Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Foucault Society Colloquium: Wednesday, 12/14

The Foucault Society, NYC
2011 Colloquium Series: New Research in Foucault Studies

Our popular Colloquium Series continues next week! We are delighted to invite you to another evening of critical dialogue and light refreshment. Join the discussion, celebrate the end of the semester and find out how you can help shape the Foucault Society's agenda for 2012. All are welcome.

Dominique E. Johnson, Ph.D.

"Critical Dilemmas and Methodological Regimes: Toward a Genealogy of an Empirical Borderland"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409
New York, NY

This paper engages in a Foucaultian critique of quantitative methodologies. Situating Foucault's discussions of the carceral society and regimes of verification in the context of work by Patricia Hill Collins and Sandra Harding, I examine the dilemmas that emerge when using critical theory to frame quantitative social research. The paper looks carefully at the silencing of intersectional identities that often occurs when quantitative data is used for the construction, maintenance and representation of social identities, and argues that these dilemmas challenge us to expand our conceptualizations of what it is to do quantitative research, particularly for intersectional analysis. Engaging both the risks and opportunities that arise from seeking to enter the quantitative matrix, the paper concludes by considering the various implications of living and working in the empirical borderlands while making a critical intervention into existing methodological regimes.

Speaker bio:
Dominique Johnson (Ph.D., Urban Education, Temple University) is Assistant Professor of Law and Society and a member of the Women and Gender Studies convening group in the School of Social Science and Human Services at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Dr. Johnson is currently the Chair of the American Democracy Project at Ramapo College.

About the Colloquium Series:
The Foucault Society's Colloquium Series provides a forum for new research and works-in-progress, and offers an opportunity for both junior and senior scholars to share new work with a friendly and supportive audience of colleagues.

Open to the public. All are welcome. We will have wine and snacks. Suggested donation: $5.

RSVPs are appreciated. E-mail: foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com.

**As part of our ongoing fundraiser, we will have hardcover copies of Foucault's book, The Government of Self and Others: Lectures at the College de France, 1982-1983 (Palgrave, 2010), available for purchase.**

About the Foucault Society:
The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization offering a variety of forums dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984). All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault's work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.

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