A Short Course on Michel Foucault: Foucault for Beginners

Event Name A Short Course on Michel Foucault: Foucault for Beginners
Start Date 17th Jun 2014 2:00pm
End Date 17th Jun 2014 5:00pm
Duration 3 hours

Open to all, however places are limited. Please register on the Eventbrite page to attend.

Presented by Professor David Garland, New York University/University of Edinburgh

Venue: Room L05 (basement level), Old College, University of Edinburgh

Date: 17-20 June, 2014

Time: 2-5pm

Michel Foucault is one of the most important thinkers of our time – and one of the most misunderstood. The influence of his work is apparent everywhere: not just in criminology and penology but also in historical studies, critical theory, cultural studies, feminism, and political philosophy.

In recent years, criminological and socio-legal scholars have increasingly sought to use Foucault's ideas to understand modern law and legal regulation, and the ways in which law links up with expertise to extend its power, shape individual subjectivity, and govern populations.

In this series of seminars, Professor David Garland will introduce the thought of Michel Foucault and outline its relevance to the study of law, crime and punishment.

The series will begin with an overview of Foucault’s life and work. Thereafter, subsequent seminars will focus on specific books and ideas. The seminars will take place on four consecutive days, and those attending are encouraged to register for them all.


Day 1 - Foucault for Beginners (17 June, 2pm):

A gentle introduction to Foucault’s most important ideas and arguments.

Day 2 - Discipline and Punish (18 June, 2pm): 

A discussion of Foucault’s most important book: its analysis of the birth of the prison and its concepts of power-knowledge, surveillance, and social control.

Day 3 - The History of Sexuality (19 June, 2pm): 

A discussion of Foucault on modern sexuality and the myths that surround it; his arguments about law, life, and bio-power.

Day 4 - Governmentality (20 June, 2pm):

A discussion of Foucault’s late work on modern forms of government, neo-liberalism and the welfare state.