Conferences and Lectures


Friday, October 18, 2013
Seminar: Actualités Foucault
University Paris-Est Creteil, Paris, France
The theme of the meeting will be “Parrhesia: Ancient Roots and Current Issues.” Speakers: Stefania Ferrando, Henri-Paul Valéry, and Laurand Fruchaud.


March 31- April 1, 2012
The Foucault Circle: Annual Meeting
Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
The Foucault Circle is a regular gathering of scholars and educators who share a commitment to the critical evaluation, development, and use of the thought and work of Michel Foucault (French philosopher, historian, and activist, 1926-1984). The conference is an annual event where an international group of scholars come together in a collegial and relaxed atmosphere to exchange ideas and projects while encouraging the creative appropriation of Foucauldian themes and ideas.  The Foucault Circle values the intense, concentrated exchanges that develop within the context of a small conference. For this reason, there are no concurrent sessions. Observers are welcome.
Registration: Please RSVP via email to (subject line: Foucault Circle).  Registration will be on site with a sliding fee.
More information:

Friday, January 13, 2012
Foucault and the Courage of Truth: A Roundtable
Goldsmiths, University of London (UK)

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Education Building, Room 109
Professor Arnold I. Davidson (University of Chicago) is joined by
Judith Revel (Université Paris 1 Pathéon-Sorbonne)
Miguel De Beistegui (University of Warwick)
Orazio Irrera (Université Paris 7-Denis Diderot)
in a roundtable discussion on Michel Foucault, with special reference to The Courage of Truth, the last course of lectures Foucault delivered at the Collège de France in 1984.
This event if free and open to all, but places are limited, so to be sure of attending, please email
Organised by the Department of Politics at Goldsmiths and by mf / materiali foucaultiani.


December 12-14, 2011
II Colóquio Nacional Michel Foucault: o governo da infância
Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil
In this Colloquium II , the proposal is to reflect on childhood and different ways of conceiving of it in our society. The aim is to focus on knowledge and practices on children, asking it as something that is invented, as a historical building in its various forms.
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onference announcement:
Conference program:

 The Foucault Effect: 1991-2011
June 2011
A Conference at Birkbeck, University of London
Published seven years after Michel Foucault’s death, The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality provided access to a little known and major new area of his later research, accompanied and illustrated by a rich collection of complementary studies by his co-researchers. The volume has served over the past 20 years as an influential and widely cited source, stimulating new work in many fields. In the past decade its effects have been accompanied by the acclaimed, ongoing publication of Foucault’s lectures, including the full original sources of The Foucault Effect. Foucault’s work on governmentality is now recognised as one of the important developments in later twentieth-century reflection on the political, whose implications may not yet have been fully registered.
This event brings together the editors and several contributors to The Foucault Effect, along with leading international scholars who have taken up and explored its themes in several interconnected areas, engaging with the history and issues of a changing present. Among them are editors of two important new publications: Lectures on The Will to Know (Foucault’s first College de France lecture series, edited by Daniel Defert) and Mal Faire, Dire Vrai (his 1981 Louvain lectures on confession, criminology and social defence, edited by Fabienne Brion and Bernard Harcourt, to be published in French by Louvain University Press and in English by Chicago University Press). Both of these new publications are likely to modify our understanding of Foucault’s enterprise and of its relevance to our time.
Participants: Fabienne Brion, Graham Burchell, Daniel Defert, Peter Fitzpatrick, Ben Golder, Colin Gordon,  Patrick Hanafin, Bernard Harcourt, Peter Miller, Carolina Olarte, Giovanna Procacci, Paul Patton, Jonathan Simon.
Conference Schedule:  click here to see provisional program and more information.
Venue: Clore Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck.
Registration:  The event is free. However, to reserve a place please contact Valerie Kelley (


Monday, May 23, 2011, 5-8 pm (Paris)
MF-materialifoucaultiani invites you to a roundtable on Michel Foucault’s Leçons sur la volonté de savoir. Cours au Collège de France (1970-1971) (Seuil/Gallimard, Paris 2011).
Introduced by Daniel Defert and moderated by Arnold I. Davidson, with Jean-François Braunstein, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, and Judith Revel.
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Salle Cavaillès  (1er étage, esc. C)
17, rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris.
For more information visit


Wednesday, March 23,  2011
University of Alberta Philosophy Colloquium (with Depts. of Sociology and Political Science)
Sam Binkley (Emerson College)
“Psychological Life as Enterprise: Neoliberal Transformations in the Government of Interiority”
3:30pm, H. M. Tory Building 5-15.  For details, click here.


March 25-27, 2011
The Foucault Circle Annual Conference
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Hosted by the University of Alberta, Edmonton.
For more details or to view the conference program, go to:


February 4, 2011
Colin Koopman Colloquium
Northwestern University Department of Philosophy
 Spring 2011 Colloquium Series
Colin Koopman – University of Oregon, Continental Philosophy:
“Putting Foucault to Work: Method and Concept in Philosophical Inquiry”


December 2, 2010
Kingston University, London, UK
The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) presents
The Government of Self and Others: On Foucault’s Lectures at the
Collège de France, 1982/3

John Marks, Miguel de Beistegui, Johanna Oksala, Mathieu Potte Bonevil
This event was recorded and is available as a podcast at the following URL:

Thursday November 11
Northwestern University Department of Philosophy Fall 2010 Colloquium Series:|
LYNNE HUFFEREmory University
Why Is Sexuality a Moral Experience? Rethinking Foucault’s History of Madness
Lynne Huffer is Professor of Women’s Studies at Emory University. She is the author of “Mad for Foucault” (2009); “Maternal Pasts, Feminist Futures” (1998); and “Another Colette” (1992), as well as numerous articles on feminist theory, queer theory, and ethics.  She is currently completing a book on the ethics of sex.
6:30 – 8:30 pm – University Hall 122
A reception in Kresge Hall 2-345 will follow the talk


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