The first meeting of the Society for the Study of Bio-political Futures, "Life In-Between-Outside Discipline and Control." Which took place at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY on April 5-6, 2013.
The initial idea and the particular composition of this Research Society was inspired—very loosely—on the establishment and activities of the College of Sociology between 1937-1939. The College took as its “precise object of contemplative activity,” according to the collective statement by its members “the name of Sacred Sociology, implying the study of all manifestations of social existence where the active presence of the sacred is clear, determining the coincidence between the fundamental obsessive tendencies of individual psychology and the principal structures that govern social organization and are in command of its revolutions.”
April 5-6, 2013
Life In-Between-Outside Discipline and Control
The goal of the two day meeting in Syracuse will have been to assemble some of the most significant researchers on the intersections of the concept with new areas of inquiry in order to "work the problematique," that is to say, first, to clarify and explain the wildly different uses made of the original concepts drawn from Foucault's early work on populations and governmentality, and second, to recognize and explore the paradigmatic function that this concept has played over the past ten year in linking several different disciplinary knowledges to a common analysis of what signifies power today. —Gregg Lambert, Founding Director
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