Death, Sex, Race, and Other Lies We Tell Our Bodies

Edvard Munch, The Frieze of Life 3

*This Olio will conclude with a 20 min set of classical music from a Groupmuse musician.*


Foucault’s History of Sexuality challenged our most precious ideals of sex, identity, and the self, and exposed the absurdity of searching for sexual liberation by discovering the “truth” of one’s soul. This seminal work still stands as a classic among scholars of queer theory, feminism, and historians of sexuality, nearly fifty years after its publication. Yet, few seem to take note of the centrality of death—both literal and symbolic death—at the core of Foucault’s argument. 


Indeed, even my past Olio lectures stop just short of truly grappling with his death hypothesis. Let’s kill this tradition together by going deep into the final pages of this perplexing book, and wrestle hard with its most intriguing ideas. Please join us for an Olio dedicated to exploring and understanding why a book focused on the historical invention of sexuality concludes with a chapter titled “Right of Death and Power Over Life.” 

We will explore what Foucault meant when he argued that modern society has replaced the “symbolics of blood” with an “analytics of sexuality.” Finally, we will learn what it means to enter history by exiting nature.


 *Note: No familiarity with Foucault or this book is needed. Your curiosity is all that you need to follow along and join in the discussion.  




Location: Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore boasts an elegant venue for our Friday night residency.




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Taught by Kim Nguyen
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Sep 18

Mediated Intimacy: The Dating App Landscape

Taught by Pani Farvid
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Sep 19

* Sold Out * OlioTrip | Cienfuegos, Cuba

Taught by Teresita Levy
10 a.m. at Cienfuegos, Cuba

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Sep 23

New York, The Neoliberal City

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7:30 p.m. at The Old Stone House

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Sep 26

Living Room Salon | 'Dirty Computers', Voice & Visibility

Taught by Kashema Hutchinson
8 p.m. at Living Room

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Sep 29

Olio FieldTrip | Skateboarding and Modern Art

Taught by Ted Barrow
1 p.m. at Living Room

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Oct 4

Modern Privacy: Reclaiming Our Self Narratives

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Oct 15

Olio Seminar | Kafka will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About it

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery

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Oct 22

The Fear of Leisure

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

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