Scholars' Studio: Research @the Commons: Worlds Collide"Massacring the Colonials à la Foucault"

Alan-Michael Weatherford
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 4:00pm
The Research Commons, Allen Library (South Wing)

The Scholars' Studio is a series of 5-minute TED-style talks by graduate students and postdocs to present research on topics related to the interdisciplinary theme.  Autumn 2013 theme: Worlds Collide

Alan-Michael Weatherford:  "Massacring the Colonials à la Foucault"

The scene: The Haitian Revolution. The characters: African slaves vs. French Colonials. Result: One of the bloodiest colonial massacres known to man. This presentation compares two public scenes of torture (one in Foucault's "Surveiller et Punir" and another in Alejo Carpentier's "El Reino de Este Mundo") as to expose a critical issue in applying Foucauldian trajectories of power to contexts foreign to those analyzed and produced in France. The texts analyzed are in French and Spanish, but addressed in English.

 

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