Foucault News

News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
I had a good two-week visit to Paris, where I worked at both the Mitterand and Richelieu sites of the Bibliothèque nationale, the Collège de France and the École normale supérieure. It was something of a transitional trip, doing a little with some loose ends on the Foucault work, an article, the Mitra-Varuna editing,…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
At Berfrois, I review Paul Allen Miller’s recent book Foucault’s Seminars on Antiquity: Learning to Speak the Truth … As Foucault tells the story, he turned to pagan antiquity because he needed to break from the secondary accounts he had initially relied upon. Foucault scholarship has long grappled with the…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
On Wednesday afternoon, I submitted the final, revised manuscript of?The Archaeology of Foucault?to Polity. I’d submitted the manuscript for review in February during Warwick’s reading week, and had two very positive and useful reports back at the end of March. The final revisions were completed this week, and the book…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
Elisabetta Basso,?Young Foucault:?The Lille Manuscripts on Psychopathology, Phenomenology, and Anthropology, 1952–1955?- Columbia University Press, September 2022, translated by Marie Satya McDonough, foreword by Bernard E. Harcourt In the 1950s, long before his ascent to international renown, Michel Foucault published a scant few works. His early writings on psychology, psychopathology, and…

Flavin, M. Wikipedia = Heterotopia (2022) New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia DOI: 10.1080/13614568.2022.2047800 Abstract This paper analyses the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia using Michel Foucault’s (1926–1984) concept of heterotopia. In Foucault’s writings, heterotopias are both similar to and distinct from the conditions that give rise to them. The paper undertakes a case study of one …

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Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
Although I’ve been teaching this term, I have also been working hard on the manuscript of The Archaeology of Foucault, in particular completing one chapter for which I had some draft material before. It’s the first chapter of the book, on madness and medicine, but I’ve ended up finishing it…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
The Early Foucault is discussed at the New Books in Critical Theory podcast with Dave O’Brien What were the key ideas and influences on Michel Foucault’s early career? In The Early Foucault (Polity Press, 2021), Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick and author of the Progressive Geographies blog, charts Foucault’s…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
Between 1967 and 1968. Louis Althusser and some of his students delivered a course at the ENS pitched as philosophy for scientists or non-philosophers. Some parts of the course have been published, including Alain Badiou’s Le concept du modèle in 1969 and Michel Fichant and Michel Pécheux, Sur L’histoire des…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
My optimistic idea of having a complete, even if very rough, draft of The Archaeology of Foucault before Christmas didn’t happen. I’d liked the idea of having a complete text, which I could then print and leave for a while when on holiday, and return to edit before term started…