Category Archives: Foucault: The Birth of Power

Foucault’s Inaugural lecture at the Collège de France, L’ordre du discours – comparison of the two different versions

Foucault’s Inaugural lecture at the Collège de France was delivered on 2 December 1970, one week before the beginning of his first course, published as Leçons sur la volonté de savoir and translated as Lectures on the Will to Know. The … Continue reading

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British Academy/Leverhulme grant for archival work on the early Foucault

I’m very pleased to say that I’ve been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme small grant for a project entitled ‘The Early Foucault: Retracing Intellectual History through Archival Sources’. As regular readers of the blog will know, I’ve been working on the first … Continue reading

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The Early Foucault Update 22: Acéphale, Critique, Foucault’s thesis, Uppsala, Sussex

In the second half of term I felt I made little progress, but have done a little reading and research in and around teaching, marking, meetings and other tasks. I did write the Introduction to a translation, which should be … Continue reading

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‘Émergence des equipment collectifs’ – a previously unpublished 1974 essay by Foucault, published online with introduction by Philippe Chevallier

An unpublished piece by Foucault from 1974, “Émergence des equipment collectifs“, has recently been discovered and published online by Ici et Ailleurs, with an Introduction by Philippe Chevallier. Philippe kindly sent me the essay a few days before publication, as … Continue reading

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‘Foucault before The History of Madness’, Sussex, 7 December 2018

I’ll be speaking at the University of Sussex on 7 December 2018 on ‘Foucault before The History of Madness – Lectures, Translations, Nietzsche’. The talk draws on the research i’ve been doing for The Early Foucault. The ‘translations’ are ones made by Foucault … Continue reading

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Michel Foucault, Penal Theories and Institutions – Palgrave, November 2018

Michel Foucault, Penal Theories and Institutions: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1971-1972 – Palgrave, November 2018 “What characterizes the act of justice is not resort to a court and to judges; it is not the intervention of magistrates (even if they … Continue reading

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Mattias Leanza review of Foucault’s Last Decade in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (requires subscription)

Mattias Leanza reviews Foucault’s Last Decade (Polity, 2016) in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (requires subscription). It’s a generous and positive review which ‘highly recommends’ the book. All the reviews of this book, and of Foucault: The Birth of Power (Polity … Continue reading

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Recent reviews of my Foucault books – Mike Gane, JM Moore and Nancy Luxon

Foucault: The Birth of Power is reviewed by Nancy Luxon in Perspectives in Politics, and by JM Moore in Justice, Power and Resistance. That book, and Foucault’s Last Decade are also discussed in a review essay by Mike Gane in … Continue reading

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Foucault: The Birth of Power reviewed by Audrey Borowski in Politics, Religion & Ideology

My 2017 book Foucault: The Birth of Power is generously reviewed by Audrey Borowski in Politics, Religion & Ideology (requires subscription). Links to other reviews and discussions of this book, and its companion Foucault’s Last Decade are archived here.  

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Foucault’s visit to Attica prison in 1972

In April 1972, during a visit to SUNY Buffalo, Foucault visited Attica prison. This was only one year after the uprising and its brutal suppression. John K. Simon, chair of the Buffalo French department, interviewed him about what he saw. … Continue reading

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