Special Issue "Political Genealogy after Foucault"

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Michael Clifford

Department of Philosophy and Religion, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA
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Interests: political philosophy; genealogy; Foucault; political identity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Genealogy is now accepting submissions for a Special Issue on the theme, “Political Genealogy After Foucault.” Inspired by the work of Michel Foucault, this issue invites essays from scholars employing political genealogy as a methodology and model of theoretical inquiry representing a wide range of disciplines, from the social sciences to the humanities, from philosophy to geography to urban studies to cultural theory. The goal of this special issue is to publish some of the best and most current work in political genealogy, showing how this work invites us to rethink many of the key concepts in political theory as well as real ground-level political practice. Broadly conceived, the editorial team is interested in articles which demonstrate how political genealogy helps us to understand what Foucault calls “the history of our present,” while at the same time looking to our future, to what being a political subject will look like in a post-representational world.

Some of the topics that would be appropriate for this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • How and in what ways political genealogy aims, in the words of Nikolas Rose, “to reshape and expand the terms of political debate, enabling different questions to be asked, enlarging the space of legitimate contestation.”
  • Genealogies of cosmopolitanism and post-national identity.
  • Counter-memory as an instrument of political freedom.
  • Genealogy as a method for understanding the new world order (with respect to, for example, globalization, Trumpism, Brexit, neo-populism, the rise of terrorism).
  • Re-thinking, through genealogy, the politics of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • Genealogy and neo-liberalism; genealogy and corporatocracy.
  • Genealogy in practice, with respect to, for example, how governmentality and its institutions affect the lives of real individuals.

Prof. Dr. Michael Clifford
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • foucault
  • political genealogy
  • genealogical methods
  • counter-memory
  • governmentality
  • political identity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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