Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EDIFOU (Foucault's manuscripts on phenomenology (1950s) at BnF archive: a digital approach to the edition)
Reporting period: 2019-06-01 to 2021-05-31
EDIFOU was highly stimulating and offered intellectual challenges. It was an ambitious project that required not only specific scientific competences in the fields of philosophy, social sciences, and digital humanities, but also those personal and practical skills that enable a researcher to work in a team. The quality of the research environment, supervision, training, and host facilities at Triangle-ENS de Lyon gave me the opportunity not only to disseminate my research through diverse communication strategies, but also to profit from those skills, knowledge and training-related measures, which are fundamental to enhance my scientific independence and, as a consequence, my academic status. The next step of my career will be to find a permanent position in Italy, where my family lives (my first child was born in May 2021).
1 critical edition
6 peer-reviewed journal articles:
2 book chapters:
6 articles in dictionary/encyclopedia:
2 volumes’ revised edition: (revision of the manuscripts and recordings’ transcriptions, and revision of the old critical edition), paperback edition:
- description of Foucault’s archives in the internet page of the EMAN’s project (with Arianna Sforzini, Vincent Ventresque, and Carolina Verlengia): https://eman-archives.org/Foucault-fiches/prsentation-du-fonds
- virtual exhibit: “Binswanger et l’analyse existentielle” (https://eman-archives.org/Foucault-fiches/exhibits)
- index and bibliographical list of the archival box n. 36: Naissance de la clinique (666 sheets), and 37: Années de formation: Sorbonne, Rue D’Ulm
- analysis, index and bibliographical list of the archival box n. 35A (Autour de l’histoire de la folie
- analysis, index and bibliographical list of the archival box n. 34 A-B (Histoire de la folie, préparatifs)
- analysis, index and bibliographical list of the archival box n. 35 B (Autour de l’histoire de la folie)
In particular, my monograph constitutes an original analysis of the general epistemological “style” and methodology of Foucault’s philosophical project at the moment of its inception. It blurs the boundaries between biography and theoretical research in order to retrace the transformations, the difficulties and sometimes the contradictions that characterize the intellectual trajectory of a philosopher who, as Foucault himself put it, “turned to psychology, and from psychology to history.” The book draws from my research in the Fonds Michel Foucault at the Manuscripts Department of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, as well as in various institutional and private archives in France, Germany and Switzerland.
Through a vast dissemination strategy at an international level (my publications are in several languages), my work is destined to become a global point of reference in the field of philosophy, social sciences and humanities. Moreover, my work on Foucault’s reading notes in order to make the critical edition of a manuscript, together with the acquisition of new knowledge, also impacts the methodological and epistemological reflection on the methods and strategies, which are implicit in the process of the construction of a philosophical corpus. The critical edition of Foucault’s manuscript Binswanger et l’analyse existentielle (op. cit.) is destined to be translated all over the world, and the monograph Young Foucault (op. cit.), published by the prestigious Columbia University Press, will be launched to the international market.
My intensive and systematic investigation into Foucault’s archives of the 1950s will offer new original inputs, thereby letting researchers all around the world not only to discover a new approach to Foucault’s ideas, but also to assess their impact in several philosophical topical debates on humanism, diversity, gender, and biopolitics. Potential users of the results of my project are not only established researchers, but also undergraduate and PhD students asking to consult the archive in the search for new information about Foucault’s intellectual path, as well as details and topics that can stimulate or even change the hypotheses behind their research. Drawing from this background, EDIFOU meets not only the growing demand from international researchers (esp. historians of philosophy and social scientists) of all levels for new information and knowledge about Foucault’s archive. My archival research will also be largely exploited by researchers who are currently working on editorial projects related to Foucault’s unpublished manuscripts.
Since the publication of the critical edition of Foucault’s manuscripts Binswanger et l’analyse existentielle (op. cit.), I have been contacted by a great number of international scholars.