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Stuart Elden's book The Early Foucault published

Stuart Elden's book The Early Foucault has been published by Polity Press.

The Early Foucault by Stuart Elden, front coverIt was not until 1961 that Foucault published his first major book, History of Madness. He had already been working as an academic for a decade, teaching in Lille and Paris, writing, organizing cultural programmes and lecturing in Uppsala, Warsaw and Hamburg. Although he published little in this period, Foucault wrote much more, some of which has been preserved and only recently become available to researchers. Drawing on archives in France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and the USA, this is the most detailed study yet of Foucault’s early career. It recounts his debt to teachers including Louis Althusser, Jean Hyppolite, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean Wahl; his diploma thesis on Hegel; and his early teaching career. It explores his initial encounters with Georges Canguilhem, Jacques Lacan, and Georges Dumézil, and analyses his sustained reading of Friedrich Nietzsche, Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. Also included are detailed discussions of his translations of Ludwig Binswanger, Victor von Weizsäcker, and Immanuel Kant; his clinical work with Georges and Jacqueline Verdeaux; and his cultural work outside of France.Investigating how Foucault came to write History of Madness, Stuart Elden shows this great thinker’s deep engagement with phenomenology, anthropology and psychology. An outstanding, meticulous work of intellectual history, The Early Foucault sheds new light on the formation of a major twentieth-century figure.

This is the third of a series of books tracing the intellectual history of Foucault's entire career. Foucault's Last Decade was published in 2016 and Foucault: The Birth of Power in 2017. Stuart is currently researching the final book in the series on Foucault's work in the 1960s which he hopes to complete in 2022.

There is a post about the research and writing of the book on the Polity blog and a lot more detail on Stuart's website.


Online report launch: Racism, mental health and pre-crime policing: the ethics of Vulnerability Support Hubs

Medact's upcoming report Racism, mental health and pre-crime policing: the ethics of Vulnerability Support Hubs is based on documents obtained through a series of long-running Freedom of Information requests. It exposes how a counterterrorism police-led project blurs the boundaries between security and care in disturbing and dangerous ways. We will hear from the three report co-authors and other experts in the field:

  • Dr Hilary Aked – Medact’s Research and Policy Manager
  • Dr Tarek Younis – Cultural and critical clinical psychologist and Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University
  • Dr Charlotte Heath Kelly – Reader in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick
  • Vicki Nash ─ Head of Policy, Campaigns and Public Affairs at Mind

Please register for the event at Medact's website: https://www.medact.org/event/vsh-report-launch/

Wed 19 May 2021, 12:14 | Tags: Front Staff Impact PhD MA Faculty of Social Sciences Research

Online conference: "Bridging the EU and Russia" Policy Conference of the EU Jean Monnet Network, “Between the EU and Russia”

Join "Bridging the EU and Russia" Policy Conference of the EU Jean Monnet Network “Between the EU and Russia” on 4, 11, and 18 May, 2021 Online

This policy conference of the EU Jean Monnet Network "Between the EU and Russia" (BEAR) seeks to be a venue for knowledge exchange between academics and policy makers in EU institutions. The BEAR network connects 26 scholars from 11 universities from the EU, UK, US, Canada and Russia to explore the mobilization, influence, protection, and claim-making of regional minority groups on EU’s eastern borders, and to investigate how societal actors engage with these overlapping influences of the EU and Russia.

This policy conference brings together scholars from the network and EU officials from the European Commission and the European Parliament to discuss the following themes on 4, 11, and 18 May, 2021. Participation is free, registration is necessary.

On 4 May, 2021: introduction of the network, a panel on Eastern Partnership, policy commentary by Vassilis Maragos, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG NEAR, and academic keynote speech by Prof. Timothy Colton from Harvard University.

On 11 May, 2021: panels on Conflict Management in the European Neighbourhood; and EU, Russia and Regional Dynamics, with policy commentaries from Lawrence Meredith, Director, DG NEAR, Neighbourhood East, European Commission; and Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary-General for Policy Affairs, European Union External Action Service.

On 18 May, 2021: panels on Migration and Citizenship Politics; and EU, Russia and Minority Politics, and a keynote speech from a policy perspective by Mathieu Briens, Deputy Head of Cabinet of the High Representative of the European Commission. Policy commentaries: from Tom Snels, Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Home Affairs, European Commission, and Marina Kaljurand, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

Open registrations through Eventbrite and more information about the events and the programme are available here: http://www.bearnetwork.ca/events/upcoming-events

Tue 04 May 2021, 10:03 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA Faculty of Social Sciences Research

Advert for students: Race and Ethnic Minority Student Liaison Representative

As part of PAIS’s commitment to raise awareness of the issues that students of colour and ethnic minorities face amongst the PAIS community, to address the race and ethnicity-based attainment gap, and to campaign against racism in all its forms, PAIS is introducing an Race and Ethnic Minority Student Liaison Representative position at the UG, PGT and PGR level.

Thu 15 Oct 2020, 15:31 | Tags: PhD, MA, UG

PAIS: A Consistently Top-Ranked Politics Department

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick is ranked 4th out of 80 UK Politics Departments in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. This prestigious league table also places us 1st in the Russell Group for both ‘teaching quality’ and ‘student experience’.

This follows recent rankings of 4th in The Complete University Guide 2021 and 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2021 making PAIS one of the most consistently top-ranked Politics Department in the UK. For the last seven years, PAIS has held a ‘Top 7’ place in all three major national league tables:

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

The Times/ Sunday Times

7th

3rd

3rd

3rd

1st

1st

4th

The Complete

7th

6th

4th

4th

6th

5th

4th

The Guardian

7th

5th

4th

3rd

6th

5tth

6th

The Times Good University Guide 2021: Where to Go and What to Study:  Amazon.co.uk: O'Leary, John, Times Books: 9780008368289: Books

Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of PAIS, commented: “Congratulations to all on another outstanding outcome. Our winning formula for success means that we enjoy a consistent appearance at the very top of all major national league tables. Students and staff know that PAIS is a special Department in which every member of the community is supported to find their own voice and reach their full potential. Such consistency and high levels of support are arguably more important than ever as we face these turbulent times together”.

Dr Justin Greaves, Director of Student Experience and Progression, commented: “This is brilliant news for the PAIS Department and all our students, alumni, and staff. It follows our great success in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS) where we were 1st or 2nd in the Russell Group in 6 categories, including 1st for overall student satisfaction. These consistent results are a testament to the hard work and brilliance of everyone who works and studies in PAIS, along with our ethos as viewing students as partners, producers, and collaborators, and valuing and acting on student feedback. I look forward to working with our incoming and returning students to ensure that the PAIS Department continues to go from strength to strength. Congratulations everyone”!

Thank you to all our students and staff for PAIS' continued success.

Overall the University of Warwick is ranked 10th.

Mon 21 Sep 2020, 09:41 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences

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