Lauri Siisiäinen

I am an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy (University of Jyväskylä). From Autumn 2014 onwards, I will be working as a University Researcher. My background is in Political Science, or more specifically, in Political Theory. My longstanding interests in research and teaching are located in the area of continental political thinking, comprising a variety of thinkers and a fairly broad historical span (from ancient to contemporary).

During my academic career, I have worked as a research assistant, a doctoral student and then as a postdoc. For many years, I was a member of the Finnish Center of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change. I also consider the longer research periods I have spent in Paris as being important for the development of my research.

Research Projects

In my research, I have attempted to elaborate a novel theoretical/methodological approach to analyzing the relationship between arts, aesthetics, music, and politics, through a rereading of Michel Foucault’s work. I have also carried out research related to political theology, biopolitics and the theory and conceptual history of citizenship, participation, and engagement. My aim was to discover connections between political thought and political practice that also have topical significance. In the ‘Superdemocracy’ project, I would embark on exploring the intersections between political/social theories and current governmental policies of engagement.

Human Interest

Drawing the line between academic work and spare time (or work-related and other sort of ‘human interests’) is often anything but simple. I do have a couple of fields in life, where I would identify myself as an amateur (nonprofessional and rather ardent), although my interest in these has undoubtedly left its mark on my work as well. I have always been an enthusiast for music and played instruments (violin and keyboards) more or less seriously. On the whole, I would characterize my taste in music as being fairly eclectic and picky, ranging from Bach to indie rock/pop. Besides, I am keen on all things related to food. If I had to name my favorite cuisine, these would include the many regional cuisines of France as well as the Lebanese.

Selected Publications

  • "Foucault, Pastoral Power, and Optics." Critical Research on Religion (Forthcoming).
  • ”The Shepherd Meets the Divine Economy: Foucault, Agamben, and the Christian Genealogy of Governance,” Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (forthcoming in 2014).
  • “Critical Inquiry and/or Art of Critique: Koopman’s Genealogy as Critique,” Theory & Event, Issue 17.1. 2014.
  • Foucault and the Politics of Hearing. Abingdon/New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • “Confession, Voice and the Sensualization of Power: The Significance of Michel Foucault’s 1962 Encounter with Jean-Jacques Rousseau,” Foucault Studies 14/2012: 138-153.
  • “The Singing Sovereign and the Noisy Crowd: the Politics of Voice in Michel Foucault’s Final Collège de France- Lectures,” in Redescriptions. Yearbook of Political Thought, Conceptual Change and Feminist Theory Vol 14 /2010: 31-55.
  • Foucault’s Voices: toward the Political Genealogy of the Auditory-Sonorous (Doctoral thesis), Jyväskylä Studies in Education, Psychology and Social Research 384, Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä, 2010.
  • “From the Empire of the Gaze to Noisy Bodies: Foucault, Audition and Medical Power,” Theory & Event 11:1/2008, http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_and_event/.
  • “Terrorized by Sound?—Foucault on Terror, Resistance and Sonorous Art,” in Terror and the Arts: Artistic, Literary, and Political Interpretations of Violence from Dostoyevsky to Abu Ghraib, eds. Matti Hyvärinen and Lisa Muszynski, pp. 225-241, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
  • “Signs and Spaces of Power in Italo Calvino’s ʻA King Listensʼ,” in Global Signs: Proceedings of the 2003-2006 Summer Congresses of the International Semiotics Institute, ed. Eero Tarasti, pp. 528-536, Helsinki: Acta semiotica fennica, 2008.
  • “Homo Oeconomicus and the Threat of Noise: Kafka’s ‘The Burrow’ and the Liberalist Politics of the Sensorium,”  (http://www.biopolitica.cl/pags/nuestra_red.html), 2008.