The Foucault Circle is a regular gathering of scholars and educators who share a commitment to the articulation, critical evaluation, development, and use of the thought and work of Michel Foucault (French philosopher, historian, and activist, 1926-1984). We come together in a friendly and informal atmosphere to exchange ideas and projects, and also to encourage the creative appropriation of Foucauldian themes and ideas.  

As this is a young organization, we have not tried to be too ambitious in our projects, but we are open to growth and possibilities for expanding our activities.  If you are interested in participating in Foucault Circle meetings or other activities, please plan on attending our annual gathering (regardless of whether you are presenting a paper) or contacting someone listed on this page directly to discuss how you'd like to be involved.   


The 2023 Meeting will be hosted by The University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Missoui

The 2023 Meeting Program can be found here.  The meeting will be held April 21-23, 2023, with logistical details to follow

Foucault Circle Session at the APA-Pacific Meeting on Friday, April 7@7pm

Rethinking Foucauldian Critique: From Anticolonial Genealogies to Postcolonial Problematizations


Colin Koopman (University of Oregon)


Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson (Syracuse University)

“Between Colonial War and Anticolonial Resistance: The Black Panthers’ Genealogy of Terrorism”

Daniel Schultz (Whitman College)

“Beyond Interest and Desire? Foucault’s Ethics and Postcolonial Politics”

Zeinab Nobowati (University of Oregon)

“The Virtue of Critique and the Politics of Virtue: Towards a Postcolonial Ethics of Self-Transformation”

More details about the meeting can be found here.