Foucault and Middle East Studies - Discussion

Michael Meranze, UCLA

A conference organized by James Gelvin, UCLA Featuring: Timothy Mitchell, New York University, Afsaneh Najmabadi, Harvard University, Khaled Fahmy, New York University, and Janet Afary, UCLA

Over the past twenty years, the work of Michel Foucault has had a profound impact on the field of Middle East studies.  Among other things,
Middle East scholarship has applied methodologies pioneered by Foucault in the critique of Orientalism and in the study of sexuality,
marginalities, and governmentality.  "Foucault and Middle East Studies" will explore the impact of Foucault's work, bringing together scholars
who have employed approaches pioneered by Foucault in their work, have offered critiques of Foucault and his influence, or both.


Introduction by Professor James Gelvin, UCLA

Keynote Address by Professor Timothy Mitchell, Columbia University: The Virtues of Recalcitrance: Democracy from Foucault to Latour

James L. Gelvin, UCLA: Foucault and the Historiography of Nationalism in the Arab Middle East

Khaled Fahmy, NYU: "Population, governmentality and social medicine: some questions from 19th- century Egypt."

Afsaneh Najmabadeh, Harvard University: "Genus of Sex"

Janet Afary, UCLA: "Foucault, the Frankfurt School, and Sexuality in Modern Iran"

Michael Meranze, UCLA: Discussion

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Duration: 27:04

Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009