Center for Interdisziplinary Research

The Absence of the Work

After Foucault

Date: May, 17 - 19, 2004
Organizers: Klaus-Michael Bogdal (Bielefeld), Achim Geisenhanslüke (Duisburg-Essen)

Between 1954 and 1984 the French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault developed the concepts of 'archaeology' and 'discourse theory' as an alternative to traditional concepts of the history of ideas. The 25th of June 2004 was the twentieth anniversary of Foucault's death. This was an occasion for a critical revision of Foucault's studies on the history of humanities accomplished by a circle of outstanding scholars of various disciplines (philosophy, history, philology and comparative literature, sociology, educational theory). The workshop chiefly considered the conceptual value of Foucault's works for open questions of interdisciplinary research, which concerns the entire range of the humanities today.

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