Stuart Elden has been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme small grant for a project entitled ‘The Early Foucault: Retracing Intellectual History through Archival Sources’. This work builds on his recent books on Foucault’s later career – Foucault’s Last Decade (Polity, 2016) and Foucault: The Birth of Power (Polity, 2017) – in a study of his intellectual formation. The research will involve working with archives of Foucault’s papers in Paris and Normandy, his personal library held at Yale, and papers and libraries of research collaborators in Tübingen, Princeton and Irvine. It will also involve a visit to the Carolina Rediviva library in Uppsala, where Foucault researched his History of Madness. The research will lead to a book entitled The Early Foucault (under contract with Polity), and the initial work for a book on Foucault’s career in the 1960s.
More detail on the project on the early Foucault can be found on Stuart’s blog.
The Warwick Annual Debate on the Future of International Political Economy takes place on Wednesday March 13th at 5pm in S0.12.
This year's debate will challenge some of the common interpretations of Brexit, whilst offering up a wider range of ways in which we can better understand it, including through gender, post-colonial and new institutionalist lenses. By broadening our vision and placing Brexit within longer term political, cultural and economic contexts, the debate will shed light on Brexit as a process, and on what it means for the political economy of Britain and Europe.
We have, again, a great line-up of speakers: Professor Roberta Guerrina, University of Surrey; Professor Ben Rosamond, Copenhagen University; Dr Nadine El-Enany, Birkbeck University of London; and Dr Muireann O'Dwyer, University of Warwick. All welcome!
Georges Canguilhem (1904-95) was an influential historian and philosopher of science, as renowned for his teaching as for his writings. He is best known for his book The Normal and the Pathological, originally his doctoral thesis in medicine, but he also wrote a thesis in philosophy on the concept of the reflex, supervised by Gaston Bachelard. He was the sponsor of Michel Foucault's doctoral thesis on madness. However, his work extends far beyond what is suggested by his association with these thinkers. Canguilhem also produced a series of important works on the natural sciences, including studies of evolution, psychology, vitalism and mechanism, experimentation, monstrosity and disease.
Stuart Elden discusses the whole of this important thinker's complex work, including recently rediscovered texts and archival materials. Canguilhem always approached questions historically, examining how it was that we came to a significant moment in time, outlining tensions, detours and paths not taken. The first comprehensive study in English, this book is a crucial guide for those coming to terms with Canguilhem's important contributions, and will appeal to researchers and students from a range of fields.
"The patience, clarity, and erudition we expect of Stuart Elden's books are on full display in this exceptional work. More than a simple introduction, Canguilhem enables readers to see the outlines, stakes and details of the works of an important thinker."
John Protevi, Louisiana State University
"This impressive and meticulously researched volume which includes a wealth of references to archival material provides the first comprehensive introduction in English to a figure recognized as a seminal influence by postwar French thinkers, including Foucault and Althusser."
Clare O’Farrell, Queensland University of Technology
Published this month, The Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration, co-edited by Diane Stone and Kim Moloney with OUP: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-global-policy-and-transnational-administration-9780198758648?cc=au&lang=en&
Diane Stone has also published an article on International Crisis Group: Stone, D. (2019). Transnational policy entrepreneurs and the cultivation of influence: individuals, organizations and their networks. Globalizations, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2019.1567976
Tom Long published an article in The Conversation, entitled "Venezuela: how Latin American tolerance of illiberalism let a nation slide into crisis". The article has been republished in The New Statesman and in Portuguese in the Gazeta do Povo (Brazil), and in French on The Conversation. The piece draws on his research article in the November issue of International Affairs to put the rising tide of illiberalism in Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America in an international and historical context. In that article, he explores the "consequences of partial inclusion or marginalization from" liberal international order. The article is available for free until 17 February.
Tom has also been quoted recently in Bloomberg News, CNBC News, El Universal (Mexico), and Vice News regarding the situation in Venezuela, and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Sky News, and France 24 TV.