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Daniel Defert – The emergence of power in Michel Foucault’s 1970-71 lectures

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:

THE FOUCAULT EFFECT 1991-2011

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


Daniel Defert The emergence of power in Michel Foucault’s 1970-71 lectures

Daniel Defert (born 1937) is a prominent French AIDS activist and the founding president (1984-1991) of the first AIDS awareness organization in France, AIDES. He started the organization after the death of his partner, the French philosopher Michel Foucault. He is an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud.

A professor of sociology, Daniel Defert has been Assistant (1969-1970), Maître-assistant (1971-1985), then Maître de Conférence (from 1985) at the Centre Universitaire of Vincennes, which became in 1972, Université de Paris VIII Vincennes. He has been a member of the scientific committee for human sciences of the International Conference on AIDS (1986-94); member of the World Commission for AIDS (World Health Organization) (1988-93); member of the National Committee for AIDS (1989-98), of the Global AIDS Policy Coalition of Harvard University (1994-1997), and of the French “Haut Comité de la Santé Publique” (from 1998).

Daniel Defert is author of numerous articles in the domain of ethno-iconography and public health. He has been awarded the decoration of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and received in 1998 the Prix Alexander Onassis for the creation of Aides.

Daniel Defert met Foucault while he was a philosophy student at the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France and their relationship lasted from 1963 until Foucault’s death in 1984. Foucault described their relationship as a “state of passion”. It was Foucault’s death from AIDS, a disease about which little was known at the time, that led Defert to enter the field of AIDS activism. He also co-edited with François Ewald Dits et Ecrits of Michel Foucault (1994), a posthumous collection of Foucault’s thought.

Selected writings about Foucault

“Situation du cours”, in Michel Foucault, Leçons sur la volonté de savoir. Cours au Collège de France (1970-1971). Suivi de Le savoir d’OEdipe. Paris : Gallimard/Seuil/Presses de l’EHESS, coll. “Hautes Etudes”, 2011.

Interview with Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, “Filigranes philosophiques”, in Foucault, ed. Philippe Artieres et al., Les Cahiers de l’Herne, 2011

Interview with Guillaume Bellon, : “I believe in time…” Recto/Verso N°6 –Genèse de la pensée, II : cheminements et procédures Septembre 2010. http://www.revuerectoverso.com/spip.php?article186

“Presentation”, in Michel Foucault, Le Corps Utopique ‐ les Hétérotopies. Editions LIgne (2009)

“Glissements progressifs de l’oeuvre hors d’elle‐même” in Au risque de Foucault, éd. Roger Rotmann, Paris, éditions du Centre Georges Pompidou, 1997, p.151‐160

“Postface” in Le Groupe d’Information sur les Prisons : archives d’une lutte, 1970‐72, éd. Philippe Artières, Laurent Querro, Michelle Zancarini‐Fournel, IMEC, 2003

List of publications at http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Defert

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