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240192 SE Reading Foucault: The Anthropology of Knowledge, Power and Ethics (P2) (2013S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first (i.e. introductory) session is obligatory.


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Mittwoch 06.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 20.03. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Mittwoch 10.04. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 24.04. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 08.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 29.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 12.06. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 26.06. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Michel Foucault’s work – whether endorsed or refuted – has had major impacts on all social sciences. His impact on Social and Cultural Anthropology can be aligned with the rise of Science and Technology Studies and the general post-Writing Culture tendency to follow Laura Nader’s 1972 urge “to study up”. However, in response, both “the social” and “the cultural” were rigorously defended, not least by Marshall Sahlin’s (in)famous booklet "Waiting for Foucault". This seminar will scrutinize Foucault’s oeuvre from an anthropological perspective. It will give much space and attention to reading and discussing monographs and lectures from all of his working periods. The seminar wants to contrast this reading with prominent anthropological perceptions of Foucault's work by scholars such as Nikolas Rose, Paul Rabinow and Saba Mahmood. Students will be encouraged to critically engage with Foucault’s thought and influence, thoroughly investigating the fundamental theoretical as much as analytical and methodological issues of power, freedom, knowledge, subjectivity and ethics.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Reading; seminar presentation and participation; final paper (6000-8000 word essay).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Students will familiarise themselves with Foucault's work and his impact on Social and Cultural Anthropology. This extended inquiry into one school of thought will strengthen their broader theoretical, analytical and methodological insights. It is hoped that students can use their acquired knowledge for their future academic work.


Seminars with group presentations and discussions.


To be announced at introductory session.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:40