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Escaping the Ivory Tower: Insurgent Research and the Autonomous Production of Knowledge, a Lecture by Gustavo Esteva


Wesleyan’s favorite Mexican philosopher-prince is at it again. Gustavo Esteva closes up his lecture series tomorrow with a final event.

Ross Levin ’15 writes in:

The Foucaultian challenge to the institutional production of “truth” (the statements governing our behavior) is not coming from universities or research centers but from social movements: insurgent research, militant research, reflection in action. From Colectivo Situaciones in Argentina to Unitierra in California or Chocosol in Toronto autonomous centers for the production of knowledge are proliferating. Is this an ephemeral, marginal fashion? What is the role of these centers in the current wave of mobilizations? Does they represent alternative, valid ways of knowing?

  • Date: TOMORROW – Friday, October 11
  • Time: 12:00pm noon
  • Place: Allbritton 311 (top floor)
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Professor Alex Dupuy: “The Capitalist World Economy, the Fetishism of Commodities, and the Social Geography of Race: A Reply to Michel Foucault”

Did you get through that whole title? Yeah? Congrats, you might as well just go to the damn lecture, then, at Russell House this afternoon:

In Volume 1 of The History of Sexuality and in Society Must be Defended, Michel Foucault develops a genealogy of race and racism from their origin in what he calls the race struggles in the sixteenth century to their transformation into biological racism with the birth of biopower and the biopower state in the nineteenth century. Professor Dupuy will argue that Foucault’s argument does not hold, theoretically or historically. Theoretically because there is no necessary connection or continuity between the concept of race in sixteenth century Europe that referred to generational or filial lines of descent without imputing the transmission of immutable characteristics, and biological racism that assumes the existence of such fixed and inherited characteristics. Historically because the idea of race in the biological sense emerged first on the ground in the European colonial conquest of the Americas, the struggles against the native populations, and the subsequent enslavement of Africans to provide the labor force for the plantation economy before it was more fully theorized, codified, and systematized into ideologies of racial superiority and inferiority in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.