Foucault, ‘Public Service’ and the ‘Institution’: interdisciplinary discourses in 21st century research

Foucault’s work, focusing on the critical examination of institutions, from prisons to hospitals to schools, illuminates how they shape individual subjectivities, control individuals, and perpetuate dominant structures. Foucault’s work continues to explore the complex dynamics of power within institutions, revealing how they operate as mechanisms and systems of social control and normalization. This one-day conference aims to draw together interdisciplinary thinkers, scholars and researchers focusing on the work of Foucault, Public Service* and the institutions which support these activities. The day will comprise of a keynote address from a prominent individual in the field of Foucauldian scholarship. There will be the opportunity for researchers and scholars to present individual papers (conceptual and empirical) focusing on a range of ideas and issues relating to Foucauldian scholarship. There will also be opportunities for networking and reflection on the role of Foucauldian scholarship in attendees’ lives. The day will close with a roundtable event, bringing together scholars from education, criminal justice and health to discuss the issue of Public Service from an interdisciplinary perspective.

  • Host City, Country

    Derby, United Kingdom

  • Dates

    April 26–27, 2024

  • Organizing university or institution

    University of Derby

  • Place where the event will be held

    University of Derby

  • Name(s) of organizer(s)

    Dr Jack Bryne Stothard
    Professor Charlotte Chadderton
    Professor Deborah Robinson