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Submit Your Papers! The Foucault Circle 2016

The Foucault Circle is now accepting submissions for their 2016 conference in Sydney Australia. The deadline for submissions is November 20, 2015. See the call for papers below.


The sixteenth annual meeting of the Foucault Circle

 Sydney, Australia

June 29-July 2, 2016

(hosted by the University of New South Wales)

We invite individual papers and roundtable proposals (4-5 panelists) on any aspect of Foucault’s work.  Studies, critiques, and applications of Foucauldian thinking are all welcome.  We will aim for a diversity of topics and perspectives.

Abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review, and are to be submitted to the program committee chair, Richard A. Lynch, by email ( on/before Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.  Please indicate “Foucault Circle submission” in the subject heading, and include the abstract as a “.docx” attachment.

Individual paper submissions require an abstract of no more than 750 words; roundtable submissions require a 500-word abstract describing the theme and 150-word summaries of each panelist’s talking points.

Program decisions will be announced in December.

Each speaker will have approximately 35 minutes for paper presentation and discussion combined—papers should be a maximum of 3000 words (15-20 minutes reading time).  Roundtables will have approximately 50 minutes total for presentation and discussion combined; individual panelists should plan to speak for no more than 5-7 minutes.  In addition to paper and roundtable sessions, the conference will also feature a “reading group” discussion session (texts TBA) open to all participants.

Logistical information about lodging, transportation, and other arrangements will be available after the program has been announced.

For more information about the Foucault Circle, please see our website: