Time Served: Discipline & Punish 40 Years On. CFP

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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…

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Censorium #Mazzarella

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 16.03.32In “Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity“, William Mazzarella opens his discussion of censorship of Indian cinema with the claim that ‘thinking through film censorship discloses basic problems in the grounding of political and cultural authority in mass-mediated societies’ (Mazzarella 2013:2).

I have looked forward to reading this book. It has sat on my shelf far too long. The first filmi references are to Madhava Prasad, Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Ravi Vasudevan. Mazzarella has co-edited a related volume with Raminder Kaur (here), he thanks Anand Patwardhan and Shabana Azmi in the acknowledgements. Amit Rai is in the bibliography… so basically, this is the framework for new thinking in Indian cinema, and with these references on my shelf, for anything I might know about it – it is the frame for my own forthcoming…

Since recent events make this an urgent and topical read, I am into it today. At first glance it has wider relevance because I expect it is not just censorship that determines ‘which image-objects can or cannot be allowed to circulate’ (Mazzarella 2013:3).

What images and voices circulate, and why? Which ones do not, and even more importantly, why?, and with what consequences?

File under ‘Colour TV, Black and White Life’

Just loving the anticipation as things heat up (notes for a critique of the Browne Review and an apocalyptic tone in advance of next week’s rampage and doom)

john hutnyk:

from the 9th of November 2010 – got nostalgia for the time…

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The architecture of the university will become a market reorganised shelf by shelf upon the layout of the department or convenience store. Just by the check outs there will be chocolates and candy, children’s toys will be displayed at pram level, the tea and coffee arrayed alongside the biscuits and cakes. Wholesome foods, fruits and needed items that do not necessarily provide the market owner with a large mark-up are at the back of the store, they are not meant to be the target purchase, and are used to entice the shoppers to browse. Large signs will promote in-store deals and specials of the day – two-for-one philosophy courses taught by bright graduates and a discount weekend ‘walk in east London’ post-graduate certificate run by Ian Sinclair for a fiver a time (photography extra, and syndicated in 140 characters to the national press 2.0). On orientation day, tasty promotional cheese…

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Workers Inquiry refs and what not.

john hutnyk:

From 2012…

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Talk for Future Tense and later expanded here: I want to focus primarily on the development of workplace or workers inquiry. First of all reference is to Engels The Condition of the Working Class in Manchester, then the huge chapter ‘The Working Day’ in Marx’s Capital, volume one, right through to very late in Marx’s life when he penned 100 questions for a ‘Workers Inquiry’ wanting to generalize the Factory Inspections of England to France, and beyond? Then trace this perhaps to  the Bolsheviks, and Lenin of 1902, the so-called Factory Exposures, to Mao in Hunan, and many other examples. Even that called a parallel sociology, owing debts to Adorno as well as Kracauer’s 1920s work on the Salaried Masses, through to the Italian post-war Marxist Operaist tradition starting with Panzieri in the journal Quaderni Rossi (Wright 2002:21) and the Workerism of Italian autonomia, on up to Negri…

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urban pathology

john hutnyk:

and while browsing back to 2005, there was this echo of the Rumour of Calcutta…

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Rethinking urban theory as a pathology of trinkets.

Somehow I want to see a new psychoanalysis of urban space, but updated as a machinic ensemble of conceptual, informational inputs and outputs, internal cogs and gears of representation – a machinic ‘communication’ of a place in all its psychic, mythic and diverse ‘syptomologies’. Again I’d point in the direction of Derrida for this – his Archive Fever suggests the very beginnings of what could become a new urban version of psycho-geographic-analysis, of the spectral city in its multiple geo-psyche of sounds, spaces and represetation. The assemblage of all those snippets of info about a city is like the dreamwork that constructs a place from the pre- sub- or un-conscious babble that is city guide, A-Z, novels, bus routes, internet chat, traveller chat, movies, promotional ads, airline arrivals clips, local lore etc…
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Mobs, Gangs, Rogues… & The Lumpen

john hutnyk:

Lumpenization teaching this week, to this soundtrack… (reblogged from nov 2005)

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As we approach the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the BPP it may be worth remembering that music and politics produced some fine and dandy sounds: Here they are (click the link) The Lumpen – a Black Panther Party Revolutionary Singing group

The Lumpen were: “comrades who liked to harmonize while working Distribution night in San Francisco to “help the work go easier” (another tradition). We had all sung in groups in the past, Calhoun having performed professionally in Las Vegas, and it just came naturally. I don’t remember just how it came about, but Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture, suggested that this could be formed into a musical cadre. Elaine Brown had already recorded an album of revolutionary songs (Seize the Time) in a folk singing style, and this quartet singing in an R&B or “Soul” form could be a useful political tool. Some folks don’t read, but…

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