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Brisbane Foucault Reading Group

Foucault with students at the Free University of Berlin (DR). In Michel Foucault: Une histoire de la vérité, Paris: Syros, 1985, pp. 118.

Foucault with students at the Free University of Berlin (DR).
In Michel Foucault: Une histoire de la vérité, Paris: Syros, 1985, pp. 118.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Clare O’Farrell.

Brisbane Reading group blog

Please note: This group will be running as a face to face group in Brisbane, Australia. Online attendance is not possible at this point.

Venue: Top floor of the library. Seminar room R 614
Queensland University of Technology
130 Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove
Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Map of Kelvin Grove campus.


Fridays 1-3 pm. People are welcome to join the group at any time.


15 April, 22 April, 6 May, 20 May, 3 June 2016.
Further dates to be determined.

We will be reading one or two chapters a week from the following work:

Michel Foucault, The Punitive Society: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1972-1973, Edited by Arnold I. Davidson, Trans. Graham Burchell, Palgrave Macmillan, September 2015
Table of Contents

Further reading and viewing

Seminar at Columbia University on The Punitive Society
Stuart Elden on The Punitive Society

Aims of the reading group

The work of Foucault is used widely across an enormous range of theoretical and applied disciplines. The aim of this group is to provide an informal setting to read and discuss Foucault’s work and discuss how it might be applied to other domains. The focus will be on recent publications of previously unpublished work by Foucault.

Notes to those wishing to participate

  • Academic staff, higher degree students and anyone with an interest in Foucault’s work are welcome to attend.
  • Participants will be expected to read the set material before coming to each session and also to prepare 2 or 3 discussion points.
  • In addition and optionally, participants are also invited to provide a couple of pages from a secondary reading from an applied field of their choice that relates to the Foucault texts under discussion. This material can be posted in a password protected area for other members of the group to read or skim through before each session.

History of the Reading Group

The Brisbane Foucault Reading group ran most semesters between 2000 and 2012 and is now running again.

Clare O’Farrell, who is organising this group, lectures at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Please visit her website for details on some of her publications and online activities.

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