Rethinking Foucault’s Historical Ontology of Ourselves: Subjects, Subjectivation, Self-Practices 40 Years After

Foucault’s 1984 discussion of Kant’s 1784 “What is Enlightenment?” emphasizes the historical ontology of ourselves as our most noble task. Forty years after Foucault’s death (and 300 years after Kant’s birth), society has changed.

Capitalist globalization has slowed, and the forgotten Cold War has been reanimated. Monopolies are increasing, and the neoliberal self-governing of people appears to be undermined by the algorithmization of subtle control techniques. Accordingly, our meeting invites contributions that discuss the reception of Foucault’s analyses under the lens of recent social change:

did or in how far did the formation of subject positions in discourses, processes of subjectivation in governmental power practices, or the constitution of ourselves as ethical selves in self-technologies change compared to Foucault’s late account of the subject constitution in neoliberal capitalism? We will rethink and work with Foucault on an updated historical ontology of ourselves.

  • Host City, Country

    Innsbruck, Austria

  • Dates

    21 June 2024: online

    22 June on-site

  • Organizing university or institution

    University of Innsbruck, Austria

  • Place where the event will be held

    University of Innsbruck, Austria

  • Name(s) of organizer(s)

    Frank Welz

    Richard Weiskopf

  • E-mail address

    frank.welz@uibk.ac.at

  • Web address

    www.uibk.ac.at/de/socialtheory

  • Call For Papers

    Deadline: April 1, 2024