Foucault at 90

International Conference

University of the West of Scotland
Ayr Campus, Scotland, UK

Call for Papers
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of the French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-84). This interdisciplinary conference aims to reflect on the work of Michel Foucault and in particular on the question of its abiding relevance and value.

Keynote speakers include Stephen Ball, Mark Olssen, and Clare O’Farrell. Based at our
attractive Ayr campus, on the scenic west coast of Scotland, this conference promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable event.

Professor Stephen Ball:
My main areas of interest are in education policy analysis and social theory. 1 – Changes in governance and new state modalities. 2 – The Global Education Reform Movement. 3 – The relationships between education and education policy and social class. I bring to bear on these issues the tools and concepts of “policy sociology” and in particular the methods of Michael Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu. In 2008, I was involved in launching the BERA Social Theory and Education SIG.

Professor Mark Olssen:
MARK OLSSEN is Professor of Political Theory and Education Policy in the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey. His most recent books are Liberalism, Neoliberalism, Social Democracy: thin communitarian perspectives on political philosophy and education, Routledge, New York and London, 2010; Toward A Global Thin Community: Nietzsche, Foucault, and the Cosmopolitan Commitment, Paradigm Press, Boulder and London, published 2009.  He is also co-author (with John Codd and Anne-Marie O’Neill ) of Education Policy: Globalisation, Citizenship, Democracy, (Sage, London, 2004 and  author of Michel Foucault: Materialism and Education, Greenwood Press, New York, 1999/Paradigm Press, Boulder, 2006. He has also published many book chapters and articles in academic journals in Britain, America and in Australasia

Dr Clare O’Farrell:

Clare continues her work on Foucault. She:

Research paper submissions are now sought on the conference themes listed below.
Abstracts should be up to 400 words in length and cover the context of the research, research questions, theoretical framework, methodology, findings, significance. Abstracts should be readied for blinded peer review. The conference will run as a series of 90-minute sessions with 3 or 4 papers allocated to each.

Symposia: the conference welcomes submissions for symposium sessions. These should comprise a set of four or more related paper submissions (as above) with an agreed Chairperson and Discussant.

Posters: posters will be displayed throughout the conference, with a set time agreed for
presenters to be available to discuss their work with conference delegates. Posters should be submitted in A1/upright form and be accompanied by a 250 word abstract.

Conference/Abstract themes:
The conference seeks papers which deal with the work of Foucault in relation to any of the following themes:
  • Education
  • Health
  • Justice
  • Criminology
  • Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Methodology
  • Sexuality
  • Culture/aesthetics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Key dates
  • Abstract submission opens (papers/posters/symposia) 15th October 2015
  • Abstract submission ends March 1st 2016
  • Notification of peer review/abstract acceptance March 22nd 2016
  • Early Bird Registration commences 15th February 2016
  • Presentation times announced 15th April 2016
  • Early Bird Registration ends March 22nd 2016
Conference fees
before 1st May 2016 after 1st May 2016
Delegate £149 £179
Postgraduate student  £99 £129

Registration fee includes:

• Conference pack and programme booklet (issued at the registration desk)
• Lunch on each day, coffee and snacks during breaks
• Registration fee does not include the cost of evening meals or hotel
Abstract submissions should be emailed by attachment to:
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Delegate £179 (after 1st May 2016)

Categories: Rethinking The World


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