damiens and the prison timetable of the book’s opening raise important questions not simply about punishment but the role of representation – images and narratives of incarceration – in framing public consciousness about the space of the prison?
It is hoped that the conference will bring together a range of participants: scholars working in the fields of philosophy, sociology, criminology, urban geography, architecture, history, literature, media studies as well as artists, writers and activists involved in projects based in and about prisons and their conditions.
If you would like to offer a paper or other form of intervention, please send us a 250 word abstract along with your name, e-mail and (if relevant) institutional affiliation. If you would like to organize a panel of 3 or 4 presenters, please also send a panel title along with the abstracts and contact details.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2015
The conference is organized by Nottingham Trent University and will be held at the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham.

the tropes challenge

Choose a genre (music, film, horror, sci fi), discipline (anthropology, sociology, management, psychiatry) or a favourite author (who has written a lot, Bataille, Burroughs, Spivak, Toer) and find at least one example of each of the following tropes (below):

not a complete list….

Rhetorical Figures


-A-

abating
abbaser
abecedarian
abcisio
ablatio
abode, figure of
abominatio
abuse
abusio
abusion
acoloutha
accismus
accumulatio
accusatio adversa
accusatio
acervatio
acrostic
acyrologia
acyron
adage
adagium
addubitatio
adhortatio
adianoeta
adjectio
adjournment
adjudicatio
adjunct
adjunctio
admonitio
adnexio
adnominatio
adynata
adynaton
aeschrologia
aetiologia
affirmatio
affirmation
aganactesis
agnominatio
agnomination
aischrologia
allegory
alleotheta
alliteration
amara irrisio
ambage, figure of
ambiguitas
ambiguous
amphibologia
ampliatio
anacephalaeosis
anacoenosis
anacoloutha
anacoluthon
anadiplosis
anamnesis
anangeon
anaphora
anapodoton
anastrophe
anemographia
anesis
antanaclasis
antanagoge
antenantiosis
anthimeria
anthropopatheia
anthypophora
anticategoria
anticipation
antilogy
antimetabole
antimetathesis
antipersonification
antiphrasis
antiprosopopoeia
antiptosis
antirrhesis
antisagoge
antistasis
antisthecon
antistrophe
antithesis
antitheton
antonomasia
apagoresis
aphaeresis
aphorismus
apocarteresis
apocope
apodioxis
apodixis
apologue
apophasis
apoplanesis
aporia
aposiopesis
apostrophe
apothegm
apparent refusal
appositio
apposition
ara
articulus
aschematismus
aschematiston
asphalia
assonance
assumptio
assumption
avancer, the
asteismus
astrothesia
asyndeton
auxesis
aversio
-B-
barbarism
battologia
bdelygmia
benedictio
bomphiologia
brachiepia
brachylogia
broad floute, the
-C-
-D-
-E-
ecphonesis
ecphrasis
ecthlipsis
effictio
elenchus
ellipsis
emphasis
enallage
enantiosis
enargia
encomium
energia
enigma
ennoia
enthymeme
enumeratio
epanalepsis
epanodos
epanorthosis
epenthesis
epergesis
epexegesis
epicrisis
epilogus
epimone
epiphonema
epiplexis
epistrophe
epitasis
epitheton
episynaloephe
epitrochasmus
epitrope
epizeugma
epizeuxis
erotema
ethopoeia
eucharistia
euche
eulogia
euphemismus
eustathia
eutrepismus
example
excitatio
exclamatio
excursus
exergasia
exouthenismos
expeditio
expolitio
exuscitatio
-F-
frequentatio
-G-
geographia
gnome
graecismus
-H-
-I-
icon
indignatio
inopinaturm
insinuatio
interrogatio
inter se pugnantia
intimation
irony
isocolon
-L-
-M-
macrologia
martyria
maxim
medela
meiosis
membrum
mempsis
merismus
mesarchia
mesodiplosis
mesozeugma
metabasis
metalepsis
metallage
metaphor
metaplasm
metastasis
metathesis
metonymy
mimesis
mycterismus
-N-

noema
-O-
oeonismus
ominatio
onedismus
onomatopoeia
optatio
orcos
oxymoron
-P-
-R-
ratiocinatio
repetitio
repotia
restrictio
rhetorical question
-S-
sarcasmus
scesis onomaton
schematismus
scheme
scurra
skotison
sententia
sermocinatio
simile
solecismus
soraismus
sorites
subjectio
sustentatio
syllepsis
syllogismus
symperasma
symploce
synaeresis
synaloepha
synathroesmus
syncatabasis
syncategorema
synchoresis
synchysis
syncope
syncrisis
synecdoche
synoeciosis
synonymia
synthesis
syntheton
synzeugma
systole
systrophe
-T-
tapinosis
tasis
tautologia
taxis
thaumasmus
tmesis
topographia
topothesia
traductio
transitio
transplacement
tricolon
-V-
-Z-
zeugma

The Slow Boat to China

john hutnyk:

Following this -giant- boat by ethnography.

Originally posted on The Disorder Of Things:

The following post is the first in a series of oceanic dispatches from Disorder member Charmaine Chua. She is currently on a 36-day journey on board a 100,000 ton Evergreen container ship starting in Los Angeles, going across the Pacific Ocean and ending in Taipei. Follow her ethnographic adventures with the tag ‘Slow Boat to China’.


“In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates.”

- Foucault, Of Other Spaces

cc_EPL2_IMG_0666 Source: Author

There is uncanny beauty in the monstrous. This, at least, is the feeling that seizes me as I stand under the colossal Ever Cthulu[1] berthed in the Port of Los Angeles. The ship’s hull alone rises eight stories into the air; even from a distance, I am unable to capture its full length or height within a single camera frame. In describing the…

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Giraffes Africa-India-China – and other exchanges.

GiraffeValmik Thapar, in Exotic Aliens: The Lion and the Cheetah in India, reports that Jahangir was gifted a giraffe. Anand Yang in Bazaar India: Peasants, Traders, Markets in Bihar, reports that ruler of Bengal [it was Shihabuddin Bayazid Shah (reigned 1413–1414)] gifted a giraffe to the Chinese Emperor. What a gift to give, a giraffe! The gift of a giraffe by Bengal to the court of China in 1414. Got to also get hold of an article by Sally Church ‘The Giraffe of Bengal: A Medieval Encounter in Ming China’. I’m afraid I have little to add on this but awe. Giraffes! Even if I also know the trade in long necked beasts goes back some time before these Mughal exchanges with Africa – here, a photograph from Konark temple near Puri, 11 century C.E.

Meanwhile, I am also reading reading Murari Kumar Jha, 2013, The Political Economy of the Ganga River: Highway of State Formation in Mughal India, c. 1600-1800. Seeking out Danish smuggling/piracy back in the day…

fn 97 The first reference to opium purchase by the VOC at Patna come in the year 1652, see W. Ph. Coolhaas, ed., Generale Missiven van Gouverneurs-Generaal en Raden aan Heren XVII der Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, vol. 2, 1639–1655 (’s-Gravenhage: Martinus Nijhoff, 1964), 622, Reniers, Maetsuyker, enz. VII, 24.12.1652. But even before the VOC started buying opium from Bihar, the Muslim merchants seems to have been purchasing this commodity for Southeast Asia. This becomes clear from the cargoes of one of the two ships which both were captured in 1649 by Leyel, a Danish commander, before they reached Balasore. The ship with opium was destined for Aceh, see Coolhaas, ed., Generale Missiven, 2:348–49, Van der Lijn, Caron, enz. VIII, 18.01.1649. In 1641 the VOC was already buying some opium at Surat for the Malabar Coast, see Coolhaas, ed., Generale Missiven, 2:145, Van Diemen, Van der Lijn, enz. XVII, 12.12.1641

Pre fieldwork

Was asked for advice on preparation for field research today…

It is always a good question. I think most anthropologists, in preparation for fieldwork, write a fairly critical ethical reflection on what they are about to do, but invariably the actual doing of it throws up things they could not really have anticipated. That in itself is interesting, and good. A kind of dialectic based on preparing for the unexpected. Perhaps this can be called the great philosophical angst and reflection form of the existential conundrum – boiled down to: how can you get yourself ready to be surprised?

Methods courses have always somehow been about this. The anthropologist or sociologist is someone who trains to seek out what they do not know. Most especially, or maybe ideally, to find something that they probably don’t even know they are looking for. How can this even be taught? Maybe it is a philosophical attitude, maybe it requires a certain kind of person, maybe it is always self-deception? We do tend to seek out what fits our understanding, what confirms our view of the world. Yet we also try to recognise that the only reason for doing anything is really to find out if it’s possible to see the world differently that we do now.

My advice is always to stay prepared for what you cannot be prepared for, even if it means disregarding advice… An old book, Kurt Wolff ‘Surrender and Catch’ might be worth a look in this regard.

and yet

On the other hand, my position has usually been that anthropologists and sociologists should not be inflicted upon the world. Keep them home – a moratorium on fieldwork for 20 years…