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Foucault’s time in Hamburg has been commemorated with a plaque on the building he worked in.

Foucault in Hamburg plaque

It’s reproduced and discussed in this newsletter, sent to me by Melissa Pawelski. Melissa has also provided this translation of the plaque and the comment, which I share here with her permission.

As Director of the Institut Français lived and worked in this building from October 1959 until September 1960 the French philosopher
Michel Foucault
He organised for the Institute a wide-ranging cultural programme with lectures, film, theatre and music nights, readings and official receptions. Foucault brought “L’école des veuves” by Jean Cocteau to the stage, received amongst others Roland Barthes and Alain Robbe-Grillet as his guests. His courses for the University of Hamburg took place in this building too. Foucault also started his explorations of the city and his wanderings through the (gay) district of St. Pauli. He finished the manuscript…

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