What is at the Heart of the Dispute?
Reflections on the Foucault Controversy Forty Years Later
Kevin W. Gray
University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Friday, 6 April 2018
Room 200B, Bancroft Building
Michel Foucault initially visited Iran during the summer of 1978
as a special correspondent for the Italian Corriere della sera to discuss the circumstances of the Iranian Revolution. Between Summer 1978 and May 1979, Foucault published articles on Iran not only in the Corriere, but eventually also in Le Monde, and Le Nouvel Observateur, as well as agreeing to an interview with an Iranian writers’ journal. The articles were soon condemned as Panglossian, and Foucault was criticized as an apologist for the repression of the Iranian Revolution.