Bernard E. Harcourt is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia University, the Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, and directeur d’études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (Harvard University Press), and editor of the forthcoming edition of Michel Foucault’s 1971-72 lectures at the Collège de France, Théories et institutions pénales (Gallimard, ). Most recently, he published The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order, and Occupy: Three Inquiries in Disobedience (with M. Taussig and W.J.T. Mitchell). He is author of several other books, including Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age (2009 Gordon J. Laing Prize), Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy , and Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken-Windows Policing. He is also an active death row lawyer, having represented inmates sentenced to death in Alabama since 1990, and continues that work on a pro bono basis representing inmates today.
The Expository Society
Guy Debord spoke of the “society of the spectacle.” Michel Foucault focused our attention instead on the panoptic and disciplinary features of society—what he referred to as “the punitive society.” “Our society is one not of spectacle,” Foucault declared, “but of surveillance.” In a short postscript, Gilles Deleuze would go further and foreshadowed the emergence of a “society of control.” But it seems as if, today, rather, we live in a society of exposure and exhibition. We live in what could be called the expository society. This presentation will ask how we have come to embrace and love our new forms of virtual exhibition in the digital age today.
Time: 1:30 am
Location: Ukrainian Institute of America / Library Room