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Michel Foucault and the history of spaces

Grant number: 19/17278-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2021
Effective date (End): December 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Theory and Philosophy of History
Principal researcher:Luana Saturnino Tvardovskas
Grantee:Gabriel José Pochapski
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This project investigates the relationship between history and spaces in Michel Foucault's thought and its possibilities for historiography. We start from the understanding that this philosopher's interest in space resulted in a unique way of understanding history, an approach we call here the history of spaces. In developing the critique of the present and the questioning of what we are today, Foucault not only turned to the historical dimension of the subjects who were produced or produced on various surfaces, but this commitment was accompanied by new ways of relating temporality to the spatiality. Such an exercise prompts us to problematize space as a fundamental category in historiographical practice, especially within the Theory of History. Having the years from 1961 to 1984 as the period of analysis, we selected materials such as publications, collaborative projects and interviews that contemplate the relations of spaces with history in different moments of Foucault's work. We will develop our discussions on three analytical axes. The first investigates the spatialising language and the narrative of history in Foucault. The second refers to the centrality of the body in the history of spaces. And the third seeks to approach subjectivity as a fundamental axis to rethink space in historiography.

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