Go to school with Foucault

Foucault Spring School. March 17-21 2008 Leuven:

 

Mission
The work of Michel Foucault has gained an increasing popularity in a number of sub-disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities in general. Despite its popularity, a profound knowledge of this work often remains a weakness of many researches who focus mainly on the empirical application of this theory. To counter this issue, the Foucault Graduate School aims at creating a space which allows for an in-depth reading and discussion of a number of key texts of Michel Foucault. To accommodate this process, three leading Foucault-scholars will give a public lecture and a Master class.

 

Aim

The work of Michel Foucault has gained an increasing popularity in a number of sub-disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities in general. Despite its popularity, a profound knowledge of this work often remains a weakness of many researches who focus mainly on the empirical application of this theory. To counter this issue, the Foucault Graduate School aims at creating a space which allows for an in-depth reading and discussion of a number of key texts of Michel Foucault. To accommodate this process, three leading Foucault-scholars will give a public lecture and a Master class.

Concept

The Foucault Spring School will be spread over four days.

  • Introductory class: an introductory class will be given on the first day to situate Foucault’s work intellectually and philosophically.
  • Public lecture: Foucault-experts will give a public lecture on a central theme in the work of Foucault. The participants will take this lecture as a basis for the further reading and discussion of the Foucault texts.
  • Collective reading/discussion: the morning after each public lecture, participants will meet in small groups to discuss the lecture, keeping closely in touch with Foucault’s original texts. This reading session will also serve as a preparation for the Master class with the speakers.
  • Master class: the participants will reconvene with the Foucault-expert for further elaboration on certain aspects of the lecture. The purpose of this Master class is to identify some interesting or problematic aspects in the work of Foucault (or the public lecture of the speaker) and to discuss these collectively. Participants are also encouraged to draw on their own research to participate in the discussion.

Central themes: the three central themes and key note speakers are:

  1. Agency/subjectivity: Prof. Lois McNay
  2. Governmentality: Prof. Thomas Lemke
  3. Discourse/knowledge: (to be confirmed)

To allow for collective in-depth study, participants will be asked to read a number of texts prior to the Foucault Spring School.

Participants

The Spring School aims at gathering a selected group of 30 to 40 young researchers (graduate & post-doctoral) engaged with Foucauldian theory. We hope to reach both national and international students from in- and outside Europe. Participants will be selected on the basis of their research interest.

More here.

One Response

  1. Foucault Spring School at Leuven University was demanding but really enriching. The three invited speakers had quite different styles, but all of them were interesting.
    Special thanks to the organising comitee.

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