Invitation: Governmentality and Culture

Πρόσκληση σε διάλεξη του καθηγητή Tony Bennett

Σας ενημερώνουμε ότι τη Δευτέρα 23 Φεβρουαρίου και ώρα 7:00μμ. θα μιλήσει ο
καθηγητής T. Bennett στο Ιστορικό Aρχείο του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών(Σκουφά
45), με θέμα:

Governmentality and Culture. Theoretical and Historical Approaches.

Monday, February 23, 2009, 7.00pm
Historical Archive of the University of Athens

My purpose in this presentation is to develop a set of theoretical and
historical arguments concerning the relationships between culture and
government. I shall do so by drawing on the perspective of governmentality
initially proposed by Michel Foucault and since developed into a
wide-reaching body of work that focuses on the ways in which particular
knowledges and apparatuses interact in programmes directed at what
Foucault called the 'conduct of conduct'. Governmentality theory is thus
concerned with how agents of various kinds (governments, scientific and learned
associations, institutions) seek to mobilise specific forms of knowledge
in specific contexts in order to influence how the members of the population -
or of specific sections of it - conduct themselves.
What implications does this perspective have for the study of culture?

shall argue that these are best identified in terms of a historically
specific - but mutable and dynamic - set of relations between culture
and the social represented by what I call the 'culture complex'. I mean
by this a network of interacting knowledges (the cultural disciplines of art
history, literary studies, aesthetics, heritage studies, archaeology,
folk studies, etc) and apparatuses (museums, art galleries, heritage sites,
archives, libraries, the cinema, broadcasting, national and
international cultural policy agencies) whose practices have resulted in the
development of distinctive forms of cultural action on the social linked to the
development of governmental forms of power. I shall illustrate this
perspective with particular reference to how museums operate as the
sites for particular forms of knowledge and expertise which shape the
cultural resources brought together in them in order to shape and order social
and civic conduct in specific ways.

Tony Bennett

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