Michel Foucault: The Late Lectures

General Programming

November 7, 2014 Friday, 3:00pm–5:00pm EST Buell Hall, East Gallery (Maison Française), Columbia University
  • Maison Française
  • Center for Contemporary Critical Thought

In his late Collège de France lectures, Michel Foucault opened up new paths for research, what he so often referred to as "des pistes de recherche," many of which have only come to light now as a result of the recent publication of the lectures. Ranging from the concept of security to the notion of truth-telling, to the relationship between veridiction and juridiction, to the arts of governing, the hermeneutics of the self, and the notion of "voluntary inservitude," the late lectures represent a font of new material to allow us to think with Foucault. At the same time, they offer a new lens through which to reread the earlier published works, from the History of Madness, through Discipline and Punish, to the History of Sexuality. This colloquium will discuss a number of the ideas and concepts that were born and sketched out in the lectures, but that remain today still to be explored.

  • Seyla Benhabib Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science & Philosophy Yale University
  • François Ewald Professor Emeritus Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
  • Bernard E. Harcourt Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Director, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought Columbia University
  • George Kateb William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Emeritus Princeton University
  • Emmanuelle Saada Associate Professor of French and Romance Philology; Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies Columbia University