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.   


Joanna Crosby (1966-2023)

The Foucault Circle is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our longtime members, Joanna Crosby, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer on November 27th. Joanna, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore, was involved with the Foucault Circle from its inception. Her energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to Foucault scholarship played an influential role in making the Circle the dynamic organization it is today. Joanna hosted the 2010 Foucault Circle meeting, co-edited (with Dianna Taylor) and contributed an article ("The 2015 Baltimore Protests: Human Capital and the War on Drugs) to a special section of Foucault Studies (no. 24, 2018), and served on several conference program committees. We plan to memorialize Joanna at our 2024 meeting in Boston. 

Joanna Crosby's obituary can be found here. 



The twenty-second annual meeting of the

Foucault Circle


Emerson College

Boston, MA

May 17-19, 2024





We seek submissions for papers on any aspect of Foucault’s work, as well as studies, critiques, and applications of Foucauldian thinking.


Paper submissions require an abstract of no more than 750 words. All submissions should be formatted as a “.doc” or “.docx” attachment, prepared for anonymous review, and sent via email to the attention of program committee chair Patrick Gamez (pgamez@nd.edu) on or before December 18, 2023. Indicate “Foucault Circle submission” in the subject heading. Program decisions will be announced during the week of January 22, 2024.



We expect that the conference will begin Friday afternoon and will conclude around lunch time on Sunday morning. Presenters will have approximately 40 minutes for paper presentation and discussion combined; papers should be a maximum of 3500 words (20-25 minutes reading time).



Logistical information about lodging, transportation, and other arrangements will be available after the program has been announced.



For more information about the Foucault Circle, please see our website:


or contact our Coordinator, Edward McGushin: