Seminar presentation from Emeritus Professor Stephen J Ball

Emeritus Profesor Stephen J Ball will deliver a seminar as part of the International Collective for the study of Michel Foucault in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy. While the specific topic and theme is TBC, the seminar will be of interest to scholars of Foucault in not only disciplines of Education, but also to Foucauldian scholars more broadly. Emeritus Profesor Ball has published extensively on Foucault with respect to the field of Education.

This seminar will be delivered online and followed by questions and discussion. The session will be chaired by the convenors of the group, Associate Professors Richard Niesche and Denise Mifsud.

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce Emeritus Professor Stephen J Ball giving a presentation as part of the Foucault 40 Years After World Congress. Please register using the link below and forward to colleagues who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you there.

Webinar details: Tuesday 4th June 20:00-21:30 (AEST), 11:00-12:30 (UTC)

Why do we write? Or would Foucault thrive in the contemporary university?

I want to say something about Foucault’s conception of the role and purpose of academic writing, and particularly self-formation, critique and truth telling – what Graeme Burchell (1996) called the ‘ethics of intellectual work’. And use that to think about the role and purpose of writing in the contemporary university. And thus consider the problem of “finding oneself not knowing what or how to think”. The tone will be a mix of grimness and celebration.

Stephen J Ball is Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education at the University College London, Institute of Education. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2006;and is also Fellow of the Society of Educational Studies, and a Laureate of Kappa Delta Phi; he has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Turku (Finland), and Leicester. He is co-founder of the Journal of Education Policy. His main areas of interest are in theoretical informed education policy analysis; the relationships between education, education policy and social class; and thinking education without school. He has written academic 20 books, and a series of detective stories (The Enemies of Truth KDP 2023) and has published over 140 journal articles. Recent books: Edu.Net (Routledge 2017) and Foucault as Educator (Springer 2017).

Chair/s: Associate Professors Richard Niesche and Denise Mifsud

Registration link:

  • Host City, Country

    Sydney, Australia

    Bath, England

  • Dates

    4th June, 2024

  • Organizing university or institution

    UNSW Sydney

    The University of Bath

  • Place where the event will be held


  • Name(s) of organizer(s)

    Associate Professor Richard Niesche

    Associate Professor Denise Mifsud