Re: An unpublished Foucault conference offer...

Dear Francois,
I am an editor of two international journals based in the UK - Social and
Legal studies and
Theory, Culture & Society. I will contract the boards of both, but I feel
pretty confident that they would be interested in the paper.
If so, would you wish to translate it or would you like some one else to
do so? Please let me know if you find an alternative home for it.
Vikki Bell

> Hello,
> While trying to get rid of very old stuff of mine, I found that I had
> with me a conference pronounced by Foucault at the Universite de
> Montreal in 1976 that remains - to my knowledge - unpublished. It is
> mentionned in Dits et Ecrits in a footnote to an interview he gave to a
> Montreal journalist where the conference is mentionned, but for some
> reason it hasn't been included in the Volume as the absence of supra or
> infra number reveals.
> The context of the conference was a week dedicated to the alternatives
> to prison where he was asked to talk about the 'faillite' (failure) of
> the prison. He must have felt pretty provocative that week for he
> started the conference by outlining (in front of an army of
> criminologists) how he was embarassed by having to talk about the
> failure of the prison (since he thought it worked fine) and to talk
> about alternatives (because he said that he didn't see as alternatives
> many of the mechanisms that were to fulfill the same functions)!
> In any case, if anybody is interested I could try to set it up on the
> web site of the 'laboratoire' where I'm affiliated - and could even try
> to translate it (since it is obviously in French for now). By the way,
> anyone knowing about any potential legal problems concerning this
> project would be very kind to let me know. Also, would somebody know if
> the Foucault people in Paris would be interested - and if so, could I
> get the e-mal to get in touch with them?
> Thanks,
> Francois

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