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Cultural Center
Foucault

Hofstra University LGBT Studies Program 
and the 
Hofstra Cultural Center

present

Hofstra's Sixth Annual LGBT Studies Conference

Michel Foucault 2014: Beyond Sexuality
March 27-28, 2014

All events will take place in the
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus


Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Roderick Ferguson

Professor of American Studies; Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; and African American and African Studies 
University of Minnesota

Dr. Ladelle McWhorter
James Thomas Professor in Philosophy
Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies
University of Richmond

Conference Co-Directors:
Ann Burlein
, Associate Professor and Chair of Religion, Hofstra University
Steven D. Smith, Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Hofstra University

One of the more foremost and most widely read French philosophers of the 20th century, Michel Foucault is known especially for his three-volume History of Sexuality. This conference uses the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the publication of the final two volumes of that magnum opus as a jumping-off point for an evaluation of his work and the notion of a history of the present, with an eye toward the future: Where do we go from here, beyond Foucault, post-Foucault, without him?

Foucault died in the middle of a large project, the contours of which are only becoming visible to us now as his lectures are being published - a project that spun out between his critique of neoliberalism (and his own work on discipline) on the one hand and a turn to the ancient practices of the self and truth-telling on the other.


Symposium Schedule

THURSDAY, MARCH 27
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library
First Floor, South Campus

10:45 a.m.

INTRODUCTION and WELCOME

Bernard Firestone, Dean Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Professor of Political Science, and Interim Dean of
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library and Information Services

David Powell, Director of LGBT Studies at Hofstra and
Professor of French

11 a.m.-Noon

FOUCAULT AND ETHICS

Michael Larson, Point Park University
"An Essential Position of Otherness: Michel Foucault and the rapport à soi"

Aaron Weeks, The Graduate Center/CUNY
"Foucault's Trajectory: Neoliberalism, Stultification, and Ethics"

Noon-1:30 p.m. LUNCH (on your own)
1:30-2:30 p.m.

FEMINISM AND FOUCAULT

Dianna Taylor, John Carroll University
"Militant Feminism"

Barbara Ellen Logan, University of Wyoming
"Bodies, Pleasures, and Affect: Foucault and the 'Materialist Turn'
in Critical Theory"

2:30-3 p.m. COFFEE BREAK
3-4:30 p.m.

CLASSICS AND FOUCAULT

Paul Christesen, Dartmouth College
"The Unstarted Journey: Foucault and His Impact on Writing the History of Ancient Greece"

Andrew Scholtz, SUNY Binghamton
"Love and Envy: Foucault's Greco-Roman Turn and the Sociality of Desire"

Daniel Orrells, University of Warwick
"Foucault Between Ancient Sexuality and Modern Historiography"

4:30-5 p.m. COFFEE BREAK
5-6 p.m.

MEDICINE

Leif C. Tornquist, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Life at the Limit: 'Religion-Based Medical Neglect' and the Margins of Medicalization in the United States"

Lindsey Whitmore, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
"Truth-ing the Addicted Body: Initial Steps Towards an Emergent Ethics
of Care"

FRIDAY, MARCH 28
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. REGISTRATION
Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Conference and Exbibition Hall
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus
8:45-9:30 a.m. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9:30-10:30 a.m.

ART AND LITERATURE

Ann M. Burlein, Hofstra University
"'My Secret Affair': Roussel and the Brilliance That Cuts"

Nicole Ridgway, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
"Scandal! Art as an Event of Insolent Freedom"

10:30-11 a.m. COFFEE BREAK
11 a.m.-Noon

PSYCHOANALYSIS AND FOUCAULT

Kent L. Brintnall, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
"Rethinking Sexuality With Foucault, Lacan and Bataille"

Nicolae Morar, Pennsylvania State University
"Desire and Pleasure: Deleuze and Foucault's Readings of Wilhelm Reich"

Noon-2 p.m. LUNCH (on your own)
2-3:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE SESSION: FOUCAULT 2014
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library
First Floor, South Campus

"What a Life Requires: Aesthetics of Existence and Black Queer Diasporic Formations"

Roderick A. Ferguson, Professor of American Studies; Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; and African American and African Studies, University of Minnesota
Author, Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique and
The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference

Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Symposium Scholar

"Sexuality and Moral Personhood After Foucault"

Ladelle McWhorter, James Thomas Professor in Philosophy,
University of Richmond
Author, Bodies and Pleasures: Foucault and the Politics of Sexual Normalization and Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America:
A Genealogy

Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Symposium Speaker

3:30 p.m. CLOSING RECEPTION