Bernard Harcourt – The Punitive Order: Free Markets, Neoliberalism, and Mass Incarceration in the United States

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 4th, 2011

Event Date: 3 and 4 June 2011
Clore Lecture Theatre
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck College
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Centre for Law and the Humanities presents:

THE FOUCAULT EFFECT 1991-2011

A Conference at Birkbeck College, University of London Reflecting on 20 years of
The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality


Bernard Harcourt - The Punitive Order: Free Markets, Neoliberalism, and Mass Incarceration in the United States

Much has been written about Michel Foucault’s critique of neoliberalism, both of neoliberalism in general and of the three different varieties of neoliberalism that he specifically discussed in his 1979 lectures (German Ordoliberalism, French Giscardian neoliberalism, and the Chicago School). In this essay, I explore Foucault’s critique of American neoliberalism specifically, and its relation to contem‐porary punitive practices in the United States.

Bernard Harcourt

http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/harcourt

Recent lecture material online (French language):

Fabienne Brion, Bernard Harcourt: Le pouvoir de la vérité. Trois lectures de ‘Mal faire, dire vrai’, de Michel Foucault http://www.academieroyale.be/cgi?pag=1026&tab=146&rec=10279

Bernard is the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law, the Chair of the Political Science Department, and Professor of Political Science at The University of Chicago. Professor Harcourt’s scholarship intersects social and political theory, the sociology of punishment, and penal law and procedure. His latest book is The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2011) and the co-editor with Fabienne Brion of Michel Foucault’s Mal faire, dire vrai (forthcoming in French at Presses Universitaires de Louvain and in English at the University of Chicago Press). He is also the author of Against Prediction: Punishing and Policing in an Actuarial Age (University of Chicago Press 2007), Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy (University of Chicago Press 2005), and Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken-Windows Policing (Harvard University Press 2001). Harcourt is the coauthor of Criminal Law and the Regulation of Vice (Thompson West 2007), the editor of Guns, Crime, and Punishment in America (New York University Press 2003), and the founder and editor of the journal Carceral Notebooks.

After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Charles S. Haight Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then worked as an attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, representing death row inmates. He continues to represent death row inmates pro bono, and has also served on human rights missions in South Africa and Guatemala.

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The Foucault Effect

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on June 3rd, 2011

Event Date: 3 and 4 June 2011
Clore Lecture Theatre
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck College
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Centre for Law and the Humanities presents:

THE FOUCAULT EFFECT 1991-2011

A Conference at Birkbeck College, University of London Reflecting on 20 years of
The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality


Participants:

Fabienne Brion, Graham Burchell, Daniel Defert, Peter Fitzpatrick, Ben Golder, Colin Gordon, Patrick Hanafin, Bernard Harcourt, Peter Miller, Maria Carolina Olarte, Giovanna Procacci, Paul Patton, Jonathan Simon

Published seven years after Michel Foucault’s death, The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality provided access to a little known and major new area of his later research, accompanied and illustrated by a rich collection of complementary studies by his co-researchers. The volume has served over the past 20 years as an influential and widely cited source, stimulating new work in many fields. In the past decade its effects has been accompanied by the acclaimed, ongoing publication of Foucault’s lectures, including the full original sources of The Foucault Effect. Foucault’s work on governmentality is now recognised as one of the important developments in later twentieth-century reflection on the political, whose implications may not yet have been fully registered.

This event brings together the editors and several contributors to The Foucault Effect, along with leading international scholars who have taken up and explored its themes in several interconnected areas, engaging with the history and issues of a changing present. Among them are editors of two important new publications:

Lectures on The Will to Know (Foucault’s first College de France lecture series, edited by Daniel Defert) and Mal Faire, Dire Vrai (his 1981 Louvain lectures on confession, criminology and social defence, edited by Fabienne Brion and Bernard Harcourt, to be published in French by Louvain University Press and in English by Chicago University Press). Both of these new publications are likely to modify our understanding of Foucault’s enterprise and of its relevance to our time.

The programme and contributions will be structured around five topic areas:

– Global and postcolonial dimensions

– Law, rights, justice, punishment

– Problematising the political and the left

– The history of governmentality

– Social defence in the 21st century

Programme

Day 1

Welcome and Introduction by Patrick Hanafin.

Panel 1

Chair: Patrick Hanafin

Daniel Defert - The emergence of power in Michel Foucault’s 1970-71 lectures
(AUDIO HERE)

Colin Gordon - Governmentality and the genealogy of politics
(AUDIO HERE)

Peter Fitzpatrick and Maria Carolina Olarte - Foucault and the Laws of Death
(AUDIO HERE)

Discussant: Stuart Elden

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Panel 1 discussion.

Day 2

Panel 2

Chair: Colin Gordon

Graham Burchell Reflections on governmentalities and political culture (with Italy in mind)
(AUDIO HERE)

Paul PattonGovernmentality and public reason: the critique of Neo-liberalism revisited
(AUDIO HERE)

Panel 2 discussion.

Panel 3

Chair:  Véronique Voruz

Fabienne Brion - Governmentality, citizenship and dangerousness
(AUDIO HERE)

Bernard Harcourt - The Punitive Order: Free Markets, Neoliberalism, and Mass Incarceration in the United States
(AUDIO HERE)

Panel 3 discussion.

Panel 4

Chair: Frederick Cowell

Giovanna Procacci - Exploring security (AUDIO HERE)

Peter Miller - The Calculating Self (AUDIO HERE)

Panel 4 discussion.

Panel 5

Chair: Peter Fitzpatrick

Ben GolderThe Limits and Possibilities of a Foucauldian Politics of Rights
(AUDIO HERE)

Jonathan SimonFrom the Medical Model to the Humanitarian Crisis Model: California’s Prison Health Crisis and the Future of Imprisonment
(AUDIO HERE)

Panel 5 Discussion.

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