Thurs, Oct 25: Foucault Society Reading Group Meeting: Society Must Be Defended

Fall 2012

NEW! The Foucault Society Reading Group, 2012-2013


Michel Foucault
“Society Must Be Defended”

Lectures at the Collage de France, 1975-1976


Meeting this week:

Thursday, October 25


CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409
New York, NY


Texts for Discussion:

“Lecture One: 7 January 1976.”


Johanna Oksala, “Lines of Fragility, A Foucaultian Critique of Violence.”


New participants are welcome!


To register:

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.


Faculty, graduate students and independent scholars are invited to join us for an in-depth discussion.


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: $10/meeting.


For complete description, see our website.


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.

Reading Group Dates

Fall 2012


October 25

November 8

November 29

December 13


Thursday evenings at the CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5409, NYC.

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