Sylvère Lotringer. The Panopticon. 2011





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Published on Jan 6, 2012

http://www.egs.edu/, Sylvère Lotringer, literary critic and cultural
theorist talking about Michel Foucault's "Discipline and Punish." In this lecture Sylvère Lotringer discusses sovereignty and discipline in Foucault, the production of subjectivity, the concepts of Bentham's Panopticon and the plague, the reversal of control, Panopticism vs. perspectivism (Nietzsche), reversal of power, the individual and the loner. Excerpt of seminar at the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2011.

Sylvère Lotringer, Ph.D., born in Paris, is Jean Baudrillard
Chair at the European Graduate School EGS and Professor Emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia University. He is based currently in Los Angeles and Baja, California. Sylvère Lotringer is a literary critic and cultural theorist, and as general editor of Semiotext(e) and Foreign Agents book series was instrumental in introducing French theory to the United States. His interests range from philosophy, literature and art to architecture, anthropology, semiotics, avant-garde movements, structuralism and post-structuralism.

Sylvère Lotringer studied at the Sorbonne and received his doctorate
from the École Pratique des Hautes Études VIe section, Paris (1967).
As General Editor of Semiotext(e) and of the "Foreign Agents" series,
Lotringer was instrumental in introducing French theory to the United
States. His teaching interests include Dada and surrealism,
situationism, Mallarmé, Proust, structuralism and post-structuralism,
as well as anthropology, semiotics, philosophy and art in relation to
20th-century literature.

Among the books Sylvère Lotringer has published, he has co-written
with Paul Virilio: Pure War (1983), Crepuscular Dawn (2002), and The
Accident of Art (2005), and with Jean Baudrillard: Forget Foucault
(1986), Oublier Artaud (2005), and The Conspiracy of Art (2005).
Sylvère Lotringer has also written extensively on Georges Bataille,
Simone Weil, L. F. Céline, Marguerite Duras, and Robert Antelme, and is the author of Antonin Artaud (1990), French Theory in America
(2001), Hatred of Capitalism (2002), David Wojnarowicz (2006), and
Overexposed (2007). Silvère Lotringer frequently lectures on art and
has published catalogue essays for the MOMA, the Guggenheim Museum, the Musee du Jeu de Paume, Modern Kunst and has edited numerous magazines and books such as Philosopher-Artist (1986), Foreign Agent: Kunst in den Zeiten der Theorie (1991), and Nancy Spero (1995).

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