[rohrpost] Michel Foucault. Northern Heterotopias.

Karl Dietz karl.dietz at online.de
Die Mai 26 10:22:14 CEST 2009

>>>>>       "Wenn sie meinen anstelle der offiziellen Institution könne 
>>>>> eine andere
>>>>> Institution die selben Funktionen besser und anders erfüllen, sind 
>>>>> sie
>>>>> bereits ein Gefangener der herrschenden Struktur." Michel Foucault
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>>>> Pierre Victor: “Man muß den Spieß umdrehen. Die Welt kann nicht
>>>> umgestürzt werden, ohne daß dabei etwas kaputt gemacht wird.”
>>>> Michel Foucault: “Vor allem muß man den Spieß kaputt machen.”
>>>> [...]
>>>> (1972)
>>>> Aus der Foucault-Biografie von Didier Eribon

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> 04. 06. 2009 - 05. 06. 2009 Konferenz/Tagung Northern Heterotopias
> In a 1967 lecture entitled 'Of Other Spaces' [Des espaces autres] 
> Michel Foucault elaborated on his lifelong fascination with space and 
> spatial metaphors and presented the idea of heterotopia(s) through 
> which he challenged dominant, unilateral ways to think about space and 
> place. Foucault called our attention to the many "counter-sites", or 
> multiple imaginations, experiences and inscriptions of space and 
> identity, that can be found beyond the "fundamentally unreal" 
> discourse of dominant utopias that seek to define, regulate, and 
> confine particular places and people. In contrast to utopias, then, 
> heterotopias "juxtapos[e] in a single real place several spaces, 
> several sites that are themselves incompatible." (Foucault, 1986 
> [1967] p25).
> Digressing from Foucault's original coinage of the term to 
> re-conceptualize specific sites and places (cemeteries, cinemas, 
> boats, brothels, etc), we interpret the idea of heterotopia, and the 
> mapping logic of heterotopology, as an alternative way to think of the 
> experience of space as a whole, and a conceptual lens through which to 
> analyze and bring to light the multiple imaginations, experiences, 
> embodiments, and inscriptions of space and place that are inherent in 
> all sites. What, then, would a heterotopology of the (idea of) North 
> look like?
> For this conference, we invite scholars, artists, storytellers, 
> writers, poets and activists to examine different ideas, imaginations, 
> experiences, and inscriptions of the North beyond hegemonic 
> conceptions (the Great "White" North; hegemonic articulations of 
> indigenism; the North and its 'untapped resources', etc.).
> We leave it up to participants to navigate through that contested 
> space (discursive, physical, human) that is the North, and to identify 
> both Northern utopias (or hegemonies) and the counter-sites they have 
> silenced. Thus, we hope to bring together a broad range of voices and 
> experiences that highlight the fundamentally plural (contradictory? 
> cacophonic? contrapuntal? heteroglossic?) and heterotopic nature of 
> the North.
> *URL*: http://northernresearchnetwork.electrifi(...)ca/?q=node/304 
> <http://northernresearchnetwork.electrified.ca/?q=node/304>
> *Ort* : The Pas, Manitoba (Kanada)
> *Quelle* : Northern Research Network
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