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The seventeenth annual meeting of the Foucault Circle

Los Angeles, California
March 23-25, 2017
(hosted by Loyola Marymount University)

We invite individual papers on any aspect of Foucault’s work. Studies, critiques, and applications of Foucauldian thinking are all welcome. We will aim for a diversity of topics and perspectives.

Abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review, and are to be submitted to the program committee chair, Nicole Ridgway, by email (ridgwayn@uwm.edu) on/before Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Please indicate “Foucault Circle submission” in the subject heading, and include the abstract as a “.docx” attachment.
Individual paper submissions require an abstract of no more than 750 words.
Program decisions will be announced in December.

Each speaker will have approximately 35 minutes for paper presentation and discussion combined—papers should be a maximum of 3000 words (15-20 minutes reading time). In addition to paper sessions, the conference will also feature a screening and discussion of Sur les toits, a documentary film on the 1970s prison revolts in France. This session will be open to all participants.

Logistical information about lodging, transportation, and other arrangements will be available after the program has been announced.

For more information about the Foucault Circle, please see our website:

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International Conference


Ethical and political questions in the late Foucault

IFILNOVA / EPLab, Lisbon, 6th-7th March 2017


Marta Faustino, Gianfranco Ferraro, Luís de Sousa

The Laboratory of Ethics and Political Philosophy of IFILNOVA invites submissions for its international conference “Government of Self, Government of Others. Ethical and Political Questions in the Late Foucault”, to be held at the New University of Lisbon, on the 6th-7th of March, 2017.

Michel Foucault’s last lecture series at Collège de France constitute a unity that testifies a shift in his thought. This shift deepens and expands the course of his preceding works concerning the genealogy of subjectivity, while, at the same time, adding to it a significant ethical and political dimension. Foucault returns to the practices of the self in antiquity and looks at the birth of the techniques of truth that allow us to understand how the Western subject has developed from the creation of particular relationships with its own body and other subjectivities. At the same time, these courses put in evidence the relationship between truth and power which lies at the core of Western forms of power and even Western democracy, thus inciting us to question our current political environment and face some political challenges of our time. Finally, Foucault’s concern in these last years with the technologies of ethical self-formation through what he calls “care of the self” sheds new light on his philosophical endeavor as a whole and situates his reflections at the center of contemporaneous moral debates.

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of The Hermeneutics of the Subject (1981-1982) and celebrating the conclusion of the publication of all the lecture courses from the 1980s – from On the Government of the Living (1979-1980) to The Courage of Truth (1984) -, this conference aims to (re)launch the critical debate on the last stage of Foucault’s thought, evaluating in what way and to which extent the perspectives that Foucault offers in this period might help us to unravel modernity and also give us tools to ethically and politically understand and transform our present.

We accept proposals on any of Foucault’s lecture courses from the 1980s or any interrelated aspect of the last period of his thought. The dialogue with other authors from the philosophical, sociological or political tradition is strongly encouraged. Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Genealogy of subjectivity
  • Hermeneutics and truth
  • Care of the self and aesthetics of existence
  • Governmentality
  • Technologies of power and subjectivation
  • Will to truth and parrhesia
  • Knowledge and identity
  • Ethics and practices of freedom
  • Asceticism and philosophy
  • Foucault’s actuality

We welcome submissions from doctoral students, early career researchers or established academics. Paper proposals of 300 to 500 words, accompanied by a short biography (150 words), should be submitted (in either English, French or Portuguese) to ciclo.foucault@gmail.com by the 30th of November of 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be given by the 15th of December of 2016.

For further information, please contact ciclo.foucault@gmail.com.

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The 2016 conference of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) will take place at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus, December 7-9 2016.

The ASCP aims to provide a broad intellectual forum for academics and postgraduates working in the European philosophical tradition. Its annual conference is the largest event devoted to European philosophy in Australasia.

The conference will feature a number of curated streams, including ‘Philosophies of Self-Formation’, ‘Continental Philosophy and Other Traditions’, ‘Phenomenologies of Oppression’, ‘Law and Continental Philosophy’, ‘Philosophy and Creative Practice’ and ‘Politics and Technology’.

Inquiries can be addressed to s.bowden@deakin.edu.au. Please use ‘ASCP2016’ in the subject line.

The keynote speakers are Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern), John Lippitt (Hertfordshire), Anne Sauvagnargues (Paris Ouest) and John Sellars (King’s College London).


1. Philosophies of Self-Formation – curated by Matthew Sharpe (matthew.sharpe@deakin.edu.au)

The later work of Michel Foucault announced a turn towards classical philosophical conceptions of self-formation. Alongside work by Dumanski, Sellars, Voelke and others influenced by Pierre and Ilsetraut Hadot, Foucault’s later works point to an alternative understanding of the history of philosophy, paying renewed attention to the Hellenistic, Roman and early modern periods downplayed or overlooked in many 19th and 20th century histories. This stream will involve papers examining the history of the metaphilosophical conceptions of philosophy as a way of life, or as therapeutic, or as interested in paideia or self-formation, which reached its peaks during these periods. Papers are invited on the Stoics, Epicureans, Cicero, the sceptics, Petrarch and the renaissance philosophers, Montaigne and the new Pyrrhonists, the founders of the modern scientific project(s), the philosophes, Spinoza, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche … or other figures speaking to this theme.

6. Law and Philosophy – curated by John Morss and Luca Siliquini-Cinelli (john.morss@deakin.edu.au, l.siliquinicinelli@deakin.edu.au)

What is sovereignty? What is a legal right or a legal obligation? What is a nation? What, if anything, is a human right, the Rule of Law, Global Justice? Can law recognise the plural: can a legal cosmopolitanism transcend identity politics? In addressing such questions contemporary legal philosophy and jurisprudence are dominated by English-speaking, Anglo-American traditions in philosophy. Analytic traditions of a conservative stripe, themselves a narrow representation of English-speaking philosophical discourse, exert near-exclusive control on jurisprudential debate. Cultural hegemony is one reason for this but the lack of engagement between legal theorists and Continental philosophies is another. This stream hopes to address this gap by foregrounding the contributions and challenges to legal theory that are presented by writers such as Agamben, Arendt, Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Ranciere, Zizek. In terms of non-Anglo jurisprudence, while already well mined, the writings of Schmitt and of Kelsen may yet have more to yield to these debates. Philosophy of law is too important to ignore the wide variety of perspectives offered by Continental thought.

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Michel Foucault: Discourse Theory and the Archive
Convention Center at the Historical Observatory; Geismar Landstraße 11, 37083 Göttingen
16 July 2016

See also this link.

This year marks not only Michel Foucault’s 90th birthday, but also the 50th anniversary of the publication of his seminal book Les Mots et les Choses, which made Foucault a prominent intellectual figure throughout Europe. We would like to commemorate this double anniversary with a one-day symposium organised by the Department of British Literature and Culture at Göttingen University in cooperation with the Göttingen Center for Gender studies and the Center for Theory of Culture and Society.

While Foucault has introduced many persistent concepts to the fields of critical, cultural, and literary theory, one that has increasingly attracted attention during the past ten to fifteen years is the archive.

Foucault himself employs the term ‘archive’ ambiguously (cf. Eliassen). Depending on context, the archive signifies
a) an analytical and systematic concept in Foucault’s historical epistemology as put forward in The Archaeology of Knowledge;
b) a historically embedded institution that registers, stores, processes, and provides data about populations and nations; and, last but not least,
c) a singular space that can be experienced aesthetically and that therefore belongs to a group of socially and historically constructed spaces that Foucault referred to elsewhere as ‘heterotopias’.

As concept, ‘the archive’ thus finds itself at the centre of several current academic debates and concerns. What is more, ‘the archive’ can often be seen as a driving force behind recent transformations of the fields of literary and cultural studies, heralding important turns such as the material, the spatial, or the medial turn.

9:00 Registration

9:15-9:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks:
Ralf Haekel, Johannes Schlegel & Julia Kroll

9:30-10:30 Keynote: Prof Dr Gerold Sedlmayr (TU Dortmund)
“The Value of Value, or: The (Un-)Thinkability of a Postcapitalist Order of Things”

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Panel I: Transforming the Archive: Feminism and Queer Studies
– Thinking sexual archives with Michel Foucault (Cornelia Möser)
– Queering the archive – The Lesbian archives of Cheryl Dunye’s „The Watermelon Woman“ and „The Owls“ (Nadine Dannenberg)
– Affect in the archive? Literary practices in the context of the Neue Frauenbewegung (Matthias Lüthjohann)

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:00 Panel II: Reading History through the Foucauldian Archive
– Contradiction and the archive (Martin Mauersberg)
– The Archive as Chronotopos. On Foucault’s understanding of the Archive as a Symbol of Modernity (Sina Steglich)

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-17:00 Panel III: Contemporary Practices of the Archive in Context
– Archiving Folk Culture: The Emergence of Folklore Studies and the control of ethnic discourses (Johannes Müske)
– Literature in Other Spaces. Understanding Literary Museum Exhibitions Through Michel Foucault’s Concept of Heterotopia (Sebastian Böck)
– Foucault, archival science and the changing practice of the archivist (Knut Langewand)

17:00-18:00 Panel IV: Foucault and the Digital Age
– Foucault’s “film archive” and its inventory (Ulrike Allouche)
– Excavating Media (Jermain Heidelberg)

Venue: Convention Center at the Historical Observatory; Geismar Landstraße 11, 37083 Göttingen
Convenors: Ralf Haekel, Johannes Schlegel & Julia Kroll

Attendance is free of charge. However, we would kindly like to ask you to register via email!

Johannes Schlegel

Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3
37073 Göttingen


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[Editor] A note to say how much I enjoyed attending the Foucault @ 90 conference in Ayr in Scotland over the last two days and listening to all the interesting work being done. Thank you to Professor Donald Gillies and to Caroline Sisi for all their hard work organising the conference.

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2016 Program

The 16th annual meetings of the

Foucault Circle

June 29-July 2, 2016 

University of New South Wales

Sydney, Australia

Program Overview


Wednesday, June 29

10:00-10:40     Morning Tea and Registration

10:40-12:00     SESSION #1 (2 papers)

12:00-13:30     Lunch

13:30-15:30     SESSION #2 (3 papers)

15:30-16:00     Afternoon Tea

16:00-17:20     SESSION #3 (2 papers)

17:30-              Drinks reception


Thursday, June 30

08:30-09:50     SESSION #4 (2 papers)

09:50-10:20     Morning Tea

10:20-12:00     ROUNDTABLE #1

12:00-13:30     Lunch

13:30-15:30     SESSION #5 (3 papers)

15:30-15:45     Afternoon Tea

15:45-17:05     SESSION #6 (2 papers)

17:15-18:00     BUSINESS MEETING

Evening           Local dinner
Friday, July 1

08:30-09:50     SESSION #7 (2 papers)

9:50-10.20:      Morning Tea

10:20-12:00     ROUNDTABLE #2

12:00-13:30     Lunch

13:30-15:30     SESSION #8 (3 papers)

15:30-16:00     Afternoon Tea

16:00-18:00     WORKSHOP/SEMINAR

Evening           Local dinner


Saturday, July 2

09:00-10:20     SESSION #9 (2 papers)

10:30-12:30     SESSION #10 (3 papers)


All sessions in Lecture Room G02 in the Law School Building.


Registration is on-site only.  On the first morning, registration will be open in the foyer of the Ground Floor of the Law Building, adjacent to Room G02. 

Registration Fee: $30.00 AUD (cash only), payable on the morning of the first day.


This schedule allows 40 minutes total per paper, inclusive of reading and discussion.

It is expected that roundtable participants’ opening remarks will be brief (5-8 min.).

Program Detail


Wednesday, June 29


10:00-10:40          Registration and Morning Tea



Moderated by Ben Golder (University of New South Wales, Australia)


Benjamin Kunkler (University of Melbourne, Australia)

The Archaeology of Anatomical Knowledge


Matthew Chrulew (Curtin University, Australia)

Abnormal Animals: The Problematisation of Captivity in Hediger and Meyer-Holzapfel


12:00-13:30          Lunch



Moderated by Daniel McLoughlin (University of New South Wales, Australia)


Miguel Vatter (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Foucault and Strauss on Socratic Natural Right


Özge Yalta Yandaş, (Independent Researcher, Turkey)

Constructing a Neoliberal Art of Government: Urban Regeneration Processes of Istanbul in 2000s


Terry Flew (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

Weberian Themes in Michel Foucault’s The Birth of Biopolitics lectures


15:30-16:00          Afternoon Tea



Moderated by Paul Patton (University of New South Wales, Australia)


Vanessa Lemm (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Agamben as a Reader of Foucault


Daniel McLoughlin (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Killing in the Name of Life: Foucault and Agamben on Nazism and Biopolitical Sovereignty


17:30-         Drinks Reception




                   Thursday, June 30



Moderated by Ben Golder (University of New South Wales, Australia)


Sharon Alexander (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)

What does Theorising with Foucault Contribute to Social Worker’s Understanding of Perinatal Mental Health?


Uschi Bay (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)

Working with Foucault’s theorising to elaborate on reflexivity in social work practice



Moderated by Mark G E Kelly (Western Sydney University, Australia)

Organized by Paul Patton

Ben Golder (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Paul Patton (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Miguel Vatter (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Terry Flew (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)


12:00-13:30          Lunch



Moderated by Miguel Vatter (University of New South Wales, Australia)


Michael Ure (Monash University, Australia)

Foucault and Nietzsche: Two Philosophical Physicians?


Federico Testa (Monash University, Australia)

Is There a Politics of the Care of the Self in Michel Foucault?


Charles Barbour (Western Sydney University, Australia)

Dismantling the City State: Foucault, Classicism, and Politics in the Ancient World



Moderated by Lynne Huffer (Emory, USA)


Farzaneh Haghighi (University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Eventualisation: Multiplying the faces of a polyhedron


Elliot Patsoura (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

Buggering the Fold: Deleuze reads The Order of Things


17:15-18:00    BUSINESS MEETING


                   Friday, July 1



Moderated by Ben Golder (University of New South Wales, Australia)


Chari Larsson (University of Queensland, Australia)

The Archaeological Art Historian: Didi-Huberman’s Epistemological Debt


Katherine Filbert (Villanova University, USA)

De-Spatializing Critical Agency: Freedom without Autonomy in Foucault and Benjamin



Moderated by Charles Barbour (Western Sydney University, Australia)

Organized by Michael Ure (Monash University, Australia)

Michael Ure (Monash University, Australia)

Irene Dal Poz (Monash University, Australia)

Sam O’Brien (Monash University, Australia)

Federico Testa (Monash University, Australia)


12:00-13:30          Lunch


13:30-15:30          SESSION #8: INJUSTICE IN THE STREETS

Moderated by Michael Cowen (Alliance Manchester Business School, UAE)


Sylvain Lafleur (Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada)

Foucault’s justice fonctionnelle and its relationship to legislators and popular illegalism


Joanna Crosby (Morgan State University, USA)

The 2015 Baltimore Protests: A Neoliberal Love Child


Falguni A. Sheth (Emory University, USA)

State Racism, Biopower, and the Mass Migration Problem


16:00-18:00 WORKSHOP ON FOUCAULT AND THE ANTHROPOCENE: reading a new translation of “The Situation of Cuvier in the History of Biology” (DE#077, 1970)

Group discussion facilitated by Lynne Huffer (Emory University, USA)

                        An English translation of this text will be distributed by PDF in early June.



                   Saturday, July 2


09:00-10:20          SESSION #9: HETEROTOPIAS

Moderated by Steven Ogden (Charles Sturt University, Australia)


Margaret A. McLaren (Rollins College, USA)

Harems (Brothels) and Hammams as Heterotopias


Charles Villet (Monash South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Oscar Pistorius and the white heterotopia: The suburban laager in post-Apartheid South Africa


10:30-12:30          SESSION #10: POLITICS OF THE NORMATIVE

Moderated by Ben Golder (University of New South Wales, Australia)


Erik Zimmerman (The New School for Social Research, USA)

Resistance and Rupture: Foucault and the Cynicism of Otherness


Mark G E Kelly (Western Sydney University, Australia)

A Sketch for a Genealogy of Normativity


Dianna Taylor (John Carroll University, USA)

The Self-relation, Anti-normalization, and Prospects for Enduring Peace: The Case of Northern Ireland


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