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Foucault Society Seminar: The Birth of Biopolitics

The Foucault Society, New York City

Seminar Series:  Michel Foucault’s The Birth of Biopolitics

We are pleased to announce the Winter/Spring 2009 schedule for the Foucault Society’s Seminar Series on Michel Foucault’s The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the College de France, 1978-1979 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).  Our year-long public seminar pursues Foucault’s questions:  What is at stake in liberalism?  How do liberal governments produce governable subjects—individuals who consent to be governed?  We situate the lectures in the context of Foucault’s better known work (e.g. Discipline and Punish and History of Sexuality), discuss what he means by biopolitics, consider how the lectures develop his theory of power/knowledge, and debate how this text can help us to refine our understanding of Foucault’s intellectual and political project. 


This program is funded by a mini-grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.



All meetings will be held from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Macaulay Honors College —CUNY, 35 West 67th Street , New York , NY 10023 .


Proceedings to be published in Foucault Studies


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Registration fee:  $12/meeting (full series: $50).  Student/senior discount: $8/meeting (full series:  $35).  No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. 



To register, for more information, or to purchase the book at our special discounted rate, please contact the Seminar Organizers:  Shifra Diamond or Michael Jolley:  



About the Foucault Society:

The Foucault Society is an independent, non-profit educational organization offering a variety of forums dedicated to critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984) within a contemporary context.  The Foucault Society is a 501 (c) (3) recognized public charity.  As such donations are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.


Shifra Diamond
Ph.D. Candidate
Human Sciences: Program in Language, Culture & Society
George Washington University
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