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Skape Seminar : Marlon Barbehoen speaking on Governing, knowledge and time: a governmentality perspective

Title
Skape Seminar : Marlon Barbehoen speaking on Governing, knowledge and time: a governmentality perspective
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Marlon Barbehoen # University of Heidelberg
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Date and Time
27th Aug 2019 12:00 - 27th Aug 2019 14:30
Location
6th Floor, Violet Laidlaw Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.skape.ed.ac.uk/research/meetings/2019_2020/skape_seminar_marlon_barbehoen_speaking_on_governing,_knowledge_and_time_a_governmentality_perspective

Abstract

According to Foucault, modern practices of governing can be described as a specific type of knowledge that developed from the 16th century onwards. As a form of rationality, it comprises certain overarching orientations to be followed, techniques to be employed, and forms of power relations to build on. I will argue that the genealogy of a modern governing rationality could also, and maybe even primarily, be captured as the cultivation of a specific understanding of time and history. It will be shown that the very possibility of governing (by) the state emerges together with the gradual elimination of eschatological thinking and the construction of an open and indefinite time. Based on this fundamental temporal shift, the different forms of power/knowledge relations Foucault discerns can be interpreted as variants of how practices of governing are related to this specific type of time. In this sense, governing rationalities are both temporal stocks of knowledge and a knowledge of time itself.

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED FROM 12 - 12.30PM