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Michel Foucault saw Europe’s current refugee crisis coming 40 years ago

In March 1976, philosopher Michel Foucault described the advent of a new logic of government, specific to Western liberal societies. He called it biopolitics. States were becoming obsessed with the health and wellbeing of their populations.<p>And sure enough, 40 years later, Western states are …

Breast Cancer

What Can the U.S. Learn from Radicalization in the French-Speaking World?

Late last fall, just a few weeks before the coördinated attacks in Paris, a Brookings Institution researcher named Chris Meserole assembled all the data he could find about which countries <i>ISIS</i> fighters came from, and began to run programs looking for correlations. Much of the scholarship in the …

Sunni Islam

How the 11.5 million Panama Papers were analysed

The biggest leak in history has connected more than 70 current and former world leaders to tax evasion schemes that channel billions of pounds into …

A massive leak of documents connects Putin and other world leaders to offshore deals

Some 72 current or former heads of state, including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, have been linked with secret offshore deals following a leak of 11 million papers from one of the world’s largest offshore law firms, Mossack Fonseca.<p>The documents suggesting Putin’s connection, first reported on …

Corruption

The Biopolitics of Gender (2015)

<b>Jemima Repo (2015) The Biopolitics of Gender. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press</b>• Introduces a new theoretical and methodological approach to …

Note-Taking Showdown: Evernote vs. OneNote (2016 Edition)

Evernote and OneNote are two of our favorite tools, but both have changed substantially since we last compared these two apps—in some ways, not for …

Apps

What I Learned as a Young Muslim Reading Salman Rushdie's 'The Satanic Verses'

'The Satanic Verses' is to Muslim intellectuals what 'Infinite Jest' is to hipsters: It's on everyone's shelves and they all have strong opinions on the author, but most haven't read past the first 30 pages.<p>I was at the airport, waiting for my father to return from an Umrah trip to Saudi Arabia and …

Malaysia's social media rebels | Malaysia

<b>Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -</b> In 1968, the Atelier Populaire's striking posters captured the mood of French students agitating for change. Nearly 50 years later, the movement has inspired a whole new generation of activists, thousands of kilometres eastward in Malaysia.<p>Decades before, on the streets of …

The cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran that's tearing apart the Middle East, explained

The supposedly ancient Sunni-Shia divide is in fact very modern — and it's not really about religion.<p>Only a few days into the new year, the Middle East has already taken a significant turn for the worse. The region's greatest rivalry, between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has become rapidly and …

Middle East

How the internet is disrupting politics

Over the past two decades, the internet has lowered barriers to entry in a wide variety of industries. As a result, once-dominant institutions have seen their power — and in some cases their existence — threatened.<p>In the book industry, Amazon has destroyed traditional booksellers. In the music …

Why the German far right’s big electoral win matters

Germany held regional elections on Sunday in three states, and the results were shocking. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which ran on a xenophobic, anti-immigrant platform, won 12.5 percent in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, 15 percent in Baden-Württemberg, and 24 percent in …

Europe

Fatal mistakes - Vox

Doctors and nurses make thousands of deadly errors every year. They are reprimanded. Do they also deserve support?<p>Kim Hiatt had worked as a nurse for 24 years when she made her first medical error: She gave a frail infant 10 times the recommended dosage of a medication. The baby died five days …

Who Is Htin Kyaw, Burma's New President?

On Nov. 13, 2010, just days after Burma’s military rulers staged a flawed election that gave their proxy party a majority in parliament, Aung San Suu …

Asia

Palm Oil Scorecard: Find Out Which Brands Are (and aren't) Helping Save Indonesia’s Rainforests

Without looking, would you know how many products in your home contain palm oil? Do you know which products are linked to deforestation?<p>Palm oil is …

Biodiversity

In Indonesia, homophobic commentary is disturbing, and publicly displayed

In Indonesia, often touted as a bastion of moderate Islam, officials just can’t stop spewing disturbing commentary about gay people.<p>A recent rash of statements from various Indonesian politicians, from mayors to top ministers, reveals a mindset about homosexuality that isn’t just bigoted. It’s …

LGBTQI

Myanmar parliament elects Suu Kyi confidant as president

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar’s parliament elected a close friend and confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as president on Tuesday, making Htin Kyaw the first head of state since the 1960s who does not hail from a military background.<p>Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy (NLD) to a …

Asia

Forgiving Foucault and Defining Neoliberalism

<i>“Economics is therefore not the analysis of processes; it is the analysis of an activity. So it is no longer the analysis of the historical logic of</i> …

Framing

Michel Foucault – Beyond Good and Evil: 1993 Documentary Explores the Theorist’s Controversial Life and Philosophy

Michel Foucault’s colorful life and hugely influential work were both struggles against limitation—the limits of language, of social structures and …

Michel Foucault: Free Lectures on Truth, Discourse & The Self (UC Berkeley, 1980-1983)

Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was an enormously influential French philosopher who wrote, among other things, historical analyses of psychiatry, …

Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality: An Introduction

An Animated Introduction to Michel Foucault, “Philosopher of Power”

Do you still need a working knowledge of the ideas of Michel Foucault to hold your own on the cocktail party circuit? Probably not, but the ideas …

Highlighting and note-taking on journal articles as engagement

As I’ve made it clear in most of my academic writing blog posts, I do things the old-fashioned way. This means that I’m a fan of printing out journal …

My #AcWri strategies: Write memos about readings and about research

When I was in undergraduate (I studied chemical engineering), it was bizarre for my male colleagues that I would have such neat printing and that my …

Keith Thomas · Diary: Working Methods

Perhaps that is why few historians tell us how they set about their task. In his splendid recent autobiography, <i>History of a History Man</i>, Patrick …

Can We Criticize Foucault?

Interview by<p>Since his death in 1984, Michel Foucault’s work has become a touchstone for the academic left worldwide. But in a provocative new book …

Searching for Foucault in an Age of Inequality

<i>JACOBIN</i> RECENTLY PUBLISHED an interview with a little-known sociologist that provoked a wave of reactions. A young Belgian scholar named Daniel …

EDGES BLOG: CSC Interview with Daniel Zamora

The Cultural Studies Program’s colloquium (CSC) series features talks by distinguished scholars from across the disciplines. Graduate student <b>Dave</b> …