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Wendy Grace

Ms, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 26 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

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Personal profile


I specialise in the history of French and German philosophical and scientific concepts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - in particular, those that relate to the history of sexuality and reproduction. I hold a position as an honorary Postdoctoral Research Fellow here at the University of Western Australia, as well as at the University of Queensland.

I completed my doctorate in 2010, with the thesis Michel Foucault’s Power: A History of Sexuality Beyond the Desires of French Psychoanalysis, producing a summary chapter, “Foucault and the Freudians” for the Blackwell Companion to Foucault (2013). I have published an article on Foucault and Deleuze in Critical Inquiry (2009), and have recently pursued the different Nietzschean approaches of Foucault and Deleuze in “Making a Difference with Nietzsche,” in a special edition of Foucault Studies.

I have a long-standing passion for the work of Michel Foucault, going back to my collaboration with Alec McHoul in A Foucault Primer (1992). My current research derives from Foucault’s account of modern sexuality. This research has led me to question critically both feminist and medical accounts of the history of gender. I explore the possibility of recuperating the Kantian notion of teleology and developing a Foucauldian Hermeneutics of Gender in opposition to the science of sex (Freudian or Darwinian).

Roles and responsibilities

Honorary Research Fellow

Future research

The Scientific Uncoupling of Pleasure and Procreation in the Nineteenth Century

Current projects

The Concept of Teleology in Biological Thought

The History of the Anthropology: the concept of Culture from Kant and Herder to Boas

Peoplehood, Post-nationalism and Cosmopolitanism

Anthropology of Paternity and the history of the scientific discovery of spontaneous ovulation

Foucault and Feminism

Foucauldian Methodology in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Teaching overview

2018: UWA ANTH1001: Being Human: Tutor

2018: UWA ANTH4103: Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations

2017: UWA ANTH2405: Sex, Gender and Social Life: Unit Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor

2017: UWA ANTH4104: Knowing Social Realities: Ontologies of Peoplehood

2011-2016: AST212/AST612: Murdoch University: Anthropology, Society and Culture; BAR200 Research Methodologies

2011: UWA FREN2221: French Intellectuals: Unit Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor


Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

History of Sexuality and Reproduction

History and Philosophy of Biology and Psychoanalysis

History of Anthropology

Peoplehood, Post-nationalism and Cosmopolitanism

Foucauldian Hermeneutics of Gender



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Research Output

About the Beginning of the Hermeneutics of the Self: Lectures at Dartmouth-College, 1980

Grace, W., 2017, In : Critical Inquiry. 43, 4, p. 902-903 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Foucault and Deleuze: Making a Difference with Nietzsche

Grace, W., 2014, In : Foucault Studies. 2014, 17, p. 99-116

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Foucault and the Freudians

    Grace, W., 2013, A Companion to Foucault. Falzon, C., O'Leary, T. & Sawicki, J. (eds.). United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 226-242 (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

    4 Citations (Scopus)

    Foucault's power: a history of sexuality beyond the desires of French psychoanalysis

    Grace, W., 2010, (Unpublished)

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

  • 3437 Downloads (Pure)

    Faux Amis: Foucault and Deleuze on Sexuality and Desire

    Grace, W. E., 2009, In : Critical Inquiry. 36, 1, p. 52-75

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    21 Citations (Scopus)