France and the World

Confessions of the Flesh: A Conference on Michel Foucault's Final Volume of The History of Sexuality

Breakfast | 9:00 am-9:30 am
Opening Remarks | 9:30 am-9:45 am

Annabel Kim (Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University)
Julian Bourg (History Department, Boston College)

Panel 1 | 9:45 am-11:15 am
Confessions of the Flesh and Foucault’s Oeuvre

Bernard Harcourt, “The Subject of Law and Desire in the Trilogy Savoir-pouvoir-subjectivité” (Law and Political Science, Columbia; EHHSS, Paris)
Manon Garcia (Society of Fellows, Harvard University)
Comment: Annabel Kim

Panel 2 | 11:15 am-12:45 pm
The Christian Optic

James Bernauer, S.J. “Why is a Virgin Sexually Significant?”(Philosophy, Boston College)
Agustín Colombo, “The Experience of the Fathers: The Confessions and the Historical Formation of the Flesh” (Postdoctoral Researcher, Boston College)
Comment: Edward McGushin

Lunch (for participants only) | 12:45 pm-2:00 pm

Panel 3 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

Mark D. Jordan, “Lust in Paradise as Prequel to the Sexual Subject” (Divinity School, Harvard University)
Lynne Huffer, “Foucault’s Queer Virgins” (Department of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Emory University)
Comment: Durba Mitra (Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University)

Coffee break | 3:30 pm-4:00 pm

Panel 4 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Foucault After the Confessions

Rey Chow, “Confession as a Contemporary Cultural Form” (Literature, Duke University)
Austin Sarfan, “Confession and Ascesis in Contemporary TV Serial Dramas” (Literature, Duke University)
Comment: Julian Bourg