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Nikolay Domashev and Priyanka Hutschenreiter

challenging theoretical terrains of Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault, Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt. Ultimately, the contributors choose not to engage the seemingly appropriate paradigms of biopower and governmentality resident in Foucault's writings, but

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Getting Medieval on Steven Pinker

Violence and Medieval England

Sara M. Butler

foundation for studies of historical violence and has been reenergized through new conceptualizations multiple times since its publication in 1939. Without a doubt, the most thought provoking has been Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the

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Constructing the Not-So-New Normal

Ambiguity and Familiarity in Governmental Regulations of Intimacies during the Pandemic

Dmitry Kurnosov and Anna Varfolomeeva

affected and challenging the established narratives. On the other hand, ‘normalisation’ has historically been a tool for reinforcing hierarchies and inequalities through rules and routines ( Foucault 1995 ). Therefore, it is possible that the pandemic will

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Exceptions and being human: Before and in times of COVID-19

Narmala Halstead

to allow for unlimited scaling of ‘emergency’ exceptions (2020a). That Agamben's latest intervention is not without interlocutory exchanges (see Foucault et al. 2020 ) comes out in differing views which, in some instances position the state as

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Rematerializing Martyrs and the Missing Soldiers of the Iran-Iraq War

Sana Chavoshian

Foucault, the ‘political spirituality’ of Islam (see Afary and Anderson 2005: 4) . In his own inquiries about Iran's Revolution (1979), Foucault witnessed the significance of martyrs in Tehran's main cemetery. 1 In Behesht-e Zahra, as he describes it, the

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Colonising ‘Free’ Will

A Critique of Political Decolonisation in Ghana

Bernard Forjwuor

for the justification of the negation of the colonial. 1 This article, then, is an exercise in critical inquiry, an eccentric reading of the concept of political decolonisation. This article seeks to ask one question: if critique, or what Foucault

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Fortune, Felicity and Happiness in the Early Modern Period


Katrin Röder and Christoph Singer

contentment and pleasure as well as the role of desire) not only as words but also as discourses. Michel Foucault's work on the genealogy of ethics offers a productive framework for the exploration of the many ways in which early modern texts negotiate

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On Misfitness

Reflections in and out of Fashion

James D. Faubion

pathologization and with it anthropological marginalization, exclusion, exile. Michel Foucault elegantly reminds of the brutality that soi-disant humanisms – Marxist, Nazi, Stalinist – could justify (1997: 314). Closer to the thematics that the contributors

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On the Verge of the Here and Now

Madness, Paranoia and Improvisation of the Present in Hemingway's ‘A Pursuit Race’

Klaudia Borkiewicz

on Hemingway's subject-in-madness would perhaps be incomplete without an explicit reference to Foucault's deliberations on insanity. The philosopher's comprehensive analysis of madness along with its historical, social and cultural considerations as

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“Farmers Don't Dance”

The Construction of Gender in a Rural Scottish School

Fiona G. Menzies and Ninetta Santoro

position to occupy rather than a fixed role” ( McRae 1996: 242 ). We draw here on the work of Foucault (1974 , 1980 , 1981 ) and Judith Butler (1990 , 2004) to offer insight into how and why pupils take up gendered positions in school. Of particular