The 21st Annual Meeting of the Foucault Circle Meeting 

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center 

1 E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108 


All Sessions will take place in The Fremont room at the Sheraton Hotel Crown Center 


Friday, April 21 

3:00pm-5pm  Panel 1: Revolutions and Populations 


Marcelo Hoffman, Pace University:  

Foucault and the Chinese Cultural Revolution 

Daniel J. Smith, University of Memphis:  

A Goose Woke Up the Sleeping Philosophers”: Foucault on Political Historicism in the English Revolution 


Joseph L. Smith: Southern Illinois University Carbondale 

Foucaultian Insights for Black Male Subjectivity 


5:15pm: Conference Participants retire for Happy Hour at One East Urban Bar + Kitchen, a restaurant in the downtown Crown Center District. Drinks and Dinner are available at the bar.  


Saturday, April 22 

8:45am-10:45am Panel 2: Economies and Subjectivities  


Emily Clark, University College London, United Kingdom:  

Is the Universal Basic Income (UBI) a Neoliberal Project? Analyzing UBI Discourses in the UK Through a Foucauldian Interpretation of Neoliberal Social Policy  


Benda Hofmeyr, University of Pretoria, South Africa 

Foucault and Neoliberal Governmentality. Living to Work in the Age of Control (zoom presentation) 


Fay Alafouzou, Emory University, USA 

On the Two Faces of Foucauldian Resistance: Tactical Reversal as a Condition of Self-Formation 


11:00am-1:00pm Panel 3: Experience 


Vilde Aavitsland: Department of Philosophy, University of Louisville  

Foucault, Feminism and the Concept of Experience  


Leonhard Riep: Goethe University Frankfurt am Main; Leipzig University; DePaul University, Chicago 

Between Le Vécu and L’Expérience: Foucault’s early Concept of Experience Reconsidered  


Max Tohline: independent scholar  

Through the Keyhole: The Emergence of Discipline and Security in Cinematic Seeing, ca. 1930 


1:00pm-3:00pm LUNCH and Business Meeting 


3:00pm-5:00pm Panel 4: Mysticism and Religion 

            Chair: Marcelo Hoffman 


Hassan Ali, University of Memphis:  

Hindutva: Exploring Contemporary Biopolitics in South Asia 


Shareed Mohammed, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus:  

Convulsion as the Plastic and Visible Form of the Struggle in the Body of the Possessed: A Cross-Cultural Foucauldian-Haitian Voodoo Approach 


  John Soboslai, Montclair State University:  

Suffering Truth: Parrhēsia in Early Christianity 


5:15pm-6:45pm Special Roundtable: Reproductive Oppression and Reproductive Freedom: Foucauldian-Feminist Perspectives 


Joanna Crosby, Morgan State University 

Merritt Rehn-DeBraal, Texas A&M University, San Antonio 

Kristina Grob, University of South Carolina, Sumter 

Dianna Taylor, John Carroll University 


7:00pm           DINNER: Details to Follow 


Sunday, April 23 

9:00am-11:00am Panel 5: Biopower and Death  


Emre Keser, University of California, Santa Cruz 

Genealogy as Storytelling 


Adam Herpolsheimer, Temple University:  

Foucault, Camus, and Plague in a Plague-Stricken Society 


Tom Roach, Bryant University:  

Ancient Ascetics, Modern Activists: The Art of Dying Well in Biopower 


11:15am-1:15pm Panel 6: Space and the Speaking Subject 


Elena Vasiliou, Department of Gender and Women’s studies, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick 

Penitentiary pleasures: Queer understandings of prison paradoxes  


Andre Patrao, Yale University, School of Architecture 

Architecture for Foucault: Rereading Influential yet Incidental Words and Silences.  


Sarah Lee, University of Memphis: 

The “Promise” of Liberation: Consent, Rape Culture, and the Injunction to Speak the Truth 

7:00pm           DINNER: Details to Follow   


Sunday, May 15


Session 5: Rethinking Genealogy

Moderator: Shiv Datt Sharma, Emory University 


Kevin Thompson, DePaul University

“Genealogy: Object, Causality, Purpose”


Zeinab Nobowati, University of Oregon

“Foucauldian Genealogy and the Ambivalence of Subjectivation: Towards a Postcolonial Genealogical Critique”


Haylee Harrell, Rutgers University

“From Juridico-Biological to Juridico-Political: The Emergence of the Mulatta as a Racial and Sexual Monster in the United  




Session 6: Askesis Today

Moderator: Edward McGushin, Stonehill College


Stéphanie Martens, York University

“'Politics of Discomfort’ against ‘Neo-Liberalism of Enjoyment’: Foucault’s Nietzschean Politics Today”


Strand Sheldahl-Thomason, Purdue University Fort Wayne

“Toward a Foucaultian Environmentalism”



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