About Rick Dolphijn

Rick Dolphijn is a writer and a philosopher. He is Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Humanities, and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities, both at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He is interested in “new materialism” a fresh wind in philosophy closely linked to ecosophy, process thought and perhaps in some ways also to speculative realism. He is continuously inspired by contemporary art and performance. Together with Iris van der Tuin he wrote a book entitled “New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies” (published with Open Humanities Press in the series New Metaphysics (ed by Bruno Latour and Graham Harman)) Tuin in which they systematically set out how the “new tradition” called new materialism is situated in philosophy, in the sciences and in the arts. He is finishing a book which is more experimental and which deals with the urgency of this new form of thinking, entitled (for now) “Matter of Life: an ecosophy of earth culture health”. This book also links to his latest project which is all about ecosophy/ecology, sustainability and the recovery of a continental naturalism. Deleuze and Guattari both play a crucial role in this.

Deleuze & How to Live the Anti-Fascist Life and Endure the Pain

 

Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn

Deleuze Seminar 2017-2018

 

Academic year 2017-2018

Time: Wednesday afternoons, 13.00-16.00

Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn, Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht

University.

Organised by: the OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap) with the Centre for

the Humanities at Utrecht University

Convened by:  Professor Rosi Braidotti with Dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University) and student working groups (Discussion group “The Joyful Nomads”,…)

For more information about Deleuze seminars and other activities please consult the website of the Deleuze Circle: http://deleuzecircle.wp.hum.uu.nl/

 

Registration: please send an e-mail, including a biographical text of up to 100 words stating your affiliation and motivation for the seminar, to Paul Koopman, 

osl-fgw@uva.nl and Professor Braidotti’s assistant: gw.braidottiass@uu.nl.  

 

Format

The seminar consists of ten sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2017-2018 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Students can get credits for their participation by attending regularly (attendance will be registered) and writing a final paper. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers.

 

Participants are expected to acquire the literature themselves, but wherever possible we will make pdf files available.

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

 

 

SESSION 1: Introduction to the non-fascist Life

(Braidotti & Dolphijn)

13 September 2017

 

Reading material:

  • Braidotti, R. 2016. “Don’t Agonise, Organise!” E-Flux

https://conversations.e-flux.com/t/rosi-braidotti-don-t-agonize-organize/5294

  • Preface to Anti-Oedipus by Michel Foucault.
  • Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Fascism”

 

 

SESSION 2: The Despotic State Machine

(Braidotti & Dolphijn)

11 October 2017

 

Reading Material:

  • Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari 1983 Anti-Oedipus. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (Originally published in 1972, by Les Editions de Minuit, Paris.). Chapter 3: “Savages, Barbarians Civilized Men”:
    • section 6: “The barbarian despotic machine”: p. 191-200;
    • section 9: “The civilized capitalist machine” and section 10: “Capitalist Representation”: p. 222-262

 

 

SESSION 3: Micropolitics

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

8 November 2017

 

Reading material:

  • Deleuze and Guattari: “9 Micropolitics and segmentary”, A Thousand Plateaus, trans. Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987: p. 208-231.
  • Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Micropolitics”
  • Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Stratification”
  • Guattari: ‘Everybody wants to be a Fascist’, in: Lotringer, Sylvère (ed.) Chaosophy, Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), pp. 154-175 and 225-251.

 

 

 


SESSION 4: The Desire for a Strong Leader

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

 13 December 2017

 

Reading Material:

 

 

SESSION 5: The Over-coding of Flows

(Student Working Group 1 presents)

14/21 February 2018

 

Reading Material:

  • The War machine (12: 1227: Treatise on Nomadology – the War Machine 351-387 (part I)

 

 

SESSION 6: Micro-Fascism and Fascist Desire

(Student Working Group 2 presents)

21 March 2018

 

Reading Material:

  • The War machine (12: 1227: Treatise on Nomadology – the War Machine 387-424 (part II)

 

 

SESSION 7: Segmentarity

(Braidotti & The Joyful Nomads?)

11 April 2018

 

Reading Material:

  • special issue of E-Flux #83 (June 2016) – 9 articles

http://www.e-flux.com/journal/83/

  • Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Desire”

 

 


SESSION 8:  International Deleuze Studies Day in Utrecht  

16 May 2018

 

 

SESSION 9: Deleuze and Us

13 June 2018

 

Reading Material:

  • Braidotti: Nomadic Theory, ch. 11: “Sustainable Ethics and the Body in Pain”: 299-324.
  • Deleuze, Gilles. 1988. “Ch.2: On Difference between the Ethics and a Morality;
  • 3: The Letters on Evil (correspondence with Blyenbergh);
  • 6: Spinoza and Us”. In: Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. San Francisco: City Lights Books. (Originally published in 1970, by Presses Universitaires de France.)

 

 

SESSION 10: Final Presentation of all Projects

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

 

 

Tutorial Deleuze and the Arts: the Wound

Deleuze on “the Wound” in and through the Arts

Tutorial

Dr Rick Dolphijn

Humanities, Utrecht University

r.dolphijn@uu.nl

(send me a PM if you want to join)

 

Blok 3 2016/7

 

In Logique du Sense in particular, Deleuze’s theory of the event is very much connected to the idea of “the wound”. The wound is crucial in connecting life and death and tells us a lot about how ‘performance’ works (how performance brings death into life, how immanence finds itself at the extreme end of a history of the wound and its future). Also, together with concepts like ‘the cut’ and ‘the break’, the wound seems to tell us a lot about how the arts work, and how the arts (body art, theatre, cinema) are linked to thought. In this tutorial we will focus on how Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) conceptualizes the wound throughout his writings on the arts in particular. In a series of close reading sessions, our aim is to get a grip on this part of his theory of time and to see in what way it can help us understand the currents of today.

 

The sessions will last for 2 hours each and take place on Wednesday.

 

Readings:

March 8 1100-1300: LoS Twenty First Series of the Event

March 15 1100-1300: AO Introduction to Schizoanalysis part 4: The First Positive Task of Schizoanalysis (AO. 322-339)

March 22 1100-1300: C2 Chapter 7 Thought and Cinema part 2 (164-173)

March 29 1100-1300: Immanence, A Life…

 

Room to be announced.

All texts can be found online, in libraries, but preferably, on your bookshelves.

Deleuze Seminar: Deleuze and Fascism

Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn 

Academic year 2016-2017 
Time: Tuesday afternoons, 13.00-16.00 
Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn, Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht University. 
Organised by: the OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap) with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University 
Convened by: Professor Rosi Braidotti with Dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University) and guest speakers (Maria Hlavajova, Andrej Radman, Katrin Thiele…) 
For more information about Deleuze seminars and other activities please consult the website of the Deleuze Circle:http://deleuzecircle.wp.hum.uu.nl/ 
Registration: please send an e-mail, including a biographical text of up to 100 words stating your affiliation and motivation for the seminar, to Paul Koopman, osl-fgw@uva.nl and Professor Braidotti’s assistant: gw.braidottiass@uu.nl. 
Format 
The seminar consists of ten sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2016-17 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Students can get credits for their participation by attending regularly (attendance will be registered) and writing a final paper. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers. 
Participants are expected to acquire the literature themselves, but wherever possible we will make pdf files available. 
Abbreviations of key Deleuze and Guattari texts: 
ATP: A Thousand Plateaus 
WIP: What is Philosophy? 
N: Nietzsche and Philosophy 
Cinema: volume 1 and 2 
Desert Islands 
Two Regimes 
DRAFT SEMINAR PROGRAMME 
SESSION 1: Introduction to the non-fascist Life 
(Braidotti) 
4 October 
Reading material: 
– Preface to Anti-Oedipus by Michel Foucault. 
– Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Fascism”
SESSION 2: How Much Fascism? 
(Braidotti with Maria Hlavajova) 
1 November , 2016 
How Much Fascism, was an exhibition that took place at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht in 29012. 
The exhibition engages in a dialogue with a provocative claim made by Slovenian sociologist, literary theorist, translator, and political activist Rastko Močnik in his collection of texts titled How Much Fascism? (1995). Močnik suggests that we no longer need to ask ourselves whether “new local populism, new “fascism,” [and] “new right-wing extremism” drive the contemporary condition, but rather, how much they drive that condition. We must attend not only to the open manifestations of fascism, though we witness more and more of such instances and one needs to ponder how societies that permit and tolerate such phenomena still “qualify” as democracies. More importantly, WHW suggest, “we need to turn our attention to the silent fascism that is becoming normalized through the systematic violence seeping into the laws and everyday administration practices of the nation-state, and to assess the mechanisms of oppression and the various symptoms of contemporary fascism that are being presented as unavoidable, pragmatic necessities.” In sync with these thoughts, the artists in the exhibition inquire about the possibility of art vis-à-vis such circumstances and invest in the cognitive power of art and the potential within the aesthetic experience of questioning reality. 
Reading Material: 
– How Much Fascism? (BAK publication)
SESSION 3: The Despotic State Machine 
(Braidotti and Dolphijn) 
20 December, 2016 
Reading Material: 
– Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari 1983 Anti-Oedipus. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (Originally published in 1972, by Les Editions de Minuit, Paris.).
Chapter 3: Savages, Barbarians Civilized men; section 9: “The civilized capitalist machine” and section 10: “Capitalist Representation”.
– Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Stratification”
SESSION 4: The Desire for a Strong Leader 
(Braidotti and Dolphijn) 
17 January, 2017 
Reading Material: 
– AO: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; Chapter 1 The Desiring Machines, section 1: “Desiring-production’ 
– AO: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; Chapter 3: Savages, Barbarians Civilized men; section 6: “The barbarian despotic machine”
SESSION 5: The Over-coding of flows 
(Braidotti and Dolphijn) 
14 February, 2017 
Reading Material: 
– Desert Islands -On Capitalism and Desire 262-273 
– AO: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; Chapter 3: Savages, Barbarians Civilized men; section 8: “The Urstaat” 
– Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Bodies without organs”
SESSION 6: Micro-Fascism and Fascist Desire 
(Thiele) 
7 March, 2016 
Reading Material: 
– Guattari: ‘Everybody wants to be a Fascist’, in: Lotringer, Sylvère (ed.) Chaosophy, Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), pp. 154-175 and 225-251. 
– Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Micropolitics” 
– ATP- 1933: Micropolitics and Segmentarity, 208-232.
SESSION 7: Segmentarity 
(Radman) 
18 April , 2017 
Reading Material: 
– Parr, Adrian. 2010. The Deleuze Dictionary, Revised Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press. Section on: “Desire” 
– Koolhaas, Rem, “Field Trip A(A) Memoir”, in S,M,L,XL (New York: Monacelli Press, 1995), 215-233. 
– ATP- 1933: Micropolitics and Segmentarity, 208-232.
MAY 17-18, 2017, ANNUAL NATIONAL DELEUZE SCHOLARSHIP CONFERENCE 
The conference will be held at ArtEZ AKI Academy of Art and Design, Hulsmaatstraat 35, 7523 WB Enschede 
more details below 
SESSION 8: Affirmative Ethics 
(Braidotti and Dolphijn) 
6 June, 2017 
Reading Material: 
– Deleuze, Gilles. 1988. “Ch.2: On Difference between the Ethics and a Morality; 
– Ch. 3: The Letters on Evil (correspondence with Blyenbergh); 
– Ch. 6: Spinoza and Us”. In: Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. San Francisco: City Lights Books. (Originally published in 1970, by Presses Universitaires de France.)
MAY 17-18, 2017, ANNUAL NATIONAL DELEUZE SCHOLARSHIP CONFERENCE 
ArtEZ AKI Academy of Art and Design, Hulsmaatstraat 35, 7523 WB Enschede 
The Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference is a conference intended to bring together scholars, students, activists, artists, and others working on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. All presentations will be held in English. 
Each year, the conference is hosted at a different university in the Netherlands. In the academic year 2016-17 the conference is organized by ArtEZ AKI Academy of Art and Design, in Enschede. 
This year the conference will be calles: THE GRIN WITHOUT A CAT. 
For more details see http://deleuze.artez.nl/

 

AKI Deleuze Cluster

See also: http://aki-movingimage.blogspot.be/p/blog-page.html

On the 17. and 18. May 2017, the AKI Academy of Art and Design, University of the Arts ArtEZ will host the Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference THE GRIN WITHOUT A CAT. Each year one university in the Netherlands is chosen to organise this national conference and highlight a specific aspect in the work of Gilles Deleuze.

http://deleuze.artez.nl/ 

This cluster of Deleuze events unites scholars, philosophers, students and artists. The sessions will be startet with the seminar PRACTICING CARE on Monday the 26. September 2016. Invited speakers are Prof. Dr. Julieanna Preston, Filip Dingenen, Dr.ir. Andrej Radman and Dr. Marc Boumeester.

The seminar will be followed up by regular meetings of the Deleuze reading group under the lead of Agnieszka A. Wolodzko. In her programmeDELEUZE’s APPRENTICESHIP she will not only introduce the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (and Félix Guattari), but elaborate on the multiple connections and uncomfortable lines of what drives thinking and creativity.

 

PRACTICING CARE Seminar
Date: Monday 26. Sept. 2016 | Begins: 11.00 h

Key note: Prof. Dr. Julieanna Preston, Massey University, New Zealand Other speakers: Filip Dingenen, LUCA School of Arts in Ghent / Brussels | Dr.ir. Andrej Radman, University of Technology, TU Delft | Dr. Marc Boumeester, AKI Academy of Art and Design.

What is it to practice care, not take care or give care, but establish a respectful relationship with matter, earthly matter, vibrant matter, material stuff? How might one extended to materials the care, the empathy, that humans strive to grant each other without lapsing into appropriation, judgement, servitude, indenture, condescending gestures?

The lecture Practicing Care introduces three recent site-responsive durational performance works that inquire into the nuances of this issue: IN COLD HEAT (2016), water-logged (2016) and bit-u-men-at-work (2015). The art works are informed by feminist philosophy, new materialism and literature on the subject of vitalism.

Julieanna Preston is a Professor of Spatial Practice at The College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand. Her scholarly and creative practice operates across art, architecture, design and performance writing and draws from feminist philosophy, new materialism and discourse on vitalism. See her website www.julieannapreston.space for details and examples of her work.  

 

DELEUZE’s APPRENTICESHIP Reading Group

Date: 10. Oct. 2016 – 01. May 2017 | 10.00 – 13.00  h | Every 2nd Monday
Lecturer: Agnieszka A. Wolodzko

This is not a course on Deleuze’s philosophy but rather about how to think with Deleuze. You will not be taught yet another system what to think and know. If you are looking for yet another tool to master knowledge, these events will disappoint you. Populated by encounters, we will learn together the path of multiple connections, uncomfortable lines of what drives thinking and creativity. Apprenticeship means that you are not to directly, unreflexively apply the concepts of Deleuze’s philosophy on your work, but to problematize it, see what is important for you, for today. We will focus on problems that appear in the process of creative thinking and practice. We will see how philosophical concepts are further generated within creative images, sounds, spaces and movements; and how they immediately generate new people, new forms of thinking. Consequently, we will see how the process of thinking and creation is already a political and ethical act.

Meetings in 2016: 10.10. Introduction: Deleuze’s Demonology | 31.10. Affect | 14.10. Becoming and Creativity | 28.11. Multiplicity and Assemblage | 12.12. Relationality and Movement

Meetings in 2017: 09.01. Knowledge and Learning | 23.01. Collaboration and Friendship | 06.02. Difference and Chaos | 27.02. Experiment and Chance | 13.03. Politics and Resistance | 27.03. Ethics and Sustainability 10.04. Futurity: for-the-people-yet-to-come | 01.05. Conclusion: Preparation for the Conference

This reading group is open to the puplic. To receive more detailed information please register and mail to Agnieszka Anna Wolodzko aawolodzko@gmail.com

THE GRIN WITHOUT A CAT  Conference

Date: 17. and 18. May 2017 

Education in design is about the design of education: what we learn and how we learn are inseparable. Dichotomies such as content and form, figure and ground, or inside and outside serve no useful purpose. It is the task of educators to integrate de-stratification and holistic approaches within pedagogic practices – processes that should include the design of education itself.

More information about call for papers, keynotes and registration will follow shortly. | website: deleuze.artez.nl | contact mail: deleuze@artez.nl

 

All events will be held in English | All  events will take place at ArtEZ AKI Academy of Art and Design, Hulsmaatstraat 35, 7523 WB Enschede

 

Deleuze on Presence in and through the Arts (RMA Tutorial)

Deleuze on Presence in and through the Arts

Tutorial

Rick Dolphijn

Humanities, Utrecht University

r.dolphijn@uu.nl

 

Blok 3 2015/6

 

The idea of “presence” (and “the present”) has not only been of importance to the study of time, but has been increasingly important in 21st century Humanities. In discussions on “liveness”, within memory studies and regarding the virtual, rethinking presence seems to play a central role in life after the digital revolution. In this tutorial we will focus on how Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) conceptualises presence thoughout his writings on the arts in particular (literature, cinema, painting and performance). In a series of close reading sessions, our aim is to get a grip on this part of his theory of time and to see in what way it can help us understand the currents of today.

 

The sessions will last for 2 hours each and preferably take place on Tuesday.

 

Readings:

LoS Twenty Third Series of the Aion

LoS Twenty Second Series of Porcelain and the Vulcano

FB Chapter 7: Hysteria

PS Conclusion to pt 2: Presence and Function of Madness: the Spider

C2 Peaks of Present and Sheets of past (part 1)

Machinic Ecologies: Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference #5 May 20th 2016

The Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference is a conference intended to bring together scholars, students, activists, artists, and others working on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Each year, the conference is hosted at a different university in the Netherlands. In 2016 the conference is organized by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) of the University of Amsterdam. This year the conference will revolve around the works of Deleuze’s with Guattari and the transversal relations to Guattari’s own work. We will specifically focus on topics concerning technology and its relation to the three ecologies of the environmental, the social and the mental.

The conference will consist of one day of panels and a keynote provided by dr. Alanna Thain (McGill University). The day prior to the conference, May 19th, there will be a public experimental workshop organized by ASCA’s Deleuze Reading, wherein What Is Philosophy? (1994) will be scrutinized. Prof. Jeffrey A. Bell (Southeastern Louisiana University) will be present to lead this workshop.

Organisers: Halbe Kuipers, Nur Ozgenalp, Patricia Pisters

 

Call for papers: Machinic Ecologies

In A Thousand Plateaus Deleuze and Guattari discuss their concept of the war machine in relation to weapons and tools that are defined in an ‘ecosystem’ which is traversed by a ‘machinic phylum’. Deleuze and Guattari see the machinic phylum as technological lineage (for instance, the iron sword descending from the dagger, the steel saber descending from the knife). Whether something becomes a weapon or a tool depends on the specific assemblages these metallurgical machines enter into. When Deleuze and Guattari speak of ‘ecosystems’ these are to be understood as the triply folded and complexly interwoven system of what Guattari has called the ‘three ecologies’ of environmental, social and mental ecologies. The connection and synthesis of these heterogeneous ecologies Deleuze and Guattari term ‘machinic’ (ATP 330) Therefore the metallurgical transformations of the machinic phylum have to be thought in ever changing and heterogeneous machinic assemblages, from materiality of the earth to our social life and collective and individual consciousness. We aim to get a deeper understanding of the power and necessity of Deleuze and Guattari’s machinic ecosophy in a techno-permeated world.

We welcome contributions on topics related to the various ways in which we connect to our metals, minerals, and technologies in this three folded ‘machinic’ ecologies. We welcome contributions from philosophy, science and arts that may include (but are not limited to) the philosophical lineage of Simondon and Bateson in the work of Deleuze and Guattari, the anthropology and politics of (urban) mining, ecocinema or other art practices and media ecologies.

Abstract submission deadline: 300 word abstracts with 5 keywords should be submitted by February 15th, 2016. Please send your abstracts in Word format to machinicecologies@gmail.com – mails should be entitled: “Machinic Ecologies – Submission”

Paper notifications: Acceptances will be notified on March 1st, 2016.

Conference-fee: Free participation.

NB: All participants will be required to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Location: University of Amsterdam, exact locations will be announced with the program.

 

Deleuze Seminar 2015/6: Deleuze and Nature

Academic year 2015-2016

Time: Tuesday afternoons, 14.00-17.00

Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn , Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht University.

Organised by: the OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap) with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University

Convened by: Professor Rosi Braidotti and Dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University)

With guest speakers.

For more information about Deleuze seminars and other activities please consult the website of the Deleuze Circle: http://deleuzecircle.wp.hum.uu.nl/

Registration: please send an e-mail, including a biographical text of up to 100 words stating your affiliation and motivation for the seminar, to …, osl-fgw@uva.nl and the Centre for the Humanities: gw.cfh@uu.nl.

 

Format

The seminar consists of ten sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2015-16 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Students can get credits for their participation by attending regularly (attendance will be registered) and writing a final paper. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers.

Participants are expected to acquire the literature themselves, but wherever possible we will make pdf files available.

 

Seminar Theme 2015-16

Throughout his writings, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) devoted a lot of attention to reconceptualizing nature and the nature-culture link. He also rethought both the historical texts of empiricism, notably the pre-Socratics and Lucretius, and the concept itself. Deleuze’s theories of nature and of the Earth show a strong engagement with continental naturalism (post-Rousseau) and the monist strand in the history of thought. Following Deleuze’s intense collaboration with Guattari, the concept of nature becomes more explicitly political and it slowly turns into the geo-philosophy that becomes articulated in his/their later work. In this seminar we will read those fragments from Deleuze’s oeuvre in which his naturalism is most present and we will discuss more broadly issues of empiricism, human nature and the Earth.

 

Abbreviations of key Deleuze and Guattari texts:

ATP: A Thousand Plateaus

WIP: What is Philosophy?

N: Nietzsche and Philosophy

ES: Empiricism and Subjectivity

Cinema: volume 1 and 2

Desert Islands

Two Regimes

 

DETAILED SEMINAR PROGRAMME

 

SESSION 1: Introduction

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

October 27, 2015

 

Reading Material:

 

 

 

SESSION 2: Continental naturalism  

(Dolphijn)

November 17, 2015

 

Reading Material:

 

  • Logic of Sense Appendix 2 Lucretius and the Simulacrum
  • Deleuze Dictionary: “Earth/La Terre”; “Hume”; “Nietzsche”; “Organism”.

 

 

SESSION 3: Human and other nature

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

December 8, 2015

 

Reading Material:

 

  • D&R Introduction: Repetition and Difference
  • ES: Empiricism and Subjectivity: chapter 4: “God and the world”; chapter 5: “Empiricism and subjectivity”and chapter 6: “Principles of human nature”.

 

  • Keith Ansell Pearson, Viroid Life: chapter 4: “Nietzsche contra Darwin”a nd chapter 5:”Viroid Life: machines, technics and evolution”.

 

–     Deleuze Dictionary: “Creative transformation”; “Creative transformation and biology”; “Spinoza”; “Spinoza and ethics of joy”;

 

 

SESSION 4:

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

January 12, 2016

 

Reading Material:

 

  • Spinoza Expressionism in Philosophy Part 3 XVIII Towards the Third Kind of Knowledge
  • Gilles Deleuze: Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. San Fransisco: City Lights Books:

Ch.2: “On Difference between the Ethics and a Morality” 5

 

  • Deleuze Dictionary: “Body”; “Force”; “Freedom”;

 

 

SESSION 5:

(Dolphijn)

February 9, 2016

 

Reading Material:

  • AO2 The Primitive Territorial Machine
  • Deleuze Dictionary: “State”; “State and geography”;
  • Mark Bonta and John Protevi Deleuze and Geophilosophy; a Guide and Glossary. Part II Deleuzoguattarian geophilosophy

 

 

 

SESSION 6:

(Dolphijn)

March 15, 2016

 

Reading Material:

 

  • ATP 3:The Geology of Morals
  • Deleuze Dictionary: “Politics”; “Ecology”; “State”; “Geography”.
  • Mark Bonta and John Protevi Deleuze and Geophilosophy; a Guide and Glossary. Part II Deleuzoguattarian geophilosophy

 

 

 

 

SESSION 7: Deleuze on Affirmation

(Braidotti)

April 12, 2016

 

Reading Material:

  • In: Gilles Deleuze, 1988. Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. San Fransisco: City Lights Books:

Ch.2: “On Difference between the Ethics and a Morality” 5

Ch. 3: “The Letters on Evil (correspondence with Blyenbergh)”

Ch. 6: “Spinoza and Us”

 

 

 

SESSION 8: Conclusion

(Braidotti and Dolphijn)

May 10, 2016

 

Reading Material:

 

  • WIP 4:Geophilosophy
  • Protevi: Life, War, Earth: Deleuze and the Sciences (2013)
  • Mark Bonta and John Protevi Deleuze and Geophilosophy; a Guide and Glossary. Part II Deleuzoguattarian geophilosophy

Coils of Politics and Aesthetics (Deleuze Reading Group Conference, Amsterdam)

On July 4, 2015, ASCA will host International Conference of Deleuze Reading Group in Amsterdam. The event, composed of a keynote lecture by Professor Patricia Pisters and a one-day workshop, will bring together international academics and artists whom work with Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy. This year the focus lies on Deleuze’s thought in combination with politics and it medial aesthetics.

If, to follow Canadian philosopher Brian Massumi, there has been a kind of convergence between the dynamic of capitalist power and the dynamic of resistance, what is left for political action? The coils of politics seem to strangle us. Since the current flows of capital are subsuming us as subjects, perpetually modulating and appropriating us, the question is whether there is space left for any sort of transgression or resistance. A corporate way of thinking is suppressing the spaces that were still offering some form of resistance and turning everything into subjects of neoliberal logic. As Deleuze already noted in 1992, we have even delivered the school to the corporatization. Yet, there are forms of resistance emerging within this dense field. From Occupy to the current uprisings in universities, there is something stirring within the confines of neoliberal space and challenging its borders.

Part and parcel of this environment is the politics of image and the image of politics. Deleuze, in his cinema books, wrote extensively on the relation of the image to politics, and a people to come. Patricia Pisters states that within the current aesthetic regime, the neuro-image, there is a flow from micropolitics, through affective-aesthetic principles, to macropolitics creating possibilities for political action. How does it work? And what ways of resistance do the contemporary media and their images evoke?

We invite Deleuzian inspired thinkers and artists to confront the issues of politics in relation to the mediated and fluid space we live in: to think from within a new image of thought and a new aesthetic regime.

Program

10.00 – 10.15     Welcome coffees  (Vondelzaal*)

10.15- 10.30      Welcome talk

10.30 – 12.00    Session 1 (Vondelzaal*) 

  • Ozgun Eylul Iscen – Affective Methodologies For Digital Aesthetics and Resistance: Deleuzian Philosophy and Media Arts in the Middle East 
  • Halbe Kuipers – The Amnesiac Witness in Renzo Martens’ Episode III.
  • Thijs Witty – A thinker of the rootstock against the new accelerationists: Hito Steyerl’s circulationism

12.00 – 13.30    Lunch (Bijzondere Collecties*)

13.30 – 15.00    Session 2 (Vondelzaal*) 

  • Sybrandt van Keulen – Aesthetics of Power
  • Nur Ozgenalp – Jon Snow and Daenerys Targeryan vote for the HDP: Micro- and macro-politics of becoming-other
  • Arash Ghajarjazi & Divya Nadkarni – Un Untidy Renitence (performance)

15.00 – 15.30    Coffee break and change of rooms (Nina van Leerzaal*)

15.30 – 16.45    Keynote: Patricia Pisters (Nina van Leerzaal*)

16.45 – 17.00    Coffee (Nina van Leerzaal*)

17.00 – 18.30    Keynote: Gregory Flaxman (Nina van Leerzaal*)

18.30 – 19.30    Borrel (Bijzondere Collecties cafe*)

 

Patricia Pisters: ‘The Filmmaker as Metallurgist: Politics and Aesthetics of Radical Contingency’
Nina van Leerzaal, Bijzondere Collecties, Oude Turfmarkt, 4 July, 15:30-16:45 hrs.

This lecture will look at the ways in which contemporary artists and filmmakers are committed to the radical contingency of the audio-visual archive, and reveal hidden dimensions of history to revive new perspectives and reveal new versions of the past that seem necessary for the future of ‘a people to come.’

Filmmakers become ‘metallurgists’ who follow the matter-flows in the archive, bending it in concrete forms that can escape from the mnemonic depths and get a new life, an afterlife. Politics and cinema aesthetics as a never-ending story of ‘trying again, failing again, failing better’ with a radical commitment to the contingencies of history and collective memory. This lecture is part of a work in progress on metallurgy, media and minds that I have started recently and hope to develop in the near future.

Patricia Pisters is professor of film studies at the department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam and director of the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA). She is one of the founding editors of the Open Access journal Necsus: European Journal of Media Studies. Her publications include: The Matrix of Visual Culture: Working with Deleuze in Film Theory (Stanford University Press, 2003) and The Neuro-Image: A Deleuzian Film-Philosophy of Digital Screen Culture (Stanford University Press, 2012).

Gregory Flaxman ‘The Bressonian Touch: Gilles Deleuze and the Cinema of Faith’

Nina van Leerzaal, Bijzondere Collecties, Oude Turfmarkt, 4 July, 17:00-18:30 hrs.

Robert Bresson has long been celebrated by cinephiles, scholars, and auteurs as an intellectual and even philosophical filmmaker. Above all, Gilles Deleuze has suggested that Bresson belongs to a tradition, at once cinematic and philosophical, of “Christian inspiration,” and in this talk I want to consider the singular relationship between image and thought, style and idea, which Bresson elaborates.
More to the point, this lecture argues that Bresson’s three films of the 1950s — Diary of a Country Priest (1950), A Man Escaped (1956), and Pickpocket (1959) — constitute a kind of inverted Kierkegaardianism. In contrast to the latter’s dialectical stages, Bresson’s loose trilogy passes from religion (the priest) to ethics (the resistance fighter) to aesthetics (the pickpocket). In so doing, I contend, Bresson elaborates “affect-images” (Deleuze) that aspire to grasp in the most concrete terms the most ineffable questions of faith.

Gregory Flaxman is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and director of Global Cinema Studies at the University of North Carolina. He is editor of the Brain is the Screen (Minnesota 2000), the author of Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy (Minnesota 2010), and the co-author of a forthcoming book, Thinking Cinematically (Edinburgh 2016). Currently, he is at work on a book about contemporary American bio-politics.

Final program Deleuze and Aesthetics

09:00-09:30 Registration
Gymnasion 3
09:30-09:50 Anneke Smelik: Welcome and opening
Arjen Kleinherenbrink: Deleuze & Aesthetics
Gymnasion 3
10:00-11:15 I – Decentering subject matter
[GN1] Chair: Edwin Wenink
II – Images found in films
[GN2] Chair: Teun van Laake
Jasmin Duecker
Surface, series, sense: immanence and style in Deleuze and Dickinson
Oleg Lebedev
Images against clichés: conflation and provocation in Jean-Luc Godard
Mike Ardoline
Radical experience in Deleuze and Lovecraft, or Walter Gilman, superior empiricist
Alessio Tommasoli
Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta
Maria Anna Zazzarino
North-American nomads: the novels of Jack Kerouac, Thomas Pynchon, and Paul Auster
Carlos Candela
Time in the dialectic between still image and moving image
11:15-11:30 Coffee
Foyer Gymnasion 
11:30-12:45 III – Deep into the work of art
[GN1] Chair: Sjoerd van Tuinen
IV – What we draw from music
[GN2] Chair: Rick Dolphijn
Agnieszka Anna Wolodźko
To have done with the judgment of aesthetics! Deleuze’s ethology actualized in bioart
Oliver Chandler
Symphonic battlegrounds: the Deleuze / Badiou conflict in Elgar’s Second Symphony
David Benjamin Johnson
Deleuze and Bridget Riley on painting: color, space, intensity
Juan-Jose Guerra-Valiente
Drawing the forces of musical time and space: the smooth and the striated
William R. Morgan
Weaponizing and weapon handling the work of art: ballistics and propulsion in Joel-Peter Witkin, Joseph Beuys, and Dieter Roth
Zeina Al Azmeh
Musical multiplicities and sonic intensities: population and intensive thinking in Deleuzian music
12:45-13:45 Lunch
Foyer Gymnasion

Poster presentations: Deleuze and Games
Rick Dolphijn, Joleen Blom, Zowi Vermeire, Samuel A. Bom, Ruben Endendijk, Arash Ghajarjazi, Tessa de Zeeuw
13:45-15:00 Keynote
Gymnasion 3

Mark Hansen
From Transcendental Sensibility to Firstness: Reading Deleuze with Peirce
Chair: Rosi Braidotti
15:00-15:15 Coffee
Foyer Gymnasion  
15:30-16:45 V – Exceptions caught on camera
[GN1] Chair: Anneke Smelik
VI – Fascinating figures of fiction
[GN2] Chair: Simon Gusman
Irina Schulzki
The aesthetics of a crack-up:Kira Muratova’s cinema
Kevin Potter
Michael K.’s nomad existence: errantry in South African space
Masaki Kondo
The emergence of the new: Terry Adkin’s audiovisual rhetoric inFlumen Orationis (2012)
Catarina Pombo Nabais
Beckett and the exhaustion of the possible
Joseph Krakoff
Toxicity and Contagion – David Cronenberg and Gilles Deleuze
Carla Schriever
Considering Deleuze’s alterity structures in popular music fandom
16:45-17:00 Book launch: R. Braidotti & R. Dolphijn (eds),The Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Society, Amsterdam: Brill Rodopi
17:00-18:00 Lecture with recital
Gymnasion 3
Alfia Nakipbekova“Xenakis: Nomos Alpha for solo cello”

Followed by drinks
Foyer Gymnasion

 

Keynote speaker:

HansenPhoto-224x300Mark B. N. Hansen is Professor of Literature and Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Duke University. Having studied Comparative and French Literature at New York University and the University of California, Hansen held a Fulbright Full Scholarship at the University of Konstanz, Germany, in 1990 and 1991. In 1994, he received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California. Hansen worked as Assistant Professor of English (tenure-track) at Southwest Texas State University (1994-1997) and at Princeton University (1997-2004). From 2005 to 2008, Hansen was Professor of English, Visual Arts and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago.

During this period, he published Bodies in Code. Interfaces in Digital Media, a study on the effects of the cyberspace on the civilization predicting an increasing virtualization of the human being, which won the Ars Electronica Book Prize in 2008. Recent Fellowships include the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities at Stanford University and the Fulbright Research Grant for non-China Specialists.

His recent publications include:

CFP: The Dark Precurser: International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research 2015

The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze has become increasingly relevant to the field of artistic research. It acts – often also implicitly – as a key reference for many artist-researchers, who engage with knowledge across academic and non-academic fields of practice. At the same time, the term artistic research remains suspended in its definition, in order to highlight immanent modes of knowledge creation. The extent and depth of Deleuze’s influence on this emerging field has not yet been thoroughly investigated, nor has his philosophy been evaluated from the perspective of artists who work on the border of philosophy. DARE 2015 is the first international conference entirely dedicated to the relation between artistic research and Deleuze’s philosophy, and welcomes both scholarly papers and presentations by artist-researchers that explore or specifically present this relation.

Art plays a crucial role in the philosophy of Deleuze. He dedicated a substantial part of his oeuvre to literature, theater, painting, cinema and music. Importantly, he understood art as a mode of thinking, irreducible to and imbricated with philosophy and science. Like art, philosophy and science are both creative practices; and like philosophy and science, art is research in the sense of continued experimentation and infinite learning. Moreover, and independently of his writings on the arts, Deleuze created various philosophical concepts that are open to different kinds of reflections by artists and artist-researchers.

Choosing as its title the concept of ‘dark precursor,’ the conference reflects the duality and openness inherent to artistic research. Deleuze appropriated this expression from meteorology, where it designates a stage in a cloud-to-ground lightning sequence. The stepped leader, as the dark precursor is technically referred to in meteorology, develops when the charge separation within a stormy cloud is so strong that the surrounding air is ionized and becomes conductive. Thus, a charge transfer ensues from the top of the cloud to its base, and from there, a flow of negative charges begins making its way towards the ground. Along the path that now connects the cloud and the ground, a much stronger flow of positive charges travels freely from the ground upwards, generating heat. In one thousandth of a second, the air surrounding the return stroke becomes five times hotter then the sun surface and the incandescence produces the brilliant flash we see of the lightning.

The localized differences of potential between modes of thinking, their necessary, chaotic and invisible paths towards each other, the illumination produced by the strike once two modes are connected, are expressive of the conditions, processes and affects of artistic research that the conference intends to explore.

Scholars and artist-researchers are invited to submit outlines of presentations in all areas of interference between Deleuze’s philosophy and artistic research such as:

  • Film, music, painting, writing, etc. (Practices of creating and researching)
  • Abstract machine, assemblage, diagram, dark precursor, etc. (Ontology)
  • Dramatisation, experimentation, rhizomatics, schizoanalysis, etc. (Epistemology and Methodology)
  • Imaginary, figure, rhythm, sensation, etc. (Aesthetics)
  • Code, form, sign, utterance, etc. (Logic)
  • Becoming-x, habit, life, nomadism, etc. (Ethics and Politics)

In line with the theme of the ‘dark precursor’, we are particularly interested in receiving proposals for scholarly and artistic presentations that exceed simple interpretations and representations of either Deleuze’s philosophy or an artistic practice at hand.

Scholarly presentations, in English or French, are limited to slots of 30 min, including Q&A, but duration may vary for artistic presentation. DARE 2015 encourages scholars and artist researchers to experiment with all modes presentation (performative, participatory, collaborative, interactive, etc.) and within or across all art forms (performing, visual, aural, tactile, new media, design, literary, etc.). Both scholars and artist researchers, are kindly requested to submit their outline of presentation via the conference ‘Ex Ordo’ abstract submission system. Please visit http://dare2015.exordo.com/ and follow the on-screen instructions provided (you will be required to setup an account first).
The closing date for submissions is Monday, 1 June 2015.

Outlines of presentations should not exceed 500 words and include the title and five keywords. Artist researchers should also provide a physical description of the artistic presentation they propose, specifying for instance, the number of people involved, its dimensions and duration, materials, technical requirements, etc. The outlines may be supplemented, uploading separate files to the ‘Ex Ordo’ abstract submission system. The attached files should:

  • not exceed 5 in number
  • not exceed 2GB in size each
  • be in any of the following file formats:
    • Images: TIFF, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, PDF
    • Audio: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP3
    • Video: AVI, QuickTime, MP4
  • be clearly named after the submitting author and their sequence number from 1 to 5. For example: LASTNAME_Firstname_1.pdf
  • be listed by file name in the text of the submission

A short list of references may be attached as PDF, preferably formatted in Chicago Referencing Style.

After the submissions are closed, the Editorial Board will peer-review submissions and notify authors by Friday, 17 July 2015.

Accepted authors are kindly requested to promptly confirm their participation and submit by Tuesday, 1 September 2015 a final version of their outline of presentation and short CV, that will be published on the DARE 2015 website alongside the conference programme. Requirements for each presentation are negotiated with the authors individually at this stage.

All accepted abstracts will be published open-access on the conference website and presentations at DARE 2015 will be video recorded for documenting and archiving purposes. A publication of the conference proceedings is in planning.