Ben Golder – The Limits and Possibilities of a Foucauldian Politics of Rights

Event Date: 3 and 4 June 2011
Clore Lecture Theatre
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck College
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Centre for Law and the Humanities presents:


A Conference at Birkbeck College, University of London Reflecting on 20 years of
The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality

Ben Golder The Limits and Possibilities of a Foucauldian Politics of Rights

Ben Golder

Ben Golder is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. He holds undergraduate law and English literature degrees from UNSW and a doctorate in legal theory from the University of London. Prior to joining the faculty, Ben taught law at the University of East London, University College London, Birkbeck College and New York University in London. His relevant publications on Foucault include:

Foucault’s Law (Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish, 2009) (with Peter Fitzpatrick)

Michel Foucault: Law, Government, Rights ( ed. – Routledge, forthcoming in 2011)

Foucault and Law (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010) (ed. with Peter Fitzpatrick)

`The Distribution of Death: Notes Towards a Biopolitical Theory of Criminal Law`, in New Critical Legal Thinking: Law, Politics and the Political, ed by Matthew Stone, Illan Rua Wall and Costas Douzinas (London: Birkbeck Law Press, forthcoming 2011)

`Foucault`s Critical (Yet Ambivalent) Affirmation: Three Figures of Rights` (2011)

Social & Legal Studies (forthcoming) `What is an Anti-Humanist Human Right?` (2010) 16(5) Social Identities 651-668

‘Foucault and the Unfinished Human of Rights’ (2010) 6(3) Law, Culture and the Humanities 354-74

‘Foucault and the Incompletion of Law’ (2008) 21(3) Leiden Journal of International Law 747-63

‘Foucault and the Genealogy of Pastoral Power’ (2007) 10(2) Radical Philosophy Review 157-76






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