As I started working through the Gieryn piece that we’re reading for Monday, exploring the clear boundaries that we sometimes try to draw between “science” and other things, it made me think of this delightful radio segment that Foucault did in 1966, and since we’ll be reading Foucault in the not-so-distant future, I thought I would share. It’s sort of a pseudo-spiritual take on divisions in society, and the counter-spaces that blur the lines. He calls for a science that can access these spaces. I’ve thought of it a lot in terms of Foucauldian limit experiences, and Foucault’s [not excellent] understanding of alchemy, and alchemy as a model for a kind of “heterotopic” scientific practice, but I also think that it’s just a generally interesting bit.
I don’t know of an English translation, but if you have some French, I recommend tuning in on the walk to school or something! He speaks surprisingly clearly.