INF2303H Special Topics in Information Studies: Culture, Technology, and Foucault

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This special topics course will provide an introduction to Foucault’s work and look specifically to how it has been productively used to analyze the overlapping realms of technology and culture. Foucault’s turn toward a theoretical vocabulary that pinpointed technology as a central conceptual tool for rethinking power, governance, knowledge, and subjectivity will be given special attention. Further, culture, in particular as it has been treated by Foucauldian scholars in governmentality studies, plays a critical role in modern forms of governance and political struggle. It is only in the past few years that scholars have begun to truly take into account the importance of technology in Foucault’s thought and, more importantly, the meaningful insights his work can bring to our understanding of contemporary techno-culture.