Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Marieke de Goede presents the work of Michel Foucault

AISSR Great Thinkers Seminar Series

15May2018 15:00 - 16:30


Michel Foucault (1926-1984) – a doctor’s son, a fighter for prisoner and migrant rights, former head of the philosophy Department at the experimental University of Vincennes – is well known for his original work on power and knowledge.

He was a keen student of practices of normalization and subjectivation in historical context. Foucault himself talked about his work as a ‘tool box’ that that can be used to place little ‘Molotov Cocktails’ under received concepts. Marieke de Goede will pick up some of Foucault’s tools, and discuss how they have helped rethink our concepts of ideology, history and government.

Prof. Marieke de Goede

About Marieke de Goede

Marieke de Goede is Professor of Politics (focusing on EU External Relations) and co-director (with John Grin) of the AISSR ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance’ group. She researches security practices and coordinates the FOLLOW project (


The lecture is open to all. Please register at: 

PhD Seminar on the work of Michel Foucault

This lecture is followed by a PhD seminar on Tuesday 22 May, 15:00-17:00. For this seminar AISSR PhD can register via: 

About the Great Thinkers Seminar Series

AISSR members present the work of a great thinker in the field of social sciences immersing us in key features of the social science canon and ‘Great Thinkers’ and exploring contributions across disciplinary lines. Staff members, PhD students and others interested can attend the public lecture. For AISSR PhD students the lecture can be followed by a PhD seminar with a second discussion of key readings of the respective thinker. How can you use these readings in your own research project? 

Location: CREA, Theatre Hall

  • Roeterseilandcampus - building I (CREA)

    Nieuwe Achtergracht 168-178 | 1018 WV Amsterdam

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