Queer Feminism: Cultivating Ethical Practices of Freedom

  • Jana Sawicki Williams College


Occupying an eccentric position with respect to critical theories, Foucault prefigures a queer critical thought and practice.  In this paper I make a case for the continuing importance of Foucault for rethinking feminism within the context of neoliberal governmentality despite continuing skepticism about the value of his ethical writings. I draw not only upon the work of Foucault, but also that of queer feminist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Author Biography

Jana Sawicki, Williams College

Jana Sawicki is Carl Vogt ’58 Professor of Philosophy at Williams College.  She is the author of Disciplining Foucault: Feminism, Power and the Body (1991) and numerous essays on Foucault, feminist theory, and queer theory. Sawicki also co-edited the Foucault Companion (2013) with Timothy O’Leary and Chris Falzon and Foucault Studies: Special Issue on Queer Theory (14: September 2012) with Shannon Winnubst.

How to Cite
Sawicki, J. (2013). Queer Feminism: Cultivating Ethical Practices of Freedom. Foucault Studies, (16), 74-87. https://doi.org/10.22439/fs.v0i16.4118
Special Issue on Foucault and Feminism