The conference Engaging Foucault is organized by The Group for Social Engagement Studies, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade, Serbia) in cooperation with Center for Advanced Studies in Southeastern Europe (CAS – SEE) and Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Politics, Belgrade, Serbia (CELAP) .
June 25, 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of Michel Foucault. During his lifetime, Foucault was, in his own words, described as an anarchist and a leftist; a covert Marxist or an explicit or covert anti-Marxist; a nihilist, a technocrat in the service of Gaullism, and a neoliberal. In addition, Foucault can also be described as an intellectual who cannot be aligned or positioned within the existing matrices of thought and action, especially when defined ideologically. How should one understand the societal and political implications of Foucault’s work? These dilemmas remain very much unresolved today.