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

Continuous assessment of course work

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


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

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


Aims, contents and method of the course

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 by scholars such as Nikolas Rose, Paul Rabinow, Saba Mahmood, Ann Stoler and Stephen Collier. 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.

Assessment and permitted materials

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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.

Examination topics

Seminars with group presentations and discussions.

Reading list

To be announced at introductory session.

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