Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Practices and Representations of the Body - 2nd semester



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas





Teacher in charge

Fernando Cascais

Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language



By the end of the course, students are expected to:
a) understand the specificity of reflection on corporeality and its capture by modern technical devices and on the configuration of the subject applied in the realm of women´s studies and gender
b) have acquired the ability to apply their knowledge about corporeality, its technological capture and resubjectivation processes to solving problems in unfamiliar situations, in expanded multidisciplinary contexts c) have acquired the ability to integrate knowledge, deal with complex issues, design solutions and utter critical judgements in situations of limited information regarding corporeality, its technological capture and to the subject reconfiguration
d) have acquired the ability to communicate their conclusions and the reasonings underlying them both to experts and non-experts in a clear and unambiguous manner
e) have acquired lifelong learning skills in a self-driven and autonomous manner.



Subject matter

1. Corporeality and subject devices configuration 1.1 The body in contemporary society
1.2 The body as a place of affection
1.3 Body and technic
2.1 The body and the civilizing process: from Sigmund Freud to Norbert Elias 2.2 The capture of the body by the device: Michel Foucault
2.3 Biopolitics: from Michel Foucault to Giorgio Agamben


Agamben, G., L’ouvert – de l’homme et de l’animal, Paris, Bibliothèque Rivages, 2002
Agamben, G., O poder soberano e a vida nua. Homo sacer, Lisboa, Editorial Presença, 1998
Crary, J. e Kwinter, S., orgs., Incorporations. New York: Zone/MIT Press, 1995
Elias, N., O processo civilizacional, I e II. Lisboa, Dom Quixote, 1989, 1990
Feher, M., org., Fragments for a History of the Human Body, New York, Zone, 1990
Foucault, M., Vigiar e punir, Petrópolis, Vozes, 1984
Foucault, M., A vontade de saber, Lisboa, Edições António Ramos, 1977
Freud, S., O mal-estar na civilização, Rio de Janeiro, Imago Editora, 2002Merleau-Ponty, M., Phénoménologie de la perception, Paris, Gallimard, 1945
Schaeffer, J.-M., La fin de l’exception humaine, Paris, Gallimard, 2007

Teaching method

Seminar. The teaching methodologies consist of theoretical lecture of the syllabus contents by means of oral and powerpint presentation (50%), and in the presentation, analysis and discussion of case studies and practical examples with audiovisual and digital support (25%) and the analysis and discussion of student´s research projects (25%).

Evaluation method

The oral presentation and discussion, in class, of the research project (25%), and the research project´s final written essay (75%) will be the object of evaluation.