The conference will begin by examining the theme of the family in Foucault’s life and texts; it will then use his ideas to explore the politics of the family more generally in the contemporary world.
Foucault writes of how the internal power-dynamics of the family interact with the social politics of society as a whole. On the one hand, social politics impact family structure and dynamics in many ways, including legal judgements, medical interventions, and social work. On the other hand, members of families call on discourses and institutions from society at large in order to manage or change the operation of the family.
Foucault, the Family and Politics
Friday, 12 November 2010, Kings College, Keynes Hall, Cambridge
Organised by Robbie Duschinsky, Sociology, University of Cambridge
Attendance free – but please register.
Closing date for registration is Tuesday 9 November, 2010.
Professor Remi Lenoir (Centre de Sociologie Européenne, Université Paris 1, France)
David Macey (Translator, biographer of Michel Foucault and Frantz Fanon, UK)
Professor Valerie Walkerdine (School of Social Sciences, University of Cardiff, UK/Visiting Professor, University of Oslo, Norway)
Malcolm Thompson (History, University of British Columbia, Canada)
Dr Leon Rocha (History of Science, Yale University, USA)
Professor Vikki Bell (Sociology, University of London, Goldsmiths, UK)
Dr Gillian Harkins (English, Washington University, Seattle, USA)
Professor Veronique Mottier (Sociology, University of Lausanne/Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK)
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