Foucault Society Reading Group

Foucault Society Reading Group

The Foucault Society Reading Group

Michel Foucault 

“Society Must Be Defended”

Lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-1976


Friday, November 16


Lectures for Discussion: 

Lecture One: 7 January 1976. 

Lecture Two: 14 January 1976.



CUNY Graduate Center

Room 5409
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

We invite you to join us for an in-depth discussion of Foucault’s lectures. The group is multidisciplinary and includes faculty, graduate students and independent scholars.

New participants are welcome!  

If you are interested in attending the reading group, we encourage you to contact us first. We will circulate a few thematic questions to orient the discussion. 


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About the Reading Group

The Foucault Society is convening a year-long discussion group on Foucault’s 1975-76 lecture course, “Society Must Be Defended.” As a reference point for our discussion of violence, racism, conflict, the nature of “the political,” and the constitution of social reality, we will consider Foucault’s lectures in the context of Johanna Oksala’s newly published book, Foucault, Politics, and Violence (2012), and other critical perspectives.


We will meet every two weeks at the CUNY Graduate Center throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.

Please join us!

Open to the public.  

We recommend that participants have some familiarity with Foucault’s work.

Suggested donation: $8-$10/meeting.



Questions? Please contact

Kevin Jobe, Reading Group Director, at

Note: A copy of Johanna Oksala’s article, “Lines of Fragility, A Foucaultian Critique of Violence,” is available to registered participants who will attend the meetings.


About the Foucault Society:

The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization offering a variety of programs dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984).  All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault’s work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.
Twitter:  @foucaultsociety




Please Note: 

This meeting was previously scheduled for November 8, but was postponed due to the hurricane.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the change in date.

Future dates will be announced soon.



Michel Foucault. 

“Society Must Be Defended”: Lectures at the Collège de France. Trans. David Macey. Picador 2003.

Johanna Oksala. 

Foucault, Politics, and Violence.

Northwestern University Press, 2012.




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