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Stuart Elden, The Early Foucault

Friday, March 18, 2022 at 11:00am to 12:45pm

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Genealogy in the Humanities invites you to the fifth installment of our "Political Theory in the Archives" series: an author-meets-readers seminar with Professor Stuart Elden to discuss his new book, The Early Foucault (Polity 2021).

Stuart Elden is Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the British Academy. The Early Foucault is the latest installment in Professor Elden's four-volume study of Michel Foucault's intellectual history. Earlier volumes include Foucault's Last Decade (2016) and Foucault: The Birth of Power (2017). 

The Early Foucault examines Foucault's largely unknown work of the 1950s, leading up to his first major book History of Madness in 1961. The research has been conducted with archives in Paris, Normandy, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and the United States, and is funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. More on the work can be found on Professor Elden's blog, Progressive Geographies. Professor Elden is now completing work on a fourth and final book on Foucault, this time looking at 1962-1969, entitled The Archaeology of Foucault.

Political Theory in the Archives is a year-long program led by the Genealogy in the Humanities Working Group (Cornell/Syracuse) and generously supported by a grant from the Central New York Humanities Corridor.

The seminar is open to faculty and graduate students. Readings will be made available for registered seminar participants. There are limited gratis paperback copies of The Early Foucault available for participating Cornell University and Syracuse University graduate students. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please contact Alex Livingston at



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