Reading group on Birth of Biopolitics

A reading group has been convened at QUT, Australia to study the Birth of Biopolitics lectures:

In light of considerable interest in the term “neo-liberalism”, its historical origins, and its uses and misuses – including its use by Australian Prime Minster Kevin Rudd – we have decided to get together an informal working group to discuss how the term was developed by the French philosopher Michel Foucault.

Foucault’s lectures at the College de France in 1978-79 have only now been translated and published. In these lectures he traces a history of liberalism as an “art of government”, and its relationship to political economy and to government policy.

The convener is Terry Flew, who will offer summaries of the lectures. He has already posted his first one. Worth following I would think.


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