Calls for Papers

These conferences and journal issues may be of interest to people doing research on Foucault.  Readers are welcome to post additional calls for papers in the comments section below.

Current CFPs:

Michel Foucault 2014: Beyond Sexuality
Hofstra University Sixth Annual LGBT Studies Conference
Dates: March 27-28, 2014
Deadline: September 1, 2013
Keynote Speakers:  Roderick Ferguson and Ladelle McWhorter
Description:  One of the foremost and most widely read French philosophers of the 20th century, Michel Foucault is known especially for his three-volume History of Sexuality. This conference uses the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the publication of the final two volumes of that magnum opus as a jumping-off point for an evaluation of his work and the notion of a history of the present, with an eye toward the future: Where do we go from here, beyond Foucault, post-Foucault, without him?  Foucault died in the middle of a large project, the contours of which are only becoming visible to us now as his lectures are being published – a project that spun out between his critique of neoliberalism (and his own work on discipline) on the one hand and a turn to the ancient practices of the self and truth-telling on the other. How does Foucault’s project – unfinished, fragmented – look today?
Please email 500 word proposals to Steven D. Smith: by September 1, 2013.  The conference organizers are especially interested in presentations on the following topics, though submissions on a range of other topics are welcome:
–Crisis in the academy – Foucault elaborated his notion of the “specific intellectual” in response to a crisis in the university of his day: What is the role of intellectuals today amid an academy arguably in crisis?
–The turn toward Greco-Roman classics – What was Foucault’s “Greco-Roman journey” about? What has come of it – in classics, philosophy, cultural studies?
–Beyond Sexuality? Post-queer?  Identity – subjectivity – an ethics of de-subjectivation: What frameworks seem most promising for thinking sexual practices now?
–Medicine as a way that we are governed – The history of medicine, biopolitics and the future of medicine in light of Foucault’s impact.
–Telling truths and telling stories – What is the role of art and literature, new media and an aesthetics of existence in a politics of the future?
More information:


Past CFPs:

London Conference in Critical Thought: 6-7 June 2013
Royal Holloway, University of London
Deadline: March 25, 2013
The second annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) will offer a space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for scholars who work with critical traditions and concerns.  Researchers on Foucault might be especially interested in submitting proposals to the panel: Body Parts and Partial Bodies; Body Cuts and Cut Up Bodies: Lacanian and Foucaultian Approaches. For details on this panel, a complete list of panels and thematic streams, and guidelines for abstract submission:


The Foucault Circle: Twelfth Annual Meeting

March 30-April 1, 2012
Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
Papers on any aspect of Foucault’s work, and studies, critiques, and applications of Foucauldian thinking, are all welcome.  We will aim for a diversity of topics and perspectives in the program selection.  Please send a 1-2 page ABSTRACT of the paper, by e-mail to the program committee chair:  Dianna Taylor (  Please indicate “Foucault Circle submission” in the subject heading, and include the abstract as a “.doc” attachment to your message.
Abstracts due: Friday, November 19, 2011.  Program decisions will be announced in mid-December.


Radical Foucault: An International  Conference
September 8th – 9th, University of East London (Docklands Campus)
Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London
**Extended Deadline:  May  8, 2011**
Following the  superb international response to our initial call for papers, we
have decided to expand the  event into a two-day conference. This has opened up
a very limited amount of space for further contributions. Abstracts of no more
than 350 words are invited, to arrive no later than Sunday May 8, 2011.
Conference Description:
The publication of Michel Foucault’s Lectures at the Collège de France, 1983-84
in English will be complete in April 2011 and his first Collège de France
lecture course, La Volunté de Savoir will be published for the first time in
February. The Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East
London is holding a an international conference which will re-assess Foucault’s
contribution to radical thought and the application of his ideas to contemporary
politics. What does it mean to draw on Foucault as a resource for radical
politics, and how are we to understand the politics which implicitly informs his
Many commentators today would seem to claim Foucault as  the theorist of a
politics which eschews all utopian ambition in favour of a certain governmental
pragmatism, while others would claim him for a rigorous but ultimately rather
simple libertarianism: can either of these positions ever be adequate to the
radicalism of Foucault’s  analyses? Does it matter?
What is the significance of Foucault’s ideas of ‘governmentality’ and
‘biopolitics’ in understanding his later oeuvre and its implications; do either
of these terms deserve to carry the weight attributed to them by some
commentators? What is the ongoing relevance of Foucault’s account of
disciplinarity: is, it, as Lazzarato has claimed, a historical category no
longer fully applicable to contemporary forms of power?
How can Foucauldian ideas be brought bear on the analysis of austerity politics?
Is there a role for Foucault’s ideas in formulating effective resistance to the
increasing erosion of civil liberties that operates both within countries and
across state boundaries? Can the notion of bio-power account for contemporary
forms of racism? How can Foucauldian epistemology enable an understanding of the
biopolitics of contemporary scientific discourse?
Confirmed Keynotes:
Stuart Elden, Professor in the Department of Geography, Durham University.
Mark Kelly, Lecturer in Philosophy, Middlesex University.
Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
Foucauldian thought and contemporary subjectivation
Foucault and other thinkers
Governmentality and everyday life
Strategic discourses of war and terror
New technologies of the self
Foucault and new forms of resistance
Heterotopias  now and in the future
Foucault and the erosion of the state
Disciplinary society and the society of control
Foucault, British politics and the ‘big society’
Foucault, post-Fordism and post-democracy
Email abstracts to:  Jeremy Gilbert ( and Debra Benita Shaw
Registration Information:  Registration will cost £110.00 per delegate (including lunch, not including accommodation or dinner) for both days. A day-rate of 65.00 will be available,
but delegates will be strongly encouraged to attend on both days, and the organisers cannot promise to accommodate requests to present on a particular day.


f / materiali foucaultiani : volume 1, n. 2 (2011)
Races and Racisms: Foucaultian Approaches
Abstracts (500 words, in Italian, English or French) should be submitted by March 21, 2011 to:
Click here to read the complete call for papers.
Call for Papers
University of Massachusetts Boston
April 13 and 14, 2011  
Italian Social Theory: from Antonio Gramsci to Giorgio Agamben
The Social Theory Forum cordially invites the submission of papers and proposals for its 8th annual meeting, to be held April 13-14, 2011 at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The theme of the conference is:   Italian Social Theory from Antonio Gramsci to Giorgio Agamben.   We invite proposals addressing the span of modern Italian social theory, including but not limited to thinkers such as Galvano Della Volpe, Norberto Bobbio, Paolo Virno, Giovanni Arrighi, Antonio Negri, and Umberto Eco.
Relevant themes may include: hegemony, culture wars, neo-Gramscianism and international relations, globalization, shifts in global capitalism; biopolitics, homo sacer, immigration, ethnicity and the war on terror, resistance, state sovereignty and power, nationalism, propaganda and agitation, Negri’s theory of “exodus”; technology experience, social media, digital labor,  and Agamben’s “bare life.”
Conference organizers also welcome topics bearing on the relevance of Italian Social Thought for the understanding of cultural studies, semiotics, textual analysis, linguistics, structuralism, psychoanalysis, and literary criticism in contemporary scholarship and scientific research.
The conference will feature both invited and submitted papers and presentations, as well as audiovisual materials. Please send a one-page abstract or proposals as email attachment (MS Word Format) to or by January 15, 2011.
Upon selection and notification of approval by the organizing committee, submitters must send completed presentation paper manuscripts (12-15 pages, preferably in ASA format) by March 15, 2011.
We are in the process of securing a publishing venue for selected papers.
Papers will be anonymously peer-reviewed for possible publication. Details will be announced prior to the conference.
Correspondence address
Attn.: Social Theory Forum
Department of Sociology
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
Constituting the Human
Hosted by Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York
April 8-10, 2011
Seeking presentations that investigate the intricate ways in which the human has been distinguished from other forms of existence, from animal to android, and to consider the hopes and anxieties that emerge when the boundaries become blurred. Historical and interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome as are topics on materiality, kinship, sexuality, body/soul, power/knowledge, genetics, and hybridity.
Deadline for Proposals: November 30, 2010.  Please submit your proposal online to
Conference Organizers

Lee Quinby, Distinguished Lecturer, Macaulay Honors College, CUNY
Sylvia Tomasch, Professor of English, Hunter College, CUNY



1 Response to Calls for Papers

  1. Call for Papers

    American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
    2011 Annual Meeting: World Literature, Comparative Literature
    Vancouver March 31 – April 3rd, 2011

    Agamben and Foucault: Comparison, Interpretation, Contradiction

    Seminar Organizer: Jeffrey Bussolini, CUNY; Ananya Mukherjea, CUNY

    Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben enjoy a good deal of philosophical and conceptual overlap, and this is becoming more pronounced and intensified as newer works by each appear (books of Agamben and lecture courses of Foucault). Given the ongoing interpretation of Foucault by Agamben and the extensive conceptual overlap, it is becoming all the more urgent meticulously to account for the contours, similarities, and divergences in and between their bodies of work. This seminar aims to promote meticulous philological and philosophical comparison between them.

    Biopolitics is a major point of reference, and has drawn much critical and interpretive attention. Nonetheless, it is germane further to take stock of how it is figured in both of their conceptual frameworks. Closely associated, yet developed to some extent separately in the work of each, is the concept of governmentality. As the two volumes of Foucault’s Government of Self and Others have appeared in French, and the first has been released in English translation, while Agamben’s Il Regno e La Gloria has been published in Italian, there is extensive new ground for the consideration of governmentality. With Foucault’s ongoing development of the central concept of veridiction, especially in The Birth of Biopolitics and in The Government of Self and Others volumes, and Agamben’s treatment of it in Il Sacramtento del linguaggio, there is also a need for further attention to it. Not least, Agamben’s affirmation in Signatura rerum that Foucault is the primary methodological influence for him calls out for further study.

    Deadline : November 1st, 2010

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