Clare O’Farrell, Tool-boxes and rolling marbles: The far-flung applications of Michel Foucault’s work (2016)
Date: Tuesday, 30th August 2016, 11:30am-1:00pm
A Block, Level 3, Conference Room 330
QUT, Kelvin Grove Campus
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Entry is free but please register with Eventbrite by Monday, 29th August 5:00pm
This paper was originally delivered as a keynote presentation to the Foucault @ 90 conference at Ayr in Scotland in June 2016.
Foucault famously said he was writing for users, not readers. He wanted his books to function as tooI-boxes to be deployed in the most applied of areas – he specifically names educators, magistrates, wardens, and conscientious objectors for instance. He also imagined his books as ‘rolling marbles’ that could be picked up and then sent elsewhere. Some 40 years after Foucault expressed these sentiments about his work, he has become the most cited theorist in the social sciences…